In Macon, Georgia, a coordinated mob of teens attacked a Walmart like a scene out of “Dawn of the Dead.” Surveillance cameras revealed this:
The Macon Telegraph reports that a group of about 50 teens swarmed the store and began destroying property, apparently for the fun of it. A customer in a motorized scooter was pulled from his seat and dragged on the floor, police say. 17-year-old Kharron Nathan Green entered the store at about 2 a.m. last Sunday morning and flashed “gang signs.” At his signal, a group of about 50 people, apparently teens or a bit older, charged into the store. They departed when police arrived. Green, was the only one arrested, not because he was the ringleader, but because he is an idiot. He returned to the scene of the crime to fetch a dropped phone.
That nobody was seriously hurt or killed is moral luck, nothing more.
Is it relevant that all of the teens appear to be black? Sure it is, though many news outlets—like the Macon Telegraph, in fact— didn’t think so, because that creates inconvenient implications. For one thing, it was very relevant to any police officer trying to deal with the onslaught, as having to shoot one of the mob if he was aggressive would have the cop branded as a racist killer and possibly railroaded into a murder trial by the Georgia equivalent of Marilyn Mosby.
I wasn’t going to comment on this, except that a good, smart, moderate friend whom I respect greatly posted comments on his Facebook page mocking a call-in radio show’s listeners who asserted that we “need more guns – in our churches, our restaurants, our malls, our movie theaters, our schools, our offices – everywhere – to ensure the safety of us all.” “Fucking insanity, ” he concluded. Really, my friend? Funny, I was going to reconsider some of my contempt for the woman who was shot by her own gun (by her child) that she brought into an Idaho Walmart. Most of my criticism was based on the reckless lack of gun safety she displayed–that stands—but some was aimed at what I termed the foolishness of carrying a gun into a Walmart at all. About that, viewing the video, I am no longer so sure.
If I cannot trust the government to keep wild crowds of lawless teens from attacking me and my family during a peaceful attempt at shopping, if the authorities and the media are going to side with the criminals rather than law enforcement should an illegal act end in the death of a black teen, if at any moment a potentially violent mob can do what it did in Macon thanks to an official culture and a biased media that makes them feel simultaneously invulnerable, entitled and angry, if “Black Lives Matter” is going to become a sanctified philosophy justifying institutionalized anti-white rhetoric and hate, then I have a right to protect myself as I, not some smug gun-hater or well-intentioned anti-gun zealot, see as necessary, without having to jump through hoops and navigate an anti-gun bureaucracy.
And gun rights advocates should use this video as openly and aggressively to press their point as the anti-gun forces have exploited Sandy Hook and Charleston. If teens contemplating a terror exercise like the one in Macon believe the odds are high that there will be someone in the targeted mall, office, store or home legally carrying a firearm and trained to use it, they might think twice.
They should be forced to think twice, even if the reason has to be me.
OK, Second Amendment foes: tell me why I’m wrong.