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Background Check Stats Reveal Gun Sales Higher Than Ever

March 22, 2013 by  

Background Check Stats Reveal Gun Sales Higher Than Ever

An analysis of FBI-maintained data on the volume of background checks conducted when stores sell  firearms reveals that Americans are buying more guns than at any time since the agency began keeping track of the numbers.

Of particular interest is the dramatic spike in sales since late last year.

Through 2012, the number of background checks run on retail gun customers already was on pace to be higher than in previous years. But in the weeks following the Newtown, Conn., mass murder (as well as the liberal-backed crescendo in anti-gun policy), people bought a lot of guns.

The FBI began keeping track of background check numbers after implementing the point-of-sale National Instant Criminal Background Check System in 1998. In the 14 years since, nine of the 10 days of greatest background check volume occurred on, or in the time following, Dec. 14, the date of the Newtown killings.

In addition, the 10 heaviest-volume weeks have all happened since Newtown:

The highest week of all time was the one immediately following the tragedy; the week of the tragedy itself ranks fifth, even though the massacre occurred on Friday…The Sandy Hook massacre lit a fuse — and even at the site of the tragedy itself sales have spiked. Gun shops in Newtown are seeing sales at a rate at least double normal.

The analysis cautions that the numbers can only reveal so much information. For example, many gun buyers may be purchasing more than one weapon after passing their background checks. Also, there’s no way to be sure that all purchases requiring a background check, under Federal law, are ever verified.

And, because non-retail firearms transactions don’t require Federal background checks, there isn’t any way — to the relief of privacy fans everywhere — to measure the frequency with which privately exchanged guns are bought and sold. The liberal rhetoric over restricting private gun sales frequently tosses around the claim that 40 percent of guns bought and sold don’t undergo any kind of check, but that’s been debunked.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    The steady purchase of guns by American: Many know what is happening.

    the Obama regime running our country into the ground has issued an updated Executive Order which suggests the probability of impending MARTIAL LAW.

    We are left to scratch our heads and ask……… Why now?

    The only possible answer is…

    America is in fact, right now, in the vicious throes of a Cold Civil War.

    Cold as in non-violent and Civil as in nationwide; an attempt to force a new government-controlled ideology upon an unwilling public.

    And the forces implementing this agenda are relentless.

    The National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order is nothing more than a blatant attempt to stir trouble of the highest intensity. The regime is looking to see who jumps and to see the movement that happens amongst the most vocal defenders of our rights, (you and me). They are poking us to see if we will go over the edge and do something so stupid that there will be a crisis… it will be our fault… and if any of our number are provoked enough to rise to the proverbial bait — they will finally lower the hammer… all in the name of “national security and public safety.”

    These are classic Soviet style tactics designed and implemented in an effort to make us react, get us to either flinch and shut up, or overreact and get suppressed. It is also an exercise so they can gather intel on who is who and who has pull.

    Many of us are trained. We know this game.

    “Cold Civil War, but for how long?”

    Even now they work the international treaty to disarm America — find out what John “I was in Viet Nam” Kerry is doing..the traitors are very busy.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Alex

      Freedumb Fighter—do you have to close every single pronouncement you issue with that lame jarhead mating call?

      And what is with the quotation marks around “I was in Vietnam” betwixt ‘John’ and ‘Kerry’?
      Yes, unfortunately, a young John Kerry was stupid enough to go to Vietnam and earn Purple Hearts rather than jail or Canada, but he has since apologized for his naivete so give the man a break.

      PS– if “The Invisible War” is even remotely or marginally accurate, the average Marine is either a rapist or a rape victim—even the boys! ESPECIALLY the boys… is that what all that Semper Fi stuff is all about?

