Holiday Buying Spree Shatters Previous Mark by 8,000
Americans apparently have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season, including the right to keep, bear and purchase firearms.
According to an article in USA Today, more Americans underwent background checks while buying guns on Black Friday 2015 than on any previous day. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed about 185,345 requests Nov. 27.
“This was an approximate 5 percent increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” Stephen Fischer, the FBI's chief of multimedia productions, said in the article. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on Dec. 21, 2012.”
Previous Black Fridays also saw a high volume of gun sales, the article said, as the day after Thanksgivings from 2012 through 2014 also made the list of top 10 of most background checks processed in a 24-hour period.
Breitbart News reported that the FBI had predicted Black Friday 2015 would break records. May, June, July, August, September and October were record-breaking months for background checks, with each having the most checks ever processed for that month. That is, May had the highest number processed for any May in history, and so forth.
The number of background checks processed doesn’t equate directly to the number of guns sold, as some prospective buyers were probably denied, Breitbart said.
The mainstream media attempted to tie the buying frenzy to recent high-profile mass shootings, but firearms enthusiasts saw things differently.
“Obama is the best gun salesman in history,” one fan of NRA News wrote on the group’s Facebook page.
“Money speaks louder than words,” another wrote. “America is speaking.”
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Brian Lovett, Realtree's news blogger, has been an outdoors reporter, writer, magazine editor and book author for 27 years. Spring turkey hunting and autumn waterfowling take up most of his outside time, but he also enjoys fishing, deer hunting and upland-bird hunting. Lovett lives in Oshkosh, Wis., with his wife, Jenny, and their retriever.