Archive for the ‘Black Mobs’ Category
1 weekend: 3 shootings, 3 stabbings, 3 robberies
by Colin Flaterty
(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.)
Reporters with all the local media had trouble describing what happened over the weekend when 40,000 black people descended on Virginia Beach for a party
Their audiences, however, did not.
Daniel Johnson was one of dozens of people who had no trouble talking about the lawbreakers and the widespread chaos, danger, thefts, violence and lawlessness they brought to Virginia Beach as part of College Beach Week 2013; a time when black students could “blow off some steam” before final exams.
“Because it was a group of young black college people everyone is scared to say anything for fear of being called a racist,” he said in a post to a Virginian-Pilot news story. “It is what it is – these people come to the Beach and do everything in there [sic] power to intimidate the local and visiting White people at the Beach – rude – disrespectful – dirty and violent – They come here and treat our beach like a toilet On Saturday afternoon I went to the Harris Teeter and a LARGE group of young black visitors were in the parking lot drinking and playing loud music – intimidating locals – I called the police and even though 2 cop cars drove by nothing was done!”
Police reported 300 emergency calls to 911 Saturday night involving at least three shootings, three stabbings and three robberies. That they know of. All during a four-hour period. People in Virginia Beach are furious and are taking to Facebook and the local news sites to have their say.
Conscious of the paper’s history of deleting comments that refer to race, Mark Morrell backed up Daniel Johnson:
“PSA: There were no persons of any other race on the videos perpetrating those crimes. None. Not stealing the bikes, or starting the brawls, or any other illegal, crazy action. Have I mentioned any race at all? Nope!!! Because you know exactly what I’m talking about, I most certainly don’t have to. You can identify me all you want, I’m not scared, and I don’t hide behind my screen – or my newspaper. There is an elephant in the room, Pilot. WHATCHAGONNADOOOOO ABOUT IT???”
The “College Beach Weekend 2013″ party was organized by several black promoters for black fraternity members at several area colleges. Their invitations can be seen at http://beachweekva.com. Their tweets cam be followed at #beachweekend.
The family of Anas Harmache owns a restaurant in Virginia Beach. He posted a video on his Facebook page that captured some of black mob violence.
“These guys destroyed my family’s store, beat a kid senseless and put my dad’s life in danger,” said Harmache. “When I called the cops not one person showed up.”
The video showed dozens of black people fighting, taunting and harrassing people outside the restaurant.
Laurette LaLiberte, also on Facebook, said this kind of racial violence is becoming a regular feature of life in Virgina Beach: “My son was jumped a few months ago … 6 guys … right down the block from [this video]. … Robbed him and they kept kicking and beating him even after he was unconscious … he was in the hospital a week and had hemorrhaging on his brain … they haven’t caught those punks either.”
On Fox43 news, a black woman said fighting and lawlessness at Beach Week is nothing to worry about.
“I think it’s still fun,” said Kharizma Jackson. “It happens when you get a lot of people together this stuff happens everywhere you go. It’s like that.”
“It was just so crazy,” said business owner Billy Baldwin to the local ABC affiliate. “We actually had a fight break out in front of my business at Sandbar that the crowd busted in and broke my front window. So that’s a thousand dollars per window.”
The Virginia Beach racial violence is part of a pattern of more than 500 episodes of black mob violence documented in “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
Kenneth Darden told the Virginian-Pilot that anyone who notices that all the lawbreakers were black is a racist.
“Being a black male, I am insulted reading your comments because they are very degrading and assumes that white kids are not capable of doing such things. Well let me tell you, all you have to do is come to Ocean View any day of the week and see for yourself how wrong you are!”
Denise Gordon also owns a business in Virginia Beach. The Virginian-Pilot reported:
“I was scared to death,” said Denise Gordon, a manager for 18th Street Seafood Bar and Grill.
Though all those incidents happened late at night, Gordon said she’d noticed “rude, obnoxious” behavior around her restaurant much of the day. Fearful, she closed the restaurant at 8 p.m., two hours earlier than usual for a Saturday.
Gordon then said she called for security to help employees get to their cars after closing.
“It was so crazy, I don’t even know how to describe it,” she said.
The Virginian-Pilot is the same paper that achieved notoriety last spring when the editor refused to report that a black mob of 50 to 100 people assaulted two of his reporters after pelting their car with rocks in Norfolk.
