How else do you combat #mass shootings? Criminals always can get weapons! Just look at France; even strict #gun laws don’t work. There is no debate on whether guns are dangerous; because they are! The alternative of a #unarmed public is far worse.
“Between the red hot rhetoric calling for new expanded gun control laws and acts of violent terrorism it is no surprise that people are stocking up on guns and ammunition,” Alan Gottlieb, who created the Second Amendment Foundation, said. “This trend will continue as long as the public feels threatened by government regulations and believes that they are the first line of defense when it comes to Homeland Security.”
Gun rights activists said the combination of increased calls for new gun control measures from leading Democrats and recent terrorist attacks have driven the record sales numbers.
In order to pass 2013’s record of 21,093,273 checks there need to be 1,265,897 checks in December. December hasn’t seen fewer than 2,000,000 checks since 2011.
Since all firearms transactions done through licensed gun dealers, including all new gun purchases, require a background check, the number of checks done in a month is considered a reliable measure of gun sales. However, the standard does not represent a one to one calculation for a number of reasons. Federal law and most state laws do not require a background check on sales of used guns between private parties. Additionally, some states perform FBI background checks on those who apply for gun carry permits.
The FBI conducted a record number of background checks driven by firearms sales for the month of November, indicating that gun sales were at an all time high for the seventh month in a row.