Brattleboro, Vt., Police Officer Jason Hamilton patrols around Brattleboro while wearing a mask on Friday, July 24, 2020. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said in a press conference that starting Aug. 1, masks will be mandatory in public.
(Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The predictable trend was reported in a study published last week by the liberal-leaning Brookings Institute: “In March, concerns about personal safety arose from both a deadly new virus and an economy in free fall,” wrote Phillip Levine and Robin McKnight, economics professors at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. “By June, concerns about the virus and the economy remained, and were compounded by new evidence of racial injustice in policing, widespread protests, and discussions of defunding the police.”
Digging into FBI statistics on background checks required for the completion of gun sales, the researchers found a baseline of about 92,000 daily checks during January and February. Following President Trump’s March 13 COVID-19 national emergency proclamation, the number surged to 176,000 three days later. Sales then fell back to a level slightly higher than the baseline as the nation underwent lockdowns and gradual reopenings during the next two months.