A columnist revealed it two weeks later. Some reportedly said it was revenge for Travyon Martin.
The editor told a producer for Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show that he had no evidence that a mob was involved or that the attack was racially motivated.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/beach-week-draws-black-crowd-and-violence/#x30Gkrx2deQumGFz.99
As recently as 1956, nearly 39 percent of blacks voted Republican in that year’s presidential election. After the Civil War, Abe Lincoln’s Republican Party easily carried the black vote — where blacks were allowed to vote. Unwelcome in the Democratic Party, most blacks voted Republican and continued to do so through the early part of the 20th century. It wasn’t until 1948, when 77 percent of the black vote went to Harry Truman, who had desegregated the military, that a majority of blacks identified themselves as Democrats.
Yet, as a percentage of the party, more Republicans voted for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than did Democrats. For his key role breaking the Democrats’ filibuster and getting the act to pass the stalled Senate, Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen, a conservative from Illinois, landed on the cover of Time magazine. President Lyndon Johnson called Dirksen “the hero of the nation.” The Chicago Defender, then the country’s largest black daily newspaper, applauded Dirksen’s “generalship” for helping to successfully push through the bill.
Older black voters sometimes explain they’re opposed to Republicans because of the “racist” Southern strategy. But Richard Nixon speechwriter Pat Buchannan, credited with inventing the “Southern strategy,” considered the Democratic Party the party of the racists. Buchanan said: “We would build our Republican Party on a foundation of states’ rights, human rights, small government and a strong national defense, and leave it to the ‘party of [Democratic Georgia Gov. Lester] Maddox, [1966 Democratic challenger against Spiro Agnew for Maryland governor George] Mahoney and [Democratic Alabama Gov. George] Wallace to squeeze the last ounces of political juice out of the rotting fruit of racial injustice.’”
But before that, another pivotal event occurred that helped the GOP-as-racist meme. In 1960, during the presidential campaign, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested following a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Atlanta. Hundreds of other protestors were released, but King was jailed on a trumped-up probation violation for failing to have a Georgia driver’s license.
King’s aides reached out to then-Vice President and Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon. They also reached out to the Democratic nominee, John F. Kennedy. Bobby Kennedy called the Atlanta judge handling the case. Shortly after that call, the judge released King. Nixon, according to Harry Belafonte, a King supporter, “did nothing.” Is that true?
Nixon, it turns out, had a much closer relationship with King than did Kennedy.
In the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., records show considerable handwritten notes and correspondence between Nixon and King. This includes a 1957 letter from King acknowledging their previous meetings, which thanked Nixon for his “assiduous labor and dauntless courage in seeking to make the Civil Rights Bill a reality,” and praised him for his “devotion to the highest mandates of the moral law.”
But in 1960, on the eve of the election, Nixon was in a tough spot. Nixon’s public silence might be misconstrued as acceptance of King’s arrest. On the other hand, as a candidate for his boss’s job, Nixon worried about the political costs of appearing ungrateful if he chastised President Dwight Eisenhower for not taking stronger action. Eisenhower, however, was content to let the Justice Department handle the matter.
According to historian and presidential biographer Stephen Ambrose, while Nixon made no public comments, he telephoned Attorney General William Rogers to find out if King’s constitutional rights were being infringed, thus opening the door for federal involvement. Nixon, a lawyer, was concerned about the ethics of calling a judge to get him to release someone.
Nixon, writes Ambrose, told his press secretary: “I think Dr. King is getting a bum rap. But despite my strong feelings in this respect, it would be completely improper for me or any other lawyer to call the judge. And Robert Kennedy should have known better than to do so.” That Bobby Kennedy, also a lawyer, nevertheless made a phone call to the judge did not alter the issue of whether it was appropriate. In retrospect, an easy call, but not at the time.
Two million pamphlets titled, “‘No Comment’ Nixon Versus a Candidate With a Heart, Senator Kennedy,” were distributed in black churches. Never mind that in 1956 Nixon revealed he was an honorary member of the NAACP. Or that Nixon pushed for passage of the ’57 civil rights bill in the Senate. Or that Time magazine wrote that Nixon’s support for civil rights incurred the wrath of one of his segregationist opponents, Sen. Richard Russell, D-Ga., who sarcastically called Nixon the NAACP’s “most distinguished member.”
