More than 5 million people became first-time owners during the pandemic as gun sales to the community rose by about 43%. Asian Americans who experienced or witnessed increased acts of racism at the start of the pandemic were more likely to buy firearms for self-defense, according to a new peer-reviewed study from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. More than half of those who purchased a gun are first-time owners. Dr. Hsing-Fang Hsieh speaks with The Guardian about the study.