How would you interpret the phrase “toting pitchforks” here?
A man is shot dead this morning in Oteen. A panic on this land, the crowds toting pitchforks. Someone gave the Russians that bomb, they didn’t make it on their own, they don’t have the brains the drive the science, it had to be Alger Hiss but it could have been any of them, Paul Robeson, Harrison Shepherd, they all stick together it’s what they do.
How would you interpret the phrase “toting pitchforks” in the second sentnece?
Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.