As Barack Obama would cause gun sales to skyrocket after every anti-gun speech for fear of our Second Amendment rights being stripped, now President-elect Donald Trump's mere vicinity to the Oval Office is causing many in the black community to arm up out out of fear their lives are in danger.
According to NBC News, gun store owners are reporting that gun sales to black and minorities customers have quadrupled since November 8th, and that many black gun groups have reported that twice as many attendees have been showing up at their meetings.
"You feel that racists now feel like they can attack us just because the president is doing it," a gun shop owner told NBC News.
Gun sales reportedly increased into record highs with up to 2.3 million background checks being performed, but gun manufacturers stock numbers slacked off when Trump won the election. Regardless, numbers are up, and gun store owners are surprised by how much of this is made up of minority buyers.
"They thought Trump won't win," said Earl Curtis, the 53-year-old owner of two Blue Ridge Arsenal gun stores and shooting ranges in western Virginia who has noticed an "uptick" in the number of black and minority customers.
Largely, says Curtis, they're "shell-shocked" first-time shooters looking to get a handgun to protect themselves from "race riots and being attacked by racists" — afraid that what Trump and his supporters have already done is just the beginning.
While some would consider these fears unfounded, certain developments within the oncoming Trump administration have some people worried. Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon's appointment as Chief of Staff has done much to worry minorities, as he bragged about allowing the alt-right — a group often associated with racists and neo-Nazis — to have a platform at his former website, Breitbart.com.