Brenda Dumas and her husband want to make a gift on the occasion of their 36th wedding anniversary, namely to learn to use a weapon. The couple say they do not feel safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, high-profile violence and a tense political climate.
“I want to be able to protect myself,” the woman told Le Point in the United States.
With less than a month to go before the election, more and more Americans are interested in weapons, both in rural and urban areas, and the phenomenon is worrying, reports “Le Point”.
Since the death of George Floyd, a black man who died under the knee of a white police officer, the United States has been plagued by anti-racism demonstrations, which have often degenerated into violence.
Instead of guaranteeing balance, incumbent President Donald Trump blamed the violence on the far left and spoke out in order to restore order by force. But his statements inflamed spirits even more, reaching scenes specific to a civil war in some areas, with clashes between protesters and far-right militants.
“Firearms have not been part of my lifestyle until recently,” said Al Materazo, who came to stock up on ammunition at the Coliseum Gun Traders in New York.
He bought his first weapon in February, in the context of the first information about the new coronavirus.
“I thought that people would lose their jobs, that there would be less money and that there was a risk of thefts multiplying. I wanted to be able to protect my family “, he states the reason why he chose to arm himself.
The owner of a gun shop says he has never had so many customers. “This trend has been going on since February and is the longest since selling weapons,” he says.
Federal Police statistics on criminal record requests confirm the trend. From an average of 2.3 million per month in 2019, they rose to 3.9 million in June this year, a historic record.
In addition to security reasons, one reason for this interest may be the thought that Democrat Joe Biden could tighten gun procurement legislation if he wins on Nov. 3.
Whatever the reason, one thing is certain: “Our industry will have a fast year,” says an arms dealer.