The Wall Street journal recently have had a few articles on American’s race to arm themselves.
The first article quoted FBI gun-sale figures. They show that in July the bureau carried out 3.6 million background checks, the third highest month on record.
Adjusting the numbers to reflect checks only for gun purchases, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) says this translates to 1.8 million gun sales for July 2020—a 122% increase over July 2019. The 12,141,032 gun sales through this July is just shy of the 13,199,172 sales for all of 2019.
Breaking out the numbers further, forty percent of first-time buyers are women.
Further the NSSF survey states that sales to black Americans were up 58.2% for the first six months of this year, the largest increase for any demographic group.
When I was in line to pick up my purchase, there was a mix of backgrounds in line with me.
In the second article states: that the increase in gun sales is caused by a “growing lack of confidence many Americans have that police will protect them.” Almost. Americans have lost confidence that local leaders will allow the police to protect them.
Having seen the police watching the looters and the burning buildings and vehicles is having an effect on people. Seeing videos of people being pulled from vehicles is also having an effect. Thus more gun sales.