Well I don't pull my numbers out of my azz, I pull my numbers from non other than the conservative New York Times:<quoted text>
Yeah. I did Google it and couldn't find any support for your figure. So I gave you the benefit of the doubt and thought maybe I might have missed it and asked you to tell us where you got that number from. It is now obvious that you got that number from the same place you get all of your numbers: your a$$.
"December set a record for the criminal background checks performed before many gun purchases, a strong indication of a big increase in sales, according to an analysis of federal data by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group. Adjusting the federal data to try to weed out background checks that were unrelated to firearms sales, the group reported that 2.2 million background checks were performed last month, an increase of 58.6 percent over the same period in 2011. Some gun dealers said in interviews that they had never seen such demand."
You see, the physical count of every firearm sold is not really available, but background checks and permits usually reflect gun sales. So you are incorrect here. People are buying guns in record numbers and 500,000 in two months is not that difficult to imagine with all these backgrounds checks. After all, unless you're going to buy a gun or go for a CCW, why would you pay to have a background check on yourself?