Saved by a Semi automatic “assault” rifle, the story of Koreatown during the LA riots

18 Sep

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.


Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


14 responses to “Saved by a Semi automatic “assault” rifle, the story of Koreatown during the LA riots

  1. mike

    September 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

    all true the news media played it up that the korea town merchents were doing something so wrong . they the media really never made the point as to the looters being in the wrong just played that out as to anger over the cops beating of rodnney king …where was the mayor he wasnt standing in the middle of the street with a bible he wasnt in korea town keeping the peace media sure tried to play it all up as to people being poor and not haveing jobs and such yet their was many many people who were not rioting people that worried about their families as this started close to alittle after mid day people getting off work learning of the riots just wanted to get home get gas to escape and or get money their was heavey traffic here in my area torrance yet it seemed like all was calm people were even being nice to others .. they were just desperate to get home and be safe not rioting not burning down their city and makeing plans to escape the city as gas stations were packed and still the news media played up the korean’s as dangerous that got me mad .. the media at times showed shoot outs in mid town between the police and thugs .. but didnt really dwell on that .. fire fighters were shot at … only after.. the media played it up … the city burned people were held hostage in their homes in their neighborhood’s in their city … where their was no police …only those that had guns and were ready to defend themselfs did right and still the media faild to show that haveing a gun of any kind kept them safe

  2. Daga

    January 18, 2013 at 6:03 am

    “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.”

    Wow. Your imagination is amazing.
    I’ll instantly debunk that argument in the simplest way ever; adding another response, namely:
    Perhaps you should look into the integrity and availability of your Defense forces. Perhaps it was the incompleteness and failure of your Defense forces’ training and education that caused it all to go downhill. You do know the police forces in Koreatown fled as soon as trouble arrived? They just abandoned the Korean-Americans? It’s amazing that you simply look past that and just say “EVERYONE NEEDS A GUN, THE COPS AREN’T GON’ HELP YA!” instead of realizing that your country needed better law enforcement.
    Or maybe it’s the fear of realizing that you can’t live without a heap of lead next to you, in case someone walks over your rose garden outside.

    You call us gun control zealots, rational people would call us life-savers and job-creators. Maybe you should just scrap all police departments in every city, everywhere, and see how well that gun’ll protect you.

    • Fred

      May 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      When seconds count the police are only minutes away. They cops can’t be everywhere at once. It is not their job and there are not enough of them.

      Rational people think you are foolish if you expect the police to zoom in and save you.

    • Evan

      May 23, 2013 at 4:40 am

      the police are not even required by law to protect anyone, so says the supreme court. the supreme court also tells us that americans have the right to bear arms that are commonly in use by todays military, not every one has to own a gun, but it comes highly recommended because you cant rely on anyone else other than yourself

    • JimmyT

      January 30, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Typical response. Your angry your ideal society will never be because it simply doesn’t work. I find it funny your ignore all the facts. LIKE First the riots were started by a tyrannical police force. Second the fact that 911 was dialed and WHO WOULDA THUNK IT NO ONE ANSWERED!
      The fact that the Koreans protected what they had with privately owned firearms upsets you because it goes against your ideology. The cops ran away-leaving the innocent defenseless EXCEPT for that SECOND AMENDMENT always there when you need it(like when the cops run away).
      I sleep with a “heap of lead” next to me and guess what? I sleep very well. “Walks over your rose garden”-OR tries to rob your home business, maybe rape your wife and daughter, OR do all of the above then murder everyone so as not to leave witnesses.
      Your more than Gun control zealots, you’ve NEVER saved one life(only got MORE killed in GUn Free School Zones In America), HAHA “Job Creators” You must have forgot Detroit? Or just about EVERY democratic controlled SHITHOLE American City?
      Police Depts are already being scraped YOU MORON! Detroit has a 59 MIN response time and parts of Oregon have NO POLICE BUT they do have ARMED CITIZENS DEFENDING THIER HOMES AND NEIGHBORS. I hope America sees another riot-so sissy boys like you get eaten by the wolves.
      In the End the truth hurts liberal sissy. Good luck.

  3. Daga

    January 18, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Oh by the way, I’m all-in for arguing about this with anyone for days on end. 🙂

    • JimmyT

      January 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Good argue with me lets see how well you do……..

  4. claymore1977

    March 6, 2013 at 11:34 am

    With the national economy going to crap, cities going bankrupt left and right (especially in CA), and a national 911 response time average of 15-19 minutes… I’d say the claim that law enforcement is unreliable is a valid one. I also think viewing protection of myself, my family and what’s mine is a responsibility that falls upon ME first and foremost. I believe that’s called responsibility. I will not stand by waiting for the police while an armed intruder knocks me out, ties me to a chair and has his way with my wife/daughters…. All because someone OUTSIDE my family thinks I shouldn’t have a way to defend myself and my family. Think that can’t happen because this is the US? Niavity like that gets people killed!
    @Daga: you almost sound like you’re arguing for the enjoyment of arguing. Given the scenario I illustrated above, what would you do?

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  6. nonwo

    May 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The fundamental concept seems to be all wrong as I see and read here. The law is that everyone of those so-called “law enforcement” work for and receive all their power and authority from the people, i.e. the citizens themselves. Every cop belongs to the people and is merely a heiree or employee of the citizen. The job of the cop is what the average citizen would actually be doing were it necessary to restore or implement law and order. What a cop does is no more the power or authority of the citizen himself. Any job done by a cop can & should be done by the citizen himself as is his duty as a militiaman. Without the people, cops have no authority whatsoever. Everyone in the U.S. has this ass-backwards. That is the effect of the public fool system being overrun by “our” masters. Without a revolt the people will be subservient to the master class. The people simply must organize and unite.

  7. C Osburn

    June 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    The very definition of a militia, armed citizens coming together to defend their community from civil unrest. Exactly why we have the Second Amendment, and exactly why responsible citizens arm themselves every day.


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