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2136, 27 Oct 20

Gun Sales Soaring

I know people in both of these groups.

In the U.S., spikes in gun purchases are often driven by fear. But in past years that anxiety has centered on concerns that politicians will pass stricter gun controls. Mass shootings often prompt more gun sales for that reason, as do elections of liberal Democrats.

Many gun buyers now are saying they are motivated by a new destabilizing sense that is pushing even people who had considered themselves anti-gun to buy weapons for the first time — and people who already have them to buy more.

The nation is on track in 2020 to stockpile at record rates, according to groups that track background checks from FBI data. Across the country, Americans bought 15.1 million guns in the seven months this year from March through September, a 91% leap from the same period in 2019, according to seasonally adjusted firearms sales estimates from The Trace, a nonprofit news organization that focuses on gun issues. The FBI has also processed more background checks for gun purchases in just the first nine months of 2020 than it has for any previous full year, FBI data show.


2136, 27 October 2020


  1. Jason

    Everyone knows that an armed society is a polite society.. Not everyone knows that penguins have flippers.

  2. penquin

    Everyone knows that an armed society is a polite society

    One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors.


  3. Mar

    I am not anti-gun but never fired a gun except when I was on the Air Force, which really doesn’t count.
    I am considering, though in buying a hand gun for protection.
    I really don’t want to do it but I don’t know what the future holds.

  4. Merlin

    Be sure to sign up for enough training to be completely comfortable with whatever you buy. Putting holes in paper is a lot more fun than you might think.

  5. dad29

    Buying a gun is a breeze.

    Buying the ammo………well………..that’s another question entirely.

    Merlin’s right:  GET TRAINING.  Just make sure that your trainer supplies the ammo!

  6. penquin

    I would add that if you’re looking for home protection, rather than personal carry, you may wanna look at shotguns. Especially if you’ve never shot before. A handgun takes a lotta practice to get good with, while a shotgun is basically just point it in the general direction. Plus, being confronted with a long gun is far more intimidating than via a pistol…draw down with a double-barrel on a home intruder & you most likely won’t even have to pull the trigger.


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