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A Record Year For Gun Sales; The Reality Of The Second Amendment For Black Americans

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(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
FILE – In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif.

2020 was a record year for gun sales in the United States – and the largest increase in purchases came from African American communities. This hour, we talk to the owner of a Black Gun Association in Connecticut about what he’s seeing locally. And we hear about how these larger gun-buying trends are playing out nationally.

Also, with increased gun violence in the U.S., what’s the disconnect between the Second Amendment rights Americans have in theory, and how they play out for African Americans?


This program was produced by Daniela Luna, Catie Talarski, and Zshekinah Collier.

Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Zshekinah Collier is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show 'Disrupted.' Previously she was a Radio Production & Storytelling Intern and contributed to 'Audacious,' 'The Colin McEnroe Show,' 'Seasoned,' and 'Where We Live.'
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.