Uh oh.

Courtesy of Politico

Internal FBI data reveal a jarring new stat: The number of people trying to buy guns who can’t legally own them has skyrocketed. That came as part of a surge in gun purchases in the first three months of 2020, compared to the same time period in 2019. And the change has raised concerns about gun safety.

In March 2019, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ran background checks on 823,273 attempted gun buys (the system immediately greenlights the vast majority of transactions). This past March, however, NICS processed more than 1.4 million background checks––a massive spike. The most dramatic shift, though, might be in how many people the system blocked from buying guns.

In March 2019 and February 2020, the NICS system blocked about 9,500 and 9,700, respectively. But in March 2020, it blocked more than double that amount: a whopping 23,692 gun sales.

Now, of course, this also means that for every one of these attempts that are blocked and tracked there have to be significantly more illegal purchases that fly under the radar. 

And this should not really come as any surprise.

After all, we are currently suffering through a global pandemic that has everybody on edge and our president is telling everybody who will listen that our towns and cities are being taken over by left-wing communist thugs. 

So, of course, this means that gun violence is also on the rise, most notably in places like Chicago and New York.

And I imagine that things will only get worse in the coming months as more people start to get stir crazy and Trump hypes up peaceful protests as attempts to overthrow local governments.