Updated: May 20
I guess they don’t like a world wide pandemic overshadowing their political agenda. From the Hartford Courant:
As I follow the news and panic surrounding the coronavirus, I’ve become increasingly resentful that another public health crisis does not receive a similarly urgent response. That public health crisis is gun violence.
Coronavirus may be a frightening, disruptive and deadly disease. It is certainly a threat to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. At the same time, it’s frustrating that a pandemic that has killed nearly 5,000 worldwide so far has dominated the national conversation when 39,773 Americans died of gun violence in 2017, the most recent year for which complete data is available.
As of Thursday morning, 37 Americans had died from COVID-19. In comparison, 51 people were gunned down in Las Vegas in 10 minutes in October 2017.
I am far more scared of being shot and killed in a grocery store or in a movie theater or at a music venue than I am about dying from a disease. I have good friends who are public school teachers. I’m far more worried that they and their students will be shot in the classroom than they will die from the coronavirus.
I guess he’s mad that bigger problems than gun control are currently in the spotlight. I bet he’s also pissed that Americans are getting armed to defend themselves if needed during this crisis:
Gun stores across the country are also selling more firearms and ammunition. Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply, an online retailer, sold twice as much ammo Feb. 23-25 this year than last year.
“It’s clear our customers want to be prepared in a worst-case scenario,” Jacob Long, of Widener’s, told the American Rifleman, a publication for the National Rifle Assocation. “For a lot of our families, a disaster plan includes having ammo on hand.”
Gun retailers are also seeing a surge in sales.
“We have seen a distinct increase in both handgun and rifle ammunition in the past few months,” Danny Garcia, manager of Money Quick Pawn and Guns in Fayetteville, North Carolina, told the American Rifleman. “February was a record sales month… . Talking with our customers we are hearing the increase is due to both the prospect of a coronavirus outbreak and the pending elections.”
Gun and ammunition sales in California are five times above normal, KTVU reported.
Not good for the gun grabbing agenda....