I’d previously noted that Americans bought a record number of guns in November.
Why did Americans buy so many guns? Because we’re awesome, that’s why!
But wait! There’s more!
Having bought a record number of guns in November, what did Americans do? They bought more!
How much more were bought in December? Another record!
“It was the highest number ever in a single month, surpassing the previous record set in November.”
“On Dec 23 alone there were 102,222 background checks, making it the second busiest single day for buying guns in history.”
Considering only the big days, that’s 129,000 the day after Thanksgiving (record!) and 102,000 the day before Christmas eve (runner up). Just about a quarter million in two days alone. Go team freedom!
It makes my Curmudgeonly heart swell with pride. Free citizens voluntarily plunking down their own cash to legally arm themselves to the teeth. I don’t care if it’s deer guns, plinkers, bird guns, cheap mil-surp, chromed cowboy wallhangers, pistols, rifles, shotguns, or even a metric ton of tiny derringers. Any gun in the hands of a free citizen is a good one. It’s good to do things that free citizens can do. Rights must be recognized or they’re just words in a book.
Of course it’s all voluntary; whiny people who dislike (or are terrified of) guns can choose to sit this one out (maybe buy an iPad of some shit?). Anyone can stay home from the party but gun buyers are having the party with or without them.
It’s just icing on the cake that it makes hippies, socialists, busybodies, and other cretins exceedingly nervous. People who boss others around should be nervous…always.
Speaking of socialist yahoos, I picked up this piece of news from the Telegraph, a paper out of the UK. I’m not sure if the US media buried the story or I missed it because I live under a rock. Either way the Telegraph reflexively ran through the usual playbook of media bias. There was the usual hand wringing that this was all a symptom of what fearful unwashed redneck jackoffs do when they’re not “clinging” to religion. (They phrased it slightly differently.)
I’m also highly amused by the Brady Campaign which did it’s best Baghdad Bob impression:
“But anti-gun campaigners said those who already owned weapons were simply hoarding more of them due to ‘fear-mongering’ by the NRA.
A spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence said: ‘The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns.’”
Got that? Two record months, a quarter million in two particularly lively days, and that means “fewer and fewer people are owning guns“. Isn’t that precious? Isn’t that sweet? Sales in the millions and that means fewer owners.
I live in reality and more guns means more gun owners (and more support for gun rights). All of this came about because of citizens using actual cash and acting of their own volition. Lets see the Chevy Volt match that performance!