Ryan Davis recently wrote this.
And this recently appeared from Michael Anestis and Bryan Craig. This is the abstract. It will cost you to read the whole thing.
Please read; your comments here are invited.
The abstract of the latter piece includes the statement: “These findings highlight that exaggerated fears may be motivating individuals to purchase firearms to diminish anxiety and that this trend may be particularly common among individuals who already own firearms.” The former seems to focus on hunting traditions.
“Exaggerated fears,” my butt. Reasonable fear of 2020’s happenings seems to be notably absent from each of these analyses.
The news media has repeatedly told us that police are being defunded, and warned us that COVID-19 alone might reduce police presence and availability in emergencies by as much as 20%. Similar strain on the emergency medical community means we are less likely to survive injuries at the hands of violent criminals if we can’t stop them before those injuries are inflicted.
At the same time, a combination of “progressive” prosecutors and COVID-19 concerns are emptying jails and prisons at a rapid rate. The media tells us violent crime is increasing precipitously. And do we even need to discuss the 2020 riots?
Fewer cops. More criminals on the street. More violence.
The massive increase in gun purchases isn’t about “exaggerated fears.” It’s about a logical response to an ugly and dangerous New Reality.