(Liberty Bell) – The election is literally just around the corner and many Americans are feeling anxious rather than excited. After a seriously tumultuous summer marred by violent riots and protests in many major cities, Americans are rightfully nervous about what will happen after the election has concluded.
It seems to be the consensus that no matter who wins, something big is going to go down. This is being evidenced by the fact that Americans are buying up survival gear, combat gear, and weapons at record numbers.
It really started back in the spring when much of America was forced to go into lockdown and quarantines. Americans had a bad feeling about the motives of the politicians calling the shots so they went out and started stockpiling guns. Since March, gun sales have been through the roof.
So far, it seems our rush to buy weapons may have been unnecessary but then again, everything has always been about the election and now the election is upon us.
Bloomberg reports that a survey done of gun and tactical gear stores in cities, especially ones in the south like Austin, found that “Less than two weeks before Election Day, orders are rolling in. Since last year, online purchases have driven a 20-fold jump in sales of goods like the $220 CM-6M gas mask — resistant to bean-bag rounds — for Mira Safety of Austin, Texas.”
“It doesn’t matter who gets elected,” the tactical gear outlet’s founder Roman Zrazhevskiy told Bloomberg as he’s been seeing his products flying off the shelves, “They think that no matter who wins, Biden or Trump, there are going to be people who are upset about the result.”
I’m not so sure Trump supporters are necessarily concerned about “people who are upset about the results.” Liberal angst is rather humorous after all. What is most likely compelling conservatives to buy up tactical gear and weapons is the oft-repeated sentiment that if Biden wins, the left needs to “round up” Trump supporters and “re-educate” them or worse. This is something that has been expressed by numerous radical leftists and something that should strike fear into the hearts of freedom-loving Americans everywhere.
The Bloomberg report, however, depicts the rush to buy survival gear as “right wing extremism” and attributes it to a new form of patriotism that sees the “survivalist look” as part of a lifestyle that centers on the possibility of coming political unrest. Some of the most bought items include high end body-armor plates costing hundreds of dollars, military grade gas masks, tactical clothing, and gun accessories like laser sights and scopes.
The report notes that stores all around the US that sell guns and ammo are seeing surging sales that come along with record prices, like a staggering $.50 per single round, as well as massive shortages.
The report says business is booming for these types of stores right now.
“A retail chain called 5.11 Tactical, which traces its roots to a friend of President Donald Trump’s adult sons, is even trying to turn the survivalist look into a fashionable national brand. It’s racking up annual sales of almost $400 million with stores in places including Tulsa, Oklahoma and the US Army’s Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.”
Despite the fact that the majority of the people buying up these types of survival gear and equipment are likely primarily conservatives and Trump supporters, the article acknowledges that the record sales are not defined solely by political affiliation.
The prospect of a contested election and the possible violence that could bring is most certainly putting Americans on the edge of their seats. Frustrations and anxieties certainly seem to be at an all time high and the fear of another civil war looms over the heads of many voters.
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