      • FreedomFighter

        Not Going Away

        Never let go of Freedom

        Laus Deo
        Semper FI

      • MikeW

        Your claim that “…a young John Kerry was stupid enough to go to Vietnam and earn Purple Hearts…” is inaccurate on multiple counts. Going to Vietnam was NOT stupidity. It was a calculated component of opportunist Kerry’s intended career path, whereby he planned to follow in the footsteps of JFK and become a “war hero” and ultimately president.
        It has been proven that at least some of Kerry’s Purple Heart medals were acquired under questionable circumstances. Based on testimony by a former Army doctor who treated Kerry’s first “war wound”, Kerry took a piece of stone “shrapnel” the size of a piece of pencil lead that resulted from a bored Kerry firing a swiftboat machine gun into some rocks on the banks of the river. He was hit by one of the resulting splintered rock slivers and got a medal for it.

        And you obviously are having trouble with “semper fi” because Liberals have no faith in or allegiance to any of the principals this country was founded on, as proven by their constant assaults on the Constitution.

      • Karl von Faustheim

        Being the spineless indolent you are and having the mentality and demeanor of the typical liberal leach I know for a fact you wouldn’t do anything to secure the liberties you now enjoy provided to you by others who sacrificed and some who sacrificed all.

        Semper-Fi Semper Fidelis the Marine Corps motto meaning always faithful is a rite of passage per se an acknowledgement by all Marines who have EARNED the title United States Marine

        Being a spineless liberal leach would automatically eliminate you for consideration in OUR honorable fraternity.

        To Marines Everywhere Semper-Fi Captain KVH 1st Force recon

      • Mike in MI

        Freeman/Fighter –
        Up to your old tricks again, I see. There you go, doing whatever you feel like to make the utopian mumble grunters who never had or did anything they could claim to be proud of feel bad about themselves. It’s awful you should be that way about yourself and your life. It’s also not fair that you should have something you’re proud of and he dooesn’t.
        You need to give him some of it, no, give him all of it. Why not ? Someone who is a real person, like you, will go out and make a whole lot more things of which to be proud.
        Feel sorry for him … feel very, very sorry. No, on second thought, don’t. He is who and what he is by choice. Too bad he took the first thing that presented itself before he’d seen the rest of the fireld and the benefits of some of the things that go with.
        So are you. He just, like the rest of the breed, wants to take all your’s away.

        God bless, from an old Corpsman. You’re one of the best.

      • Opal the Gem

        Sounds to me like Alex is projecting his fears, foibles, and most secret desires onto others and just possibly a little personal experience.

      • JeffH

        Unhinged Alex doesn’t like FF’s commentary…toooooo baddddd!

        Straight out of Alinsky’s book huh Alex?

        Rule 5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

        Alex, your being so infuriated with FF’s post puts you at a clear disadvantage…unhinged…LMAO!

      • Vicki

        JeffH says:
        “Straight out of Alinsky’s book huh Alex?

        Rule 5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

        But what are they to do when we laugh at their feeble attempts at ad hominem?

        Like how they tried ridicule against you and I and a few others who dare to point out the self evident truth that

        ~300 Million Americans DIDN’T SHOOT ANYONE. and we demand that government

        STOP PUNISHING THE INNOCENT for the acts of a few.

        Is there some other rule they can try?

      • JeffH

        Vicki, Bless you for that one. Oh how they just can’t stand it.
        They act like little whiney children and that tickles me to death.

      • Vicki

        JeffH. You’re welcome. Like many self evident truths it was something we all know but never before actually articulated the number of law abiding citizens. Part of the beauty of it is that, unlike the ~2.5 million defensive uses of firearms every year, this statistic is easy to verify. Anyone can do it. It is impossible to debunk and it works for smaller sections such as states and cities just as well as it does for the whole country.

        Then I added a dash of emotion cause liberals seem to need emotion.

