Millions of Americans, some of whom may have never so much as handled a gun before, are now gun owners. They weren’t really interested in guns before, but with the COVID-19 pandemic breathing down their necks, they recognized all the ways things could go south in a hurry. So, they rushed to gun stores and bought firearms.
But, for the most part, a lot of our insights into their motivations have been based on second-hand conversations and speculation. We just haven’t had much of a chance to glimpse the mind of these new gun owners directly.
Now, we can, thanks to the Boston Globe of all people.