A Dangerous State of Affairs

Pistols for sale at the Firearms Unknown gun store in Oceanside, Calif., April 12, 2021. (Bing Guan/Reuters)

What the national stock-up on guns and ammo says about America today

Fort Worth, Texas  — “I thought I was a gun nut,” he says. “But that was before I started working here.”

Here is the firearms department of a suburban chain sporting-goods store, where customers and soon-to-be-disappointed would-be customers line up outside before the store opens hoping for a chance to purchase ammunition. You see the same thing all over, outside Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops and Academy and independent local retailers: signs apologizing for the paucity of the firearms inventory, signs advertising a two-box limit for what little ammunition is available, the anxious faces of frustrated shooters.

I want to ask him …

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