The necessity of the Second Amendment has rarely been more clearly demonstrated in the United States than it has been over the last three days. Widespread riots and looting have sprung up in cities across the country. Police and in some cases the National Guard have been unable, unwilling, or in some cases restrained from responding and stopping the violence.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the mainstream media the commentariat were wringing their hands over peaceful protesters, a few of them armed, who expressed their opposition to continued business shutdown orders. Now many of those same voices are celebrating rioting, looting, arson, assaults and more. Double standards are fun and convenient because they give you twice as many options when reacting to any situation.
Not all business owners, however, were willing to abandon their stores — businesses they’ve built — to looters and vandals. In Minneapolis:
Black militias are guarding black owned businesses with automatic rifles pic.twitter.com/YIzyHixFWc
— Zoomer Clips (@ZoomerClips) May 28, 2020
It’s not clear where this took place, but one store owner pulled up to his business and scattered looters with shotgun pellets:
Store owner pulls up near his store, sees would-be looters, and fires shotgun at them.pic.twitter.com/blVVrMiCFU
— Orwell & Goode (@OrwellNGoode) May 31, 2020
A business owner in San Antonio showed remarkable restraint while his windows were smashed. But when looters entered the store, he opened fire (at the 1:30 mark).
One Dallas store owner, however wasn’t equipped with a firearm. In a graphic and incredibly disturbing video, the shop owner was savagely beaten by a crowd after attempting to hold them off with a sword.
BREAKING: man critically injured at Dallas riots
It appears he attempted to defend a shop with a large sword
Looters ran at him, then he charged rioters
They then beat him with a skateboard and stoned him with medium sized rocks
I called an Ambulance and it’s on the way pic.twitter.com/kFxl3kjsBC
— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) May 31, 2020
It’s become clear that many of the most violent in the crowds yesterday wen’t out to honor George Floyd or protest his death. The were there to cause mayhem, death and destruction.
From the AP:
Authorities said three people in Indianapolis were shot Saturday night, including one fatally, during what they described as peaceful daytime protests over the death of George Floyd giving way to unrest and destruction later.
No details about the shootings were immediately released, but the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said no officers were involved.
“There were several people down here who had no intention to protest. Their intention was to riot,” deputy police chief Joshua Barker said.
America has endured civil unrest before. We’ve seen versions of this in Los Angeles and Ferguson over the last 30 years, but nothing this widespread since 1968. We’re about to have a very different conversation about the right to keep and bear arms in this country after the devastation people have been watching play out on their televisions the last few days. Calls for more gun control laws are going to fall on a lot of deaf ears.
when the public can no longer depend on law enforcement getting there in time to defend them; and when the public’s now targeted for grievous injury or death by fiends – the only thing left for the public is to defend themselves appropriately. and forcefully.
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) May 31, 2020
America has an estimated 100 million gun owners. And millions more decided to join their ranks over the last 60+ days. After seeing what they’ve seen in the last 72 hours, even more people are going to decide that they need to have the ability to effectively defend themselves, their families, their homes and their businesses.