Since the Wuhan virus (from China) outbreak began ostensibly in March, approximately 6 million guns have been sold. The month of May marked the third consecutive month of record sales, with more than 1.7 million guns sold, an 80% increase from 2019, according to an analysis by Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting. Jurgen Brauer, the group’s chief economist, called the trend “unprecedented,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“Firearms sales have surged in unprecedented ways. The boom in handgun sales has been particularly noticeable in recent months,” Brauer stated.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry’s trade group, the record-setting sales pace is mostly due to new gun owners.
Mark Oliva, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, stated:
“Our recent survey of firearm retailers shows us that 40 percent of these gun buyers are buying a firearm for the first time. Of those first-time gun owners, 40 percent are women and these buyers are overwhelmingly purchasing handguns for personal protection.
Americans are being confronted with decisions regarding their personal safety and are voting with their wallets on their right to keep and bear arms.”
Considering the chaos surrounding the virus lockdowns and the riots throughout the nation, don’t be surprised if the politics around gun control change in favor of ownership and the right to bear arms. As they should.