Gun purchases increased in the U.S. dramatically during the pandemic. Many people buy firearms for the first time. More than half of them are women.
In the United States, sales of firearms have increased dramatically. About a fifth of all Americans who bought weapons in 2020, for the first time, became its owners, writes the New York Times.
According to the authorities, in March last year, purchases for the first time in a week exceeded one million. In March 2021, this figure was already 1.2 million.
вЂњSales of firearms in the United States jumped 64% in 2020 compared to the previous year. About one in five of the 17 million Americans who bought a gun last year did so for the first time.
This year, the country's arms boom continues.
Americans purchased more than 2.3 million weapons in January alone вЂ” the highest number since last July, вЂњ according to experts from Northeastern University and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.
The publication notes that gun purchases often increase dramatically in election years and after high-profile crimes. However, now it seems to be also caused by the pandemic, as well as the protests that took place in the country last summer.
Experts say that there has never been such a wave of purchases before. And about half of the new owners are women.
Studies have shown that 39% of American families have guns. In 2016, this figure was 32%.
We add that US President Joe Biden called for an end to violence in the United States.