A new report examines internet search patterns to track public interest in gun buying after the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Researchers from Lawsuit.org found Google keyword searches related to purchasing guns erupted after the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead on May 24. Shortly after, the Biden administration talked tough on guns and threatened new restrictive measures on buying, which drove internet searches even higher.
“Predictably, public tragedies spark fear of new or better enforced gun laws, which then impacts demand for guns,” Lawsuit’s Kristin Tynski wrote in the report.
Search data was pulled from May 1 to June 14. US gun-related internet searches were low-volume (blue) before the school shooting. Immediately after, the country turned red, meaning high search volumes. This shows that the shooting most likely caused another gun-buying panic as many fear the Biden administration will clamp down on AR-15-style rifles.