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WHEN ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ SAVED KOREATOWN
Human Events ^ | 12/23/2012 | Ryan James Girdusky

Posted on 12/25/2012 8:39:38 PM PST by neverdem

When 'assault weapons' saved Koreatown

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: assaultweapons; banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
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To: MachIV
The video footage of a Korean shop owner defending his business with a Beretta 92 which I’m sure held a 15 round mag will forever live in my mind.

It was accidental (except in a courtroom where a prosecutor might have been pushing the old theory, "intent follows the bullet"), but one of those shopkeepers did drop a Chicana grocery shopper about 1-1/2 to 2 miles away. She was returning home from a walk to the grocery store, when a flyer struck her in the forehead, killing her instantly. Of course it wasn't intentional -- it would have been a million-to-one shot -- but it was fatal nevertheless. ("Don't go shopping in a war zone?")

21 posted on 12/26/2012 4:59:03 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: neverdem
Anecdote from the LA Riots. I was in Las Vegas at the SOF Convention after the Riots. I talked to an LAFD guy selling T-shirts emblazoned with the appropriate stick figures saying: “1992 LA Olympic Triathalon. Shoot, Loot, and Scoot.”

We talked about the response by the Koreatown shopkeepers. He told me that some of the rioters were throwing fire bombs (Molotov cocktails) into looted stores. One of the Koreans didn't want to shoot a rioter with a firebomb, so he shot it in his hand just after he lit the wick. The perp went from rioter to crispy critter.

22 posted on 12/26/2012 8:08:08 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: ctdonath2
You’re confusing “assault weapon” with “assault rifle”. Different beasts.

In the hands of criminals (and rogue governments), they're assault weapons. In the hands of law abiding citizens, they're defense weapons.
23 posted on 12/26/2012 8:17:13 AM PST by crosshairs (It's all about good vs evil. In the end, evil is destroyed.)
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To: neverdem

YouTube: Koreans with rifles deter attacks in LA Riots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgCiC6qTtjs

(start at 1:12 point)


24 posted on 12/26/2012 11:26:12 AM PST by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Thanks for the link. Happy New Year!


25 posted on 12/26/2012 8:17:23 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: ctdonath2
ou’re confusing “assault weapon” with “assault rifle”.

He gave a definition for assault rifle. Assault Weapon seems to mean whichever guns the libs are trying to ban, this year. They aren't all rifles/carbines, some are shotguns.

He did make one error. Guns such as the Bushmaster in quesion are not "made to look like battle rifles", a battle rifle fires a full power catridge, 7.62x51 for example. FN-FAL, or it's various clones, G-3, M-14, and even the Swiss SiG Stgw-57, which fired a 7.5mm Swiss round.

26 posted on 12/26/2012 9:03:05 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: MasterGunner01
One of the Koreans didn't want to shoot a rioter with a firebomb, so he shot it in his hand just after he lit the wick. The perp went from rioter to crispy critter.

LOL! Good aim, but timing is everything!

27 posted on 12/26/2012 10:42:22 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

don’t know much about guns, but the gunman who killed the kids would have got an assault rifle illegally if he wanted to, right? what difference would banning legal purchases do?


28 posted on 01/03/2013 1:25:18 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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