It’s obviously too early to predict the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, because we can’t even predict its course reliably. A few things, however, seem certain.
- As has happened in other times of disaster, more people became gun owners. Virtually all reports on the rush to the gun shops indicate that a huge number of those customers are first-time buyers. In waiting period jurisdictions, many are shocked to find they can’t get a gun to protect themselves and their families right now. They’ll remember that when the next Bloomberg tells them only an idiot would want a gun in the house. Some commentary from pro-2A stalwart Dave Workman, here.
- I am increasingly convinced that “panic buying” is the wrong term for the emptying of current gun shop inventory. Panic means blind, unreasoning fear. When the government and most of the experts tell us things are going to get worse instead of better…when the media reminds us daily that hordes of people will soon run out of money and food and become desperate…when the jails are being emptied for the health of the prisoners…when the emergency services including the police announce that they’re already overburdened and having to quarantine some of their own personnel…well, that ain’t blind, unreasoning fear. That’s what the law calls reasonable fear.
- The Great Depression is often mentioned on the news to give us an idea what we might expect in the current fast-breaking crisis. My parents lived through that, and described hoboes coming to people’s doors asking for handouts. In this day and age, it’s gonna get worse than a polite knock on the door and request for a sandwich. To get an idea of what it’s like to experience a home invasion, read my article in the current American Handgunner magazine, here.
- Finally, if you’re short of high performance home defense ammo, my friend Cameron Hopkins still has some in stock at Super Vel.