It’s hard out there for a gun control advocate these days. Even as their staunchest allies in the Democratic Party call for defunding the police and taking a hands-off approach to violent crime, record numbers of Americans are taking part in the Great Gun Run of 2020 and concealed carry applications are skyrocketing. What’s an anti-gunner to do? How about blame the rise in violent crime in cities from Seattle to New York City on all those new gun purchases?
In an interview with Forbes, one gun control activist claims that the increased demand in gun sales has led to hundreds of thousands of background checks being delayed by more than three days. Under federal law, those sales can proceed if the FBI hasn’t gotten back to gun shops within 72 hours, and anti-gun activists are trying to argue that the sale of those firearms is what’s fueling the violence in Democrat-run cities.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, the DOJ warned President Trump that the background check system was going to be overwhelmed––but rather than addressing it, Trump added fuel to the fire by making it even easier to buy guns,” Rob Wilcox, Everytown for Gun Safety’s deputy director of policy and strategy, told Forbes. In March, amid a debate over whether gun stores should be opened even during lockdowns, the Trump administration determined they should be considered essential businesses. “This FOIA confirms that the worst has happened: thousands of guns have likely fallen into the wrong hands.”