Race crimes go up with Obama win, Gun sales increases
Obama victory has led the fear of race crime going up. Analysts are saying that hate crimes are on the rise in USA. White racist group are not ready to accept the changes easily. Hate crimes have existed for a very long time, and getting to the root cause of them may not come easy. The election of Barack Obama has made hate crimes more visible.
His victory has also fuelled the sales of gun and other ammuntions. Fear that President-elect Barack Obama will stiffen gun legislation has sent sales of firearms and ammunition soaring around the country. Handgun purchases in Wisconsin skyrocketed 82% in the days before and after Barack Obama's election as president compared with the same 13 days in November last year, figures on state background checks show.
From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.
There have been “hundreds” of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes.
One was in Snellville, Georgia, where Denene Millner said a boy on the school bus told her 9-year-old daughter the day after the election: “I hope Obama gets assassinated.”
That night, someone trashed her sister-in-law’s front lawn, mangled the Obama lawn signs, and left two pizza boxes filled with human feces outside the front door, Millner said.
At Standish, Maine, a sign inside the Oak Hill General Store read: “Osama Obama Shotgun Pool.” Customers could sign up to bet $1 on a date when Obama would be killed. “Stabbing, shooting, roadside bombs, they all count,” the sign said. At the bottom of the marker board was written “Let’s hope someone wins.”
In Rexburg, Idaho, second- and third-grade students on a school bus chanted “assassinate Obama,” a district official said.
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