Media: January gun sales surge due to Capitol riot

Media reports surfaced this week that gun sales were at record year over year highs for January; Fox Business reports a 75% increase over last year for January, which Fox partially attributes to the Capitol riot.

Fox Business reports, “the FBI said it conducted more than 4.3 million background checks in January 2021, compared to 2.7 million a year earlier.”

While Fox Business also attributes some of the surge in gun sales to “Coronavirus and civil unrest last summer,” the headline is clear that the Capitol riot is blamed for a large increase in gun sales…with no facts, studies, or interviews to back up the assertion

But national gun sales have hovered in the 50-75% rise over last year area for almost twelve months. And as the National Shooting Sports Foundation found, “firearm purchases have climbed every month since March, and more than 1.7 million background checks were conducted in October alone, a roughly 60% jump over the same period in 2019.”

Fox Business, in one article:

  • Forewent the term “BLM riots” for “civil unrest” while naming the Capitol riot as such.
  • Neglected to add that gun sales have surged since Spring of 2020.
  • Did not mention that the Defund the Police movement has caused safety fears in Americans and continues to do so.
  • Did not attribute any increased gun sales to increased shootings caused by poverty and the economic strain of Coronavirus shutdowns.

Increased gun sales have been observed for a year now, and they’re clearly not due to a one day incident in Washington, D.C. Instead, Fox Business could meaningfully attribute increased gun sales, based on data, to the failures of the government to maintain a fruitful economy and seven months of catastrophic, violent BLM riots and associated Defund the Police Movement.

Relatedly, BLM and Antifa have rioted every day since January 6th in Washington, D.C., totally unchecked by police and unreported by major media sources.