Fear leads to actions people often later regret.  Why are people who’ve been against guns now buying them up? The pandemic isolation and fear of shortages is part of the explanation for the current surge. Feeling safer beats actually being safer, it seems. On this show Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher talks about the “fear on top of fear” driving this new phenomenon. The unwise phrase “defund the police” is another contributing factor. And the decline in trust in our basic institutions is another. Meanwhile gun dealers became amateur therapists for a frightened people. The flames of the politics of fear, resentment, grievance, and mistrust were of course fanned by certain interests. Where does this lead? Listen in.

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