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Archive for November 25th, 2019

FBI on Pace to Set Record for Most Background Checks for Guns

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is on track to break the record for the most gun background checks in a single year.

The surge in background checks follows highly publicized mass shootings, with some of the largest increases coming in August and September, USA Today reports.

Firearms experts said gun sales traditionally rise amid fears of tightened gun laws.

“People respond to what they perceive as threats to their (Second Amendment) rights, and this has been going on since August,” Larry Keane, general counsel for the firearms industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation, tells USA Today.

So far this year, the FBI has conducted at least 2 million background checks every month – the most since the bureau began conducting the checks.

The record for annual background checks is 27.5 million, and the FBI is on pace to beat that record.

Guns sales traditionally spike on Black Friday.

“The rising numbers may be a symptom of a reawakened gun owner community,” Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at the State University of New York in Cortland, said. “How far you can go in that direction is yet to be determined, but it does suggest how flexible the market is for gun sales.”

Ted Cruz Jokes That He’s the Notorious Skyjacker D.B. Cooper. But Why?

FBI sketches of D.B. Cooper.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz jokingly confessed that he is the notorious skyjacker D.B. Cooper.

“I did it,” Cruz said, retweeting a post from the FBI on Sunday that read, “#OTD in 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper parachuted from a plane he had just hijacked, clutching a bag filled with stolen cash. Who was Cooper? Did he survive the jump? What happened to the stolen money? Read about this unsolved mystery.”

But why would the conservative Texas senator crack the joke?

For at least a year, people on Twitter have suggested Cruz bears a striking resemblance to FBI sketches of D.B. Cooper. Around the same time, Twitter users jokingly suggested Cruz was the Zodiac Killer.

In case you don’t know about Cooper, he boarded a plane in Portland, Ore., and claimed to have a bomb and had the plane fly to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he got the ransom money. He subsequently parachuted from the plane and was never found.

Here’s what Cruz looks like. You be the judge.

Sen. Ted Cruz