It’s the season when we prepare to wish “peace on earth and goodwill to all” by buying gifts and decorations. Americans spent Black Friday 2015 stockpiling firearms. On the day after Thanksgiving, the FBI processed a record 185,345 background checks for firearms purchases, 2 every second. That’s the same day an armed American attacked a women’s health clinic in Colorado Springs and shot to death a police officer, a mother of two, and an Iraq War veteran.
On Wednesday two shooters armed with assault rifles killed 14 people and wounded 17 others at a San Bernadino nonprofit social service center.
God bless us one and all.
“Black Friday saw most federal gun background checks ever in a single day,” Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post
“Gun background-check database missing vital information,” Anita Kumar, McClatchy Newspapers
“How ‘active shooter’ became a depressing part of our vocabulary,” Emily Badger, Washington Post