As the US spirals into social chaos thanks to the negligence of elected officials at the local level, many urban residents have become victims of America’s growing crime wave.
Some of the most notable victims have been Asian Americans. Asians are generally concentrated in major urban centers ranging from Los Angeles all the way to New York City and. They’re also over-represented as small business owners in their own enclaves, which leaves them susceptible to crimes that go from theft to property vandalization.
After the death of George Floyd not only were leftist radicals allowed to run loose on the streets, but police departments were largely told to stand down or at least hesitant about engaging in active policing thanks to political pressure from ethnic grievance hustlers and the general Left.
Recognizing that the police won’t come to save them, Asians are getting strapped. In a recent report by Yahoo News, Asians are buying firearms in droves after an increase in crimes directed against them.
The data is a bit rough but the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) pointed to figures indicating that Asian Americans bought 42% more firearms and ammunition in the first half of 2020 than they did in the same period in 2009. Jimmy Gong and Jay Zeng, the owners of Jimmy’s Sportshop, in Mineola, New York, claim that guns and pepper spray have witnessed an unprecedented number of sales since the Wuhan virus pandemic kicked off. They claim that purchases by Asian buyers have grown by 100% due to the alarming wave of crime that has impacted their communities.
“Everybody got paranoid,” said Gong. “Some guys come in with black eyes.” According to Gong, a number of customers have gone to his store because they felt unsafe after being targeted in assaults, home invasions, and robberies.
Stop AAPI Hate reported that from March 2020 to March 2021 hate incidents against Asian Americans increased by 74%. Similarly, preliminary police data by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernandino showed that Asian hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities grew by 149% in 2020.
Contrary to the media’s narrative about these crimes being white supremacist attacks against Asians, blacks appear to be the main demographic perpetuating these attacks. Regardless of the races of the perpetrators and victims, the fact remains that police cannot always be relied on to defend citizens.
Police should not be attacked. In fact, they’re an integral part of maintaining a cohesive social order. However, there are limits to what they can do.
That’s why an armed responder is always the most effective actor in stopping crimes. Asian Americans are coming to grips with this new reality, just like their predecessors did during the Rodney King riots of 1992. Lawful Americans of all backgrounds benefit from getting armed.
While the circumstances are not ideal, the current unrest stemming from the Wuhan virus lockdowns and the George Floyd riots should serve as a wake-up call to Americans that the social fabric of the country is not very strong.
The best insurance policy against this unrest is an armed populace.