2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Apparently I am not the only one getting a boom stick for the holidays.

Story from USA Today about the record number of background checks run on this past Black Friday.

Guns are a big seller on Black Friday

WASHINGTON – In addition to the sleek flat-screen televisions, smartphones, computers and cut-rate designer clothing, Black Friday's shopping legions seized on another hot item for 2011: guns.  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. The actual number of firearms sold last Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in a transaction by a single buyer. And the FBI does not track actual gun sales.

Some gun industry analysts 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.

Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said 25% of the purchases typically involve first-time buyers, many of them women.  "I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns," Keane said. Yet Keane said last Friday's number appeared to defy complete explanation. "It's really pretty amazing," he said.

Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said he was "skeptical" of the Black Friday gun surge. "I think there may be no real signifcance at all," Henigan said. "It's possible that gun companies are just catching on to creating a Black Friday frenzy for themselves."

Well, its not surprising to me.  Gun sales have been steadily increasing in recent years, as have CCW licenses and hunting/sporting licenses as well.  Give me a little leeway here, but I would speculate that not only is this a sign that people are a little more conscious of exercising their Constitutional rights, but also is a sign that many people are moving away from large cities and settling in more rural settings where the use of a firearm is far more widespread and accepted.  

Also of note, there is nothing to indicate how many of these checks resulted in denied sales to people that should not legally be able to own a firearm that the NICS caught as it was supposed to do.  The "antis" hate to point out the successes of the check system and only point out when one gets by that shouldn't.  They then refuse to ignore a blatant misuse of the system in Operation Gunrunner that results in the death of a federal customs agent.  Sorry "antis", you can't play both sides of the street, no matter what party is in control, call them as they are, not how you want to see them.

As far as the Brady Center idiot's comments...are gun companies supposed to sit out the most lucrative shopping day of the year? Would we expect any other manufacturing sector to do the same?  By brushing off the data he shows that once again they refuse to accept the fact that they are LOSING in the battle over the 2nd Amendment.  

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