A new survey by National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), amid a global coronavirus pandemic, gun retailers have reported a record 10.3 million firearm transactions during the first six months of 2020.
Overall, gun sales in the U.S. have increased by 95 percent while ammunition sales have increased 139 percent compared to the same period last year. While many different people are purchasing guns, African-Americans account for the highest increase in gun purchases of any group.
“The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from Black men and women, who show a 58.2% increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year,” Jim Curcuruto, NSSF director of research and market development, wrote in his report. “Bottom line is that there has never been a sustained surge in firearm sales quite like what we are in the midst of.”
While much of the spike in sales early on can be attributed to uncertainty surrounding business shutdowns and initial stay-at-home orders because of COVID-19 precautions, more recent sales may be due to an uneasiness around Black Lives Matter rallies and increased calls to defund police departments.
Many people who are buying guns are concerned with people breaking into their home or breaking into their vehicle or attacking them while they’re in their vehicles. With all the talk, and in some cities where it is actually taking place, defunding the police departments is a big concern. In the event it does happen in their area, people have to look out for their families and themselves.
The move for African-Americans to own guns appears to be a break from the progressive movement in American politics, which people of color generally align with. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has pushed for stricter gun control measures in the past, but Republicans have been consistently resistant to increased gun control measures.
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