The number of FBI background checks for new gun purchases rose sharply after the December massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to news reports issued today.
Even in Connecticut where strong gun control laws are already on the books, the number of background checks spiked sharply by nearly 10,000 after the shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six adults.
The number of background checks the FBI is requested to conduct for new gun purchases is used as a key indicator of the popularity of gun ownership in the country.
Although the trend in Connecticut contradicts the common, erroneous perception being postulated by the mainstream media that overall interest and excitement for gun ownership is down, in other states gun ownership has spiked at a much higher rate.
In Alabama and Georgia, for example, background checks for gun purchases has more than doubled. Tennessee and Louisiana also showed hefty increases.
But what is defying the common wisdom and assumptions of gun control activists and the mainstream media are the increases in background checks in the two states where the latest mass shootings took place, Colorado and Connecticut. Instead of spurring a repulsion against guns, such shootings appear only to cause citizens to want to arm themselves even more.
Like Connecticut, Colorado has experienced a surge in gun ownership by nearly 20,000 in December.
Thus, Americans appear to be voting with their wallets against President Obama and Congressional Democrats when it comes to guns. Not only are they headed out in droves to firearms dealers, but the statistics also show that the types of weapons they are buying are the very ones the current administration seeks to ban.
AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, which look like military style machine guns but aren't, are flying off of shelves as are the high capacity magazines that allow the guns to shoot well over the 10-round limit the government seeks to slap on to citizens.
Over the weekend, Eleanor Clift of Newsweek appeared on The McLaughlin Group and stated that nobody needs to possess a semiautomatic weapon that shoots over 10 rounds. Similarly, an op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times stated that there is no logical reason for any citizen to own a large capacity semiautomatic firearm.
But gun rights activists are quick to respond by saying that when faced with home invaders who are armed with semiautomatic handguns and rifles with high capacity magazines, citizens wish to be able to respond with matching firepower in order to have a fighting chance to save their own lives in the event of these deadly break-ins.
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