Anti-liberty Democrats keep stoking the fires of hatred against civil society, and Americans are responding by buying more and more guns.

FBI data suggests gun sales in the U.S. shot up in August after a barrage of high-profile shootings led to renewed calls for stronger firearm laws.

The FBI posted 1.7 million background checks required of gun buyers at federally-licensed dealers — the highest number seen in any August since the checks began in 1998, according to a USA TODAY report published Saturday.

It turns out it was a very busy summer for gun lovers.

The soaring tally comes on the heels of monthly highs for June (1.5 million) and July (1.6 million), a stretch that spanned a series of deadly gun attacks from Charleston to Roanoke.

“Whenever there is a call for gun control, sales increase,” said Larry Keane, general counsel for the firearm industry trade association National Shooting Sports Foundation.

NICS only tracks the number of background checks (including so-called “online” sales and sales from FFLs at gun shows and other venues), not the actual number of guns sold in each transaction. While there is no way of knowing precisely how many firearms there are in the United States, best-guess estimates put the tally at between 300-350 million, with millions more being sold every year.

Calls for more gun control laws by anti-gun Democrats, perceptions of an increase in violent crime, and a general distrust of a federal government that seems to be going rogue are among the key reasons citizens are purchasing more firearms.