November 30, 2022

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Gun Sales New Record December 2011 – FBI No Clue Why

CNN is reporting that more guns were purchased in December of 2011 than in any month in history.

With a few days left in December, the FBI reports the number of background checks has already topped the previous one-month record — set only in November — of 1,534,414 inquiries by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also known as NICS. Almost half a million checks were done in just the last six days before Christmas.

Two days before Christmas, NICS ran 102,222 background checks, which was the second-busiest day in history. The one-day record was set this year on Black Friday, the big shopping day following Thanksgiving, with 129,166 searches. By comparison, the previous one-day high was set November 28, 2008, when gun dealers made slightly less than 98,000 requests for background searches.

It’s not possible to tell exactly how many guns have been purchased because buyers often take home more than one gun. But most people pass the background checks. Only 1.3% of the searches result in people being denied permission to buy a weapon, said FBI spokesman Steve Fischer.

But apparently the FBI has no clue as to why people would be buying so may guns

FBI officials did not offer a theory on the spike in gun sales.

Does the FBI really have no clue, or are their suspicions for the rising sales of guns “politically sensitive”

A few reasons I would put forward to the increasing sales of guns in the USA.

1. Tightening of gun laws, actual or believed. People want to buy guns when they still can.

2. This is probably the most obvious. In 2008 the US government said the American economy was on the verge of collapse and since then the only thing that has happened is that more money has been printed and the economy is arguably worse.

Given this evidence, it would appear that America is not over the worse and is merely delaying the collapse of the US economy. Given this, would Americans not be wise to arm themselves should the functions of local and federal governments cease to operate?

3. It was alleged by the democrats that the US government could default on it obligations this year. Given how a government default, in the way the democrats were implying, could lead to millions of Americans no longer getting aid for the government, does it not seem natural that if this happened there would be a lot more desperate people in America? And given this, would people not be better of arming themselves should the worst come to the worse?

4. Terrorism. The US government is constantly hyping up the terrorist threat against Americans and the US government is now trying to say the Untied States is a battlefield in the “war on terror”

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Given this environment that the government is creating, would it not be a natural consequence that people would want to arm themselves against this “terrorist threat”?

So in summary, the record levels of gun sales is not a surprise, it is completely understandable. Why CNN and the FBI are not stating the obvious, possible reasons is unclear.

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