What’s behind the rise in gun ownership for people of color?

What's behind the rise in gun ownership for people of color?

This report is a part of “Rethinking Gun Violence,” an ABC News series examining the level of gun violence in the U.S. — and what can be done about it. After months of anti-Asian hate incidents making headlines across the United States, Clyde, a 69-year-old Japanese American living in northern California, grew afraid. Stories of assault, verbal attacks and deadly shootings against Asians in the Bay Area put him and his wife on edge, he said. He feared an assailant may see them as perfect victims for an attack. “Age is beginning to make me one of those easy targets,” said Clyde, who asked ABC News to use only his first name for his protection. Which is why, he said, he bought his first handgun. “I don’t go out looking for trouble,” Clyde, who is now a member of the Asian Pacific American Gun Owners Association, said. “But to ignore the inconvenient truth that Asians are targets isn’t going to stop the attacks,” he added. Clyde is one of the many people of color who purchased a legal handgun last year, according to a number of gun trade groups. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a national trade association in the firearms industry, says that when comparing 2019 to 2020, there was a 58.2% increase in gun purchases among Black people, a 43% increase with Asians and 49% among Latinos. The NSSF estimates that 40% of gun sales overall were for first-time gun buyers. Watch ABC News Live on Mondays […]

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