Philosophical figures as diverse as “traditionalist” Edmund Burke and “naturalist” George Santayana have stated similar versions of the phrase, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” And today, many Americans are “learning that they’ve learned.”
They remember the indie Koreatown store owners who, often left without police protection during the 1992 Los Angeles Rodney King Beating riots, defended their lives, their property, and the well-being of their neighbors, by wielding guns against the wilding hordes.
And these contemporary Americans are following in the tracks of the Koreatown heroes, in cities all over the U.S.
In Dallas, TheBlaze’s Paul Sacca explains, armed residents are not only defending property and lives, they are also defending people who know the difference between peaceful protest and aggressive rioting.
'We're here using our Second Amendment right to enforce and let everybody use their First Amendment right as long as they're peaceful,' one of the armed civilians told Elijah Schaffer of TheBlaze, who is the host of the 'Slightly Offens*ve' podcast.
It’s a courageous act, predicated upon the principle of self-defense and the wisdom to understand the fact that gripes with the government should not be taken out on private business owners and property holders. In many cases, those are the very businesses and property owners who could offer jobs and opportunities to people who, in their enflamed ignorance and opportunism, indiscriminately attack anyone they think might have “more”.
'We want people to protest, we're against the militarization of the police as well,' the man continued. 'If you have a problem with the police, take it up with the police, leave private businesses out of it.'
And Sacca shows us that these Dallas residents aren’t alone.
This comes days after a group of armed men stood on guard to protect a tobacco store during George Floyd protests in Minneapolis. After seeing so many Minneapolis retail locations being looted, the men wanted to discourage the store from being robbed. The men said they wanted to ‘see if these guys need help’ since ‘cops can't get in here.’
Another of the armed Minneapolis defenders said, "I figure before there were cops, there were just Americans — so here we are."
And Matt Agorist writes for TheActivistPost that he and colleagues have seen it on the ground in Minneapolis:
(T)hieves and vandals were roaming free, and emptying the shelves of mom and pop shops while laying waste to others. The only deterrent to these bad actors destroying and robbing businesses were good actors — with big guns — who were there to stop them.
Which is precisely what happened 28 years ago in Koreatown, because many of those local property owners had fled North Korea, a place where their rights had been stripped by the collectivist government, rights that included their inherent right to self-defense. After escaping such oppression, they were not going to be caught unable to defend themselves as rioters roamed the streets of Los Angeles and wiped out that for which they had toiled as new Americans.
It’s a shame many of todays rioting Americans are ignorant of, or don’t care about, the hardships and perseverance of their neighbors. They might look at business owners and other property owners not as targets to be pillaged and hurt, but as allies in a market system where everyone can prosper. The very fact that there were products on the shelves and stores for them to loot might open their eyes to the wonders that respect for property and ownership offer.
One thing is certain, the armed guardians of today are showing anyone interested in noticing that the way to learn from previous riots is to be armed, and defend that right, even as one defends property and life.
As Matt Agorist notes:
What this illustrates is the immense power of the Second Amendment and how important it is when it comes to self-defense. Police cannot and will not be there to protect you and it is up to you to protect your own. Doing so while well-armed makes that a far easier task.
It’s a shame most collectivist politicians don’t pay attention – or, if they do, that they would prefer Americans of every race and creed to be disarmed targets, easy prey of the kind of violence we see right now.