American Jews are racing to buy guns and take firearms training following the Hamas terror attack and the killing of a synagogue leader. The war between Israel and Hamas has led to an uptick in anti-Semitic crime, heightening fears among Jewish communities in the US that they could be targeted. Gun stores across the country have reported a surge in demand amid the concerns. David Prince, who runs Eagle Gun Range in Dallas-Fort Worth said demand at his two locations had risen 300 per cent after Hamas’s Oct 7 terror attack.
“It’s been a really big change this last three or four days,” he said.
“The people coming in and saying they are scared for their lives, because of their religion they are expecting to be attacked.”
David Kowalsky, who runs a gun store in Hollywood, Florida, noticed a similar trend.
Mr Kowalsky has held a series of firearms-training seminars at synagogues this month. Many of those who attended were new to guns, he said.
Other gun stores and ranges in south Florida reported similar spikes in interest.