The 2020 election. Unrest on the streets. A crippling pandemic. These three events made people worry about the future of America. And when the people in America are concerned, they buy weapons.
Gun sales in 2020 have increased, and the gun parts and ammunition market has increased with it. The federal background checks have hit an all-time high of 32 million for the year in October, with more than a month and a half to 2020.
“You always have your usual suspects – your middle age, what people consider to be stereotypical gun owners,” said Amy Swearer, a lawyer at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “But you are also seeing a very sharp increase in the percentages that are either minorities or women.”
In early November, President-elect Joe Biden tweeted support for a new offensive weapon ban.
Biden helped pass the original offensive weapons ban, which lasted from 1994 to 2004.
“We have never had a President of the United States and a Vice President of the United States advocating gun violence prevention and public health solutions to gun violence like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris do,” said Kris Brown. the president of Brady, an arms reform group.
Watch the video above to see what drove gun sales and what more guns mean in America in a tense political climate and global pandemic. Will the surge in arms sales slow down when a Biden government takes power in 2021, or will the specter of new arms regulation cause it to persist?