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Gun sales hit record high in Dec. following record high Nov.

Gun sales hit record high in Dec. following record high Nov.

Due to unprecedented demand in firearms in 2009, Barack Obama was awarded the “Gun Salesman of the Year” by Outdoor Wire.

Congratulations!

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A poster showing Barack Obama is seen in the background as customers line up to look at firearms at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault riffles. (Flickr)

Four years later Barack Obama continues to be a boon for gun sales.

McClatchy reported:

To the nation’s gun lobby and gun rights advocates, the Obama administration is public enemy No. 1.

Yet the president has proven to be a boon for gun sales.

In the four years since Barack Obama was first elected president in November 2008, an estimated 67 million firearms have been purchased in the United States. That’s more than were sold in almost seven years before his first election.

Now come concerns that Obama will push through stricter gun laws — although in four years he’s yet to push for them.

With Obama starting a second term in office — and anti-gun fervor stoked by shooting massacres in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. — an unprecedented surge in the sales of firearms has taken off.

December 2012 saw a record-shattering number of requests for criminal background checks on prospective gun buyers — more than 116,000 of those from Kansas and Missouri alone.

“Since Obama was re-elected,” said Gary Jessup of UT Arms in Kansas City, Kan., “it’s been off the chart.”

Nationwide, more than 2.7 million of those checks were recorded for December, according to statistics kept by the FBI. Since late 1998 when federal law began mandating such checks for prospective gun buyers, the only other month that exceeded the 2 million mark was November 2012 — when Obama won a second term.

Editor’s note: If you feel like responding to President Obama’s superlative salesmanship, here’s a list of the best concealed-carry weapons to enhance your shopping experience: Top 10 Concealed Carry Guns.

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  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    Legal gun ownership doesn’t frighten me, nor should it frighten anyone!!! What scares the krap out of me are democrats, they’re the ones who should be monitored and their influence controlled, they’re the ones destroying society!!! There absolutely should be stricter laws against democrats, starting with the worthless one in the WH!!!

    Push for strict democrat control, not gun control!!!

  • Wxcynic

    I think those estimates of how many guns and gun owners there are might be a little off.
    I know several liberal neighbors who are now armed. They also fear our government.

  • globalcrap

    Amen

  • anothercrawfish

    Something is wrong with this article, or maybe the store’s poster. Nowhere is it mentioned how much Crazy Joe Biden has helped with Mr. Benghazi’s place of honor. It just doesn’t seem fair to Crazy Joe and his hard work.

  • Nealstar

    Except for the fact that there’s no problem keeping up with the demand for “assault rifles” as they’re illegal for civilian ownership.

  • terry ellis

    Except for the “what” “why”? Was something edited out? The logic, maybe?

  • Nealstar

    The article stated that gun dealers were having a problem keeping up with the demand for “assault rifles”. What there is a demand for is AR-15s, and probably AK-47s. The AR-15 is not an “assault rifle” as it’s semi-automatic. By definition, an “assault rifle” has select fire capability which means it can fire full auto or semi-auto.

    Additionally, “assault rifle” is a political term, not military or even general firearms term. Back in the day, the M-14 was not called an assault rifle, just a rifle, and when equipped with the E-2 stock with fold down foregrip, was called an “automatic rifle”, like it’s predecessor the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle). The AK-47s that are available for civilian purchase are also semi-automatic only, ergo, not “assault rifles”.

    The BAR used during WWII and Korea, was an automatic rifle firing the powerful .30-06 cartridge, the M-14 used at the onset of the Viet Nam war fired a slightly less powerful, but still considered “high power” 7.62 x 51mm/.308 caliber cartridge.

    Both the M-16 and its civilian counterpart, the AR-15 fire the relatively anemic 5.56 x 45mm/.223 caliber caliber and the military as well as civilian AK-47s fire a similiarly anemic 7.62 x 39mm. cartridge. Both have less stopping power than the average hunting rifle including the legendary .30-30.
    Here’s a more complete explanation:
    http://www.assaultweapon.info/

  • StackoLee

    Huh? First you say “by definition” then say it’s “a political term” – if it’s a political term, which I agree it is, then it’s ‘definition’ is Subjective, not Objective.

    I own an AR-15 (happens to be now-infamous Bushmaster cuz they make the best) and have several 30-round mags (libs call them ‘clips’, showing sheer ignorance) and on regular old semi-auto I can put a LOT of lead down-range. It is that CAPABILITY that makes it what it is and sets it apart from ‘non-black rifles’. It’s common sense – how fast and how much lead can you accurately put down-range? Short of full auto, my AR is highly capable! There are plenty of other valid arguments, but ‘capability’ is not one of them.

  • StackoLee

    ‘Confiscation’? Only NRA wack jobs and Americans who have LOST FAITH believe this propaganda. The Constitution and the American People, together, have proven to be the most awesome force on Earth – only those who have lost their faith in that power can even foster the idea talk radio TELLS them to think…

  • Nealstar

    By military definition, an “assault rifle” has full auto capability. Ergo, your AR-15 is not accurately described as an “assault rifle”. By the Leftist political definition, with nothing to substantiate the claim, your non-select fire AR-15 is an “assault rifle” because it has a pistol grip, a flash suppressor, possibly a bayonet lug, 30 round magazine and it’s black. Let’s not forget the most dangerous component of all, according to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, the barrel shroud.

    A Ruger Mini-14 fires the same round and with the wooden stock is not classified an “assault rifle” and I can put just as many rounds downrange with it in the same amount of time. I can also put just about as many rounds downrange with a Browning High Power in just about the same amount of time. So what? It’s not how many rounds fired, it’s how many hits scored.

    I didn’t think the M-16 was that great a weapon when it was introduced in Viet Nam and, as demonstrated my the number of soldiers found dead next to their stripped down rifles, the beta version wasn’t. Once they added the forward bolt assist, it started performing as it should have out of the gate. I still don’t think they hold a candle to the M-14. I’ll take an M1A over an AR-15 any day, but it’s really a matter of personal preference as they’ll both do the job. Not to get too nit-picking about it, but the standard 147gr. FMJ 7.62 x 51mm. is almost three times as much lead as the standard 55gr. FMJ 5.56x45mm. round.

    I don’t think you’re a lunatic or a criminal so if you wanted to jump through the hoops, had the money and wanted a quad .50 or a mini-gun and weren’t my neighbor wanting to let ‘em rip early on a Sunday morning, I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

    Take a look at this presentation on “Assault Weapons”:

    http://www.assaultweapon.info/

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