Are gun stores essential during a pandemic?

Invariably, when Americans feel threatened at an existential level, they buy weapons. That's because existential threats prove the truth in the saying that, when seconds count, the police are minutes away. Americans are currently worried that coronavirus will leave America’s normal infrastructure in tatters. Just a few days ago, USA Today reported on that fear and how it’s driving gun sales: [Ralph] Charette, a military veteran, spent $1,500 at a gun shop in Germantown, Wisconsin, after encountering aggressive shoppers and empty shelves at local grocery stores. [snip] "There's so much uncertainty and paranoia but you've got to protect your own," Charette said. Charette is among a growing tide of Americans who are going to retailers, pawnshops and online to purchase gun supplies and ammunition in the wake of COVID-19, which had killed more than 60 people in the U.S. as of Saturday afternoon.  [snip] The...(Read Full Post)
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