L.A. Times Editorial Board is Angry About the Recent Increases in Firearms Sales

Due to the increase in gun sales during the Wuhan virus shutdowns, the L.A. Times editorial board is throwing a fit.

The board observed the following:

Since the start of the pandemic, Americans are buying more guns. The FBI says it conducted a record 3.7 million background checks for would-be gun buyers, a loose proxy for firearm sales, in March as lockdown orders spread across the nation. In April the checks dropped to 2.9 million but rebounded to 3.1 million in May. The monthly average for 2019 — itself a record year for background checks — was 2.4 million. So even as we get fresh studies connecting possession of firearms with increased risk of gun violence, accidental shootings (usually by children) and suicides, we are adding more firearms to the nation’s already numbingly large privately owned arsenal of some 300 million guns (no reliable count is available) owned by about a third of the population.

The board described this surge in gun purchases as “madness.”

However, the LA Times board praised the Supreme Court’s decision last week to not hear 10 different challenges to gun control laws across the nation.

When the Court announced it would not take on gun control cases on June 15, 2020, Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed with the decision according to a Breitbart News report. He claimed that the court “looks the other way” in cases dealing with the Second Amendment.

The LA Times can cry all it wants, but Americans will continue to get armed as they so please.

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