In the wake of a deadly mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, local gun stores have reported a surge in sales, with one owner claiming a 500% increase. The shooter, a 40-year-old firearms instructor, killed 18 people and injured many more. This incident has reignited the debate on gun control, with President Joe Biden questioning the necessity of assault weapons that can hold up to 100 rounds.
However, the fear of potential gun bans and the threat of violence has driven many to purchase firearms, including first-time buyers. This pattern of panic buying is not new and has been observed since the 1960s during periods of widespread fear.
The gun industry has historically capitalized on these fears, with the National Rifle Association (NRA) leading the charge. The NRA’s first executive, Harlon Carter, argued that the government was failing to protect its citizens, pushing for unlimited gun rights. This narrative continues today, with conservatives arguing for the right and necessity of self-defense when the government fails to provide adequate protection.
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