Gun sales hit a record level in December 2011, according to the FBI. With just two days before Christmas, National Instant Criminal Background Check System (aka NICS) had run around 102,222 background checks, which turned out to be the second-busiest day in history.
This year, the National Retail Federation predicted that gun sales would rise 4 percent in November and December and they did after a record 175,000 federal background checks were conducted on Black Friday alone.
Not only are people buying weapons, they are also proudly showing them off on social media. Have a look:
The adult red Ryder carbine action bb gun. Merry Christmas! #223 pic.twitter.com/Bo6yyJ8TDp— Chad Parks (@ChadBassParks) December 25, 2014
Guns & Makeup... Tell me what more could a girl want for Christmas? 😄😍 pic.twitter.com/nfI3qc1WIH— Em (@Memma_Lou) December 25, 2014
Nothing says merry Christmas like a gun🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫🔫😂 pic.twitter.com/MWZu4Suddi— Casey McKlindon (@casey_mcklindon) December 25, 2014
I got a GUN for Christmas... So there's that pic.twitter.com/98K15aX5wc— Eddie (@EddieDeWitt) December 25, 2014
Every time I don't tell my dad what I want for Christmas I end up with a gun 😂 pic.twitter.com/Z2cmgeJbKX— Mishel Daletski (@Mish_Daletski) December 25, 2014
my grandma and her new gun that she got for Christmas 😂😂😂😂😆 pic.twitter.com/8mXeYW7y6Y— Whitt (@whitkirch) December 26, 2014