Here’s a information snippet that’ll heat your gun-loving heart. According to Fox Business, New Yorkers purchased greater than twice the variety of weapons in June, 2020 than they did the identical month final yr. Specifically, there was a 121 p.c enhance in gun gross sales in that one-month stretch.
The actual breakdown was a complete of 52,252 background checks. 31,003 of these checks have been for New Yorkers trying to purchase lengthy weapons and 11,585 have been for handgun purchases. One retailer proprietor, a man by the identify of Cliff Pfleger, stated he offered almost 9 months value of stock over two months. That’s fairly fantastic.
“When the original COVID scare started in the beginning of March and people thought they might get laid off, at that point we saw a huge surge,” Cliff Pfleger, the proprietor of [Long Island Gun Source], instructed the paper. “We sold out of almost everything we had in the store.”
“We had lines continuously, even though we didn’t have things to sell. The people who are coming to the store — a lot of them were first-time firearm purchasers, and they obviously did not apply or have a handgun license.”
Here’s what place the story they reported goes sideways.
Apparently June was additionally a very bloody month for New York City. Multiple sources reported shootings rocketing to 205 whole for the month of June, in comparison with 89 shootings a yr again (that’s a 130.three p.c soar).
Here’s what else Fox Business reported:
The Big Apple noticed 205 shootings in June, the bloodiest June in 24 years.
Researchers on the University of California, Davis estimated that an extra 2.1 million guns sold nationwide between March and May this yr are linked to 776 gun-related accidents that will not have occurred with out the gross sales spike.
“During the coronavirus pandemic, an acute increase in firearm access is associated with an increase in firearm violence,” the researchers wrote.
Here’s the factor all these super-ethical journalists both flat-out don’t perceive or select to disregard: weapons are inanimate objects. People management these objects. Violence begets violence. And with all of the protests and bored criminals on the market because the pandemic went full-tilt and civil unrest and the transfer transfer to defund the police started, it’s no shock in any way that crime is on the rise.
The enhance in crime has completely nothing to do with gun gross sales and all the pieces to do with everybody and their brother having an excessive amount of time on their hands. We can discover a correlation to this in home violence circumstances growing…it isn’t as a result of individuals out of the blue grew to become abusive, it’s as a result of persons are trapped in homes like by no means earlier than.
Violent persons are appearing violently and since their worlds have narrowed right down to a smaller focus, smaller sufferer pool, and better stress degree, howdy crime.
As for these gun-related accidents, properly, individuals want coaching. I’m by no means for presidency getting concerned in our gun enterprise so no, I don’t help obligatory coaching. But I do imagine we as an trade must be pushing tougher on the coaching entrance and gun shops ought to do a greater job trying to coach clients.
i’ve information for you if you happen to’re a brand new gun proprietor: simply since you have been within the navy doesn’t make you an knowledgeable and “I grew up around guns” additionally doesn’t imply you understand what you’re doing. Your third cousin’s 12 gauge shotgun doesn’t make them an knowledgeable, both. Guns take coaching, so get skilled.
It’s nice that gun gross sales are hovering and that I hope there’s a rise in individuals looking for correct coaching as properly (sure, that’s an optimistic thought, however it will be good). How are gross sales and coaching wanting in your space?