Gun sales increased at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, and by a lot. In fact, gun sales went up by 85% in March of 2020 over March 2019. They began to rise in February, and didn’t stop there.
There are a variety of reasons why this happens. Some are speculative and others can be proven, but either way, they all make a lot of sense. We’re all unsure of what’s going to happen moving forward, but one thing is for sure. We want to be prepared for anything.
One of the main reasons gun shops see an increase in gun sales is due to economic instability or political events. Right now, we’re experiencing both. Until we knew how to handle the Coronavirus, our economy shut down. Spoiler alert: we still don’t have a handle on it.
In just a few short months, there’s a big election, and politicians everywhere are pumping the media full of what they want us to hear. The combination of these two things has made many people feel very uncertain.
We’re in crisis mode now. No one knows who or what to believe. Everyone has their own opinion of what’s happening, and no one is willing to bend. We’re scared of what we don’t know, and that leads to a growing feeling of fear among many Americans who don’t trust the government or each other.
Rising fear caused many people to rush out and buy firearms. They didn’t always know what they needed them for, but even people who have never owned guns before were beginning to see why they might need one.
When the virus hit and everyone started stocking up on things like hand sanitizer, food, and toilet paper, many stores experienced shortages they didn’t expect. Manufacturers couldn’t keep up with the demand and people were scrambling to find the household necessities they needed.
Amid the rising fear, people are unsure of how crazy things might get. They’re out to protect their supplies at all costs. If an increase in looting were to happen, they were prepared to defend what was theirs.
Decrease in Police Presence
At the beginning of the panic, many companies began reducing staff and letting go of all non-essential workers. Unfortunately, in an effort to protect valuable resources and maintain social distancing, police departments did this, too.
In light of a reduction in police presence in our communities, people began to panic. If taking matters into their own hands was going to save lives and protect their communities, that’s what they were going to do.
Shortage of Food
Panic buying increased all over the country and grocery store shelves were empty of practically everything. When it comes to feeding your family, wouldn’t you do anything it took?
As industries like trucking are severely disrupted, necessities including food are in short supply. We rely on these things more than we realize and with the virus, nearly everything came to a screeching halt.
With that, people flocked to the nearest gun store to stock up on hunting rifles, shotguns, and ammo. If all else fails, you can always kill your own food. Maybe it’s not the lifestyle you’re accustomed to, but it’s the thought process that took place when things began to look desperate.
Fear of Foreign Enemies
It’s foolish to think our country doesn’t have enemies. When it began to look like the pandemic was controlling our country, many people began to worry that at our weakest, an enemy would strike.
Many people also considered what might happen if the virus raged through our armed forces and they were unable to serve. Many civilians were working on building a well-armed militia and taking matters into their own hands.
It sounds far-fetched and highly unlikely, but it still crossed their minds.
Distrust of Government
There are very few people who really trust the government. Our government isn’t above lying to the population about any number of things. People have already begun to lose faith in the government’s ability to control the pandemic.
Before gun shops were deemed essential, those who believe in their second amendment right to own a gun were up in arms so to speak at the idea that their access to firearms was being restricted.
This general distrust of the government leads to an uncertainty over what policies they will implement and how it will affect the American population, resulting in an increase in gun sales for protection and defense against those in power.
A well-armed society is one that is prepared to defend and protect their rights at all costs. In light of a pandemic, many of these reasons lead people to purchase guns, whether it was for the first time or fiftieth.
Whether out of fear, shortage, or defense, gun sales increased.
Jay Chambers – Pro Free Speech Writer, Disaster Survivalist, Business Owner. Believes in Resiliency and Self Sufficiency in an Increasingly Unpredictable World.