“The truth is, guns are no longer all about middle age white dudes with pickup trucks and a wad of tobacco in their mouth. They never actually were, mind you, but that’s what people had in mind when you talked about gun owners.”
Ever since the pandemic was clearly going to be a pandemic, we watched as gun sales increased exponentially. Millions of Americans went and bought guns. To make matters even more interesting was that despite the media telling us more and more Americans wanted gun control, most of the gun buyers were first-time customers. They were people who’d never owned a gun before in their life, but now wanted something.
A summer and autumn filled with riots did nothing to quell the unease people felt, nor their desire to arm themselves. Couple that with concerns about the election and it’s no mystery that guns were rolling out the door as fast as stores could get them in.
Yet there are some misconceptions about just who all are buying those guns, even now.
by Tom Knighton