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Stores run out of guns in America: Widespread fear of post-poll violence
As a natural consequence of heightened political tensions, the American public is looking to protecting themselves from possible rioting and looting, and stocking up arms and ammunition at homes and shops. Firearms stores have gone dry all over the country. Post-poll the probability is there are two types of violence: One, if Trump is defeated and he doesn't vacate the White House where the Supreme Court gives its back; Two, if Trump wins, a short-lived Black Lives Matter backlash. Alternatively, stockpiling of arms may also point to a puzzling emotional response among Americans to any new situations in the country, which is not so in other countries.

by RM NAIR

WASHINGTON, Nov 1: Gun sales have been soaring despite a price gouging in the US on the eve of the presidential elections with the result the firearms stores are empty throughout America today. Forty per cent were first-time gun buyers.

The final polling day is November 3 that decides the fate of the incumbent of the White House Donald Trump for a second term. Fighting the Republican is Democratic Joe Biden. Political belligerence marks the election atmosphere. Trump has even threatened he will not vacate the White House even if he is defeated.

“People are uneasy. They’re concerned about the long-term path of the country. And just like they were hoarding toilet paper (when corona lockdown came), they’re hoarding guns and ammo,” a worker at a firearms shop told Los Angeles Times. Some people also see the need to defend their homes and shops from looting should violence break out after the election.

Anyway, the surge in demand for guns means either of the two: One, there is some fear psychosis being triggered in the minds of the Americans; or, Two, there may be a conspiracy to promote violence post the results, for which the firearms are needed, depending on which side the pendulum swings.

There is always an emotional response among Americans to any new situations in the country, which is not so in other countries. Especially in the current election the threat perception emanating from looming uncertainties of poll results and the feared consequences among the average American is quite high.

There are visible divisions in society over political and racial lines. Florida State University sociologist Benjamin Dowd-Arrow who studies gun owners told Los Angeles Times that national anxieties are very high now. “When people feel that they can become victimized, they want to protect themselves.”

Some people feel the country is coming to an end if the other party wins. People are also doing target shooting and learning gun-loading skills. For them the world has become "tumultuous," a report said.

One report said Black people and women are among those purchasing more firearms. An industry study said there is a 58% rise in purchase by Blacks and 40% by women. The recent spike in racist violence as illustrated by the Black Lives Matter movement, is also a contributory factor. Incidents have been portrayed such that the Blacks have come to believe they have to protect themselves. There had not been any attempt to set the record straight about the reported attacks on Blacks, from the law and order point of view. Black rights cannot be seen as exception from the law.

Sales have already reached 17 millions so far this year, according to Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting, a research firm that tracks firearms. Forty per cent are first-time buyers.

President Donald Trump's rhetoric in campaigns could well boost up the armed vigilante groups and right-wing militias. Although he had been impartial or rather positive and reasonable in reacting to racial attacks and riots, it is not seen or taken like that. Then there are far-right groups such as the Angry Vikings who are planning to patrol polling sites.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping bid, Minnesota killing of Philando Castile when he said he had a weapon, the raid in Louisville in March killing Breonna Taylor and the George Floyd killing are all indicative of the change taking place.

Ironically, America's largest retailer of arms and ammunition, Walmart, were pulling the guns from the shelves recently. There lies a contradiction. If they are doing the business of selling the guns they should in fact bring more to the stores now since there is a rush for the item! And if they are against gun sales why were they keeping them in the stores.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said there is chance of civil strife in the US after the elections. He sees a division in the country.

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