Americans bought guns for Christmas. Lots of guns.
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in December. Nearly 500,000 of those were in the six days before Christmas.
It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.
On Dec 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.
Some customers may have bought more than one gun.
The National Rifle Association said people were concerned about self defence because police officer numbers were declining.
A spokesman said: “I think there’s an increased realisation that when something bad occurs it’s going to be between them and the criminal.”
But anti-gun campaigners said those who already owned weapons were simply hoarding more of them due to “fear-mongering” by the NRA.
When there are anti-gun campaigners, there are good reasons for fearing new restrictions. They are the fear-mongerers.
They see what is happening. Their cause is sinking fast. The more people who buying guns, the more opposition to gun control. They know this, so they invent research findings.
A spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said: “The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns.”
They need to get something passed, fast. So, people who want to own guns are buying them, fast.
The record for gun sales in a single day was set in November, on the day after Thanksgiving, when 129,166 background searches were carried out on customers buying weapons.
Since the near-fatal shooting of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by a deranged gunman in Tucson, Arizona last January there have been increasing calls for tighter gun control. Miss Giffords survived being shot in the head with a semi-automatic handgun, and six other people were killed.
A word to the wise is sufficient.