America is massively arming itself. Since the start of the coronavirus story, sales of small arms have reached unprecedented levels. The beginning of riots in the largest cities of the country further increased the excitement. In May alone, the US population bought back more than 1.7 million barrels, and a significant portion of buyers had never owned weapons before in their life.
Sales began to grow back in March of this year, and increased sharply after the declaration of a state of emergency. Great material about this was published in the authoritative publication The Washington Post.
Market analysts also note the trend. For example, according to Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting, in May alone, more than 1.7 million firearms were sold. Which is 80% more compared to the same period last year. In April, merchants profited even more by selling 1.8 million trunks. The absolute record was set in March – 2.5 million weapons. Never before in the USA have they sold so many rifles and pistols in a month.
It is not surprising that against this background, stocks of arms companies are growing by leaps and bounds. Compared to the March low, the Smith & Wesson Brands Index rose 72%, Sturm Ruger – 52%, Vista Outdoor – 40%.
Journalists noted that the main reason for this behavior of citizens is the fear of rampant crime, which can cause an economic crisis and unemployment. “We will help you protect your toilet paper supplies,” as arms dealers joked at the start of the epidemic. However, now, in the midst of riots across the country, people seem no longer to be joking.
American citizens very quickly realized that the police were unlikely to protect them from the rioters, but the good old Smith & Wesson could do it. The rush demand is fueled by the high probability of Joe Biden’s election – the Democrats have long been trying to limit the circulation of weapons in the United States. If he takes the Oval Office, then, probably, to buy a rifle or a gun will be much more difficult.
In fact, the issue of selling weapons is very difficult. On the one hand, news from the USA regularly comes about the next bloody execution. On the other hand, in Russia, where the turnover of the “gunshot” is severely limited, the number of intentional killings per 100 thousand people is almost twice as many as in the USA.