Worried Americans buy guns

Looting, Home invasion and Self -protection spur first time gun buyers.

Those of us that have been around several decades remember several times in our countries history when civil disobedience, looting, beating, shootings and property destruction run rampant for days if not weeks.

I just read that in California and Washington, two states with the large outbreaks, fearing for their safety are buying guns and fast as they are buying toilet paper. Because the coronavirus, has been reportedly started Chinese City of Wuhan, the COVID 19 Virus aka the Corona Virus has Asian-American’s becoming first time gun buyers.

Sales of guns and ammunition have gone through the roof in the US.

As Americans react to the spread of coronavirus, it’s not just toilet paper and groceries being snapped up by panicked customers. It’s guns too.

Stores across the US have in the past month recorded a surge in firearm and ammunition sales. Ammunition retailer ammo.com reported a 276 per cent sales surge on March 10, as numbers of confirmed cases climbed in the US, while local media have reported long lines of people queueing outside gun stores.

In California and Washington, the states with the largest initial outbreaks, customers include first-time Asian-American buyers fearing for their safety: the coronavirus was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, giving rise to increasingly ugly expressions of xenophobia.

Corona Virus concerns spur first time gun owners in droves.

Attacks on Asians have been reported in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and cities around the world since the pandemic began, with attackers often mentioning the coronavirus.

David Liu, owns Arcadia Firearm & Safety in the San Gabriel Valley, CA is exhausted. His store has been so busy he barely has time to eat or sleep. It has been that way for weeks.

Liu estimates “80 to 90 per cent” of his customers are now first-time gun buyers, and increasingly include Americans of Vietnamese, Philippine and Japanese backgrounds.

Liu lived through the 1992 Los Angeles riots, triggered by the acquittal of police officers charged in the brutal beating of Rodney King. When the week-long riots were over, about half the US$1 billion in damage had been sustained by Korean-American businesses. Liu fears it could happen again.

“All these people are out of work, and what are people running out of food and money going to do? he thinks it’s going to be scary.”

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