This was the first night that riots happened with the Missouri Highway Patrol providing security for the town, and Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson decided that the non of the police officers would have riot gear as to not intimidate the rioters. This lead to many problems in Ferguson that night, “Looters in Ferguson, Mo., were met with little police resistance Friday night and store owners say they were forced to protect their businesses with their own guns, Fox2Now.com reported.”(Fox News). What is even more shocking was the complete lack of response from the Highway Patrol even when they encountered rioters looting local business, “A reporter from the station tweeted that police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond. It rained in Ferguson Friday night and protesters could be seen outside until 6 a.m.”(Fox News). These examples further help explain why ordinary citizens need to have access to firearms, especially rifles.
Ferguson is just another example of when citizens have had to defend their businesses and homes in riots, where the police were of no help at all. You can also take a look at the Korean store owners in Los Angeles during the Rodney King Riots. When they ask why do you need “assault” rifles, why do you need this and that, we can go back and cite these examples. The police didn’t help save these businesses, the National Guard wasn’t out there helping protect their livelihoods, it was the owners and volunteers who had the means and weapons to stand up to the rioters that helped their businesses not get looted.
We have to remember even though riots and situations like Ferguson and the LA riots don’t happen often they can happen. Who would have thought that a small suburb like Ferguson would have riots like this, who knows it could be your town next. It only underscores the saying, “when seconds count, the police are minutes away”. In this case the police were driving by the looting and refusing to stop. It is up to you to be able to defend and protect your business, your home and your love ones. This is especially true when society breaks down like it did in Ferguson.
LA Riots: http://humanevents.com/2012/12/23/when-assault-weapons-saved-koreatown/