Single day firearms purchases hit all time high
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, December 5, 2011
As the debate raged last week over the attempt to pass a law that would allow U.S. citizens to be detained indefinitely without trial, Americans were busy preparing for their own form of ‘homeland security’, as gun sales hit an all time high for a single day on Black Friday.
“Numbers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show an all-time one-day high for background check requests from gun buyers last Friday,” reports ABC News. “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.”
The actual number of sales was also likely to be far higher because a buyer can purchase numerous guns per each background check.
The reason? If Obama secures a second term in office, Americans fear that he will use a lame duck presidency to fulfil promises to gun control advocates to take a bite out of the second amendment.
“Managers from both Griggs and Wholesale Sport say the presidential elections have a big effect on sales,” reports KNDU. “Sales went up four years ago when Obama was elected into office and they say with the new elections around the corner, many fear the President will work on changing gun control laws during his second term in office.”
Indeed, gun sales have been riding high every year since Obama took office, with a noticeable spike in first time gun buyers.
Gun stores across the country reported similar scenes of people queuing up from the early hours of the morning to take advantage of special deals on both collectors items and new firearms.
“I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns,” said Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, adding that there has been a significant increase in the number of women buying firearms.
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Earlier this year, President Obama told gun control advocate Sarah Brady that his administration was working “under the radar” to sneak attack the second amendment rights of American citizens.
During a March 30 meeting between Jim and Sarah Brady and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, at which Obama “dropped in,” the president reportedly told Brady, “I just want you to know that we are working on it (gun control)….We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
Just over a month later it emerged that the administration had been sending guns to Mexican drug gangs via the “Fast and Furious” program while simultaneously blaming border violence on the second amendment.
But it’s not just distrust of the Obama administration that is driving sales. With local authorities increasingly being forced to lay off police officers, citizens are wary of criminals becoming emboldened and are taking steps to protect their own families. Fear of riots and mass civil unrest has also been frequently cited as a reason for more Americans stockpiling guns.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.