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Trends: Americans buying guns as Christmas gifts

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In spite of the high profile shootings that have dominated the news in the past year, giving anti-gun opportunists occasion to lecture citizens on the false meme that murderous rampages are somehow our fault simply because we own guns, Americans largely are paying no attention to such agenda-laden screeds.

Citizens in high numbers are buying guns as Christmas gifts.

According to a report in Opposing Views, gun sales in Florida, for example, have spiked significantly since Thanksgiving. Similar trends have been noted in other states, such as Virginia and Oregon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) reports that there has been a huge increase in firearms background check requests in the weeks following Thanksgiving. Law enforcement typically uses these background check requests as a gauge for gun sales. According to the Department, the agency has done 40,000 firearms background checks in December alone.

Click Orlando reports that the FDLE expects a total of one million gun background checks for the year.

In Virginia, gun sales set a record on Black Friday. The Virginia State Police reports that there were 3,902 gun background check requests on that day alone, which shattered the previous record set in 2012.

And in Oregon, 230,460 guns have been sold so far this year.

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer shares the reasons she believes gun sales have spiked upward during the holiday season:

"I think it's a combination of people wanting to take advantage of sales as well as the gift giving," stated Hammer. "The retailers I talked to... they feel the economy may be starting to recover, or people are relaxing a little more, and are starting to turn loose some of the money they were reluctant to spend. And it's that time of year."

But many gun rights activists believe that the reasons for the sudden spiking sales go much deeper. One local gun dealer in the upstate of South Carolina stated that many of his customers cite the continuing assault on gun rights by politicians as the primary driving force behind the sales frenzy:

"People believe that their Second Amendment rights are being threatened by the government," he said, "And they are stocking up with different types of firearms and ammunition just in case. They are also urging family members and friends to do the same thing."

Another gun dealer stated flatly that some of his best-sellers are the very guns and high capacity magazines that some states are prohibiting.

These factors, along with the belief by many citizens that America is no longer a safe place to venture out with no protection, seem to be driving gun sales upward. Recent polls have shown that most citizens who currently purchase firearms do so for personal protection.

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