Alyssa Milano released a PSA on the coronavirus that included a call for people to keep safe by not buying guns.
“I'm seeing reports all over the country of Americans responding to the coronavirus outbreak by buying up guns and ammunition, and I know that we are all scared and stressed out during these really uncertain times,” the actress said Thursday in a video on Twitter. “But that is exactly why stockpiling weapons could have dire consequences for our own personal safety and those around us. You know, the weapons that people are buying today could end up being used in households, schools,churches, bars, and on our streets in the future.”
Milano encouraged people to “stop the coronavirus gun surge.” “Americans bought over 2 million firearms in March of 2020, over a million more than this time last year. We have to keep each other safe by social distancing and washing our hands and not bringing dangerous firearms into our homes,” she added in the caption to the video.
The c oronavirus has caused record gun sales with handgun sales being up 91% and background checks up 94%. So far, there have been more background checks, mostly for guns, than any year between 1988 to 2005.
Earlier this week, Milano encouraged “due process” to be used when discussing a sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden. The actress had previously been one of the top critics against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh after an allegation of sexual assault surfaced against him.
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