Gun sales have already been on the rise since the Paris attacks and San Bernardino. And in spite of all the rhetoric and legislative propositions coming from the left as to how to deal with “gun violence,” the country has in general moved away from gun control.
This year was already seeing a gun sales trend, as gun sales hit record highs seven months in a row through November. Sales spiked on Black Friday, and this year is on pace to break records with gun sales. All they need is to pass 1.2 million background checks in December, and the record will be broken. Historically, December hasn’t seen fewer than 2 million background checks since 2011. Breitbart reported:
According to The Guardian, “Gun shop owners across the US have reported a marked increase in interest in their products over the holidays.” Store owners say “most” people are shopping for guns to give as gifts.
This is the case at ABQ Guns in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at Fort Chaffee Outfitters in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and at Freedom Firearms in Kingsport, Tennessee. And this surge in giving guns for gifts comes on top of a gun market with sales that were already skyrocketing via the post-San Bernardino rush for self-defense handguns and AR-15 rifles.
On December 9, Breitbart News reported that guns were flying off the shelves in stores from Redland, California, to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and from Lynchburg, Virginia, to League City, Texas.
Reports indicate that the Christmas rush is not simply for guns, but for “gun accessories,” as well. They point to The Well Armed Woman in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is doing a “brisk business selling accessories like holsters, concealed carry purses and bullet jewelry targeting female gun owners.”
Black Friday 2015 ushered in Christmas gun purchases with a record-breaking number of background checks in one day. According to The Trace, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said, “Black Friday  shattered the single-day record with 185,345 background checks processed in a 24-hour period — or slightly more than two background-checks every second.”
It would be interesting to see how the violence rate will be affected by these trends in the coming years. It’s also important to consider that perhaps most of these firearm transactions are being done by those who already own guns. So, maybe the number of gun owners isn’t increasing all that much, while the number of guns is increasing dramatically.
They say that an armed society is a polite society. That means that lots of people have to be armed all the time; not relatively few people simply owning a bunch of guns.