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Christmas 2011 Saw Record Gun Sales

AOL.COM - In the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, nine year-old Ralphie Parker has but one item on his Christmas list: a Red Ryder BB gun, "with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time." But Ralphie's entreaties to those who might get him the toy weapon -- his parents, Santa Claus -- are all met with the disapproving refrain, "You'll shoot your eye out!"

Spoiler alert: Ralphie gets his gun, and nearly fulfills the dire prophecy of ocular loss.

Nearly 30 years later, A Christmas Story is a holiday TV staple. But Americans, heedless of the film's lesson, seem determined to follow in young Ralphie's footsteps: According to the FBI, background checks on gun buyers hit a record single-month figure -- more than 1.5 million -- in December. On the day before Christmas Eve alone, 102,222 such checks were ordered, making Dec. 23, 2011 the second-busiest day in gun-buying history, after this year's Black Friday.

In all, the six days leading up to Christmas saw 500,000 background check requests.

Most would-be gun-buyers pass their checks. According to CNN, "Only 1.3% of the searches result in people being denied permission to buy a weapon."

And there's no way of knowing how many guns have been sold this holiday season, since people often buy multiple weapons at once. click here to read more

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