With yet another mass shooting less than a week after another mass shooting, it isn’t hard to find examples of those who take up arms against fellow Americans. If you combine these mass shootings, with accidental shootings and everyday gun crimes we are on track to have more people killed by guns in 2015 than by car accidents.
As my colleague wrote, “Thanks, NRA.”
The FBI is reporting that Black Friday brought people out in droves to buy weapons. Over 185,000 people had background checks processed for gun sales on November 27th, the same day as the Planned Parenthood shooting.
“This was an approximate 5 percent increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” FBI chief of multimedia productions Stephen Fischer wrote. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”
This isn’t the first time the FBI has seen a spike in gun sales over a 24 hour period. Black Friday in 2014, 2013 and 2012 are on the top 10 list for gun sales, but never before have they been this large.
Since 1998, the FBI shows that there have been more than 220 million background requests for firearm purchases.
Michael Bazinet, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told Guns.com
The numbers are just out, so we have not yet had the opportunity to gather viewpoints from across our industry to provide color commentary for what continues to be year-over-year healthy firearms sales. We think more individuals making the decision to exercise their right to keep and bear arms along with the rising interest in target shooting provide the underlying long-term narrative.
President Obama called for tighter restrictions on “weapons of war” on the Saturday following the Planned Parenthood shooting.
This is not normal. 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.
It’s not hard to see a correlation with an increase in gun sales and an increase in mass shootings. Those panicking about terrorists or government invasion and fear on the rise are buying up guns in droves. The Oregon shooter’s mother was literally hoarding guns out of fear that President Obama was going to outlaw guns.
Right-wing blogs like Breitbart, help fuel the conspiracy that President Obama is out to seize 300 million guns held by private citizens. Logically, that’s impossible. It’s been seven years since he was sworn in and he’s only got one year left. If he hasn’t taken your guns by now, he’s not going to. But sadly, logic doesn’t seem to be on these people’s side to begin with.
Watch a report about the record-setting background checks for guns on Black Friday in the video below:
Feature image via NY Daily News