Sandy Hook Shooting Sparks Jump In Firearms Sales


The FBI is reporting a big jump in the number of background checks they ran for gun purchases in December, well above the previous month and also well above December of 2011:

The FBI reported a record-high number of background checks for firearms purchases in the month of December, in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

According to a report from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System out Wednesday, there were about 2.8 million background checks on those seeking to purchase firearms last month. That total was 2 million the previous month, and 1.9 million in December of 2011, news accounts noted.

Meanwhile, it seems as though the “gun control” hysteria didn’t survive the Christmas season, at least as measured in media mentions as this chart from Politico’s Dylan Byers shows:


Gun control proponents thought they had an opening after Sandy Hook. Certainly the opportunists rushed to leverage the tragedy into a new push for restricting gun rights. But, as is usually the case, they lost the gun control debate. Because facts, and logic, just aren’t on their side.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Game

    It has always amazed me how the people who are part of the gun crazy world cannot see that they are being used as tools of profit by the gun manufacturer’s and the NRA types.

    Case in point, over the holiday’s I spent a bunch a time with the family who 1) hate Obama, 2) love guns and 3) are normally pretty irrational about both 1 and 2. I heard stories about how “the Government planned school shootings so they could take our guns away, how Obama had a secret plan for “mandatory gun buy backs and so much more. Many of them had over spent on ammo and guns in just the past few weeks.

    So who is laughing all the way to the bank? The gun companies the gun sellers, and ammo companies. They are making record profits off of the irrational paranoia of some pretty crazy people. These same companies did the same profit driven scare tacit after the 2008 and 2012 elections.

    Let me be very clear about this. The fear of “Government” taking your gun’s is big business for the gun companies, and they they have an economic interest in keeping paranoia high and have no interest in reducing gun violence in responsible gun ownership, or in telling the truth about any potential legislation that may ensure either.

    • Onslaught1066

      You know, for any other liberal anti-gun nutty low information voting nincompoop this would seem a bit conspiracy theory, but on you, it looks good.

      • Game

        I am far from anti-gun. If you break into my house, you are going to get between 3 and 5 12 gauge slugs in your chest before you have a chance to hurt me or my family.

        Unlike most of the drugstore cowboys on this blog, I have actually had the experience of having to get my gun and prepare to use it when I had an armed intruder walking around my yard. (a call to 9-11 and local law enforcement responding kept me from having to use it)

        However, I don’t need a M-60 with 6,000 rounds to protect my family, and I don’t need that to hunt with.

        In fact, as a responsible gun owner, I don’t think an AR-15 is even a great gun for home protection. I don’t want the government getting that out, that should be the role of gun sellers and gun companies They should have an ethical responsibility to sell people guns they can use and that will not put them in greater harm.

        Instead, they love selling the fear that Obama is going to take away their guns and profiting from it.

        • borborygmi

          Not to mention the chambering of a 12 ga round will get the attn of anyone but the most drug -addled.

          • $8194357

            High capacity loaded with 00 buck…
            Clears the yard in a hurry….

          • borborygmi

            Old codgers have been using shells loaded with rock salts to keep pesky kids away from gardens for years.

          • $8194357

            Rock salt works well on the garden variety varmits…
            Folks with real bad intent…1 oz. slugs and 00 buck…
            One of the best weapons and loads ever
            for setting up a 100 yard perimiter to the man cave.

        • Jeremiah Glosenger

          You need to learn more about guns. There are very good reasons why law enforcement use the AR15 that go way beyond any uninformed individuals incorrect assertion that it isn’t a great gun. If Obama and Feinstein could get the votes and sufficient political support they would collect our guns in a heartbeat (see; to say otherwise denies reason and their own statements on the issue.6,000 rounds of ammo isn’t to protect someone from a single prowler; however, ammo shortages, affordable lead ammo bans, civil unrest, useability for bartering in severe economic collapse, and the possibility of a tyrannical leader taking charge of our government (more tyrannical than now) are reasonable causes to stock up while you can.
          The liberal anti-gun fanatics with their unconstitutional legislation ready to present for a vote are what is driving record gun sales (I have no idea how a thinking sane person that is paying any attention can believe otherwise)

          • Game

            Yes getting 6000 rounds of ammunition in order to barter with in the case of severe economic collapses totally rational. #Sarcasm

            You Have no business accusing somebody else of not be sane.

