I’ve seen this bit of data before.
— Emily Buder (@elbuder) February 23, 2018
It it’s both accurate and misleading at the same time.
What the people who post this want you to believe is that gun stores are EVERYWHERE and that why people are dying. Americans are crazy and they love guns more than food.
Or some shit like that.
The way that number was determined was by obtaining the number of active FFLs and claiming they are all gun stores.
That number includes every Walmart in America. Every DICK’S, (at least when I was a kid) Sport Authority, Scheel’s, Bass Pro, and Academy Sports in America. Every Runnings Farm and Fleet, Rural King, and a whole bunch of Ace Hardware stores (the franchise allows owners to get an FFL). Nearly every Pawn Shop in America. I’ve been in countless bait and tackle shops, even a couple of truck stops (swear to God) that had a small counter for guns and ammo.
Not to mention the “kitchen table dealers” who only do transfers or online sales.
Hell, I knew some engineering consultants that have them for the purposes of litigation consulting so they can have firearms involved in lawsuits shipped directly to them.
The point is, there are a lot of FFLs that nobody thinks of as “gun stores” except when a liberal wants to scare the crap out of ignorant people.
But as Miguel puts it so well “if thier cause is righteous, why must they lie?”