June 4 Coronavirus Report: Guns Sell Out, Again

A row of shotguns in a store
Owning multiple guns doesn't make you dangerous and more than owning multiple cars does.

According to USA Today, there is “a wave of Americans shopping for firearms as protests erupt across the country.”  In some locations, sales are so high that stores are running out of guns.  Most are buying because they feel unsafe and owning a gun restores a sense of control as well as giving them a tool for self-defense.

This is the second surge in 2020.  When the coronavirus first started to spread in the United States, millions of people reacted by buying guns, creating  run on guns and lines out the door at some stores.  While many were new gun owners, millions of current gun owners decided it would be a good time to buy a few extra boxes of ammo, leading to 9mm and other common calibers selling out.  When the $1,200 stimulus checks started appearing, many people took that money to the gun store.   

Here’s what preppers can learn from these sales:

  • Its best to have your gun and some training before an emergency hits
  • Don’t wait to the last minute to stock up on ammo
  • If you want to sell one of your guns, gun stores may be buying

More Restaurants Close

The Delaware Restaurant Association predicts than 20 to 30 percent of their members will close as a result of the coronavirus.  This will have a tremendous impact on the economy as these closures echo through the supply chain.  A June 3 article from Delaware Online lists some of the recent closures.

I believe that this will be repeated across many states and communities, and that many are continuing to underestimate the long-term economic consequences of COVID-19 locally and on global scale.

Daily Coronavirus Numbers

Cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. increased by 19,800, or 1.1 percent, in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1,861,400.  There were 976 new deaths reported, for a total of 107,171.

Globally, there were 124,000 new cases, an increase of 1.9 percent.  Total cases worldwide are now 6.538 million while there are 386,503 global deaths.  At its current rate of growth, we can expect to see 1 million new cases every eight or nine days, a rapid pace of growth for a virus which is considered in retreat in a significant part of the U.S. and Europe.

To see how today’s coronavirus data compares to previous reports, you can check out yesterday’s or look a week back.

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