Lynch mob head: We’ll take them from here on, J.D.
J.D. Cahill: Just like that?
Lynch mob head: Just like that.
J.D. Cahill: Lightfoot, how far away would you say they are?
Lightfoot About 10, 12 feet.
J.D. Cahill: Make a good pattern for this buckshot Well, there’s no use prodding around. I’m willing to die trying to keep ’em. The question is, are you willing to die trying to take ’em? Now I’m cold and hungry and wet and tired and short-tempered, so get on with it!…(pause) Hell, get out of my way!
Cahill US Marshall 1973
Yesterday Stacy McCain wrote a must read post that very accurately talks about the element that is missing from a community that was once populated by strong families and strong male role models but is largely populated by single parent families.
His long and powerful essay has me chomping at the bit to write my own on the subject but that’s a piece for another day, today I’ll focus on a specific bit at the beginning of his piece:
Frankly, after all the media hype about the potential of nationwide rioting if George Zimmerman wasn’t convicted — and all the protesters chanting “No Justice! No Peace!” — I was surprised the Baltimore Bolsheviks didn’t get their dream of a Marxist revolution. But that hasn’t happened yet and the only violence Saturday night was in Oakland
While his joke about Democrat voters is amusing there is something that struck me in what he said.
….the only violence Saturday night was in Oakland
and there was also some trouble in LA, but while it was easy to find protests with some angry faces and loud shouts there wasn’t anything resembling riots.
Supposedly Black America is outraged, people are looking for revenge and blood and given the frenzy whipped up by the media where are these riots as we saw in LA 20 years ago?
There are several explanations/differences: The Zimmerman case involved an individual rather than authorities, there was an actual video in LA case, The Zimmerman trial was televised from start to finish so the public saw the trial and the weakness of the evidence to convict, many were appealing for calm, the police were ready for such events and finally riots might reflect poorly on this administration which is an ally of those warning of violence.
All of these are valid reasons and surely played a role in the lack of trouble this weekend but there is one other card in the deck that a lot of people are not willing to talk about: Guns.
Over the last 20 years gun laws, particularly in the south have loosened, including concealed carry laws. While the media has not been big on reporting it, there have been regular stories of ordinary citizens using their personal firearms to repel criminals meaning them harm.
Ironically thanks to the debate earlier in the year on the subject even the lowest of low information voters are aware and/or believe that the average citizen, particularly in states like Florida are very likely armed and if the media meme is to be believed, just DYING to shoot people.
And unlike police whose primary goal it to contain such events, individual citizens, particularly in “Stand your Ground” states are not under an obligation to refrain from deadly force if threatened.
There is a big difference between popping off on twitter from the safety your home, and actually putting yourself on the line, and it’s simply amazing how much less attractive the prospect of violence for recreation or revenge becomes for those who would commit it when the targets of said violence can shoot back.
Now it’s possible I’m all wet, that the fear of an armed populace backed up by laws protecting self-defense had nothing to do with it and in the end. For society the lack of riots and violence after the verdict is what matters.
But as Barack Obama tires to use the Zimmerman Acquittal to disarm American again I submit and suggest people look at what happened or rather what didn’t happen this weekend and think long and hard before they willingly give up their arms.
Update: I meant single parent families not single family parents, must be a tad dyslexic.