What happened when people feared gun control activism after Parkland? More gun sales

What happened when people feared gun control activism after Parkland? More gun sales

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Parkland students chant ‘enough is enough’ 01:00 Phillip Levine is the Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics at Wellesley College and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Robin McKnight is professor of economics at Wellesley College and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. The views expressed in this commentary are their own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)With Thursday’s one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting that gripped America’s attention, Democrats are reintroducing a bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines. If history is any guide and this bill garners substantive support, the debate over that measure — like the discussions after shootings at Parkland, Sandy Hook and San Bernardino — could increase gun sales. What distinguishes these three shootings from the others is the prolonged national media attention and changes in public opinion that occurred regarding gun control. In the past , we have argued that the national attention that drove the prior surges in gun sales resulted from specific national policy proposals , including background checks on all gun sales and assault weapons bans. What we learn from Parkland is that a grassroots movement successful in generating national attention also leads to such a spike, even in the absence of significant policy actions. According to our analysis, 600,000 additional guns were sold between February and April 2018 — beyond the 6.7 million that would have been expected otherwise over that period. Sandy Hook and San Bernardino generated an […]

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