A Dangerous Form of Panic Buying: Stockpiling Guns

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In response to the COVID-19 crisis, some have resorted to a much more dangerous form of Panic Buying: stockpiling guns.

Add the fact that many Americans are under Stay Home orders⁠—and the potential for deadly domestic violence is, tragically—much too real.

The surge in gun buying—in the face of much uncertainty—is a human impulse. But, as David Chipman reminds us, guns only provide a false sense of security—and instead come w/an increased likelihood of suicide, accidental shooting and deadly domestic violence.

Far too many kids in America live in homes with unsecured guns—as many as 4.6 million. The COVID-19 surge in gun buying, promises to make things worse. That’s why it’s so important gun owners practice safe storage—store them unloaded, locked, and away from ammunition

Finally, while staying home is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19, we must be cognizant of the fact that this pandemic could exacerbate domestic violence. If you or a loved one are in danger, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or at thehotline.org/.

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Before being elected to the California State Assembly in 2018, Buffy worked as a community organizer, an advocate for kids, and a grassroots activist with experience at the local, state and federal level. She was born in a small town in rural California and grew up in a trailer, raised by working class parents who pushed her to work hard and think big.

Buffy is proud to have been an architect of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. She is credited with innovating Obama’s grassroots organizing model – from right here in Oakland. In addition to playing a critical role in his momentous electoral victories, Buffy served alongside him in the White House. In her leadership role at the Office of Public Engagement, Buffy brought stakeholders and advocates from across the country together to support and eventually pass the Affordable Care Act, which has provided more than 20 million Americans with health care, including 5 million here in California.

Since arriving in Sacramento, Buffy has been a tireless advocate for working families across California, using her experience as an organizer and leader on policy to fight for and pass bills defending the rights and strengthen the livelihood of all her constituents.

Buffy lives in Oakland with her husband Peter and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Josephine, also known as JoJo.

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