Record Numbers in Florida Locked and Loaded

Gun Sales Shoot Up at the End of 2012
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The news that nearly 800,000 people in Florida requested the background checks needed to purchase a firearm in 2012 gives the rest of the country one more reason to avoid the Sunshine State. If you come, keep in mind that one in every 24 people around you is probably armed.

A bulletproof Hawaiian shirt to go with those black socks and shorts might not be a bad idea.

Gun sales surged after Obama’s re-election, but really took off after the recent shooting with semi-automatic weapons in Newtown, Conn. killed 20 children and six adults (plus the shooter).

In December alone, there were 131,103 background checks requested through the [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] — the highest number the agency has recorded in any single month. That beat the previous record, set only a month earlier, when 84,745 background check requests were submitted in the same month that Obama was re-elected.

It doesn’t hurt that the NRA and Gun Owners of America keep telling people that Obama is going to take their guns and then turn the country into a socialist dictatorship.

“The NRA is hard at work frightening people that Obama is going to take their guns,” said Art C. Hayhoe, executive director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “Why would you think these guns won’t ultimately be a problem? If you’re going to have a place saturated with guns, why would anybody be surprised if there’s more gun violence?”

Obama appointed a task force headed by Vice Pres. Joe Biden to see what might help avoid future mass killings such as the ones in Newtown and Aurora, Colo. at a showing of a Batman movie. The president said he will likely accept the options recommended by the panel with a goal to improve gun safety.

No single law or set of laws can prevent gun violence, Obama said Wednesday, but the complexity of the issue “can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing.”

Authorities must work to make “access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun,” and the country needs to tackle a “culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence,” he said…

Obama said Wednesday he believes the Second Amendment does guarantee individuals the right to bear arms. And, he added, “This country has a strong tradition of gun ownership that’s been handed down from generation to generation.”

But don’t tell that to the 800,000 Floridians who spent their Christmas money on guns. They’re listening to former NRA president and chief lobbyist Marion Hammer.

“The White House has made it clear that they’re going to push for gun bans,” Hammer said. “As long as people have money and guns are available, I would imagine people are going to keep buying.”

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