On December 20, the BBC pointed out that the “traditional” image of the American gun buyer is shifting under Donald Trump; even liberals are making gun purchases.
In fact, the “Liberal Gun Club,” which is “an actual club” with nine chapter and members in all 50 states,” says it saw a “huge” increase in interest once Trump was elected, as well as a subsequent surge in membership.
But the BBC suggests that “left-wingers” are not buying guns for the same reasons that people on the “right wing” side of the political spectrum might. In fact, BBC suggests “left-wingers” are buying guns to protect themselves from right-wingers and to prepare for “the collapse of society.”
BBC interviewed a 28-year-old transgender individual named Clara who lives in California. Recalling growing up in the Midwest, Clara states, “The folks that had guns were seen as hicks [or] culturally different.” Because of this, Clara says, “I really didn’t expect to be thinking about purchasing a gun. It was something that my father did and I rolled my eyes at him.”
But Clara asserts, “Trump’s election has mobilized a lot of the far right and given them hope,” and this means it is time to buy a gun. “Things are already escalating and they will continue to do so and me not engaging or being prepared to defend my friends by force … isn’t going to stop people from being attacked or harassed.”