“I just feel like in my viewpoint, every Black person in America, especially Black males, needs to have some type of protection with them as often as [they] can, because I think the political climate [is] getting to the point where it’s just going to be a lot of violence coming our way,” Tomlin said. “I just feel safer now having a gun. And I didn’t always feel that way. I’ve never been the world’s biggest fan of guns, but I just don’t feel safe without one.”…

“The highest overall firearm sales increase comes from Black men and women, who show a 58.2% increase in purchases during the first six months of 2020 versus the same period last year,” Jim Curcuruto, the National Shooting Sports Foundation director of Research and Market Development, wrote in a report, according to AOL News. “Bottom line is that there has never been a sustained surge in firearm sales quite like what we are in the midst of.”…

“I’m a student of history and political science, and I think what we’re dealing with now, and it’s the same with most societies, is like frog boiling, where you don’t realize how bad things are because they just get incrementally worse,” Ozoma said. “And we’ve taken some big, big leaps this year in getting incrementally worse. But if there was a societal breakdown, my first assumption is not that the police … is going to make a priority of protecting Black citizens. And so I would like to have my own form of protection.”