Asian Americans more likely to buy guns during pandemic out of fear of racial attacks, says new study
- A study by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University found that racial discrimination is linked to the increase of firearm ownership among Asian Americans.
- Those with higher anticipatory racism-related stress are found to have greater intent to buy a gun for self defense.
- The data, which sampled 916 Asian American adults, looked into the firearm-related risks, firearm and ammunition purchases, along with the measures of racism and discrimination experiences of individuals since the beginning of the pandemic.
- Researchers also found that 55% of those who acquired a firearm during the pandemic were first-time gun owners. More than one-third of the firearm owners carried a gun more frequently while outside of their homes.
- Around 43% of individuals said that guns on their property were stored loaded, while around 47% said that at least one firearm was stored unlocked.
A study conducted by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University found that Asian Americans who experienced instances of racism during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to purchase firearms for self-defense.
The researchers found that experiencing racial discrimination is linked to the increase of firearm ownership and that Asian Americans with higher anticipatory racism-related stress are found to have greater intent to buy a gun.
- South Korean mega septet BTS kicked off their first concert in South Korea on Thursday since their “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” tour in 2019.
- The group — consisting of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook — performed 20 songs, including hits “On,” “Burning Up (Fire),” “DNA,” “Dynamite,” Butter” and “Permission to Dance.”
- The concert is part of a three-day show in Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, with the second and third concerts set to take place on Saturday and Sunday.
- After their Seoul shows, the K-pop stars will reportedly return to the United States to perform at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on April 8, 9, 15 and 16.
South Korean K-pop group BTS kicked off their “Permission to Dance on Stage” shows in Seoul on Thursday, marking the septet’s first in-person concert in the country since their “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” tour in 2019.
The Thursday concert, held at the Olympic Stadium, was the first of three concerts planned for South Korea this weekend. The Saturday show will reportedly be broadcasted in select movie theaters, while the final concert on Sunday will be livestreamed through Weverse.
- A video that went viral on Weibo shows Chinese workers beating a pet Samoyed dog to death while its owner was in quarantine.
- Yi Zhi Xue Qiu, whose boyfriend tested positive for COVID-19, said she was not allowed to bring her pet dog with her to a quarantine facility.
- “We raised a dog together for three years and three months,” Qiu wrote on Weibo. “It was already part of our family, but now he died tragically in his own home."
- Local authorities have acknowledged the incident and said in a statement that the workers involved in killing the dog have been suspended.
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A video that captured what appears to be Chinese health workers bludgeoning a quarantined woman’s pet to death has gone viral in China.
‘Just take it back, man’: Missouri GOP lawmaker demands colleague apologize for ‘Chinese virus’ remark
- Rep. Brian Seitz (R-156) reportedly referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” during a floor debate in March.
- Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-98) called Seitz out on Wednesday for his remark and demanded an apology.
- Seitz refused to apologize, saying he was only pointing out the disease’s origin and that he loves dumplings.
A Missouri House representative has called on a Republican colleague to apologize for calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus” several months ago.
Rep. Brian Seitz, who represents District 156, was presenting a bill that addresses public school lessons on gender, sexuality and race when Rep. Shamed Dogan, of District 98, brought up his use of the remark.
As the world relaxes its COVID restrictions, hot vax summer draws nigh but not everyone is excited. There are those of us who are anxious, hesitant and scared because we might not look the same as we did before the pandemic.
Do my jeans even fit anymore? Did I grow another chin? I think I lost all the definition in my calves from not walking to the bus stop.