As much as President Obama seems to reject the notion of allowing law-abiding Americans the right to choose whatever firearm they want to protect and defend themselves, he has been awfully good for the firearms industry – so good, in fact, that I’ve often wondered if the man secretly owns stock in gun making companies.
In fact, each new utterance of a desire to enact new “sensible gun laws” has led to record sales of guns, and that trend continued recently during “Black Friday,” as 185,000-plus Americans sought to arm up, as terrorism continues to threaten our communities, and our Southwestern border is violated more often than a New York City subway turnstile.
As reported by USA Today, more Americans completed background checks to purchase firearms on Black Friday than any other day on record, according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The paper said in online editions that the NICS – National Instant Criminal Background Check System – processed 185,345 requests on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, and a day that historically is one of the biggest retail sales days of the year.
“This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s head of multimedia productions. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”
So, apparently Black Friday is quickly becoming “Gun Friday,” if recent trends are any indication.
But as I stated before, there have been other occasions during the Obama presidency when gun sales have spiked dramatically, according to the number of background checks, which are required by federal law before gun purchases can be transacted. They include a December 2012 date in response to the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
And, of course, other Black Friday shopping days in 2014, 2013, and 2012 were part of the FBI’s “top 10” list of most background checks performed over a 24-hour period. USA Today noted that since 1998, the FBI has processed more than 220 million requests for firearm purchases, though not all background checks result in purchases; for various reasons some buyers are restricted.
“Licensed sellers deny sales to failed background checks based on a variety of factors including criminal backgrounds, domestic violence convictions or restraining orders,” the paper reported.
Obama, who spends a lot of time pushing a liberal gun control agenda, rarely acknowledges the spike in sales. Following the recent shootings in Colorado Springs – in which fewer people were killed than on an average weekend night in his hometown of Chicago – Obama said he wanted tighter restrictions on “weapons of war” while, of course, the kind of semi-automatic rifles he is likely referencing really aren’t “weapons of war.”
Tone-deaf Washington, D.C.
“This is not normal,” Obama said. “We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough,” he said.
And gun sales spiked – again.
In the days following the ISIS-inspired shootings in San Bernardino, California, gun sales began spiking again, CNN Money reported, noting that, as of December 3, the FBI had processed 19,827,376 requests for the year.
“That’s a 6% increase from the same period last year. It’s also 4% more than the same period in 2013, which is the record year for background checks,” the news network reported. “Mass shootings, like the Thursday attack in San Bernardino, often cause a rush in sales.”
At present, 2013 stands out as the year the FBI conducted the most background checks – 21,093,273. But the impetus for such purchases tends to escape the politically tone-deaf crowd in D.C.: Americans are fearful for their lives, understand that Washington (and local police) cannot always protect them, and want to take extra precautions using their Second Amendment rights.