But the GOP-is-racist meme can be heard nightly on MSNB-Hee Haw and in political science and history classes all over the country. Actor Morgan Freeman calls the tea party racist. Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., tells us that the GOP wants to “literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.”
Keeping blacks ignorant of history remains crucial to this caricature of the Republican Party — and to the monolithic Democratic black vote. Not so black and white, is it?
First Boston. Then Chicago. Then Utica. Then St. Louis. All in the last week. Today Philadelphia
Well, well, well.
They are back: Black mobs on the streets of Philly. More than 200 people fighting. Rioting. Whatever. 18 black people arrested. Unruly teens, said the local paper. This is not the world’s greatest video.
Welcome to the new normal: Large-scale black mob violence is busting out in Philadelphia, Chicago, Utica, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Wilmington (Delaware), Greenville (South Carolina), Grand Rapids, Peoria, Springfield (Ohio), Newark, Boston and Brooklyn.
All in the last three weeks.
Police say they are baffled. Others say it is a regular meteorological event: “Large crowds and fights are not uncommon in the city in the warm weather,” said the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.
The latest example of the new normal took place Tuesday in Philadelphia: 200 black people on the streets of the downtown financial district: fighting, vandalizing, rampaging, refusing to disperse, tossing bottles at police. It began at 4 p.m. and took police 90 minutes to restore order.
At the epicenter of the violence, an employee of Wendy’s said no one was surprised.
“It usually happens when the weather breaks,” Lakia Garrick told the local Fox affiliate. “They come in here and go crazy. It was really expected.”
Fourteen black people were arrested and charged with misdemeanors.
The riot came less than a month after the political and media establishment of Philadelphia rose up in outrage at an article in Philadelphia Magazine called “Being White in Philly.”
The article documented how racial violence was an every day fact of life in the City of Brotherly Love; and how most white people were afraid to talk about it because they were afraid of being called a racist.
Or as the Philadelphia Inquirer put it: The article was seen as “dwelling on negative experiences that whites had with blacks that often fit into racial stereotypes.”
Mayor Nutter asked the city’s Human Relations Commission to investigate the author and the magazine.
Perhaps they could call Brandon Jones as a witness. Temple University hired Jones to get to the bottom of these large scale violent events in Philadelphia two years ago. He explained the widespread black mob violence in the area to Diverse Issues in Higher Education: “He understands the high energy level of youths and the need ‘to blow off some steam.’”
Meanwhile, the television stations in Philadelphia are being extra vigilant to ban from their message boards any Philadelphia Magazine-style comments attributing the violence to race. That is why George says his comments were removed from the ABC news site:
“I am honored that the uneducated censor that monitors this board removed my previous post. Since when is it against ‘Posting Policy’ to request people not jump to conclusions when there is a large fight in the city? Tsk Tsk, honesty certainly is not anything you are acquainted with. You must be a Philly School graduate. Anyway, I grew up in the city & there were MANY HOT days & nights and we NEVER started or were involved in fights with 200 people or 10 people. I imagine in the words of Michael Vick, ‘It is a cultural thing’.”
Glenn noticed the same thing: “They wiped out pretty much the whole first wave of comments. No grace for stating the obvious.”
The rest of the country has been busy as well.
In St. Louis, 65 hours earlier, police responded to reports of a mob of 100 to 200 black people fighting and shooting guns at Leclede’s Landing, near the famous arch. Police refused to release an incident report on the violence, other than to say they thought it was a flash mob.
One man was shot. He was also the only one arrested after police found marijuana in his clothing at the hospital.
Kevin McBryan told KSDK TV news that racial violence in St. Louis is not hard to document: “I witnessed ‘flash mobs’ running thru VP fairs sucker punching white people on 3 different occasions.”
The VP Fair is an annual St. Louis celebration held in the same area commemorating the “Veiled Prophet.”
This practice is version of racial violence often called the Knockout Game and many say it originated in St. Louis. A local judge recently said that one person alone was responsible for more than 300 cases of the Knockout Game.
These racial attacks, and more than 500 others in 90 cities around the country, are documented in book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
A few hours earlier in Utica, N.Y., more than 100 black people were having a “riot.”
Officers described the scene as “very chaotic with numerous fights breaking out,” said the local NBC affiliate.
“Police say they were greatly outnumbered.” Six black people were arrested.
