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From The Editor | Gun Sales Continue To Rise Through Black Friday

From The Editor | Gun Sales Continue To Rise Through Black Friday

After violent criminals commit mass murders, many anti-gun politicians and other gun-ban advocates call for passage of more restrictive gun laws—laws that would typically only affect law-abiding Americans, not criminals. 

But judging by recent trends in the National Instant Check System (NICS), many Americans aren’t buying the idea that restricting their access to guns will help battle violent crime. Rather, they are embracing the fact that they need to be equipped to take care of themselves should tragedy strike.Such high sales numbers in 2015 show a major disconnect between rank-and-file Americans and gun-ban advocates like President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Following five consecutive months of record-breaking NICS checks, more Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on Black Friday this year than any day on record, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data. The NICS system processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27.

According to Stephen Fischer, FBI chief of multimedia productions, this year’s Black Friday total was 5 percent higher than the 175,754 on the same day last year. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012,” Fischer wrote.

Interestingly, Black Friday in 2012, 2013 and 2014, along with this year’s, all fall in the top 10 most background checks processed in a 24-hour period.

Such high sales numbers in 2015 show a major disconnect between rank-and-file Americans and gun-ban advocates like President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. Both, along with other gun-control advocates, seem to believe making it more difficult for Americans to purchase firearms will somehow deter violent criminals from committing murders and other mayhem. 

Of course, criminals, by their very nature, don’t follow laws—that’s why they are criminals. If a person is willing to break the law making murder illegal, who is actually naïve enough to believe he would follow the more restrictive gun laws Obama and Clinton push on a nearly daily basis.

It’s likely that many gun-control proponents don’t really believe such laws would make much difference. After all, gun control is more about “control” than about guns.

As violent criminals continue to murder innocent people and jaded politicians continue to call for further restrictions on the law-abiding, safety-minded Americans will likely continue voting with their consciences and their pocketbooks. Don’t be surprised to see NICS checks continue to skyrocket into 2016 and through next November’s presidential election—and even beyond, should we find ourselves with another Clinton in the White House.

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