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Gold, Frankincense, and ‘Murica: US Gun Sales up for Christmas

Published on December 25, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

© George Frey


It’s the holiday season of 2015, and a gun-obsessed populous spooked by an increasing number of mass shootings needs the perfect Christmas gift. According to local gun stores in the US, it’s a good time to be in the firearm business.

The holiday shopping season unofficially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday. On Black Friday this year, a total of 185,345 instant background checks were completed by the FBI, believed to be a new one-day record. That broke the previous record set on December 21, 2012, days after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, when 177,170 checks were processed by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system days ahead of Christmas. Background checks are the most reliable indicator of the gun industry’s health.

In the weeks following Black Friday 2015, gun store owners across the US have anecdotally reported a boon in sales, as the holiday season has coincided with high-profile attacks in Paris, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California.

“The knee jerk reaction of politicians is immediately after an event like [San Bernadino] to take advantage of it for political goals and will try to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” Sam Paredes, spokesman for Gun Owners of America, told ABC. “So there is a natural rush to gun stores to purchase guns and ammunition.”

In 2015, there have been well over 300 mass shooting incidents, defined as a single event in which four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The mass shooting epidemic in the US seems to have only improved firearm sales, as shown by the record-breaking Black Friday background check total.

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