Pandemic, protests, politics driving US gun sales

Pandemic, protests, politics driving US gun sales

Guns are displayed at Shore Shot Pistol Range gun shop in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, US, March 19, 2020. (Reuters) From the countryside to the cities, Americans have been engaged in a frenzy of gun-buying fueled by the pandemic, protests and politics. Brenda Dumas, wearing ear protectors and adopting a shooter’s stance, takes aim at a cardboard target with her new gun. "Fight," commands the instructor at the Boondocks Firearms Academy in a suburb of Jackson, the largest city in the southern state of Mississippi. "I want to be able to protect myself should the need arise," said Dumas, a white woman in her 60s. She persuaded her husband, David, to attend the gun safety course with her for their 36th anniversary. "I felt more unsafe," Dumas said, citing the "violence that is constantly on our televisions right now." The United States has been rocked by protests against racial injustice since the May killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. While most of the protests have been peaceful, some have been marked by looting and arson. President Donald Trump has sought to blame the violence on the "radical left" and claims that only his reelection on November 3 can reestablish "law and order." An African-American man taking the same course as Dumas who asked not to be identified had a very different take. "Protest is a right. These people are not creating turmoil," he said. "We have a president who, instead of […]

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