Firearm purchases by Americans continue to hit record numbers. Last month (June 2021) fell slightly behind the highest number on record (June 2020) according to industry analysis of FBI numbers and reported by Stephen Gutowski and The Reload.

Nationwide, firearm purchasing and firearm violence increased substantially during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic. At the state level, the magnitude of the increase in purchasing was not associated with the magnitude of the increase in firearm violence.

With homicides on the rise in Democrat-controlled cities across the nation, attempts have been made to associate the record number of murders to the record number of firearm purchases. MSNBC host Chris Hayes, in a tweet, said, ‘America is a violent place. America has a lot of guns. And last year, American’s got a lot more guns and got more violent.’ According to a peer-reviewed study published in Injury Epidemiology, no causal correlation can be made, however.

In its conclusion, the study stated, “Nationwide, firearm purchasing and firearm violence increased substantially during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic. At the state level, the magnitude of the increase in purchasing was not associated with the magnitude of the increase in firearm violence.”

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