Gun sales are reportedly increasing across the United States, amid the growing number of coronavirus cases, and social media is chiming in. According to Buzzfeed, a new chart shows that U.S. gun dales spiked in March, topping the previous record that was set after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.
Notably, the outlet spoke with some gun retailers the same month, all of whom reported higher sales. "I think with the way things have escalated quite quickly around the world and in the US in just the last couple of weeks, it's very hard to tell what's going to happen next," said Kevin Lim, owner of Bulletproof Zone, a tactical gear retailer.
The gun sales spike has gotten a lot of attention on social media, with one Twitter user commenting, "People who want the world to turn into a post-apocalyptic movie are strange." Another added, "Public health crisis enhances another ongoing public health crisis."
Scroll down to read more reactions to the startling gun sales data.
But Nancy, guns sales are up...
Because people.can shoot the "corona virus"?.
Who is buying these guns?. https://t.co/vpmUyMQday— CK (@auntievahi) March 29, 2020
Corona virus increases and so does America’s gun sales? I literally don’t understand why— Kabir (@awhoreeee) April 2, 2020
What can possibly go wrong.....— Frank Burns (@TwoCatherines) April 2, 2020
What am I missing here? Are they going to shoot the virus?— KB Rockefeller (@KimBreezy) April 2, 2020
Who needs Coronavirus when we can kill each other with guns?— Phillipe de Gravaux (@DreadPhil1) April 2, 2020
America's pain is always the gun industry's pleasure.— Coop (@Coopfromdurham) April 2, 2020
Somebody tell these people you can't see the virus to shoot it. Or maybe they just want to protect their stash of toilet paper.— Frank Crotzer (@thecaptain1701e) April 3, 2020
Gun fetishists are a 'death cult'— Mingo Sierra (@mingo_sierra) April 2, 2020
Are they gonna shoot the virus??— Kathryn Quigley (@WriterChickNJ) April 2, 2020
Just like the @nra wants! They couldn’t careless if felons and domestic abusers get guns as long as they make bank!— heresthething (@MelissaFoersch1) April 3, 2020
So, firearm restrictions don’t work? Whoda thought— Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All (@Stormag09848640) April 2, 2020
Whose buying up these guns and how many with no background ck, what little ck it may be. Makes you think— Agnes Alston (@AgnesAlston54) March 30, 2020
Why are gun shops open? They’re not critical!!— Concerned Elder (@24ruggles) March 30, 2020
Please tell me.....what do they plan on shooting? The virus? 🤦♀️— We Can't Give A Rapist 4 More Years (@ILoveMySteelers) March 30, 2020
Why aren’t the shops closed in US ?— sara-manon karg (@wolfsloewe) April 2, 2020
They are not systemically relevant !!
All stores in relations to guns are open. Gun sales are up.? not only can we easily get sick, but we can also be shot dead. This is tragic for your nation's children & parents.— Promise the Children (@PromisetheChild) April 2, 2020
The gin shoppers aren't practicing social distancing so the might be bringing home more than guns. 😳— D DeCourcy (@DonnaDeCourcy) April 2, 2020
The @NRA is exploiting the coronavirus to force as many sales of guns and ammunition as possible. They know that innocent people like you may die as a result and they are willing to use their dwindling resources on legal action to put your rights to life at risk.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 27, 2020
Coronavirus panic-buying of firearms has led to over 1,000,000 sales. Those guns will not be used to protect toilet paper stockpiles. Rather, across decades to come, they will be used for domestic violence, accidental shootings, suicides, and/or stolen to then be used in crimes.— Mitch Wells (@meezatch) April 2, 2020
Every time the gun crowd thinks the world is ending...it doesn't.
Meanwhile, people without firearms, have no issue or encounter that a firearm would do any good for at all.
Weird!— Kon...with coffee (@TheyLockedMe) April 2, 2020