Apparently, fear can have effects on the public that the MSM and government do no want – more self-reliance.
According to a report by Big League Politics, the LA Times is "throwing a fit" that other humans are buying weapons to defend themselves against the obvious tyranny. Remember, this follows their theme. The more dependent you are on them and the system they set up against you, the easier you will be to control. Taking your self-defense into your own hands was never a part of their plans.
In fact, the LA Times editorial board described the increase in gun sales as follows:
Since the start of the pandemic, Americans are buying more guns. The FBI says it conducted a record 3.7 million background checks for would-be gun buyers, a loose proxy for firearm sales, in March as lockdown orders spread across the nation.