Ferguson and Gun Rights

My latest column is up at Right Wing News.

Here is an excerpt:

While recent events in Ferguson, MO have triggered nationwide discussions about race relations and the militarization of local police forces across America, the riots and looting that have been ongoing in Ferguson have highlighted another issue that should not be ignored amid the turmoil: the importance of private gun ownership in America.

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While looters were tearing apart businesses in Ferguson at night, photos emerged of men carrying AR and AK rifles – those scary “assault weapons” the politicians are always prattling on about – to defend their businesses.  One of the most prevalent photos shows men standing outside a gun shop and the tattoo parlor next door…and while those businesses were intact, the Dollar General across the street had been devastated by looters.

 

It is very reminiscent of the LA riots that followed the Rodney King beating, when Korean business owners were left with no choice but to defend their businesses, as the police had largely abandoned Koreatown.

Continue reading here.

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