And a few hours before that, police had to fire pepper spray at “groups of people fighting in the East Bluff, just minutes before a double shooting in South Peoria left one person dead.” All of the people were black.
No one was arrested.
And a few hours before that in Jacksonville, Fla., a mob of at least 15 black people attacked a man walking home from the grocery story. Two Good Samaritans who came to his assistance saved him from further harm as the mob scattered at their approach.
First Coast News was the only local media outlet to report the attack. Several residents of Jacksonville wondered about the news blackout:
“Have heard nothing about it here,” said one reader replying to a WND account of the mob violence. “I will ask the TV channels and the newspaper: What gives?”
In Greenville, S.C., a few days before that, a group of 20- 30 black people rampaged through downtown, assaulting, vandalizing and robbing in at least three separate incidents. One on video.
Just a few days before that, in Wilmington, Del., a mob of more than 100 black people were fighting in the streets. One person was shot, police described the action as a “large fight” and no one seemed alarmed or thought it was anything out of the ordinary.
A few days before that, in a suburb of Newark, N.J., police reported the latest in a series of violent robberies targeting Hispanic day laborers. NJ.com reported a man had “been robbed by a group of six African-American males.”
In Chicago, one week before that, 500 black people rampaged through the upscale shopping district known as the Magnificent Mile. They destroyed property, assaulted at least one police officer, sent one other person to the hospital with injuries.
Local media referred to members of the violent mob as “mischievous teens.” And Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell suggested the rioters should lose their Facebook pages as punishment.
Chicago Alderman Emma Mitts told the Chicago Sun-Times that we are way past that:
“They’re taking over the streets. They’re taking over the restaurants,” Mitts told the Sun Times. Mitts said it’s not only happening in downtown but also in other Chicago neighborhoods. “They dance all over the street [and] in the restaurants, and they’re stopping traffic.”
Mitts and other aldermen want to make sure the parents get counseling.
In the Boston area, two weeks before that, a group of 15 to 30 black people surrounded a bus at 1:15 a.m. and attacked the driver. “It is unclear what prompted the assault,” dutifully reported Metro.us.
Police arrested one suspect after receiving a tip that he was bragging about his exploits on Twitter, said the Boston Globe. “My hands hurt from last night,” he said in a Tweet. His lawyer said although that may have been his account, there was no proof her client was the one who sent it out.
Prosecutors say he was part of “more than a dozen people who charged onto the bus and began assaulting the driver, while another group attacked him through the bus window,” said the Globe.
The night before that, in New York, demonstrations protesting a police shooting turned violent. Dozens of black people looted a Brooklyn drug store, on video, during a protest on police violence.
And did I mention the “large fights” in Louisiana, South Carolina, Ohio, and, again, New Jersey? All this month?
More and more local news sites are allowing fewer and fewer comments from readers about the racial violence. Some shut down the comments altogether when the topic is race. Others purge comments frequently.
But where the topic is discussed, the race of the offenders is often discussed. Most people want to know why. In Philadelphia, Ron Bockman suggested a better headline for the CBS story: “Correct headline, Large Disturbance Of Black Teens Gathers In Center City Philadelphia.”
Others say anyone who notices is a racist.
Post Script: And Wednesday of this week, two hours after this story was written, in Springfield, Ohio, 50 black people fought police with aluminum baseball bats at 4 p.m. Three people were arrested and charged with rioting.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/busting-out-all-over-black-mob-violence/#6t5IYcCObpei3uwX.99
St. Charles West is 86% white and only 9% black. Media reports are sketchy and intentionally lacking in information. CofCC members have talked to students and residents. It seems that black students from a St. Louis High School, and a 30 year old relative of one, stormed St. Charles West near the end of the day on Friday. They entered through a locked side door. Two black male students are in trouble for holding the door open for them.
Once inside, the thugs began assaulting their way through the halls apparently looking for two black males that they wanted to beat up. Two white female teachers tried to break up the assault and were viciously attacked. One of them was visibly pregnant. According to one student, the teachers were both intentionally punched hard.
One victim was hospitalized.
Six people were arrested. Police have already released them and they have not been charged. One media report says eleven students have been suspended at St. Charles West. This includes the ones who held the door open, but also seems to include numerous victims.
Apparently it is the policy of the St. Charles school district to suspend any student involved in an altercation, even if they are a victim. This policy was enacted in 1996 and called the “Zero Tolerance Act.”
