Guns really are a key part of the fabric of American life. They’re so much a part of it that on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year when people mob stores for the best deals on televisions and other consumer electronics, Americans bought enough guns to equip the United States Marine Corps.
Ain’t it great to be an American?
According to the FBI, over 200,000 background check requests associated with the purchase of a firearm were submitted to the agency on Black Friday, marking a new single-day record. The previous record was set on the day after Thanksgiving in 2016. In both 2017 and 2016, enough guns were potentially purchased on Black Friday to arm every active duty Marine.
USA Today reported that, in total, the FBI states they fielded 203,086 requests during the 24-hour period associated with Black Friday, decimating the previous 2016 record of 185,713.
The background checks are required for firearms purchases from federally licensed dealers, so the number does not necessarily reflect the actual number of sales that took place.
In some cases, a single background check could be associated with more than one gun purchase if a shopper decided to buy more than one during a single trip. Additionally, not all who apply are ultimately approved, so some applications would not result in a purchase.
It’s also worth noting that 20 states have provisions where a background check isn’t necessary with a valid concealed carry permit. This is guidelines from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives who note that permit holders have already undergone an extensive background check and lose their permits if they become ineligible to buy guns.
Upset Gun Grabbers
While gun grabbers are undoubtedly furious over these numbers, it’s not really surprising. The recent push for gun control by gun control-loving liberal politicians has many concerned about the future of their firearms. Whenever that happens, gun sales surge.
The truth is, Americans tend to frown on people telling them they can’t or shouldn’t do something they want to do. Doing so only encourages them to go ahead and do pull the trigger, so to speak. They will invariably proceed to do the very thing the elites don’t want them doing.
There’s a reason gun sales were so massive during the Obama administration. Even though he said he knew he didn’t have the votes for gun control during the campaign, we all knew that he wanted to disarm the American public. In fact, simply by saying he didn’t have the votes he gave away his clear intention. After all, you only worry about the votes when you’re talking about something you want to do.
Comments about people “clinging to guns and religion” probably didn’t help either.
So now here we are, a Republican-controlled Congress, a Republican in the White House, and a conservative Supreme Court, and the anti-gun zealots are still trying to conduct a full court press on gun control.
Was there ever really any doubt what would happen?
Needless to say, this is good news for the lagging gun industry. A strong Black Friday and erase a multitude of sins, after all.