Prompted by the pandemic, civil unrest, and fears of Congress passing new gun control legislation in the wake of a wave of mass shootings over the past year, first time gun owners from all walks of life, who feel that they must take control of their family’s protection, are helping to push record levels of gun sales for what looks like the second year in a row.
There may be no “quick fix” for mass shootings in the U.S. But researchers have identified evidence-based approaches that can reduce their frequency, minimize casualties—and even in some cases prevent them from happening, according to a policy brief from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
With a new wave of gun violence causing alarm across the nation, and no sign of congressional action in sight, several states have begun to prioritize firearms legislation. But while Americans overwhelmingly favor action, partisan gridlock prevents movement in many other states.
Reflecting two extremes in the ongoing debate around gun violence and gun restrictions, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is pushing to solidify New Jersey’s status as one of the most restrictive in the nation for firearms, while the Texas House on Thursday gave initial approval to a measure that would allow carrying a handgun in Texas without a permit.
Seeking to protect themselves against an influx of shootings throughout the city, as well as increase their reputations, civilians and criminals are using their COVID relief checks to purchase firearms.