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NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun Sales Being Driven By… Healthcare Workers?

If there’s one thing that’s been consistent in the headlines all through the pandemic and the riots, it’s the fact that gun sales continue to set records all over the country. It’s even been happening in California. The demand in Philadelphia has been so great (even before the current spate of riots) that people have been put on waiting lists for months or even years just to apply for a permit. But there’s one little factoid out of all the gun sales data that had escaped my attention until this week. A significantly disproportionate percentage of new gun buyers come from the healthcare industry. They were buying new firearms early in the pandemic and that trend has continued through this month. When the coronavirus hit American shores, nurses and doctors stocked up on guns, a new study reports. Researchers at New Mexico State University and the University of Toledo found that being a health care provider was one of the strongest predictors of buying a firearm during the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. Sixty-seven percent of people who reported buying a gun during the pandemic also reported being health care professionals. “One of the things we should see, in my limited view, is these are people who are civilians who are not criminals and they have seen a lot of unrest in the past six months,” New Mexico State University professor Jagdish Khubchandani told the Washington Free Beacon. “And they want to be on the front foot with their own safety.”  [full article]

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