How to Properly Deal with Looters.

Baltimore is burning. Over 200 rioters have been arrested. 15 buildings and 144 cars have been set on fire. 15 police officers have been injured. It’s unknown how many innocent bystanders have been injured, but I imagine the number is high.

The rioters drape themselves in moral outrage at the death of Freddy Gray; but for some reason, that involves looting and destroying the property of innocent people.

Shopkeepers told Daily Mail Online that they fled in terror as looters rampaged in as they were still inside – and stole everything.

A family of four had to flee their apartment above the liquor store they owned when it was set ablaze underneath them.

And a gas station owner said that he had lost $53,000 after his store was ransacked. An empty ATM was smashed open during the frenzy.

At the the Keystone Pharmacy on W North looters had gone through entire sacks of pill bottles and stripped all the shelves at the back of dozens of bottles of drugs.

Prescriptions lay scattered over the counter and the floor, showing off the names of the people who were supposed to come and pick them up.

Boxes were scattered everywhere and the looters had forced open the basement as they searched for

At the corner of North Fulton and W North witness said that the family who lived above the liquor store had to flee when looters set fire to the building beneath them.

Linda Knight, 45, who owns the Variety-N-Cellphone store with her husband Otis, said that she had been in business seven years but now it had ‘all gone’.

She said: ‘This shop is my life. It’s destroyed, we’ve got nothing left.’

Where are the police? Nowhere to be found; not where the looting is, anyway.

At his Quest gas station Mr Nagpal said that as the riots raged last night, he walked up to the police seven blocks away and asked for help.

He said: ‘The lieutenant said they were busy but what were they doing? There was nobody to protect us. The rioters said they were guna burn this place down.

‘I’ve called 911 ten times since 6am. Nothing. I’ve lost about $30,000 in total because they smashed the bulletproof glass – just because they wanted to grab cigarettes.

Let us step back in time nearly 22 years to a similar event: the 1992 Watts Riots of Los Angeles, sparked by the beating of Rodney King by off-duty cops.

The Watts Riots were devastating. The whole neighborhood was smashed to pieces. Multiple buildings were burned. There were millions of dollars in property damage and stolen goods. Dozens of people died. It was a tragedy.

But in the fiery wreckage of Watts, there was one bright spot: Koreans with guns.

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The local Korean immigrant community banded together to protect their shops from looters and arsonists. They began a 24-hour armed rotation to keep the looters at bay.

How many people did they have to kill? Zero; as far as we know, at least. Shots fired were minimal. When the looters saw armed Koreans patrolling the storefronts, they got the message. They would move on to ransack the next store instead. Unarmed shopkeepers are far less pesky, after all.

But what if a courageous looter or two had decided to call the Korean’s bluff? How should the Koreans have responded? A bullet between the eyes wouldn’t have been uncalled for. More preferable would have been to shoot out their legs, to give them a chance at repentance of their lifestyle choices later on.

Would that have sent a message? You bet. I doubt anyone would’ve messed with a Korean-owned store ever again.

If I were on a jury deliberating a case of a Korean shopowner who shot a rioting looter infringing on their property, my decision would be made instantly: “Not Guilty.” In fact, I’d have to go meet the man for myself and shake his hand. Such heroic deeds deserve commendation.

All ghetto riots turn out this way. Civil order breaks down entirely, and the riot inevitably turns into looting. Why is this the case? Because of envy. Poor folks in the ghetto are envious of private property and anything that resembles something above a low-class living. I can understand why, in certain respects. I was blessed to be born into and raised in a family with parents who cared for me deeply and worked hard to provide. In the ghetto, such a family is rare. Such families typically move out of the ghetto. It must be pretty terrible to be a kid born into the ghetto and one day realize, “Wait a minute. Where I live is a craphole, and barely anyone cares about me or my well-being.” I can see why this would make someone angry at life and envious of those born into better circumstances. There, but for the grace of God, go I.

The neighborhoods in Baltimore that are rioting are going to be totally burnt out. The stores that got picked clean are probably not going to reopen. The windows will be boarded up, and the area will remain (for at least a few years) a smoldering testament to the riot. The same thing happened in Ferguson. The epicenter of the riots is totally blasted. It looks like a third-world country.

Why did the police let things get to this point? They’ve done in Baltimore what they did in Ferguson: stand back, let off a little pepperspray, fire some teargas canisters, and don’t get too involved. They wait it out. Eventually, the rioters get tired and leave, for the time being. Meanwhile, innocent people lose their entire livelihood.

