Why Americans Buy Guns After Mass Shootings, According to Psychology

Following last week’s school shooting in Florida that killed 17, President Donald Trump called for more regulations on gun control, and now firearm stocks are rising. This phenomenon is not new — less than 12 hours following the Las Vegas shooting in October, gun manufacturers’ stock prices surged — and it’s not a coincidence.

Psychologists explain that mass shootings trigger simultaneous fears that lead people to buy guns and invest in gun companies. Fears of gun violence make...

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