- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2020

Liberal actress and activist Alyssa Milano posted a PSA Thursday warning Americans to stop stockpiling weapons in response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the massive uptick in gun purchases could lead to “dire” consequences.

“Americans bought over 2 million firearms in March of 2020, over a million more than this time last year,” Ms. Milano tweeted to her 3.6 million followers. “We have to keep each other safe by social distancing and washing our hands and not bringing dangerous firearms into our homes.”

In a video accompanying her post, the former “Charmed” star said she was troubled by recent reports that many Americans are responding to the outbreak by buying up guns and ammunition.

“I know that we are all scared and really stressed out during these uncertain times,” Ms. Milano said in the video. “But that’s exactly why stockpiling weapons could have dire consequences for our own personal safety and those around us.

“You know, the weapons that people are buying today could end up being used in households, schools, churches, bars and on our streets in the future,” she continued. “So we all have to look out for each other. Please, please, please share this video to help stop the coronavirus gun surge. We can’t lose any more lives to guns during this pandemic or after it’s over.”

Ms. Milano was ripped by conservatives for the video, including by actor James Woods, who thanked her for the “reminder” to stock up.

“Thank you for the reminder,” he tweeted. “When the looting starts, always be prepared. Buy more ammo!”

Ms. Milano, a key figure in the #MeToo movement and the confirmation protests against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, found herself in hot water recently after she defended her continued political support for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden despite him being accused last month of sexually assaulting a former staffer.

“I just don’t feel comfortable throwing away a decent man that I’ve known for 15 years in this time of complete chaos without there being a thorough investigation,” she said last week.

Mr. Biden has denied the allegations.

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