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Asian Americans are buying guns in the wake of recent attacks, but community leaders say that's not the way to prevent hate crimes

May 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Some Asian Americans are buying guns for the first time as attacks fuel fear across the nation, but advocates say firearms are not the solution.

(CNN)Some Asian Americans are buying guns for the first time as attacks fuel fear across the nation, but advocates say firearms are not the solution.

The increased interest in carrying guns and the debate over whether firearms will help prevent violence comes as the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community continues being harassed, threatened and violently assaulted.

Gloria Pan, vice president for national advocacy group MomsRising, said Tuesday that, historically, Asian Americans have not been as engaged in the gun debate as other groups.

"If you're an Asian American and you're considering buying a gun, really try to think through it, rationally," said Pan.

Caroline Fan, founder and president of the Missouri Asian American Youth Foundation, said she has been asked by people in her community, including first generation immigrants, for help finding gun safety training courses.

While there are no official estimates on firearm purchases by Asian Americans, gun sales in America spiked last year and remain at "unprecedented levels," trade groups say.

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