Walmart predicts ‘social unrest’, pulls guns and ammo displays ahead of election
Walmart is pulling guns and ammo in anticipation of post-election violence with polls showing that Americans are increasingly uneasy about the political situation as American acceptance of political violence grows.
“Walmart Inc. has removed all guns and ammunition from the sales floors of its U.S. stores this week,” says the Wall Street Journal, “aiming to head off any potential theft of firearms if stores are broken into amid social unrest.”
Customers can still purchase guns and ammo at stores, but the items are not on display and are secured on-site.
A letter to managers explained the move was “due to the current unrest in isolated areas of the country and out of an abundance of caution.” Walmart was one of the retail outlets targeted by rioters and looters who took to the streets in the wake of the death of Walter Wallace Jr.
Six months of often violent protest has seen American acceptance of political violence grow to the highest levels ever polled, say researchers.
“Among Americans who identify as Democrat or Republican, 1 in 3 now believe that violence could be justified to advance their parties’ political goals—a substantial increase over the last three years,” reports Politico, with over 40 percent of members of both parties saying that violence can be “a little” justified if the other side wins the election.
“We are increasingly anxious that this country is headed toward the worst post-election crisis in a century and a half,” wrote the researchers.
A survey by JL Partners-Independent says that over three-quarters of Americans are worried about post-election violence as well.
According to USAToday, large sections of New York, Chicago and Washington, DC are being boarded up in preparation for rioting after the voting ends.
“While we do not have any current intelligence to suggest violence, we know there is a lot of uncertainty and tension in our community during this time,” said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
But one thing is for sure: Americans are preparing to defend themselves in record numbers.
The FBI said that September’s numbers of background checks for handgun sales makes 2020’s nine-month mark beat the previous annual mark set in 2019.
“The FBI on Friday reported 2.89 million background checks for September, bringing this year’s nine-month tally to 28.82 million, surpassing the prior annual record of 28.36 million in 2019,” says Forbes.
While much of the mainstream media would like to blame President Trump for the anxiety over the election, the consensus says that there will be violence regardless of the outcome.
“In law enforcement circles, it is widely believed there will be civil unrest after the November election regardless of who wins,” said DC Police Chief Peter Newsham, defending the purchase of tear gas canisters and grenades to quell rioting.
In fact, one conservative group is warning about violence from the establishment left by a “collection of professional Democratic operatives and Republican Never Trumpers.”
“Judicial Watch has been highlighting one largely overlooked aspect of the race: the Left’s plan to violently challenge election results. The plan was detailed in a document from a magically appearing new group, the Transition Integrity Project (TIP),” says Judicial Watch
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 30, 2020
The group has been wargaming various scenarios regarding the election, and comes to the conclusion that election violence is inevitable no matter what happens. In fact, says Judicial Watch, election violence is part of TIP’s plan.
“It’s a sophisticated action plan that includes cultivating an anti-Trump electoral consensus in the media; planning for ‘a street fight, not a legal battle;’ leveling a vast array of criminal accusations against the president and his team; co-opting an already sympathetic federal bureaucracy into the anti-Trump effort; and pressuring the military, law enforcement, and state-level civil servants,” says Judicial Watch.
With so many people on edge, it’s no wonder people are buying guns in record numbers.