USA Today reports—and one can reasonably suspect it was most painful for them—the reality of life in contemporary America:

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More Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on Black Friday than any day on record, according to data released by the FBI this week.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, one of the largest retail sales days in the country.

‘This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,’ wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s chief of multimedia productions. ‘The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.

The media, in general, have worked rather hard to avoid reporting this:

Since 1998, FBI data shows that the bureau has processed requests for more than 220 million firearm purchases.

As with all else, Mr. Obama was a leader:

On Saturday, President Obama called for tighter controls of ‘weapons of war’ in the wake of the Planned Parenthood shooting.

‘This is not normal,’ Obama said. ‘We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough.

“Weapons of war?” Oh dear. I guess I’ll have to return to the local gun store that Browning M2 machinegun, that RPG launcher and rockets, and those hand grenades Mrs. Manor got me for Christmas. I’ll just fly them over in my fully armed Apache attack helicopter.


Barack Obama remains the most effective firearm salesman in history, and despite Americans owning far more firearms than at any time in history, violent crime and accidents involving firearms continue their dramatic decline. It almost makes one wonder if Mr. Obama isn’t being just a bit disingenuous in calling for gun control. Is it possible it’s really about controlling non-Progressives rather than public safety?