Back in March, the United States set a record for gun sales. Those sales were based on the uncertainty of what would happen with the coronavirus. As fears of the virus started to subside violent riots and protests erupted in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.
This civil unrest led to July overtaking March for the most new firearms purchased in a month. According to the Wall Street Journel, “background checks for firearms were up 136%, compared to a year earlier” and “Civilians seeking a license to carry were the highest since the FBI began conducting checks 20 years ago.”
FBI statistics that were released showed that 3,931,607 background checks were processed in June, which as mentioned before a record. The previous record, March 2020 was 3,740,688.
Dealers estimate that somewhere close to 40% of sales have been going to first-time buyers and many of those “are people who say they never thought they would own a firearm and were previously critical of those who did.”
“Civil unrest, rioting, looting and calls to defund police are unquestionably motivating factors of why this trend is increasing. Americans are right to be concerned for their personal safety,” said Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
“Politicians who entertain notions of defunding police departments are the same ones who call for strict gun control and even outright confiscation,” he said. “These figures aren’t push polls. They are representative of Americans from all walks of life who are taking action and taking responsibility for their rights and their safety.”
Nothing sells guns like uncertainty and we have plenty of that going on right now in the United States. I am glad people are taking responsibility for their own safety.