The United States could be headed into a second Civil War, according to a suggestion from New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, which is ominous news considering reports that gun sales in several key states have been soaring this year.
According to Fox News, Friedman was talking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper when he suggested President Donald Trump will probably dispute the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Democrats have been raising the specter of Trump refusing to allow a peaceful transition of power if he loses.
Currently, various polls show former Vice President Joe Biden leading, but barely in some cases. Conservatives and in particular gun owners are feverishly working to get out the vote, since those two groups are historically lethargic about voting.
But that may change this year, with so much at stake. Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are perennial anti-gunners and they are promising all kinds of additional restrictions on Second Amendment rights if they win.
Adding to the drama, Liberty Park Press and Fox News have reported soaring gun sales in several key states this year.
The key states spotlighted by the Fox report are North Carolina, with sales hitting 114.5 percent above last year; Michigan, with an eye-popping 114 percent surge over the same months last year; Arizona, with an 84.5 percent above this time last year; New Hampshire, where sales have risen 78.9 percent over the same period in 2019; and Wisconsin, where sales are up 66.6 percent. There have also been rising gun sales in Florida, jumping 59.4 percent over last year, and Pennsylvania, with 27.7 percent more gun sales than during the same period in 2019.
With the country still reeling from months of protests, some rioting and looting over the death of George Floyd while being restrained by Minneapolis police four months ago. Civil disorder erupted anew when the Kentucky attorney general declined to charge two of three police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor earlier this year.
Cities such as Seattle, Minneapolis, Portland, New York and Minneapolis have been the scene of massive demonstrations that, in some cases, have descended into riots with looting and arson. They ostensibly began as peaceful protests by the Black Lives Matter movement, but anarchists allegedly moved in and co-opted those gatherings to burn, loot and destroy many small businesses.
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