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    U.S. Gun Sales Hit Record High

    MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18:  In this photo illustration, a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle is seen with ammunition on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The weapon is similar in style to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that was used during a massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass shooting.  (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle. (Joe Raedle/Getty)

    Like something out of a post-apocalyptic drama, or perhaps a zombie movie, gun stores across the country are now routinely boasting empty gun cases and picked-over shelves after politicians began campaigning for ownership restrictions following December’s Newtown, Connecticut’s deadly shooting massacre. While gun sales began their climb after Obama’s reelection, they steeply escalated in the wake of the wake of the massacre, and the heightened gun control debates that ensued. December set a record for the most criminal background checks of the type performed for gun purchases at 2.2 million, a 58.6 percent increase over last year’s number.

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