Liberal Mocks Americans For Buying Guns Amid Coronavirus

Natural disasters and pandemics often spur gun purchases in the United States and the COVD-19 was no exception. In some areas, influxes in the hundreds of percent have been reported, something actor John Cleese mocked in a pair of tweets online.

Cleese, a co-founder and member of the comedy group Monty Python, said it struck him as “terribly funny” that Americans buy guns during times of crisis.

“It strikes me that it’s terribly funny that the response of some Americans to a virus is to buy guns,” he said in a tweet.

The British actor called the reaction to purchase firearms the “default position” for Americans, citing different instances he believed that would trigger widespread gun purchases.

“Buying guns seems to be the default position for some of the American electorate… When confronted by something upsetting, they buy guns,” Cleese said in another tweet. “Bears…same-sex marriages….global warming…albino raccoons…long words…Hispanics…ANY kind of panics… Let’s go shopping !!!”

The Daily Wire reports the evaluation was echoed by famed tennis player Martina Navratilova.

The 18-time Grand Slam winner tweeted: “Can’t figure that one out either. Gun culture- what an oxymoron!!!”

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Despite their critique, Americans know the value of having a firearm (or several) and what protection it affords themselves and their families—especially in a time of crisis.

ABC News reports the coronavirus, specifically and government-forced closures sparked a massive gun purchase “from California to New York.”

From the report:

People are arming themselves. They are lining up outside gun stores. Or going online. In February, the internet retailer reported a 309% increase in revenue and a 222% surge in transactions. The group is calling the sales “unprecedented.”

The increased gun sales come as police departments are being forced to pare down operations due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Some police Departments are responding to only calls that involve emergencies – calls like fender benders and lost items are being handled over the phone or people are required to go and give a statement at the police station.


National figures on gun sales that are monitored by the FBI will not be available until early April. But the anecdotal evidence is hard to miss.

In Virginia, where the State Police track background check numbers, there was an 86% increase in requests in January compared to January of 2019. Authorities attribute some of that uptick to Virginia’s lobby day – when gun enthusiasts descended on Richmond in opposition to proposed new restrictions. But the trend continued in February, when over 64,000 buyers underwent checks, compared to 39,300 the previous February. And in March, Virginia saw 35,383 background checks conducted, which is just 10,000 background checks than the entire month of March 2019.