Asian Americans Arm Themselves Amid Wave of Hate Crimes

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Asian Americans have been increasingly targeted for their race during the COVID pandemic.

The recent murder spree at three Atlanta area Asian massage parlors appears to be unrelated to race – despite the media’s obvious desire to make it about race – but the fact still remains that anti-Asian incidents are on the rise.

According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism (CSHE) at California State University, San Bernardino, “hate crimes against Asian-Americans surged 149 percent in 2020, while overall hate crimes fell 7 percent.”

The majority of anti-Asian incidents have happened in Black neighborhoods where Asian business owners are seen as easy targets and blamed for displacing Black-owned businesses.

Now Asian Americans are sick of standing by and listening to President Biden say nice words.

They’re sick of hearing about White supremacy and lies about what’s going on. If Biden and his media allies won’t even be honest about what’s happening why would they be serious about protecting Asian Americans?

Instead of talk they’re taking action and arming themselves.

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‘There are More Asians Buying Guns to Defend Themselves’

Jimmy’s Sports Shop in Mineola, New York is one place where owner Jimmy Gong has seen a sharp rise in Asians buying guns.

“Before, there was never gun culture in the Asian community. But after the pandemic and all the hate crime going on, there are more Asians buying guns to defend themselves,” said Gong, who added that his business has doubled during COVID.

Other gun owners have reported similar situations, with Asian customers coming in to buy guns. Gong says around half his customers are Asian.

Hate crimes against Asians went up the most from March to April of last year right when there was also a “rise in Covid cases and negative stereotyping of Asians relating to the pandemic,” according to the CSHE.

Bellevue, Washington gun store salesman Jerry Hwang said that more and more Asians are coming to arm themselves.

“They’re coming because of the pandemic and the riots, of people messing with stores and messing with people’s property. They’re buying basic Glocks and AR-15s, basically for self-defense,” he added.

‘Every law-abiding American has the right, at their birth, to keep and bear arms’

As the National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF) said, “Every law-abiding American has the right, at their birth, to keep and bear arms. The concerns of personal safety of Asian-Americans are no less legitimate than that of any other demographic group in America.”

The statistics are backing that up as the number of Asian gun owners rises in America. As Gong noted, this doesn’t only include citizens but also includes Green Card holders, since they are also legally permitted to purchase a firearm in the United States after a background check.

Let’s Go to the Gun Store

The pandemic has led to a massive surge in gun purchases, with over 8 million new gun buyers and around 40 million background checks done last year. This year’s numbers are increasing even more and so many people are buying firearms that ammunition is running low.

Gun stores are doing a brisk business, and if things continue to deteriorate they could be one of the few sectors that really does well. There’s no doubt that a growing section of American society is sick and tired of listening to excuses and is taking defense into their own hands to protect their family and their business.

Various things in addition to racism are motivating the gun buys, especially fears over whether society might collapse, whether Biden might come for guns and concern over the erosion of our Constitutional rights.