Guess which merchants didn’t get looted in Ferguson? Those who stood guard outside their businesses, armed and ready to fight back. Funny how that works, right?
Nobody is robbing County Guns or St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio anytime soon. The two north-county businesses share a storefront in a Florissant strip mall less than ten minute drive from the epicenter of the riots in Ferguson.
Looters in Ferguson, Mo., were met with little or no police resistance Friday night and store owners were forced to protect their businesses with their own guns.
After hearing of the roving bands of looters, Mike Gutierrez knew he had to protect his tattoo shop. He brought a posse with him, including Adam Weinstein, owner of County Guns, who was acutely worried about criminals getting their hands on his merchandise.
“We didn’t want them coming in here and then running around with a bunch of guns.”
Gutierrez, Weinstein and their group arrived to find thieves tearing through a Dollar General in the same strip mall that houses their business. Weinstein says the looters attempted moving toward the shop, but were scared off by the guns.
One store owner said on the first night of the protesting, “There are no police here. We trusted the police to keep it peaceful, but they didn’t do their job.”
In essence, when city (and state) government authorities refuse to protect business owners, they are surrendering their city to mob rule. Thieves turn out in times of trouble to break into stores; steal, burn, and destroy the property of innocent people.
For the most part, the police hid or watched from a distance; sometimes because they were out-numbered or would be criticized for police brutality if they interfered, and could even be sued if one of these low-life criminals would be injured by them. In other words, they were intimidated into inaction.
Dozens of businesses along West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson, Missouri were ransacked and robbed by rioters, including Target, Dollar General, Wal-Mart, liquor stores, automotive stores, and a Quik Trip was burned down.
Word spread quickly through the crowd of “peaceful” protestors that there was a “Super Special, cut-rate, blue-light, all-night sale” going on at the Ferguson Market & Liquor store. 100% off everything in the store!
What self-respecting, non-working, looter can pass up an opportunity like that? So they descended by the hundreds, to grab free stuff – there for the taking. After all, Obama and Holder wouldn’t hold them responsible; they’re “Looters of Color.”
It’s a shame that the store didn’t stock belts or suspenders because many looters fell when they became confused. They found themselves with both arms loaded with booty and pants falling down around their ankles. What to do? What to do? It was a question that they were not intellectually prepared to answer quickly enough to keep them from falling flat on their ass. Good – pants up, don’t loot.
Another interesting issue is apparent from the pictures of the looting. Where is the diversity? Did the looters deny white folks the opportunity to smash, steal, and vandalize Ferguson’s business community as they did? Why are all of the looters black? Perhaps Obama and Holder should investigate the obvious of lack of diversity among the looters? There is ample evidence, just look at the pictures.
Aren’t white people deserving of the same rights and privileges as “Looters of Color”?
Where is the issue of Disproportionality now? The number of blacks looting, robbing, and committing arson is disproportional to their percentage of the population. When will Eric Holder investigate and bring charges? It is impossible to argue that there was any diversity at all among the looters – they were all black. If police tried to find and charge looters, will they be required to stop and frisk white grandmothers to avoid the charge of racial profiling?
And after they looted the stores of all of the products to which they believe themselves entitled, they proceeded to turn over a police car and set it afire.
If the police were so impotent that they allowed their police cars (paid for by taxpayers) to be overturned and set ablaze, why would an ordinary merchant believe that they could be depended on for protection? They certainly didn’t protect several businesses from looting and arson. Why did they bother to show up at all?
The Ferguson businesses that were looted and set afire would have been better served by arming themselves (as some did). Remember the old saying, “when seconds count, the Ferguson police may not show up at all” or something like that.
And since it was a cold night, the looters decided that their racist white oppressors needed to provide them with a cozy fire – so they set … several.
That only proves the ignorance of the Looters of Color. They burned down many of the stores that served their own community, and they’ll probably protest again when gas stations, convenience stores, beauty salons, etc. refuse to locate in that area because of the risk.
While it’s apparent that the looters weren’t very smart, they were smart enough to avoid those businesses who were armed.
That’s what cowards do. They take advantage of people who can’t or won’t defend themselves. Who was there to stop them?
But wait, the Calvary is coming!
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called out 700 members of the National Guard in preparation for any riots that might spring up.
So what did they do while stores were being looted and burned? Who knows, what they didn’t do was guard anything in Ferguson Missouri.
Why did the Governor call up the guard and deploy them to Ferguson, only to have them stand around with their thumbs up their asses?
My guess is that the Governor was pressured to keep them away by president (sic) Obama or Eric Holder. Otherwise, that’s a pretty dumbass political move by Governor Nixon (a democrat) to call them up, position them, and then refuse to give them the order to “go.” I believe that he was told to keep them away by Holder or Obama – what other reason could there be?
As it is, look at where all of the media attention has gone – to covering protestors marching with their new pet slogan, “hands up, don’t shoot.” Of course, the actual fact that Michael Brown didn’t have his hands up and never begged Officer Wilson not to shoot is immaterial. All of the evidence proves that Brown did everything wrong.
Had he stopped walking in the middle of the road, or if he hadn’t punched Officer Wilson, or if he hadn’t tried to get Wilson’s gun away from him, or if he had dropped to the ground when told to do so by Officer Wilson, if Brown had done any of those things, there wouldn’t be any riots, no marches, no burned-out businesses, no looters and … Michael Brown would still be alive.
But that’s where the media has directed their cameras and microphones, on the “peaceful” marchers. Outside of Fox News, I wonder how much of the looting and burning and general criminal misconduct was seem by the low-info public who watches the alphabet media? Damn little, I’ll wager.
And finally, as it becomes more and more apparent that our impotent government can’t defend honest, hard-working business people from an army of Looters of Color, that we remember how some of the folks in New Orleans dealt with looters back during Katrina.
In case the sign is hard to read, it says “Don’t try. I am sleeping inside with a big dog, an ugly woman, two shotguns and a claw hammer.” ‘Nuff said.