        Now if we could just get more people to spread the word. Liberals would hate it but it has to be done. Their lives are at risk too. Now what was that infamous liberal sound bite? Ah

        “If it saves just one life……”

    • http://yahoo don

      All it would take would be if every elgible voter in the country gets out and votes. one thing they would have to do is look at every polititions record and vote wisely. we all know the media almost controls every election by fooling every voter with the beauty padgent like atmosphere and glorifying all the trash talk they do to make the other candidates look bad. Don’t really need a actual revolution when the vote carries a lot of clout. let the voters carry out a revolution and things would really change. voters depend on television news too much. If everyone was on line and go personal liberty digest it probly would be a lot different. Livingston is very open in all ways. i don’t think he swings one way like a lot of the media does. we the people need to win the country back. get out and vote.

    • Paul B.

      Alex the intolerant…. Why do you can how he ends his posts??? Is it offensive to you, and in your stupid PC manner must have it eliminated. The tell-tale signs of a true Liberal Nazi.

      • Vicki

        The thing about offense is that it is entirely in alex’s control. He, not FF, controls his offense. So he can choose at any time to NOT be offended.

        Meanwhile to FF and all other patriots. Never give up. Never surrender.

        Semper Fi

  • Dad

    … and that is just the law abiding citizens. Try to imagine how many are being purchased by the drug cartels… check with Holder and ATF on that one.

  • Father Knows Better

    Civil War: Cold or Hot? Constitutional or Un-Constitutional? Legal or not, Legislation passed to look like laws but is/are unconstitutional so they are NOT laws. “A Rose by any other name…” Or better yet a SKUNK by ant other name will still smell the same. The Obama Cult keeps passing legislation that it knows can not be legal and Executive Orders that are unconstitutional with but one objective. That objective is to force a civil revolt that can be used as an excuse to declare Martial Law; which he hopes will keep him in the white house for an unlimited amount of time. Just who Obama is for, besides himself, really doesn’t matter. What is obvious is he is AGAINST the Constitution and the People of the United States. Why he is this way doesn’t matter either. All that matters is he must be REMOVED from Office and he and ALL of his cult followers should then be arrested. tried and punished, if found guilty, ASAP, in anyway possible.

  • Father Knows Better

    As for the background checks: Forget it! The stats are only the tip of the iceberg. You know when the gun sales from stores are this high the “Private Sales” at Flea Markets and Garage/Yard Sales, Estate Auctions, and other public but private sales media are probably 10 times greater. I bought a rifle from a gun dealer with all the proper paper work done a few months ago, because I couldn’t find it any other way, but I also have SEVERAL other guns, of all types, that were purchased through private sales.
    And to Obama and Cult I say this, ” I don’t care what you do, write, or pass. The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution, that long ago, I swore to protect and to defend, from people just like you, states that I have the RIGHT to KEEP and BEAR Arms and that right shall not be INFRINGED this is also backed up by the Dick Act of 1906. AND THAT is exactly what I AM doing now, Have done, And Will DO from now on. If you want my guns you better bring a large supply of Body bags; trespassers will be shot on sight. I may be a little rusty on long range shooting but I can assure you I am not that rusty. Nor are my friends, neighbors, and fellow Vets.
    Obama and Cult, you people are the ones who are acting illegally and unconstitutional if you really want your civil war all you have to do is make a move to try and STEAL a gun from any citizen and the rest will follow. And it will end in your trial and execution for TREASON.

    • JeffH

      FKB, here in Commiefornia we have to go through an FFL and a 10 day waiting period when we buy from a private party. I’m sure there are a few other states that require the same…even for long guns…and it sucks!

  • Alan

    You are one sick, twisted puppy there Alex! Perhaps once you get a few more years under your belt sunny-boy you’ll better understand what it means to serve your country. In other words “grow up”.


    Alex, did you know that another one of John Kerrys “wounds” was from a grenade he threw at an empty hutch, which when it exploded threw splinter everywhere, one of which landed in Kerrys gluteous maximus because he was too close to it? It was of his own doing yet he wanted a purple heart for it.

    Albert Gore Jr was also in Viet Nam. He was there as a “reporter” with his body guards, and his spit shined boots. He never saw one minute of action.


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