That's the number of guns sold so far during the Obama administration according to Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. at CNSnews.com. He used the stats linked at FBI's NCIS to compile the number of background checks to arrive at that number.
The dollars spent on each gun must have ranged from a few hundred to over a thousand. One has to wonder how successful the Obama gun control campaign could be given the amount of hard earned money consumers spent on those buys. With O's penchant for spending money, perhaps he'll expect taxpayers to fund some kind of national gun buy-back program. Actually, as ridiculous as that seems, that would be cheaper than a war on guns if it would be anything like the war on drugs.
Mr. Gwyn-Williams' total doesn't appear to have taken into account the number of checks that resulted in a denial of the right to purchase a gun, so the 65.4 number should be adjust slightly downward. In fact, another PDF shows almost a million denials between November 30, 1998 and January 31, 2013.
There are a few interesting entries in that set of statistics. For example, over half of the denials were for people convicted of crimes that disqualified them. In another category, item 8, Illegal/Unlawful Alien, 12,068, or 1.21% of the total, were denied. How might that change under President Obama's comprehensive immigration reform?
Item 9, Adjudicated Mental Health, is also interesting. In that category 10,429, or 1.05% of the total, were denied guns. That's the category to which the most recent headline making killers belonged, had they been adjudicated.
In any event, that 65.4 million is a lot of guns. If only I had bought shares in Sturm Ruger way back when.
Hat tip S.B.