The lamestream media told you:
Jobs are bad, the economy is bad, the economy is actually good, the recovery is on, the recovery is over, there is no recovery yet, we're still in a recession, there is no recession, unemployment is terrible, you're doomed, be afraid, be very afraid, everyone is out of work, the government is trying to make jobs, Obama is a good president and the economic problems are not his, candidates are running because they will create jobs, blah, blah, blah...
The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Gun sales continue to provide robust stimulus to the economy. The February 2012 adjusted NICS firearm-background-checks figure of 1,266,344 is an increase of 31.4% over the 963,746 in February 2011. These figures from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are adjusted to more accurately reflect actual firearm sales, since some NICS checks are performed for states that use NICS to qualify people for CCW permits and for other purposes.
The numbers are not precise sales figures, since one NICS check can be used for multiple purchases, and some people, after a check, decide not to complete a purchase. Without the adjustments carefully performed by NSSF, the figures would be different.
For example, the unadjusted February 2012 NICS count is 1,734,646 background checks, an 18.6% increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,463,138 in February 2011.
The Brady Campaign to Promote Gun Violence was rumored to be nauseated that the system they instigated informs us that 1.7 million Americans sought guns or gun-related actions -- in a single month. They didn't like this either:
This is the 21st straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year. The world may be going to heck in a handbasket, but the firearms industry is a tremendous bright spot in the economy. The lamestream media could not be reached for comment. Read more and view the charts: http://www.nssf.org/bulletpoints/links/030512.cfm
Total NICS background checks from inception in November 1998 through last March totaled 145.7 million. The most checks for any month were last December (2011) with 1,882,000 conducted. Three of the "top ten" days for background checks have occurred since "Black Friday" last November. March 2012 was the 22nd straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased.
With 145 million checks conducted in just the past 14 years, the lamestream media's popular figure of 200 million guns in American hands -- for the rest of the nation's two centuries of history -- seems like it might be a bit low, you think?
The "news" media was unavailable for comment. Or reporting.
In other news, Ruger has stopped taking orders, with more than one million back orders currently on hand. Their firearm sales by April of this year had reportedly exceeded all sales for 2011. Smith and Wesson, Mossberg, Hi Point and others are facing similar problems, if you can call that a problem, in this terrible economy.