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Monday, December 5, 2011

Firearms Big Seller on Black Friday

This story on ABC News' web site called them "Best Sellers."
Numbers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show an all-time one-day high for background check requests from gun buyers last Friday. There were 129,166 requests to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)–a third more than the previous record of 97,848 on Black Friday 2008, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said. On Black Friday last year, there were 87,061 requests.
Caroline Brewer of the Brady Campaign tried to spin it as no big deal.
“The trend that has been observed for decades now is that fewer and fewer Americans own guns, but those who do own continue to add to their stock,” Brewer said.
I don't know what world these Brady folks live in, but the people attending Women on Target or NRA Sportsfest clinics are new shooters and the clinics run at many Virginia clubs have capacity crowds.  Does Brady honestly believe that all of these people are attending shooting clinics and then not purchasing firearms at some point?  They site a study from University of Chicago’s General Social Survey that claims gun ownership in the nation hit its peak in the late 70's.  There are a lot of people who don't tell people on the phone that they do not know whether or not they own firearms.  A survey's conclusions are only as good as the data it collects.

Hat tip to NRANews.

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