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The owner of a gun store located in a predominantly Asian American section of suburban Los Angeles says that he has seen ten times more customers buy weapons to defend themselves against possible coronavirus-based hate attacks.


David Liu, the owner of Arcadia Firearm and Safety, said more Asian Americans in the San Gabriel Valley are arming themselves due to fear of a racist backlash as the number of coronavirus cases spikes nationwide.


The World Health Organization declared the spread of the pathogen a global pandemic, with most cases and deaths reported in China.


This has led to several racially motivated hate incidents in the United States, with Asian Americans bearing the brunt of the backlash.



Because of coronavirus, a lot of people start to worry, Liu told CBSLA.


Liu said his customers are scared they could be robbed, assaulted, or worse.


Daniel Lim, a local, says he is afraid that panic over coronavirus will spark widespread social disorder. 


I do worry, he said.


Lim said he recently bought a weapon for his wife in case that there is a need to defend his family from attackers.


I hope and pray it never happens, he said.


Dirk Zhang, a customer, said his wife would never allow him to bring a handgun into the home - until now.


Shes a little afraid of the outbreak of the virus, he said.


We think its the perfect time to get a weapon for ourselves.


Liu is telling customers who are sick not to enter the store. He also has hand sanitizer available for shoppers.



If youre prepared, youre not afraid, he said. 


Last month, a 16-year-old Asian American boy was sent to the hospital after he was beaten up by bullies in his class who targeted him because they thought he had coronavirus, Los Angeles County officials said.


The assault happened at a high school in the San Fernando Valley, according to officials.


County officials said the incident was the result of a racial backlash against the coronavirus outbreak.


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Gun Store Owner Says More Asian Americans Buying Weapons

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The owner of a gun store located in a predominantly Asian American section of suburban Los Angeles says that he has seen ten times more customers buy weapons to defend themselves against possible coronavirus-based hate attacks.


David Liu, the owner of Arcadia Firearm and Safety, said more Asian Americans in the San Gabriel Valley are arming themselves due to fear of a racist backlash as the number of coronavirus cases spikes nationwide.


The World Health Organization declared the spread of the pathogen a global pandemic, with most cases and deaths reported in China.


This has led to several racially motivated hate incidents in the United States, with Asian Americans bearing the brunt of the backlash.



Because of coronavirus, a lot of people start to worry, Liu told CBSLA.


Liu said his customers are scared they could be robbed, assaulted, or worse.


Daniel Lim, a local, says he is afraid that panic over coronavirus will spark widespread social disorder. 


I do worry, he said.


Lim said he recently bought a weapon for his wife in case that there is a need to defend his family from attackers.


I hope and pray it never happens, he said.


Dirk Zhang, a customer, said his wife would never allow him to bring a handgun into the home - until now.


Shes a little afraid of the outbreak of the virus, he said.


We think its the perfect time to get a weapon for ourselves.


Liu is telling customers who are sick not to enter the store. He also has hand sanitizer available for shoppers.



If youre prepared, youre not afraid, he said. 


Last month, a 16-year-old Asian American boy was sent to the hospital after he was beaten up by bullies in his class who targeted him because they thought he had coronavirus, Los Angeles County officials said.


The assault happened at a high school in the San Fernando Valley, according to officials.


County officials said the incident was the result of a racial backlash against the coronavirus outbreak.


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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