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2 years 30 weeks ago, 9:55 AM

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By Martha C. White
Americans spent some $52 billion on Black Friday weekend. In addition to sweaters and iPods, though, shoppers were scooping up something else in large numbers: guns.
According to the FBI, which processes requests for background checks of prospective gun buyers, 129,166 such checks were performed on Black Friday, Nov. 25, breaking the previous single-day record -- set on Black Friday 2008 -- by nearly a third. The surge in gun sales was initially reported by USA Today.
Analysts who focus on firearms say this increase is part of a years-long trend toward increasing gun ownership. In a recent Gallup poll, 47 percent of respondents said there was a gun in the household, up from 41 percent just one year ago.
More people are buying guns these days, particularly handguns, said Cai von Rumohr, managing director at investment company Cowen & Co. For all of November, the number of background checks processed by the FBI rose by around 16 percent vs. year-ago levels.
"These numbers have been relatively strong, and I think more of it has been the trend towards lower-priced, smaller weapons," von Rumohr said. For the most part, it's unlikely these weapons are being bought to wrap up and put under a Christmas tree; many states have laws that prohibit buying a gun for someone else.
The number of first-time buyers and women buying guns has been on the rise for a few years, which may have contributed to the high numbers on Black Friday. Data from the National Sporting Goods Association show an increase in the number of female gun consumers, including a nine percentage point jump from last year to this year. Also, every state except for Illinois now lets residents carry concealed weapons.
"Retailers tell us 25 percent of customers are first-time buyers," said Larry Keane, vice president and general counsel at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade association. Many gun dealers that enroll firearm novices in safety and training courses report that their classes are full or wait-listed, another indication of growth in the number of new gun owners, he said.
Caroline Brewer, director of communications at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, called the Black Friday surge a "one-time event." She said any increase in gun purchases "may be the result of marketing."
If marketing is the cause, it appears to be successful.
"Whereas five years ago it was politically incorrect (to own guns), ... what seems to be changing is social acceptance," said Bret Jordan, analyst at investment firm Avondale Partners. "I think there might be a changing view of firearms."
Jordan said the industry saw a surge in gun purchases around the time of the last presidential election, apparently because hunters and other enthusiasts feared President Barack Obama would push for more gun-control laws or stronger restrictions.
"When Obama was elected, I think people rushed out and stocked up on their tactical rifles," Jordan said, referring to military-style weapons that were potential targets of legislative restrictions.
More recently, though, the focus has switched to handguns. In spite of the economic downturn, "The category of firearm that has continued to sell very well is something one would have if they were concerned about their personal safety," Jordan said.
"The general trend is it's more socially acceptable to own a gun in the United States than it was five to six years ago," he said.

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 10:53 AM

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With more people out of work those who are willing to work hard and not stand in front hard working people, like the little 99 shits. People are worried about there stuff they have seen what tear gas, pepper spray and riot squads have done (nothing against the hard working police officers but they do have their hands tied up in red tape). Nothing stops a crime quite like a gun. I don't mean to sound callus but a gun is a lot lighter to carry than a cop and 357 is a hell of a lot faster than 911

If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
2 years 30 weeks ago, 12:10 PM

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I liked the response to the Brady "director of communications" .. If thats the case it appears to be successful.. to funny..

Caroline Brewer at the Brady center probably makes like 100K a year.. (maybe a lot more) guess i could do some research, but to lazy..

Here's one fact we don't have to look up.. when you have a nonprofit organization the staff are normally paid a salary commensurate to any "for profit" company generating the same amount of revenue..

Not to be critical of charitable non profit groups.. they do the lords work (sometimes) and to be serious giving is a reflection of our heart,.. obviously if you want your charity to be successful you need the same talent at top positions as any other company.. in other words old Caroline has a vested interest in this.

The one time "marketing" thing she mentioned is hilarious.. outside of Henry i sure haven't seen any advertisement for firearms on TV..and no increase in the print media we receive..

Our oldest who was non gun (would have cut her off, but the Son-n-law is one great guy) has mitigated her stance to the point of "normality".. what ever that is..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
2 years 30 weeks ago, 12:12 PM

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lmao

"Whereas five years ago it was politically incorrect (to own guns), ... what seems to be changing is social acceptance" what a fucking idiot...politically inccorect? what planet is this asshat on? stupid liberals. as for the rest of it, glad to hear more women are buying guns and protecting themselves, especially that they are taking gun classes to arm themselves with knowledge.

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 12:23 PM

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No sir, he fell into that bullet... Never argue with a stupid person. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience!!
2 years 30 weeks ago, 5:03 PM

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Marketing?

Caroline Brewer, director of communications at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, called the Black Friday surge a "one-time event." She said any increase in gun purchases "may be the result of marketing."

So that's the term she uses for the first two years of Obama's administration and ensuing economic woes leading to people to fear increased crime and even societal collapse?

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 5:18 PM

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Marketing

I saw no rise in gun related advertising. I can, however, watch more gun related shows on major networks than I could a few years ago. Maybe the Top Shot's and Sons of Guns had something to do with it. Maybe runs is right, folks are scared of bad guys and a government that won't protect the innocent and wants to disarm them.

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 6:12 PM

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agreed

hell couple days ago in a city about 30 miles from me there was a guy who held his wife n kids hostage, cops sat outside his place lined with all their red tape, by the time they went in a couple hours later, he had shot and killed his wife, shot his son in the leg then shot himself in the head... what happened to real justice? i say we need to go back to them good ol' days of findin all the rope in texas find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys n hang em high in the streets, and yes thats a song but i believe in it. it pains me to see these cops wanting to do the right thing but they legally cant because of all this damned red tape.

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 6:46 PM

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Looks like yer on line. How you doing? Give us a holler.

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 6:52 PM

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Holler

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 7:00 PM

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Vaquero

Maybe someday we can get a chat room for GunsLot ?????

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 7:02 PM

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Maybe so. I reckon it'd get a workout. How's things over your way?

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 7:20 PM

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Vaquero

Doin ok for the condition my condition is in.
Had to sell all my guns to pay some bills
after wife passed away. Was able to hang on
to a 20ga single and an auto 22 so I.m not
totally unarmed. Man it's a new world.
Good to see some old faces around.

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 7:22 PM

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holler.. so said hollerings got to take place a bit later.. sure wish i could stay but just finnished sending our bud "Charles" a pm.. (you get that dubya).. see you guys later.. foods waiting..

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 7:23 PM

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Good to see you. How'd your area make out with the weather and fires this year? It's been a bit rough for the state as a whole.

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2 years 30 weeks ago, 7:29 PM

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hey CW

good to see you on board.

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