The latest examples of terror attacks and shooting rampages has prompted Americans to arm themselves, in part driven by examples of armed citizen fighting back and winning.

The FBI just reported that October recorded the second highest number of gun purchase background checks ever, putting 2017 on a pace to be the second highest sales year in history.

At the same time, counties around the country are reporting record setting applications for concealed carry permits, especially among women and minorities.

The sales peak flies in the face of expectations that once President Trump won, the gun-buying surge would slow. Democrat Hillary Clinton had promised sweeping gun control measures, driving sales to an all-time high. Trump was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Justin Anderson, the marketing director for the of the nation’s largest gun sellers, Hyatt Guns of Charlotte, N.C., told Secrets, “Many people were predicting the sky was going to fall in the gun industry this year. However, with continued attacks on innocent people in the news, people in this country are quickly getting the message that they need to protect themselves and they are buying a lot of guns.”

He and others noted that in the weekend church slayings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a man chased the shooter with a gun. And in the September shootings at a Nashville, Tenn., church, an usher used his personal weapon to stop the attacker.

Said Anderson, “They are learning something we’ve known for years: Nothing stops a criminal bent on murder quicker than an armed citizen. I’ve been watching the continuing coverage of tragedy in Sutherland Springs. I’ve seen talking heads discuss how we can prevent these shootings from happening; more stringent background checks, better policing, and other ideas. In the end, only one thing stops a bad guy with a gun: a good guy with a gun.”

And they are ready to use it, according to a poll we reported on last week. It said that 78 percent of those with a gun are ready to shoot to defend themselves and family.

According to the FBI, two million people applied for a gun purchase background check.

So far this year, 20,266,289 have applied for the check.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at