Gun sales have gone through the roof during the pandemic, but “stay at home” orders threatened to end the profit party for the merchants of death in America. That’s when the NRA stepped in and convinced governors to declare that gun stores were “essential services,” allowing them to stay open and to keep supplying terrified citizens with weapons that would make them feel invincible. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what happened.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced