View Full Version : When 'assault weapons' saved Koreatown

02-20-2013, 02:21 PM
http://www.humanevents.com/2012/12/23/when-assault-weapons-saved-koreatown/ 2013/02/20


This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, sparked by the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of beating the now-deceased Rodney King. During the five days, mobs around Los Angeles looted stores, burnt 3,767 buildings, caused more than $1 billion in property damage, and led to the deaths of more than 50 people and left another 4,000 injured. A story that has been forgotten since then is that of the brave storeowners in Koreatown who fended off mobs with handguns, rifles and assault weapons.

On the second day of the riots, the police had abandoned much of Koreatown. Jay Rhee, a storeowner in the area, stated to The Los Angeles Times, “we have lost faith in the police.”

With the cops nowhere to be found, hundreds of people marauded through the streets towards Koreatown. The neighborhood suffered 45 percent of all the property damage and five fatalities of storeowners during the riots. Having had enough of waiting for police, Korean storeowners assembled into militias to protect themselves, their families, and businesses.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “From the rooftops of their supermarkets, a group of Koreans armed with shotguns and automatic weapons peered onto the smoky streets…Koreans have turned their pastel-colored mini-malls into fortresses against looters tide.”

Rhee claimed that the storeowners shot off 500 rounds into the sky and ground in order to break up the masses of people. The only weapons able to clear that much ammo in a very short time are assault weapons. Single shot pistols or rifles might not have been able to deter the crowd hell-bent on destroying the neighborhood.

By the end of the day storeowners had slain four looters and fended off the mob. It would be 24 more hours until the National Guard arrived and another two days before the riots were completely put down. Had the riots occurred just a couple of years later when the Congress banned assault weapons, many of these storeowners may not have been so lucky. It’s situations like the LA riots, which, while being rare, can occur anywhere from the streets of Los Angeles to far off countries during the Arab Spring.

Assault weapons are legal for this reason: they protect people from extreme cases of assault.

Many liberal pundits like talk show host Piers Morgan, who immigrated to this country several years ago, cannot see a reason why assault weapons might be practical to be owned by civilians. Had he been a Korean immigrant in South Los Angeles in 1992, he would have been decrying, “from my cold dead hands.”

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Connecticut, it is important to focus discussion with a more broad perspective on lawful gun ownership. Instead of creating a media blitz that fails to remember the day when a neighborhood was saved by an assault weapon. But lest it be forgotten, assault weapons don’t save neighborhoods, people save neighborhoods.

Ryan James Girdusky writes from New York City. Follow him on twitter @Ryan_JamesG. If you enjoyed the article please #RememberKoreaTown on twitter.

02-20-2013, 03:03 PM
It was posted in another thread where a security guard armed with a semi-automatic rifle fended off 2 gunmen at a tax preparation office. But these are stories that will be left out of the MSM because it doesn't fit their world view nor do the hundreds of stories every year about armed citizens fighting off their attackers. Look at the story of the idiot state senator from Colorado who said that it's better for a woman to piss herself rather than shooting their attacker in the event of a rape. Someone here has a sig line that puts that notion to rest real fast.

02-20-2013, 03:12 PM
That photo pretty much says it all about their strategy.

All our little stores in the city are owned by arabs. Now I know why they put all that ornate decoration along the roofs of their buildings.

02-20-2013, 10:34 PM
In this case, and in 99.999% of the cases in which they are used, these weapons are "defense" weapons.

Great story and great pic. Every liberal stereotype is the fat white guy Republican hillbilly that owns guns. Suck it dopes. Go pee on the next guy that pulls a knife on you. He may like it so you'll have something in common.

OT: Did Piers Morgan self-deport yet, as promised?

02-21-2013, 06:39 PM
That photo pretty much says it all about their strategy.
All our little stores in the city are owned by arabs. Now I know why they put all that ornate decoration along the roofs of their buildings.

The ornate decorations are based on the traditional architecture of their native countries, which usually had a military defensive application, as any home might end up having to be defended. We think of castles as romantic, but they were utilitarian fortresses, as well. However, modern arms will shred most construction materials, so the ornate decorations are not going to provide much cover. The advantage that they provide is concealment from the ground, visibility of avenues of approach, which gives an advantage in target acquisition.