Black Friday 2011 set a new record for gun sales with 129,166 background check requests. Many read it as a sign that Americans were uncertain about the future of the United States and were arming themselves to protect their property and family.
This year’s Black Friday topped last year’s gun sales by a whopping 20%. The FBI reported 154,873 background check requests. The actual figure on total gun sales is undoubtedly higher because only one background check is needed for the purchase of more than one firearm at a time. Therefore, we really don’t know the total number of sales, only the number of background checks. The volume of background check requests on Black Friday was so great that on two separate occasions it caused the FBI Instant Background Check center to crash.
A number of people believe the record gun sales is a direct result of the re-election of Barack Obama and the fear that he will actively seek to ban as many types of guns from private ownership as possible. One of those that link the record sales to the election is Don Gallardo, manager of Shooter’s World in Phoenix who commented about the amount of sales on Black Friday:
“With the recent election, some people are making buying decisions just in case something (new law) happens.”
Last year, Obama met with anti-gun activist Sarah Brady and told her that he was working under the radar on sweeping new gun control policies. During the campaign this year, he also mentioned that he would like to see a ban on all assault rifles.
In addition to Obama’s quest to ban guns from private citizens, many people also feel that the continued United Nation’s efforts to ban all guns will eventually spill over into the US. Most people are concerned about the Arms Trade Treaty which has a section that reads:
“Section III, Paragraphs 7 and 8 of the Programme of Action mandate that if a member state cannot get rid of privately owned small arms legislatively, then the control of ‘customs, police, intelligence, and arms control’ will be placed under the power of a board of UN bureaucrats operating out of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.”
With so many Second Amendment activists focusing on the Arms Trade Treaty, some have forgotten about the UN Small Arms Treaty. This nasty piece of international legislation basically bans private ownership of all small arms. It goes on to define small arms as all handguns, shotguns, hunting and target rifles. And you may be shocked to learn that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed both the Arms Trade Treaty and the Small Arms Treaty. The only thing preventing it from becoming law at this time is ratification in Senate. Article 2, Section 2 of the US Constitution states that two-thirds of the senators present must vote in favor of any treaty in order for it to be ratified and made law in the US. This is one reason that Senate seats are so valuable. As long as the Republicans can maintain a minimum of 35 seats in the Senate, they can prevent either of these US treaties from being ratified and made law.
As for US citizens and gun sales, the records set over the past couple years indicates that it will be extremely difficult for any power to confiscate them all. To attempt to do so will undoubtedly result in the loss of thousands of lives, turning America’s streets red with blood. All I can say, is buy as many guns and as much ammo as you can and be ready when all hell breaks loose in the streets and homes of America.