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- Americans Fear Violence, Broke Record, Bought 1.7 Million Guns, Blacks and Women Highest Among Buyers
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- 66% more guns sold in September than last year alone
- Most buyers of small guns like handguns
American people, completely divided into two opposing camps, have gone on a shopping spree before the presidential election. Voted on Tuesday and after that, surrounded by the fear of violence, Americans have bought more than 17 million guns so far this year. There are about six million people who have bought some kind of weapon for the first time. Among them, blacks are the highest. About 40% are women. In September alone, 18 lakh guns were purchased. This is 66% higher than last year. Jurgen Breuer, chief economist at Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting (SAAF), a research consultancy analyzing small arms purchases in the US, says that by August, the equivalent of last year had sold guns. At the same time, the highest sales record was touched in September. Earlier, in 2016, the maximum number of 1.66 crore guns were sold.
Highest increase in handgun sales
Handgun sales increased 81% in September and 51% in single long gun sales across the US as compared to September 2019. The rest of the guns were bought 50% more. Experts say that guns have been purchased in the name of self-defense, hence only the handgun which can be kept in clothes is getting the highest sales.
Two major reasons for the high sales of guns
1- Fear of violence after elections
Violence over the outcome may result in the aftermath of a US election divided into two camps. In such a situation, small arms may be needed for self-defense.
2-gun culture likely to be banned
Democrat candidate Joe Biden is in favor of stopping gun culture in America through strict legislation. Biden is ahead of Trump in the survey. It is believed that if Biden wins, control over the guns may apply. In such a situation, people want to buy and keep weapons in advance.
Walmart removes gun and cartridges from stores
Walmart removed guns and cartridges from displays in all its stores this week. Store managers have taken this step to eliminate the possibility of robberies from stores in the event of looting. Walmart decided last year not to sell cartridges of Army-like rifles.
Trump said again – Results will not come for several weeks, chaos will spread
President Donald Trump in Newtown and Reading, Pennsylvania, said Sunday that the election would not be decided even after the November 3 vote. Ballot papers will not be counted. People will have to wait for results for several weeks. Timely results will not come because Pennsylvania is a very large state. November 3 will be gone and we will not get information. We will see chaos spreading in our country. Trump has made such a statement once before.
Zuckerberg also fears chaos
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also expressed his apprehension of anarchy after the presidential election. He said, I am worried that our country is so divided. Election results may take several days or weeks to come, so there is a danger of spreading chaos across the country.