USA Today notes it's a long trend:
The number of federally required background checks of prospective gun purchasers has nearly doubled in the past decade — a time when violent crime has been in long decline in many places across the USA, according to FBI records.Prior to the Connecticut shootings, 2012 was already a record breaker for gun sales. As of last week, USA Today reported there had been 16.8 million background checks run in 2012. I have to wonder how many tens of thousands more have been run since Friday.
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