Are mass shootings and high profile murders fueling gun sales or the imminence of a tighter background check procedure or individuals views over erosion of rights under the 2nd Amendment. Gun shops nationwide have seen record sales this August Background check data confirms the highest number on record. This August goes down as one of the busiest on record (since 1998) for gun shops across the nation. Records confirm that 1.7 million requests were made to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It follows in the wake that post high profile murders and mass shootings tighter gun control is called for but on the other side these tragedies appear to fuel gun sales compounded by calls for a more rigorous background check system.

There are numerous arguments that rage on from whether, in light of recent events, individuals and citizens are conscious of the loss and senseless violence and are fearing the worst then preparing themselves. Many feel that with the advent of tighter restrictions and a more rigorous background check process are their rights (2nd Amendment) being eroded, this may well be said of gun rights advocates. Alabama (Lafayette shooting) is a case in point where background check numbers are up 11% year on year. Figures at this time last year were a more reserved 4.3%.

In South Carolina which witnessed the Charleston shootings background check data confirms a 23.5% rise in one month from June to July. The quote by Obama over mentally unstable individuals and how the U.S. is “awash in easily accessible guns” seems to resonate with every passing tragedy and mass shooting. The only reversal was following Newtown where Alabama saw a fall of 31% from December 2012 through January 2013. However a fall at this time of year isn’t out of the ordinary as purchases are sometimes condensed in to the holiday season.

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