Unsurprisingly, guns were a popular Christmas gift for Americans this year.
The National Retail Federation predicted that gun sales would rise 4% in November and December as holiday shoppers sought firearms to put under Christmas trees. On Black Friday alone, 175,000 federal background checks were conducted — a record.
Comedian Joe Mande, who has more than 1 million Twitter followers, drew attention to the gun-as-gift obsession Thursday by highlighting some of the people tweeting about their new guns on Christmas morning. Some photos that he retweeted showed young children with their first guns in tow. Moms, dads, sisters and brothers celebrated their gifts.