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Protests erupted across the country — and the world — after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer May 25.
Radicals on the Left have hijacked the protests to push for anarchy — looting stores and businesses and even attacking police officers.
Some left-wing activists say police departments should be defunded or abolished, citing claims of systemic racism.
African-Americans make up over 13% of the U.S. police force — almost identical to their percentage in the population at large.
Joe Biden, the Democrats' likely candidate for president, has pushed anti-cop rhetoric — and it might make him lose support.
Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, said of Biden, "It seems in his old age, for whatever reason, he's writing a sad, final chapter when it comes to supporting law enforcement."
As unrest continues nationwide, firearms sales are skyrocketing.
United States' gun sales in May were up 80% compared to May last year — with March and April seeing similar high gun sales, as safety concerns rose during the Wuhan virus shutdowns.
An estimated 40% of those purchasing firearms in recent days are first-time buyers, and many of them are buying handguns for self-defense.
Communities are coming together to guard against potential looters, while some businesses have hired private security — such as Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, which is just across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Also in New York, sources say police officers are resigning in droves, at a rate of six a day.
As rioting and looting continue, and as police departments come under fire, many Americans are afraid of having nowhere to turn if their lives and livelihoods are in jeopardy.