From America’s 1st Freedom: https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2016/12/13/death-of-gun-sales-greatly-exaggerated-again/
by Mark Chesnut, Editor
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Many anti-gunners in the so-called “mainstream” media would have Americans believe that gun sales have immediately gone into the tank with the election of Donald Trump as president. And they are finding themselves proven wrong—over and over again.
It’s likely true that had Hillary Clinton won the election, gun sales would have spiked even more, just as they have risen greatly under anti-gun President Barack Obama. But President-elect Trump’s surprise victory certainly hasn’t resulted in a slowdown at the retail level so far.
We told you a few weeks ago how many in the media blew it by predicting lower Black Friday gun sales. Instead of tanking, the number of Black Friday background checks conducted this year totaled 185,713—surpassing 2015’s record-breaking total by nearly 400 and making it the biggest Black Friday ever for gun sales.
Next came reports of the sharp downward trend. A Nov. 25 Daily Wire headline blared: “Gun Sales Down Nationally Following Trump Win.” Pittsburgh’s local CBS affiliate posted a story on Nov. 23 titled: “Gun Store Owners Seeing Slow Down In Sales Since Trump Victory.” And the headline of a Nov. 21 feature at NYpost.com read: “Trump Win Sinks Gun Stocks and Gun Shop Sales.”
It’s clear the media outlets were predicting—even hoping—that gun sales would cool, and that such an occurrence might be used to somehow drive a wedge between Trump and gun makers, gun sellers and gun owners. But all of them were dead wrong—as they often tend to be when reporting on firearms and firearm owners.
The latest numbers from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) indicate that November 2016 set another new record for background checks for gun sales—defying more doom-and-gloom predictions. In fact, the more than 2.5 million checks conducted for firearm purchases last month made it the busiest November and fourth-busiest month ever in the history of the NICS system. And it marked the 19th straight month that monthly checks were higher than that month in previous years.
I believe there are several factors driving the continued record sales—and they are all factors that many in the media can’t see because of their misunderstanding of America’s law-abiding gun owners.