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Americans Buying Guns Every 1.6 Seconds

By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | February 8, 2013 | 9:58am EST

According to data compiled by the FBI, there have been 21,947,062 background checks completed since January 1, 2012 for individuals purchasing firearms.

That works out to one background check every 1.56 seconds!

Here's how:

There are 397 days between Jan. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31 2013 (2012 was a leap year).

397 days equates to 9,528 hours or 571,680 minutes or 34,300,800 seconds.

If you divide the 34,300,800 seconds by the 21,947,062 background checks completed over this time period, it works out to one background check for every 1.56 seconds.

That's a lot of background checks.

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