for fear of restriction, Americans flock to guns

Gun sales have soared since the shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children, at a Texas elementary school. Many Americans fear a restriction on the sale of assault rifles.

Arms sales are skyrocketing in the United States. Since the Uvalde shooting, where 19 children and two teachers were killed, Americans have been rushing to assault rifles, as often after a mass killing. In question: the fear of an upcoming restriction on the carrying of weapons in the country.

In an armory in Rockville, Maryland, Andrew Raymond, site manager, is busy. The orders do not weaken.

“It’s a semi-automatic rifle. It’s very popular, we sell a lot of them,” the American told BFMTV, gun in hand.

After the shooting in Texas, Joe Biden once again called on elected Americans to act on the issue of weapons. “After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, nothing was done. (…) This time, something has to be done,” he said.

+30% weapon sales since kill

On average, this shop sells several dozen such weapons every day. But sales have jumped 30% since the May 24 Texas elementary school shooting.

“The government has launched a debate on the regulation of weapons, so people are rushing to buy guns like this. They are afraid that soon it will become prohibited,” he explains.

Since the beginning of the year, 250 mass shootings have taken place in the United States. It is largely this repeated violence that pushes the population to arm themselves more.

“I want to be able to defend myself”

At a shooting range in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, a customer comes to try out his latest acquisition.

“It’s very easy: you put the magazine here and you shoot”, explains Antonio*.

The weapon in question? An assault rifle that the American has just bought, ensuring that he needs to protect himself.

“There are a lot of dangerous people out there. One day they can come to my house, rob me, kill me. I want to be able to defend myself, I need a weapon,” he said.

Gun regulation swept away by many Americans

For the gunsmith at the shooting range, gun control is not the answer to the many mass killings in the United States.

“The problem is the ill-intentioned people who use them,” says Jack Donald.

He is far from the only one to think so. Nearly one in two Americans consider shootings to be related to a mental health issue and unrelated to the free movement of firearms in the country.

*Name has been changed.

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