One thing I like to study is what's called "revenge theory." It's a way of understanding social phenomena where a thing you're trying to avoid is the thing you cause to happen. It explains more things than you might imagine.
For example, recent funding restrictions in Iowa on Planned Parenthood have resulted in a growing number of abortions. Surprise, surprise.
Similarly, an increase in overt racism has pulled the trigger on more people buying guns, guns, guns.
Philip Smith, the president of the National African American Gun Association, said that he had a massive influx of members in two waves: Once, in 2016, following President Donald Trump's election, and again during the recent racial justice protests. He said a year ago, NAAGA was getting maybe 10 new members a day; now, its seeing 10 new members an hour. He said there are many factors pushing Black people to buy firearms, including "the politics right now, the pandemic and the racial tone: Those three things together act as kind of a three-headed monster that is driving folks to come to us."
Unless and until we see a willingness on the part of racists and bigots to chill out, I expect we're going to see a lot more gun ownership across the board, and especially among Black Americans. And as long as the 2nd Amendment animates so much of our social discourse, we're in for a rough time.
Owning guns is one of our basic freedoms. Fairness dictates that this particular freedom is extended to anyone and everyone who wants to participate.
Lock and load, America.