          • borborygmi

            “however, ammo shortages, affordable lead ammo bans, civil unrest, useability for bartering in severe economic collapse, and the possibility of a tyrannical leader taking charge of our government (more tyrannical than now) are reasonable causes to stock up while you can.” Obiwan the paranoia is strong in this one, yes……..He is also the reason you should buy stock in an ammo company after the mass shooting…..Thanks for stimulating the economy

        • Onslaught1066

          Denial is a warm yellow river running down your legs… did you forget you have to pee sitting down… again?

        • Rob

          I actually agree with you that a shotgun is an excellent home defense weapon. In a situation like that most of us are going to be nervous, and possibly disorientated from being woken up, and if it comes time to pull the trigger having a scatter-shot weapon will more likely ensure a hit.

          As for the rest, well, I don’t really think it’s any of your business if I want an AR-15 or any of the other “scary” guns. I don’ think the fact that a small minority of Americans use guns in crime is a good enough argument for limits on guns for the rest of us.

          I don’t own an AR-15, but I’d like to because it’s a cool and very flexible gun platform. And I like to shoot guns.

          I really don’t need any more justification.

          • Guest

            Yeah I mean who cares if these weapons have no practical purpose except for mowing down large groups of innocent people. They are cool to shoot and that’s all that we need to justify our opinion.

          • Game

            My point was, if you read my post, I don’t want the government involved in this, but I want groups like the NRA to spend a little less time on spreading fear and paranoia and a little more time on teaching responsible gun ownership. If you read what I said, I don’t want the government having a role in that.

            Instead, the gun industry pretends like the only way “reduce” gun violence is to have more guns, bigger guns, and lots of ammo. As I said above, I own guns and I love to shoot. However, I also lock my doors for home security, keep my guns away from my kids, keep my phone close so I can call 9-11, have a family safety plan and many other things. I have had a family member who had mental health issues, and us family members stepped in and got the guns out of his house. There are many things we can do to protect ourselves that does not include an AR-15 with 6,000 rounds.

    • sbark

      ….must be the new canned talking point on Huff po huh………tie gun co. profits in with the rich class envy spiel……..
      I sure hope the armed guards at Obama Kids school are using Chinese made sk47 so they are not adding to Smith and Wessons profit margin…….

      • $8194357

        Who did DHS buy their 1.2 billion rounds of ammo?
        Capitalist fool tools those leftist statists.

    • splined

      Obama should be thanking the ammo & gun purchasing citizens for their efforts to provide protection for the unarmed and also for their efforts to stimulate the USA economy by their purchases of US made products.

    • JW-American

      Did you happen to see this little ditty from the Peoples Republic of Illinois? :

      Doesn’t look like gun manufacturer hype to me, It looks like Communists in training working on step #2,3,&4 to disarm the populus. Rahm it thru..

      “Illinois Senate Democrats advanced legislation late Wednesday to restrict semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, pressing forward with new gun control measures in the waning days of the session over the objections of firearms groups.

      Amid the developments, the Illinois State Rifle Association issued an “urgent alert” to its members warning them that Democratic legislators were trying to push through last-minute anti-gun legislation.

      “There would be no exemptions and no grandfathering,” the group stated in its alert. “You would have a very short window to turn in your guns to the state police and avoid prosecution.”

      Read more:

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    Never let it be said that conservatives don’t double down on stupid.

  • JW-American

    The graph would have looked much different had the free market not stepped in when supply started to dwindle, prices went up, and inventory was depleted to the point where 20 guys in Scheels to buy, and no product to sell. I would have been interesting to see how many more thy would have sold or still be selling if the supply could have stayed with demand.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    According to the FBI, the number one weapon for homicide are hammers and clubs. I better go hide my hammers before the feds grab them.

    • borborygmi

      actually you are wrong it is pistols, hammers and fist outnumbered assault weapons.

