Because the opponents of liberty have tried to demonize and mislead people into semi automatic rifles are lead spewing machine guns by calling them “assault” rifles, I will first explain the difference.
A semi automatic rifle, your AR’s, AK’s and the like are weapons that fire a projectile every time the trigger is pulled, same as a pistol.
But because these rifles tend to be black, the gun grabbing zealots wish to cast aspersions on them saying these dangerous black guns shouldn’t be in the hands of everyday citizens. They like to infer that just because you have a black gun that you are going to go on a kill frenzy. Just because a gun is black does not make it a machine gun or a true assault weapon.
The National Firearms Act of 1934 heavily regulated all machine guns and assault weapons, what was known colloquially as “gangster weapons”. The Act requires these weapons to be registered, transfers of ownership must go through the NFA registry and the transport of these firearms across state lines must be reported to the ATF.
Now, I won’t go into how that only applies burden on the law abiding citizens since criminals and gangsters don’t follow laws. Even back in 1934 gun control zealots were passing meaningless laws to infringe on law abiding citizens 2nd Amendment rights.
The point is, these types of weapons are actually “assault” weapons. The Thompson sub machine gun, the sawed off street sweeper, grenades and the like. Not a simple rifle that simply is colored in the same way or to an neophyte’s eye, look the same.
The gun control zealots don’t let that little bit of fact ruin their campaign against semi auto rifles. But this isn’t about their misleading and dishonest campaigns.
This is about when you would need one of these weapons. Previously, I had brought up the story of a gun shop owner who defended his store against invasion robbers who drove a van through a wall of his store at night. He fought off the armed robbers with his trusty AR-15 and lived through the night.
Today, I’d like you to think back to April 1992. It’s a time that many in Los Angeles have not forgotten because it was during this month that the LA riots broke out. Whatever actual outrage there may have been for the Rodney King verdict was quickly supplanted by looting and self serving criminal behavior under the catchall of “justified outrage”.
Businesses were looted and vandalized, whole sections of business districts burned to the ground, mob mentality ruled and almost nothing could alter their swath of destruction…almost.
The police were basically overwhelmed and could offer little help; the National Guard didn’t arrive in force until day 3, so what could the average person do?
The answer for most was to run and hide and see their businesses, livelihoods and homes looted, vandalized or destroyed. That’s what happened to most (more than 50 killed, over 4 thousand injured, 12,000 people arrested, and $1 billion in property damage), but that was not the case in Koreatown.
Korean-Americans refer to the riots as Sah-E-Goo which translates to four-two-nine, as in April 29th, the day the riots began. While stores owned by all races were hit by looting Korean and Asian owned stores were specifically targeted. When the police abandoned Koreatown, the store owners and their families organized security teams to protect their property and businesses.
Now, these security teams didn’t have whistles or batons, they were armed with Semi automatic rifles (or assault rifles if you will) and they needed them. From the rooftops of their stores, gunfire battles raged between the looters and the store owners. But these shepherds kept the wolves at bay until order returned to the city.
While the rest of LA burned, Koreatown stayed standing and mostly intact. Yet, gun control zealots would still contend that only police and the military should have firearms, David Joo, manager of a gun store in Koreatown has this to say:
“I want to make it clear that we didn’t open fire first. At that time, four police cars were there. Somebody started to shoot at us. The LAPD ran away in half a second. I never saw such a fast escape. I was pretty disappointed.”
Or Carl Rhyu, who participated in the armed defense of Koreatown against the rioters:
“If it was your own business and your own property, would you be willing to trust it to someone else? We are glad the National Guard is here. They’re good backup. But when our shops were burning we called the police every five minutes; no response.”
So when the gun control zealots spew on and on about “assault” weapons and how the streets will run red with blood (even though there are MILLIONS of semi automatic rifles owned by private citizens) remind them that it was the assault rifle that defended law abiding citizens and business owners in Koreatown when the police were nowhere to be found.
The only response they can make to hold onto their position would be to suggest that it would have been better for Koreatown to burn to the ground. Thus, showing how ridiculous gun control is.
I applaud the actions of Koreatown during Sah-E-Goo, because it is the shining example of what America was founded on. Immigrants, who came to this country, started businesses and prospered, and defended what they made for themselves by themselves. They didn’t huddle in the corner waiting and hoping the government would come and save them, they exercised the TRUE meaning of the Second Amendment and defended themselves.
This is just one reason why people need “assault” weapons, to defend themselves against assaults.