Gun sales shoot up on Black Friday
A surge in requests for FBI background checks indicate a record number of firearms was purchased the day after Thanksgiving.
What great deals did you snag on Black Friday? Did you buy a PlayStation, a plasma TV, an e-reader … or maybe a gun?
National Instant Criminal Background Check System on Black Friday may be less than the number of guns sold because multiple firearms can be included in a single transaction. The previous record for requests in a single day -- 97,848 -- was set on Black Friday in 2008.
"More citizens lawfully exercising their Second Amendment right to carry a firearm, coupled with a growing awareness … helps to explain the continuing rise in sales of firearms and firearm-related products throughout the United States," said Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. "Clearly, Black Friday was a big day for both the firearms industry and our nation's law-abiding gun owners."
About 25% of the requests were probably for first-time buyers, many of them women, Keane told USA Today.
Gun safety advocates played down the reports
The Black Friday sales figures "might say something about marketing" but don't reflect actual gun ownership trends in the U.S., Caroline Brewer, a spokeswoman for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told ABC News, citing a University of Chicago General Social Survey that showed 32% of Americans owned guns in 2010, down from 54% in 1977.
"The trend that has been observed for decades now is that fewer and fewer Americans own guns, but those who do own continue to add to their stock," she said. "It may mean more gun owners are buying more guns."
Examiner.com connected the surge in gun sales to an overall increase in sales for disaster-preparedness goods, such as that experienced by a small chain of stores selling survival food and gear in a suburb of St. Louis, Mo.
"I've had people in here that are very wealthy and they've spent thousands of dollars just on backpacks that they fill with survival gear, one for each person of their family," Steve Dorsey, manager of Uncle Sam's Safari Outfitters, told CBS St. Louis. Dorsey said such customers share concerns about political uprisings, the world economy and the future of the United States.
Armed and polite?
Many online readers reacted with enthusiasm to the news, some quoting Robert A. Heinlein: "An armed society is a polite society."
"I only went to one Black Friday sale. It was at one of our great local gun shops. I bought Christmas presents for a lot of my family members and friends … it's going to be a well-armed Christmas around my house," posted "Dave Boyd Jr." on USA Today, listing guns and ammunition gifts for no fewer than eight people. ("Christmas at your house is AWESOME!" responded reader "Jason Waggoner.")
"We own one ... I think the U.S. needs tighter gun laws to keep them out of the hands of criminals, but I see nothing wrong, in general, with law-abiding citizens owning one," posted a reader on the women's entertainment-and-lifestyle website The Frisky.
"If most of the guns sold are made in this country I think it's a good thing. I would rather spend $400 on a gun to teach my kids how to shoot than to buy them an iPad or an XBOX," reader "John Mathewson" posted on USA Today.
Are you hoping Santa leaves guns and ammo in your stocking this year?
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Gun control is a joke. If we took all of the guns from law abiding citizens, the only people with guns would be the criminals. Guns don't kill people, people kill people.
PLEASE don't describe the Brady group as a "gun safety" organization - they are a gun control and gun-ban advocacy group whose central tenet is that the only way to make guns safe is to ban them. Calling them a "safety" group is like characterizing PETA as vegetarians.
Might also note that the survey the Brady center cited is one of th few that says gun owner's percentage of the population has dropped. Might also point out that the population has increased almost 50% since 1977 (from 220 to over 300 million.)
Better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.
The US Constitution says it's ok for me to have a firearm. Ok, I bought one.
I have a wife and four daughters. I pray that if the time ever comes to defend the life of my women, I won't hesitate to shoot to kill.
Fast and Furious was an attempt to create a crisis requiring new gun laws (If those Mexican Drug Lords won't come and buy their stash of heat in an El Paso retail store, by gum we'll ship them by the busload over the border ourselves - we need a crisis here)
Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Guns give claws to the weak.
Happy Cyber Monday. Congratulations on the addition to the family.......
Small wonder that the leftys have zero credibility.
The leftys know they can never take the country socialist as long as the citizenry is armed, they will never quit trying.
The will make any asinine statement and present some of the most ridiculous statements as fact.
According to the state police in my state, who track cca licenses. gun ownership is up 74% since the cca became available.
i bet very few felons actually bother going through the process and only because they are morons.
A world full of gun owners who are good and bad people = disaster.
Think about it
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