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Larry Hyatt, owner of one of the country’s largest gun shops, Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, North Carolina, told the Guardian that the scenes of mass buying at his store were virtually unprecedented. “This is only the second time in my 61 years of business that we’ve seen anything like this,” he said. Gun sales shot up in the aftermath of mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut in 2012.
The panic-buying of gun by Americans for self protection shows they are very much affected by fear psychosis. It is said the gun sales have exploded in the last two weeks with people stocking up on guns and ammunition out of sheer fear. David Stone, owner of Dong's guns, ammunition and reloading in Tulsa, Oklahoma state said, ''We have had 800% increase in sales... and I' m getting close to running out''. In the state of Washington, one of the hardest hit by the virus, the owner of Lynnwood Gun (close to Seattle), one Tiffany Teasdale said, ''She has seen a mssive upstick in sales with customers lining up an hour before the store opens for sale''.
What kinds of fire arms are people buying? According to her they go after shotguns, handguns, AR-15 (semi-automatic assault-style rifles), nation wide there is a greater demand for the latter type.
“Financial meltdown, pandemic, crime, politics, insecure future, etc put the panicked people under one roof, causing hell of a mess and safety. On line sales of firearms show marked upward mobility.
According to well-known American online firearms co - Ammo.com’s marketing manager, Alex Horsman, “....... mostly political events or economic instability when people feel their rights may end up infringed. This is our first experience with a virus leading to such a boost in sales.”
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In this kind of mad sale of lethal weapons, many Americans with commonsense are quite concerned about the safety of children. Because of lack of safe storage of firearms at home, this spike in dangerous weapons could put children at risk.
A Geneva-based research group, The Small Arms Survey, estimates national gun ownership rates range from a high of 90 firearms per every 100 people in the U.S., to one firearm or less for every 100 residents in South Korea and Ghana. Yemen has the second highest number of firearms per 100 people -55. It is a poor Arab country fighting a bloody civil war. (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/10/03/americans-really-like-their-guns-they-own-42-650-million-civilian-firearms-worldwide/726321001/https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/03/16/coronavirus-people-line-up-gun-stores-stock-up/5054436002/
The New Indian Express (Tiruchi edition) dated 26 March, 2020;page:10 - ''Americans stocking up on guns for fear of social unrest''.