According to AmmoLand.com, data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,233,982 NICS Checks in October 2009, a 4 percent increase from the 1,183,279 reported in October 2008. So far that is roughly 11,403,417 gun bought this year.
The total is probably more as NICS background checks may cover the purchase of more than one gun at a time.
“This latest jump in background checks show that Americans are solidly in-favor of keeping firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens,” Ammoland reports in an no-byline article. “This clearly shows that the Obama Administration’s OK to proceed with a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, that could be an end run on our 2nd amendment rights, is in direct opposition to his claim that he supports the 2nd amendment.That is like saying I support the right to free speech as long as it is censored.
Of course, Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is pretty much saying just that — I support the right to free speech as long as it is censored — in his bizarre blather, What is the ‘Message’ Behind Increased Gun Sales?, published by huffingtonpost.com on Nov. 5.
How dangerously deluded is Horwitz? He justifies abrogating your Constitutional rights for all Americans because of what one or two deranged loons might do.
He asks three strange questions. His answers are belied by the questions themselves:
— “Do you believe that the Second Amendment provides individuals with a right to shoot and kill government officials when they deem our government has become ‘tyrannical’?
— “If one or two individuals who believe our government is ‘tyrannical’ are not enough, how many individuals does it take to make political violence against our government legitimate?
— Finally, how would the NRA define government ‘tyranny’? Does having to live with health care reform that one disagrees with constitute being ‘attacked by politicians’?”