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First-time gun ownership skyrockets amid riots, increased violence across country

Added 08-03-20 08:18:02pm EST - “For years, Carlene and Jake went back and forth about purchasing a firearm. The young parents from California ?" who did not feel comfortable using their last names or more specific identifiers when?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “First-time gun ownership skyrockets amid riots, increased violence across country”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The young parents from California – who did not feel comfortable using their last names or more specific identifiers when they spoke with Fox News on Sunday out of concern about possible backlash – said with the country “a little bit on edge right now,” it was the right time to make the purchase.

The couple is among the hoard of 2.5 million first-time gun buyers who have exercised their Second Amendment right to own weapons. The told Fox News they have received their licenses and are now waiting for their firearms to arrive because they’re on backorder.

“With everything going on in both the world and politics and everything, you can’t really be too safe,” Carlene said. “We have a family, a young family, so I think that’s always on the back of my mind, as well. I think with a lot of the riots and such like that, it’s important to – if your First Amendment isn’t protected, I guess you always have the second, right?”

“We all have our own political standpoints and things like that, but these movements to, you know, defund the police, and these movements of Antifa and what they bring, it’s definitely on the back of my mind,” she said. “Do I feel threatened every day? No. But I would say that I did contribute to our decision of finally pulling the trigger, no pun intended, on purchasing.”

A “family history of events” also contributed to their decision, but Carlene noted they also intend to use the guns recreationally. They are both making plans to enroll in handgun safety training.

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