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Americans Want Guns 34 Times More Than Health Care

While the Obamacare website had its share of troubles during its first month in October, the number of people who got background checks for guns was about 34 times more than the projected amount of Americans who signed up for health care coverage. created this graphic (right) to show the enormous disparity between people who went through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and

The numbers for the background gun checks via NICS were gathered from the FBI website and totaled 1,687,599.

The Obamacare number of 49,100 was likely taken from a Wall Street Journalarticle, which cited "sources," with access to government data, who said the actual number to be released by the U.S. government would be between 40,000 and 50,000.

However, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Erin Shields Britt said on Monday that she couldn't confirm the enrollment numbers by the Wall Street Journal.

"We have always anticipated that initial enrollment numbers would be low and increase over time, just as was the experience in Massachusetts, where only 0.3%, or 123 people paying premiums, enrolled in the first month," Britt told the Wall Street Journal. "And, as we have said, the problems with the website will cause the numbers to be lower than initially anticipated."

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