Often referred to by his critics as America’s most effective gun salesman, Barack Obama’s aggressively anti-Second Amendment attitude has corresponded with several notable spikes in firearms sales over the past seven years. Last month, for example, gun purchases increased in response to safety concerns over the president’s Syrian refugee program.
Even as a gunman targeted police and civilians at a Colorado Planned Parenthood last week, the FBI reports that law-abiding Americans were making Black Friday a red-letter day for gun sales — the busiest day on record for background checks conducted prior to firearms purchases.
FBI Multimedia Productions Chief Stephen Fischer provided specifics, noting Black Friday handily beat the previous background checks record set in the aftermath of the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. All told, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported handling 185,345 requests, a significant increase over the prior year’s Black Friday receipts.
There was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014. The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.
Just a day after gun buyers shattered the existing record, Obama was once again harping on the perceived importance of making it more difficult for Americans to defend themselves with firearms.
He insisted that “we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them.”