There is a reason why the police respond this way. The police do not like going into the ghetto, even if it would mean helping innocent people. It is dangerous for police in the ghetto. They don’t want to go in there. So, the law is not enforced equally across town. An armed robbery perpetrated in the nice part of town is going to be far more heavily investigated than a robbery in the ghetto, which will likely never be prosecuted. The police may take a statement, but they’re not about to try tracking down an armed robber in the ghetto unless the perp practically falls into their lap.

So when things get real in the ghetto, such as what is currently occurring in Baltimore, the police just wait for the rioters to burn the place down. If the rioters try to move into the nicer parts of town, then the police will respond heavily. But as long as the mayhem is confined to the ghetto, the police are not greatly concerned with preventing property damage. The city government isn’t concerned, either. The Mayor of Baltimore even said she wanted to give the rioters “space to destroy” if that would make them happy. I doubt the victims of the rioting were OK with that decision, but like I said: they don’t care about what goes on in the ghetto – neither the cops nor the city government – so long as it doesn’t get outside the ghetto.

If the police and city government believed in equality before the law, these riots would probably not happen. At the very least, they’d be flashes in the pan and end quickly. The police would come in and shoot real bullets from real guns at looters and arsonists. They would respond to a riot in the poor black ghetto as they would to a riot in the richest, whitest suburb, and there would be bloodshed. The message would be clear: ghetto or not, the rule of law applies here as much as it does anywhere else in town. Ghetto or not, the safety of innocent people is as much a priority here as anywhere else in town.

This is not a defense of the police state; this a defense of the protection of private property. Insofar as they are protecting innocent people and property rights, lawful police forces are completely justified in shooting people. It is an extension of the private right to bear arms and protect yourself.

If the police and city government encouraged shopowners to take a leaf from the Korean book and shoot-to-kill at looters as soon as they infringed on their property, the rioters would be far more wary of smashing their windows and destroying their livelihood. Nothing sends a message like a bullet whistling past your head. The rioters would learn very quickly that violence is apparently not the answer; at least, not if they value their lives.

Unfortunately, that is not the way things have worked. In Ferguson, we saw this:

Sonny Dayan owns a cellphone store on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo. He trusted his neighbors and police to protect him, even after his shop was looted during earlier vandalism in the wake of the police killing of Michael Brown.

On Monday night, his shop was looted again.

Dayan, 53, stood in the middle of his cellphone store, STL Cordless, surrounded by shattered glass. He held a cellphone in each hand, talking into both of them.

Looters shattered both of his front windows, he said when he got off the phone. “They took everything — phones, cases, everything.”

Bystanders told him police had stood by and watched.

The police are not serious about enforcing the law equally. They don’t care. The city government does not care. Liberals absolutely don’t care. They apologize for rioters, such as the City Council of Baltimore has done, and wax philosophic while innocent people are threatened, injured, and mugged clean of their livelihood. As long as poor black folks in the ghetto are manhandled by other black folks, the police, city government, and contrite Liberals don’t give a flying f**k. They cared about Eric Garner and Michael Brown because they were killed by white men. Countless poor black folks in the ghetto are roughed up and killed by other poor black folks every day, but Liberals are loathe to talk about it. This is because it might throw the Liberal attitude towards poor black ghettos into question (“Take the welfare money, shut up, and stay under the rug”), an attitude which has done indescribable harm to the poor black community in America. They know how to pick their battles.

What is the solution to all of this? Guns. Yes, indeed. Guns in the hands of the police, and guns in the hands of private citizens, both with the gumption to fire when needed. Author Robert Heinlein put it best when he said, “An armed society is a polite society.” The solution is armed resistance from innocent people in defense of their life and property. The Korean shopowners of the Watts Riots are the model, in this respect.

When poor black families in the ghetto manage to work their way out of poverty, the very first thing they do is this: leave the ghetto. This is what Antoine Dodson did. As soon as his famous “Bed Intruder” interview resulted in enough dough to pursue a living outside the ghetto, he moved his entire family out lickety-split. He started going to school for business. He got married and had a child (He left homosexuality, in case you were wondering). As much as Wayne Static was the antithesis of cool, Antoine Dodson’s life became the antithesis of what goes on in the ghetto. He has a bright future, if he keeps his nose clean.

I can understand why poor black families who manage to work their way into the middle class leave the ghetto. It only makes sense. In fact, it should be their first order of business, when possible. They are surrounded by a poisonous mentality of envy that threatens to destroy them; and if it happens, they know they cannot count on the police to do anything about it except stand around and fire off a little teargas. As long as the mayhem stays in the poor black ghetto, the innocent people therein will be tossed to the figurative dogs, and the city government couldn’t care less. “Take the welfare money, shut up, and stay under the rug.

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