Americans Ecstatic To Get Guns For Christmas, Rejoice On Twitter

Guns For Christmas

First Posted: 12/26/12 EST Updated: 12/26/12 EST

Forget the turtle doves. This year, many Americans were ecstatic to find guns under the Christmas tree.

The AR-15 style weapon, which was used in this month's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., was a popular gift among many Americans who turned to social media to share their excitement:

Joe Kemp
Well, my 10 year old cousin got brass knuckles and an AR-15 for Christmas...pretty jealous actually.

Gun sales surged in the wake of the Newtown shooting. But even before the violent tragedy, Americans turned out in droves to gift guns this holiday season. On Black Friday, the FBI fielded a record number of background check requests for gun buyers.

In the week before Christmas, Brownells, the world's largest supplier of firearm accessories and supplies, was overwhelmed by "unprecedented" demand for AR-15 ammunition magazines, selling about 3.5 years worth of magazines in just 72 hours. Walmart sold out of semi-automatic rifles in five states as well.

Here's what people were saying about getting AR-15s on Christmas:

Taylor Plummer
My brother got an AR-15 with an EOTech scope...

Branden Bravo
Omg. Just got an AR-15. Thank you based god. Always wanted one!!!! Santa came early

got a shotgun this year, got an AR-15 last year.. If you cant tell, i love guns. i have 6 of them, and i plan on getting alot more!

Adam Smith
Dad got me an AR 15 and an sgm 9

Bryan Lynch
I got just what I wanted. An Armalite semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. It's like the Christmas Story, but I'll shoot more than my eye out.

Dylan Kodad
This week has been awesome! Joined the Marines and my dad got an AR-15!

Gage Fielden
My dad let me open an early Christmas present, and of course it's a new gun. This time I got an AR 15.

Haleigh Jameson
My brother just got an AR 15 as an early Christmas present.. Worst idea ever.

Whitney Pflibsen
Early Christmas present! Colt AR-15 M4(:

Brock Beck
Got my dad an Ar-15 for Christmas. He absolutely loves it.