According to the recent data released by the FBI, the number of new gun purchases in the United States has surged again in the past March, and about 2.3 million new guns have been registered. Some U.S. media pointed out that the surge in gun sales is not only affected by the Controlled Gun Act, but also has a lot to do with the recent series of vicious shootings and hate crimes in the United States.
According to FBI data, about 4.7 million Americans were subject to a “buy a gun background check” in March, up 36 percent from February.” According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, about 2.3 million of them are background checks for newly purchased guns, which means that the United States has sold about 2.3 million new guns in just one month, the second highest gun sales in the United States in history.
The data also shows that the proportion of African-Americans, Asian-Americans and women buying guns for the first time has increased. In response, a spokesman for the National Shooting Campaign Foundation explained that the purchase of guns was related to the push for gun control bills by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. People are worried that it will be difficult to buy guns after the bill is passed, so there is a “gun hoarding wave” in American society.
However, the U.S. media generally questioned this statement, believing that the continuous turmoil in American society, the continuous shootings, and the recent surge in racial hate crimes caused the lack of security among the people, which are the main reasons for the “gun buying wave”.
Some media pointed out that in January this year, after the impact on the U.S. Congress, there was a “buying wave of guns” in the United States due to fear of social unrest caused by the election. After the violent death of George Freud, an African-American man by the police in May last year, gun sales in the United States also climbed sharply.
In addition, the American media said that the proliferation of guns is precisely one of the causes of many chaos in American society, and ironically, the American people now have to buy guns to protect their own safety, which is undoubtedly in a vicious circle.
American society has long been plagued by gun-related crimes, but American politics has been entangled and difficult to do anything about gun control. On March 11 this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two gun control bills; five days later, a series of shootings occurred in Atlanta, killing eight people, including six Asian women; and a week later, ten people, including a policeman, were shot dead at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.