An Arms Race in America: Gun Buying Spiked During the Pandemic. It’s Still Up.

The New York Times (NYT) (05/30/2021)
  • US gun sales have skyrocketed during the pandemic, as shown by federal background checks hitting a record 1 million per week in March (2020) before recently eclipsing 1.2 million.
  • American’s “arms race” has been driven by lockdown safety concerns and last year’s social unrest (protests).
  • 6.5% of adults (17 million Americans) bought guns in 2020, up from 5.3% in 2019; 20% were first-time buyers.
  • 63% of gun owners are men, 73% white, 10% Black and 12% Hispanic.
  • 400 million guns are in circulation (estimate).