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AL – OPINION – Hey, frenzied gun buyers, what are you scared of?

What are you afraid of? Serious question. What are you afraid of that’s causing you to buy guns in such a frenzy? Causing you to stockpile weapons and ammunition like bread and water ahead of a storm? (Which I still don’t understand). Gun store proprietors are giddy. They’re trying to keep up with you as best they can. One Alabama gun store owner told my Al.com colleague Ramsey Archibald that gun sales are up 1,000 percent since last week’s terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol by a delusional mob of folks who apparently believe the person with most votes shouldn’t win. Or that their vote counts for more than those of voters who chose differently. They believe it because of the lies injected into them by the sore-loser, twice-impeached occupant of the White House—only for the next few days, thankfully. They believe it because of the dark cave of conspiracies in which they dwell. So, they buy guns. At unprecedented rates. Not just here in Alabama, and not just since last week. On Monday the FBI revealed it conducted a record 39.7 million background checks on gun buyers in 2020, trumping the 2019 record (29.4 million) by 40 percent. Why? Blame the early surge on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as Americans lost jobs and faced new pressures to care for their families. Then came the summer’s uncomfortable—but necessary—racial reckoning after we watched the tragic killing of George Floyd beneath the knee of Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin unfold over a heinous 8 minutes and 43 seconds. Now, in the wake of perhaps the most democratic and securitized presidential election in history, there is this: “I think people are afraid,” shared a gun-shop owner in Blount County.  [full article]

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