Every time there’s a mass slaughter or a gun-grabbing threat or anything else which the NRA can use to prove that the 2ndAmendment is in jeopardy, every gun nut in America rushes out to add to his stockpile. Which means more guns in circulation, more guns ending up in ‘the street,’ more gun violence, yadda, yadda and yadda.
But before we get too concerned, perhaps we should take a deep breath and ask ourselves whether what we are saying aligns with the facts. Or better yet, when the media says it, do we simply accept what they say if it’s bad news about guns, or do we actually take the time to do a little data-mining for ourselves. In that regard I want to share a bit of data mining on NICS checks to see whether and to what degree the American private gun arsenal continues to expand.