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Tue Nov 29, 2022, 08:03 AM

It's Sickening How Many Guns Were Sold on Black Friday



Itís Sickening How Many Guns Were Sold on Black Friday
LIFE IS CHEAP
Somehow, 600-plus mass shootings this year have not dampened the nationís thirst for deadly weapons.
Michael Daly
Special Correspondent
Updated†Nov. 29, 2022†3:56AM ET†/†Published†Nov. 28, 2022†11:19PM ET†


By the time Thanksgiving rolled around this year, the nation had witnessed 609 mass shootings but had not lost its appetite for guns. Data obtained by The Daily Beast reveals that more Americans tried to buy firearms on Black Friday than they did last year.

In just the 13 days leading up to the annual post-Thanksgiving shopping orgy, there had been enough gun violence to weary any sane county. Three dead and two wounded at the University of Virginia. Five dead and 17 shot at a gay nightclub in Colorado. Six dead at a Virginia Walmart, including a 16-year-old new hire who had spent his first paycheck on a present for his mother.

But come Friday, Americans flocked to buy guns just as they did for Apple AirPods and Revlon One Step hair dryers. The FBI said that its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) conducted 192,749 background checksóup from 187,585 last year and dispiritingly close to the record of 203,086 set in 2017.

Over the rest of the long holiday weekend, there were six more mass shootings, which are defined as involving four or more victims. This brought the yearís total up to 615 as tallied by the National Gun Violence Archive. One was sparked around 8 p.m. Saturday by a dispute among two groups of teenagers who had been escorted from the Atlantic Station shopping center in Atlanta which began requiring juveniles to be accompanied by an adult after two shootings in October.

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babylonsister Nov 2022 OP
GenXer47 Nov 2022 #1
Amishman Nov 2022 #5
MissMillie Nov 2022 #2
jimfields33 Nov 2022 #3
Lovie777 Nov 2022 #4
Arthur_Frain Nov 2022 #6
Fla_Democrat Nov 2022 #7
EX500rider Nov 2022 #8

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 08:29 AM

1. if you do the math

at this rate by the time a current preschooler graduates high school, we will have well over a billion guns in America. They don't wear out like a pair of shoes. They just accumulate. Ask a gun owner, what are their plans for these guns, when they die?

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Response to GenXer47 (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 11:21 AM

5. BiL has over 200 guns, I've had that conversation with him

He has a spreadsheet as part of his will; detailing which guns he wants to go to specific people, which he wants to go to a museum (they are museum quality historical guns), the rest he says are to be offered up to any friends or family who want them. Not sure what he said about those that no one wants.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 09:01 AM

2. yeah, nothing say's "Happy Holidays" like an instrument of death. (n/t)

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Response to MissMillie (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 09:09 AM

3. Yeah my cousin got a BB gun one year.

I was like what a boring gift. Lol. I was glad Santa didnít give me one. Life wasnít so crazy back then (early 80ís). But knew I wouldnít be interested in that for a gift.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 09:38 AM

4. Unfortunately .......

with all the hatred and violence towards POC, LGBTQ, Jews, and any one who oppose a certain group, yes, I can see it.

Generally, people are afraid. Hell, you just don't know when a psycho will target a group of people who are basically going about their daily chores. People are arming themselves to protect their families. Police can't be everywhere.

This is what the GQP/RWers/white nationalists, kkk, nazis have accomplished, FEAR.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 12:00 PM

6. My better half insists on getting the Thanksgiving day paper.

To set her up for her Black Friday bargain excursion. Itís a tradition after all our time together, and though Iíve never been a Black Friday proponent myself, I donít discourage her, as there never used to be all that much harm in it.

So while I donít buy, I do thumb through the circulars occasionally. I guess I must not have for a few years, because guns were about 75% of the specials. Especially Sportsmanís Warehouse, like a ten page circular for firearms with an enclosure that has maybe a page and a half of other stuff.

And the Elks club, the local boosters, how do they make money? What do they want to sell you a raffle ticket for? Guns!!! And when you decline to buy a raffle ticket, they look at you like youíre some kind of weak reed. It truly is an illness, and once set in, there does not seem to be any exit.

Here in the states itís kind of like a really stupid ďking of the hill/dies with the most toys winsĒ game, with an infinite supply of guns and ammunition assuring eternal damnation.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 01:49 PM

7. I'm just waiting for people to realize.....

I'm just waiting for people to realize that number is off by (IMHO) 25-45%.


NICS is a point of sale event. It doesn't take into account orders from online retailers, because those checks won't be run until the FFL makes the transfer.

It doesn't take into account multiple items being bought in the same transaction. This summer, I had ordered a lever action .22. Academy had informed me that it was in, and while waiting, I saw a nifty Wrangler in the case. Two 4473's, one NICS. (funny story about that, but I doubt anyone here wants to hear it. )

With the be prices I saw advertised, I imagine there was a lot of both online (PSA had some good deals) and multiple items sales at the LGS.





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Response to Fla_Democrat (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 29, 2022, 03:40 PM

8. Not to mention private sale where no NICS check is done. nt

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