Gun Sales Spike | Into The Wake Of Mass Shootings
Gun Sales Spike | Into The Wake Of Mass Shootings

Gun Sales Spike | Into The Wake Of Mass Shootings

Despite demands for tougher gun control measures in the aftermath of mass shootings, FBI firearm background checks data. It reveals that gun sales increased in Texas, Illinois, and New York following shootings that killed 38 people.

Federal firearm background checks increased 54% in New York from May to June when a shooter opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket, killing ten people.

Federal background checks may frequently use to assess gun transactions. But, they may not consider straight translations. The FBI records only show the number of firearm background checks performed. It may not be the overall number of weapons sold. It is worth noting that not all states need background checks.

Background checks increased by 17% in Texas following the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, which killed 19 students and two instructors.

According to the most recent data available after a 4th of July parade shooting in Highland Park, background checks in Illinois increased about 4% from June to July.

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This trend can arise partly from fears that help gun control measures enacted in the aftermath of mass shootings. So, it will make it more difficult to buy firearms. It results in what Syracuse University Political Science Professor Grant Reeher compared to the rising panic buying. It may occur in the early stages of the pandemic.

“Elected officials are not immune to the effects of media coverage. And they will often either step up the rhetoric in favour of more gun control or push pieces of legislation. So, we saw the aftermath of the most recent two mass shootings nationally. It may present in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas,” Reeher, the director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, said.

According to 2019 research, every time California reinforced its gun rules. It began in 2012, and continued each year. Gun sales soared soon after each law was adopted.

Other reasons, like as frequent hunting seasons and perceived individual personal protection needs. It may also contribute to the ebb and flow of gun purchases. But, this may be less likely to be the case.

“Mass shootings, coverage of such massacres, and fears about future gun legislation will have a considerably greater impact,” Reeher said. “However, gun owners expressed other types of election outcomes and comparable fears. Or, it will gun owners in reaction to those election outcomes are equivalent to that.”

The assortment of possible reasons for growing gun sales. It makes identifying a single cause difficult. For example, following then-President Barack Obama’s re-election and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the FBI completed more than 2 million background checks countrywide in January 2013.

It remains fascinating to see… what happens with the midterms because that’ll be a different time,” Reeher remarked. “We witnessed a drop in gun purchases after Donald Trump was elected because people thought, ‘I’m not going to have a problem.'” If the Republicans reclaim control of Congress. So, I expect an increase in the FBI’s number of background checks recorded.”

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