      • Jeremiah Glosenger

        2011 stats: blunt objects 496, hands/ feet/ etc. 728, rifles (any type) = 323. Please get your facts straight. (

        FYI: An assault is carried out by a threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm.
        Assaults are a crime performed by people not inanimate objects. If you want to say that items that are designed with the ability to inflict tissue damage/ harm and thereby capable of being used in an assault are assault weapons–fine. Just be aware that ALL arms are then “assault” weapons. The right to keep and bear those arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED (whether or not they look scary to you, you don’t understand them, and you wish they didn’t exist)

        • borborygmi

          They posted the graph before and It was pistols far above all other forms. Rob used the graph as his reasoning that banning assault rifles wasn’t the answer as more people die from getting monkey stomped and maxwelled the rifles.

        • borborygmi

          dec 20th SAB. You are right you should get your facts right.

  • borborygmi

    The best time to buy stock in a firearms or ammo company is right after a mass shooting. Good for business. Everycloud no matter how bloody does have a silver or in this case brass lining. FEAR Its good for business.

    • $8194357

      Useful idiots is better buisness…

      • borborygmi

        you shouldn’t call the gun buying public names 7.62. They may turn on you.

        • $8194357

          Useful idiots are you leftists gurgle.
          Your support of the facist state and tyrany
          is what is driving buisness..
          Not fear delivered by the gun industry..
          Fear of a populace so blind they can’t see history
          repeating itself right before their blind lemming eyes.
          Fool tools who vote in tyrany of state.

          • borborygmi

            Hmm it is the right wing paranoid “the UN and jack booted thugs are coming to get us bunch that are buying the guns” all because some loon shot up and killed a bunch of school kids with his Moms an apparently fearful gun enthusiast, legal assault rifle. This killing spiked the fear of the paranoid group because they better get theirs before they can’t get any hysteria buying which make them the useful idiots, dupes of the gun industry.. All you have to do to make a few bucks is buy stock right after a mass shooting and sell it at its peak.

          • $8194357

            Have you noticed since Israel became a nation in 1948
            that the UN and the Bilderbergs have been in control of
            the global agenda?
            Have you noticed since international progressive Woodrow Wilson
            let the global fiat bankers in to destroy the American currency to finance their global agenda that big leftist government and internationalist have run DC?
            Did you notice you useful idiots who support team Billary, Al Gore,
            CPUSA Barry’s crowd that Sorro’s et all have been setting up the anti American anti Israel end times end game? While America goes broke financing it.
            Of course not …
            Only those extreamist right wing evangelicals believe in all
            that one world end times crap…
            As I said fart bubble,
            Useful idiots suporting a global agenda with or with out
            understanding, is what is driving the markets..

          • $8194357

            None so blind as the willful……

            Americans are mushrooms…

            We get fed a diet of B/S and
            kept in the dark to grow…

            The rest of the world knows and sees what is happenning in America…
            But indoctrinated lemming sheople just follow the sound of the liberal
            cow bell and march FORWARD..


            Egyptian Magazine exposes Muslim Brotherhood
            Infiltration of Obama Administration

            Once again, Geller (and the few brave truth tellers) are proven right. And the silent enemedia, yet again, are shown to be the quislings snakes that they are.
            An Egyptian magazine is reporting about Muslim Brotherhood infilitration of the Obama administration at the highest level. This Egyptian magazine names Rashad Hussain, exposed as Brotherhood at Atlas in January 2010; Arif Alikhan, exposed at Atlas here back in Janary 2009; and the others, Salam al-Marayati; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA); and Eboo Patel, all profiled at Atlas many times. Since June 2009, when Obama invited the then-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to his submission speech in Cairo, his subversive support of the Islamic supremacist organization has wreaked havoc on freedom-loving peoples the world over.
            Americans may very well be painfully clueless about this fatal subterfuge, but it is devastating, really. Look at the world before Obama and after he took the mantle of power (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc.).

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        • realitybasedbob

          Old Pal, didja see where teh homaseckchules have taken over the bowling now?

  • borborygmi

    Yep just the gun buying hysteria continues.

  • guest

    Can’t we see from everything that has happened that gun control does not work and only keeps guns out of the hands of law abiding citizen? Every man and woman in America should be required to own and carry a gun, only when everyone is armed will we ever be safe from violence.

    • borborygmi

      THen the inner city gang infested areas are the safest place in the world , everyone owns a gun/