The FBI is out with the final tally for background checks for gun sales in 2011, and the year ended with a bang, literally.
In December, 1,862,327 background checks were requested, shattering the monthly record by more than 300,000, which was only set in November. Almost all background checks result in gun sales.
For the year there were 16,454,951 background checks. That's two million more than the record set in 2010.
Many observers say the spike is related to uncertainty over November's presidential election. Many fear a reelected Obama would crack down on gun rights. However, people felt the same way after he was elected in 2008, when gun sales also increased dramatically.
But Obama never did address gun control, even when he was granted a golden opportunity last January following the Tucson shooting.