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Linda Dahlberg
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« on: December 15, 2012, 03:58:44 pm »

 Gun Sales In 2012 Set Record, FBI Data Indicates

Posted: 12/14/2012 6:45 pm EST  |  Updated: 12/14/2012 6:45 pm EST



The gun business in the United States is thriving and the tragic events on Friday in Newtown, Conn. may likely do little to quell Americans' spending on munitions.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recorded more than 16.8 million background checks for gun purchases in 2012, the highest number since the FBI began publishing the data in 1998. A record number of requests for background checks for gun buyers went through on Black Friday in November, the FBI reported at the time, in part because of fears that President Barack Obama and other lawmakers would tighten gun control laws.

The FBI does not track actual firearms purchases, and the number of weapons sold could be even higher than the number of background-check calls because customers can purchase multiple guns, USA Today reports.

If the past is any indication, Friday's mass shooting will do little to slow the pace of sales. It’s not uncommon for gun sales to see a boost following a mass shooting, as buyers head to stores mostly motivated by self-defense, according to the Christian Science Monitor. In the first four days following the July mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., gun sales increased 41 percent, the CSM reported.

On Friday some pro-gun groups took to Twitter urging people to buy guns: Conservative pundit Ann Coulter tweeted "more guns, less mass shootings" in the wake of the event.

Gun control proponents outraged by Friday's events called for action. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged Obama to take "immediate action" to tighten gun laws.

Though the industry is doing well, overall gun ownership is actually on the decline, according to political scientist Patrick Egan. Firearm ownership is at near all-time lows.

Still, the firearms industry had a $31.8 billion impact on the economy last year, up from $27.8 billion in 2009, due to job creation, sales and taxes levied on guns, according to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The firearms industry didn't see much dropoff in the recession that hit so many other U.S. businesses. Gun industry-related jobs grew by more than 30 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to NSSF data cited by Forbes.

Demand for firearms was “robust” in 2008 and through the downturn, according to National Shooting Sports Foundation statements cited by MarketWatch. In addition, the Foundation noted in 2011 that many indicators showed that the industry “continues to thrive in a down economy,” according to Marketwatch.
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2012, 04:02:03 pm »

I really had to laugh while reading this because it's so sad that it's funny. What on earth is America's obsession with guns? It's ridiculous! It's because we know in our hearts that there's nothing exceptional about the United States except our ignorance.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2012, 04:03:52 pm »

The NRA, military-industrial complex, Wall Street and the 1% oligarchy owns the politicians(Purchased with campaign cash). Why would they support the needs of Main Street and sanity? And they do it by scaring millions into buying more and more guns. They have been telling people for five years that Obama was going to take away their guns any minute now.....He never has but everytime they say it, guns sales go up. It's time for Obama and Congress to go after tougher gun laws and ban semi automatics.......NOW.....then when the NRA says it, for once they will be saying something that is true. And I find it ironic that with so much republican rhetoric about how much in danger this country is from blacks, hispanics, sharia low, muslims, etc...the most violent, reprehensible serial killers, mass murderers, mothers who kill their children, etc are 99% good old home grown white folk.....This wasn't a gehtto kid who killed these children en masse, nor was it a gang member hispanic who bought a gun off the street, and how many of these mass murderers were.?.....take a look, you might not like what you see.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2012, 04:36:54 pm »

25 Statistics That Reveal Everything You Need To Know About The U.S. Firearms Industry

By Harry Bradford   Posted: 12/14/2012 6:30 pm EST  |  Updated: 12/15/2012 11:34 am EST

On Friday, December 14, a gunman entered an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and shot and killed 26 people including 20 children. Earlier that same week, an Oregon man shot three people at a shopping mall before taking his own life. A few months before that, a gunman entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and left having taken 12 lives.

Tragedies such as these have raised serious questions about a firearms industry growing larger and more powerful everyday. Today, it's easier for most Americans to access guns than it is to find mental health treatment. Such realities have set in motion a conversation about the nation's gun control laws, and the powerful industry such rules would regulate. So how big is the gun economy really?

Here is everything you need to know about the U.S. firearms industry:

31 billion - Economic impact of the firearms industry in 2011 in dollars.

19 billion - Economic impact of the firearms industry in 2008 in dollars.

4 billion - The number of dollars spent in annual commercial gun and ammunitions sales -- a 20-year high.

270 to 300 million - Estimated number of guns owned by Americans. That's about one for every American citizen.

158 million - Number of background checks conducted since the FBI was mandated to do so by Congress in 1993.

70 to 80 million - Number of Americans who own guns.

45 million - Number of Americans estimated to own handguns.

16.8 million - Number of background checks for gun sales in 2012.

8.5 million - Number of background checks for gun sales in 2002.

154,873 - The record number of background check calls the FBI reported receiving on Black Friday this year.

700 to 2000 - Cost of a .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle, which some reports indicate was the type of firearm used in the attack in Newtown, CT.

200 - Percent profit boost for gunmakers since Obama was elected in 2008.

96 - Percent of the $3 million that gun lobbyists donated during the 2012 election that went to Republicans.

87 - Percent of children killed in the 23 wealthiest nations who are American.

80 - Percent of gun deaths from the 23 wealthiest countries that are American deaths.

78 - Percent of Americans who favored making the sale of firearms “more strict” in 1990.

62.8 - Percent of people who own guns in Wyoming, the state with the highest rate of gun ownership in the U.S.

62 - Percent of 125 online sellers who said they "probably couldn't pass a background check."

47 - Percent of Americans who report owning a gun.

44 - Percent of Americans who favored making the sale of firearms “more strict” in 2010.

40 - 45 - Percent of U.S. households that own a gun.

33 - Percent increase in Winchester’s ammunition sales since 2007.

16.2 - Percent of people who own guns in Connecticut.

4.44 - Percent that gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company’s stock fell on the day of the Newtown school shooting.

1 - U.S.’s ranking in guns owned per 100 people.
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2012, 06:15:40 pm »

Seems to me that any country whose gun sales rise dramatically on the election and re-election of a black president has a far bigger problem than just a colossal over-abundance of privately-owned firearms.
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