President Barack Obama, the man perennially regarded as the “world’s best gun salesman” thanks to a mix of hostile anti-gun rhetoric and lawless executive actions which have driven many Americans to fear their government, has unexpectedly eclipsed his previous record sales high by roughly 2 million guns.
A record number of firearms background checks were conducted by the FBI in 2015 — equating to roughly 44 every minute.
The agency reported Monday that it conducted a total of 23,141,970 checks last year, eclipsing the prior yearly record of roughly 21.1 million checks set in 2013.
The background checks are conducted through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases from federal firearms licensees and for permits to carry guns, and while the checks serve as an indicator of gun sale trends in the U.S., each check does not always equate to a sale.
Obama’s record-shattering performance suggests that the President actually sold in excess of 25 million guns, as a number of states accept concealed carry permits instead of a NICS background check and most private sales cannot be run through NICS because politicians have have steadfastly refused to let citizens use the background check system themselves over “privacy concerns.”
To give you some idea of the enormity of the President’s accomplishment, the U.S. military—widely regarded as the most powerful force in world history—could completely re-arm every single soldier, sailor, airman and Marine on active duty with less than two million guns. Obama has helped sell more than ten times that number in a single year, and in excess of 100 million guns in his seven years in office.
Not one to rest on his laurels, President Obama will deliver an hour-long anti-gun address on CNN Thursday night filled with more half-truths and lies that will likely help gun sales in 2016 surge to ever greater heights.
Tag-teaming in an election year with Democrat Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley, there is every reason to believe that this anti-gun “Dream Team” could push actual single-year firearms purchases over the 30 million gun mark for the first time in history, helping drive nation’s record low per-capita murder rate to unheard-of record lows.
As Robert Heinlein suggested, an armed society is indeed a polite society.
Thank you for helping prove that point, Mr. President.
Bob Owens is the Editor of BearingArms.com.
Bob is a graduate of roughly 400 hours of professional firearms training classes, including square range and force-on force work with handguns and carbines. He is a past volunteer instructor with Project Appleseed. He most recently received his Vehicle Close Quarters Combat Instructor certification from Centrifuge Training, and is the author of the short e-book, So You Want to Own a Gun.
He can be found on Twitter at bob_owens.