According to NBC News, Black Friday brought more than human stampedes for TVs, and an extra green in the pockets of corporations. Reports also say that the post Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza also spiked background checks for firearms to record numbers.
This year the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed 185,713 transactions the day after Thanksgiving, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer Jr. told NBC News. That breaks the FBI's forecast of approximately 180,000 and the previous record of 185,345, an increase of .2 percent, set during last year's Black Friday.
It should be noted that a background check does not necessarily mean a firearm was sold. Of course, this also doesn't mean just one firearm was sold when the background check was completed either. With discounts on guns, it's possible that multiples were purchased as gifts, as well as those sold to collectors attempting to take advantage of the deals.
An even more interesting tidbit of information comes from Kathy at the blog Pesky Truth, however.
The number breaks down to slightly more than two background checks per second, or enough firearms to arm each of the 182,000 active duty members of the United States Marine Corps. Semper Fi!
That's right. It's likely that in one day, Americans bought enough guns to match that of one of our most deadly branches in the military. This further lends to the idea that despite all the scare tactics, and misinformation by gun control enthusiasts, Americans are more concerned with defending and educating themselves about firearms than relying on authorities to do so.