Over the past few days I have been mesmerized by the violence exploding all over London. This is London, one of the marque capitals of the world and it seems like bands of hooligans are roaming at will with the “Bobbies” one step behind in keeping them under control. Just like in many riots small shops will bear the brunt of looting as they are generally easier to smash and grab things from (don’t have to run all the way to the back of the BigK or Wallyworld to steal that TV) and usually don’t have the manpower to fight back….
…most of the time that is…
In 1993 the city of Los Angeles was rocked by a series of riots following the controversial Rodney King beating trial that started a violent uprising in some sections of the city. One of these sections is aptly called “Koreatown” for it predominantly Korean population. Shop owners there did something very non-Kalifornian…they grabbed their guns and stood their ground. They were not going to see their life’s work and toil be taken from them from a bunch of hoods that neither cared about them or respected that they were in the same economic boat as many of the looters that saw looting as a way to “even the pie with the man” and what have you…
You just don’t fuck around with Koreatown and get away with it….
Now I see the same thing in London, some of these idiots cannot even explain why they are rioting when asked by reporters..just another way to grab stuff for free in a system rife with entitlements over there. Entitlements for many things, except guns that is. Britain has one of the most Draconian anti-gun states on the planet with pretty much any and all firearm ownership outlawed or highly regulated. That’s a damn shame right about now isn’t it? There have been reports about groups of vigilantes banding together to fight off the looters, but it would seem most of this would be fist on fist type confrontations.
When our Constitution was drawn up, the concept of property rights was very relevant to the founding fathers. The ability to own land without the consent of nobility to govern its use was a very new concept in a lot of ways. Democracy was not a well practiced form of government back then, if at all. The fact that ordinary citizens would be able to be free landowners was a bold concept. When it is written about “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that is heavily drawn from the Virginia Declaration of Rights which also included “property”, which the Declaration of Independence omitted. Why? Benjamin Franklin! Of all of his great ideas he had the not-so-great notion that if property was viewed as a right than any future tax levied by the government would be unconstitutional!! Wow, even 230+ years ago politicians were politicians!! Still, the right to personal property has always been a foregone conclusion in our laws and governing documents and as with all other rights, the inclusion of the 2nd Amendment was provided to allow the individual the protection of those other rights.
If I were a shop keeper over in North London right about now I might be looking across the pond and think about some of those freedoms his long departed cousins fought against the crown to get…especially the 2nd one on that Bill of Rights that we carved out of nothing. Now go grab a cricket bat or wicket or whatever you call it and start cracking some blokes noggin!
Video of relevance…not my favorite song by a looooonnnngggg shot, but it fits (thanks Terry!)