USA Today reports that “Gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests for prospective buyers last Friday, smashing the single-day, all-time high by 32%, according to bureau records. Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008.”
NICS Firearm Background Checks — Friday, November 25, 2011:
Total NICS Checks—129,166 (highest day ever) 32.01 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
Federal Checks—81,609 (highest day ever) 26.69 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
POC State Checks—47,557 (4th highest day)
NICS Contracted Call Centers—69,497 (highest day ever) 16.30 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008
NICS E-Check—11,953 (highest day ever) 119.76 percent over Friday, February 11, 2011
Some people have “attributed the unusual surge to a convergence of factors, including an increasing number of first-time buyers seeking firearms for protection and women who are being drawn to sport shooting and hunting.”
Yes, that’s it. It’s not due to the world on the brink of a meltdown or ever-increasing violence countrywide.
Wisconsin’s concealed carry law isn’t even a month old, but thousands already have permission to pack heat and they’re buying up the hardware to do it.
Yes, of course. Concealed carry permits for hunting & sport shooting. I know, when I’m out hunting, I want to conceal my firearm. That way, my prey can’t figure out what my intentions are until it’s too late. I walk up to the deer. “Hey how’s it going? I’m just here to talk.” Then, when he least expects it, I draw my concealed 45 & Blamo!
Reports confirm gun sales have increased across Wisconsin and the state Justice Department has been deluged with so many permit requests it’s already scrambling to keep up.
The Justice Department’s handgun hotline, a number gun sellers can call to initiate background checks on would-be gun buyers, had received 7,355 calls in the first weeks of November.
Roger Wendling, owner of Monsoor’s Sport Shop in La Crosse, estimates he’s seen a 25 percent to 30 percent increase in handgun sales this month. About 70 percent of the concealed carry clientele have been women, he said.
The nerve of some women, wanting to protect themselves.
In fact, it is not just the Black Friday phenomena that is the cause for the increase.
According to the FBI’s NICS records, from 2000 through most of 2006 the number of firearms purchases remained remarkably stable, averaging around 8.5 million transactions per year. But toward the close of 2006, gun sales began to rise dramatically, ending the year at over 10 million. The following year, 2007, sales again rose to over 11 million.
Why the increase after 2006? What happened that could effect such change?
The (what’s a second amendment?) Democrats took control of Congress and we all know how gun-friendly they are. Sheer coincidence, I assume.
It was the election of Barack Obama that really ignited the current sales frenzy. With Obama’s election, over 3 million guns were purchased in the last two months of 2008 alone, ending the year at 12.7 million. Then, in 2009, the very first year of the Obama administration, Americans bought a record, 14 million guns, a whopping 40% increase over the first year of George Bush’s presidency. Another coincidence.
If this business boon were happening in any other industry, the media talking heads would be all over it. But alas, they can’t, for it is counterintuitive to their worldview & is anathema to their gun control mantra.
John Caile states, “It is often said that what people actually do, especially with their money, is a far better indicator of what they are thinking than what they say. If that is true, then the growing number of Americans who are buying guns for the first time are showing quite clearly that they are increasingly distrustful of their government’s ability to protect them.” I couldn’t agree more.
Attribution: Godfather Politics, Postcrescent.com, Redstate.com