The True Story Behind The Unprecedented Surge in US Gun Sales During The Covid-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus stopped the world and closed the shops. Apparently, not all of them. Luckily for many of us, gun stores became essential business among shops that can stay open during this pandemic.
Here at Minuteman Review, we investigated the reasons behind the huge spike in US gun sales. Here’s what we found.
The Coronavirus began to spread in the US in February 2020. Since mid-February, gun sales in the US have risen dramatically. While Americans do have a history of buying more firearms in times of uncertainty or when they think their rights to purchase or own are going to be taken away.
Political events, like when democratic presidents are elected, or when there’s economic uncertainty, guns sales usually go up. However, it’s rare to see them spike so much in light of a pandemic like this.
Luckily, gun stores have been deemed essential during all of the coronavirus shut downs. Thanks to pushback from gun groups and the federal government, 30 states have allowed their gun shops to reopen.
There has also been a spike in Asian-American purchasing of guns
Traditionally categorized as “other” in terms of tracking which races are buying guns, gun shop owners on the west coast have noted that the vast majority of purchasers in the last month have been of Asian descent.
Many Asian-Americans fear assault due to the origin of the virusSome Asian-Americans have suffered bullying, racist comments, and harassmentThe number of Asian-Americans who own guns is generally very low, causing even more fear of being seen as an easy target
Gun sales are the highest they’ve ever been since the FBI began collecting data in 1998
Gun sales are the highest they’ve ever been since the FBI began collecting data in 1998The week of March 16 saw 1.2 million background checks, breaking every previous weekly recordMarch 20 saw the highest purchase record to date, surpassing holiday shopping and Black Friday sales, with just over 210,000 background checks
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