As we’ve reported over the last several weeks, Americans bought a record number of guns on Black Friday. November was a record setting gun sales year and it looks like 2015 as a whole will be the highest gun sales year in history. Some estimates put the number of guns sold during the Obama administration over 100 million which would bring the number of privately owned guns in the United States to somewhere north of 400 million.
The White House seems perplexed and perturbed that Americans are responding to the recent San Bernardino terror attacks and other mass shootings by buying more guns than ever.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest struggled to wrap his head around the issue.
During a White House press briefing late last week Earnest said the following:
In some cases these are individuals who believe that they need to buy a gun so that they can better protect themselves. In some cases because it’s Black Friday, they probably are going and purchasing a gift for a friend or a loved one who is a gun enthusiast.
I’m just pointing out that there are already an astonishing number of guns on the streets of America and far too many innocent Americans who are being killed by them.
It’s tragic that in the immediate aftermath of a series of high profile mass shootings, that people feel like they have to go out and purchase a gun,” he said. “That ready access to guns and that proliferation of violent weapons of war has not led to fewer gun deaths.
It’s tragic that even in the situation where we have lots of guns on the streets that lead to lots of innocent Americans being killed, that the response to that is that a whole lot more guns end up on the streets. That’s tragic and ironic.