by Damjan Tutarkov
The Washington Post has published a piece pushing unsubstantiated claims that a recent surge in gun sales is the reason for the rising gun crimes across the country.
The article, titled “Spike in violent crime follows rise in gun-buying amid social upheaval,” points out that Americans have bought millions of guns over the past months amid tensions fueled partly by the coronavirus pandemic and partly by the Black Lives Matter protests.
[…] But in the second paragraph, writer Christopher Ingraham makes a far-fetched assumption, claiming that the “gun-buying binge is associated with a significant increase in gun violence across the United States,” citing two studies by the Brookings Institution and the University of California, Davis. He does not explain the association at all, nor does he even indicate that the guns were purchased in the same regions where violence increased.