Any American of Korean descent knows the story of how Korean shopkeepers organized in the face of the 1992 LA Riots to protect their shops, community and selves. They refer to it as Sah-E-Goo, literally 4-2-9, the date of the acquittal of LA Police officers for the beating of Rodney King. What followed was six days of ravenous looting, violent physical assault (remember Reginald Denny or Fidel Lopez?), willful arson (over $1 billion in property damage) and even murder.
After seeing his store’s security guard murdered before his very eyes, Kee Whan Ha, a business owner, organized members of the Koreatown community into a militia to protect themselves. The police were completely overwhelmed, and these innocent shopkeepers, simple businessmen, were on their own. They relied on the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the civilian version of the fully automatic military model. They also made use of high-capacity magazines to save lives. That’s right, they saved lives by having a high- capacity magazine and a military-style rifle. Because they had plenty of ammo, they were able to fire warning shots and turn away groups of marauders looking for loot and mayhem. They not only saved their own lives and the lives of innocents, but spared the guilty with warning shots. Sometimes just the appearance of the weapon itself was enough to cause roving scum to turn tail. It was crazy that their sleepy, normally calm neighborhood turned into an instant war zone.
Or take the story of Melinda Herman, the Georgia mother, and her twin 9-year-olds who were hunted throughout their house by a robber. Melinda did everything liberals tell us to do. She ran upstairs, locked the bedroom door, ran into the bathroom and locked it, too. Then she slipped into a crawlspace with her kids and called for help. The scumbag tore through three doors and opened the crawlspace to go after them, his intent no longer “simple robbery,” but much worse. At that point, Melinda unloaded all six shots from her revolver with five hitting the criminal. Lucky for her, he fled the scene, because she was out of ammunition. What if he’d brought a friend or if it were an entire gang? Would any person in their right mind not want her to reload and fire as many rounds as it took to stop the attack?
How about the 15-year-old Houston boy who recently used his dad’s AR-15 to protect himself and his 12-year-old sister against two home invaders. Would those two kids have been better off disarmed?
Crime and violence are all around us. It happens in an instant when we least expect it, and no criminal asks for a license to rob, rape or murder. Why put the burden on the honest and the innocent?