According to the FBI, over 200,000 background check requests associated with the purchase of a firearm were submitted to the agency on Black Friday, marking the second highest gun sales day ever. The previous record was set on the day after Thanksgiving in 2016. In both 2017 and 2016, enough guns were potentially purchased on Black Friday to arm every active duty United States Marine.
USA Today reported that, in total, the FBI states they fielded 202,465 requests during the 24-hour period associated with Black Friday, just under the prior record of 203,086.
That’s a lot of people willing to have their privacy invaded in order to get a gun. Not everyone will ultimately be approved, but still, that’s a lot of applications.
But wait, there’s more.
In 20 states, individuals with a concealed carry permit are exempt from the background check requirement, based on guidelines set by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), so they could make a purchase without having to send additional information to the FBI, leaving those sales potentially uncaptured by the FBI’s background check application data.
These numbers don’t include online sales and off the book’s sales, but they are still impressive.
However, if the numbers even somewhat accurately capture the number of firearms sold, Americans purchased enough guns to arm every member of the approximately 182,000 active duty US Marines.
And the Marines are proficient with both pistols and rifles.
For now, Americans are responding to calls for gun control by buying more firepower and hitting what they aim at, which is controlling a gun.
It’s a distinction the gun grabbers simply do not want to be made.