Although there are and have always been new guns owners every year, the Great Gun Buying Spree of 2020 may entail more new gun owners than normal. It has certain generated more interest in new gun owners than normal.
The COVID-19 pandemic compounded by the George Floyd protests and riots mixed with the boogaloo/CW2/Great Awakening V leading up to a hotly contested presidential election created unprecedented pressures to get the Gun Curious off the fence and into gun ownership.
This post collects various stories and studies I have come across that emphasize new gun owners, especially in 2020, but also earlier. If you know of other works to be included, please post them in the comments.
–This American Life, The Gun Reality of Now, 30 October 2020. Ignore the interviewer’s condescending tone and just listen to the voices of these new gun owners.
–New York Times, The Daily, The Field: The Specter of Political Violence, 29 October 2020. Ignore the “alarming” characterization – more voices of new gun owners here, incl Black females.
–My take on an article on new gun owners buying during the COVID-19 pandemic published in the journal Injury Prevention.
–New York Times, “A Divided Nation Agrees on One Thing: Many People Want a Gun,” 27 October 2020. No scholars quoted in this story, but Douglas Jefferson of NAAGA is.
-Reuters story picked up by NBC News, “Women, seniors, liberals, stock up on guns amid fears of ‘bloody’ election and unrest,” 15 October 2020. Profiled is one of 125 members in the new Hudson Valley Nubian Gun Club. More than half of members are female, and more than two-thirds are Black, including founder Damon Finch.
–Wall Street Journal Opinion, “Confessions of a New Gun Owner,” 14 September 2020. Americans are losing confidence that the police will keep them safe. Like millions of others, my wife and I decided it was time to become gun owners, writes William McGurn.
-My synopsis of 2018 article published in American Journal of Public Health on “Differences Between New and Long-Standing US Gun Owners.”