This shocking assault on St. Charles West has received almost no media coverage. The media is censoring the race of everyone involved. No mug shots have been shown in the media, even though two of the people arrested are adults.
by COLIN FLAHERTYEmail | Archive
Colin Flaherty is an award-winning reporter and author of “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it.”
Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.
Please be forewarned the links in the following report may contain offensive language.
Jeremy Schenkel felt safe – right up to the moment he came face to face with one of the dozens of violent black mobs that terrorized Philadelphia last summer.
Schenkel survived the ensuing assault with no major broken bones. A few minutes later, the mob’s next victim was not so fortunate: They left him beaten, bloody and unconscious.
Roger McBride and Lulu Campbell did not want to depend on luck. They used a gun. It may have saved their lives. It certainly kept them from harm.
They are just two of the more than 100,000 people who last year defended themselves with guns when luck was not enough.
Victims of black mob violence often say it was just a case of bad luck. But when the mob saw Schenkel and decided he was an easy mark, they could not contain the joy at their good fortune. A CBS affiliate tells his story:
“The kids were laughing as they beat and kicked (Jeremy,) and not only was there the attacking mob, there was also a group of kids cheering them on.
“Almost like an admiring group that was following them, just kind of ragging on people, and one of those guys said, ‘It’s not our fault you can’t fight.”
Lulu is not a fighter, either. This Atlanta grandmother is just over five feet tall. But she can shoot. As several black carjackers discovered in April after they mistakenly identified her as easy prey:
“(The suspect) shouted, ‘Give me the (blanking) money and open the (blanking) door!’” Campbell told The Telegraph, describing her ordeal. “I said, ‘Oh my God, somebody is going to rob me.’ I said, ‘Baby, you’re going to kill me anyway, so I don’t have to open it!’”
Campbell says the man fired at her, missing. The 57-year-old fired back, striking him in the chest. Her truck sustained eight bullet holes in the hood, one in the grill. Both front side windows were destroyed. The second man fled after she shot at him.
“I carry a gun all the time,” she said.
Lots of photos of Lulu’s car with lots of holes have been posted online.
Out in Kansas City, Roger McBride interrupted a mob of 40 black people – still in uniforms from a local school – while they were kicking in doors and breaking windows at his neighbor’s house.
He asked them to stop. They declined. McBride told his story to a local TV news program:
“All of a sudden, this one kid with corn rows comes out and he’s like yakety yak, (expletive), da, da, da. He’s like we’ll kick your (expletive) too you don’t (expletive) own this neighborhood, and they are like, literally, 12 of them, start running over here,” said MacBride.
MacBride says the teens surrounded his house, picking up rocks and throwing them at him. That’s when he says in his eyes, the mob stopped being a bunch of kids and became a big threat.
He says the teens were reaching for his door handle when the sight of his Soviet rifle had an instant reaction:
They ran to another neighborhood where they started all over in a more congenial environment.
From the Pitch:
“Dude, I’ve got guns everywhere. I’m a very well-armed individual,” he says. “I love my little place. I love my neighbors. I’ve got the best damned neighborhood in Kansas City, in my opinion.
“And I’ll be damned if a little bunch of f—- – I know they’ve been taught that ‘if there’s a bunch of us, people won’t fight back. … Just take what you want and run.’ Until they mess up, and I start shooting them in the head.”
If they didn’t know it then, they know it now.
An eerily similar situation took place in Philadelphia at about the same time with a different result.
A black mob descended on Mark LaVelle’s house. He hid his family upstairs. They pelted the house with rocks and bricks until finally:
the attackers pounded on his front windows and kicked his wooden door so hard, it flew open and some of them entered his house.
“The first guy hits me with a pipe. The second guy knocks me in the face. All I’m hearing is my wife and kids screaming,” said LaVelle, who feared that the next time they saw him, he would be in a casket.
He said that he was able to push the attackers out the door, but then a third man – who had a gun – tried to extend his arm. LaVelle grabbed onto the gunman’s lower arm and shoulder so he couldn’t raise the weapon. Then, police sirens screamed in the neighborhood, and the mob turned and ran.
LaVelle did not own a gun. Maybe that is why, two hours later, the mob returned to threaten even more violence if he testified.
Call it the Case of the Missing Gun.
Just a few months before, it took a gun to save a U.S. Marine and his wife from a mob. While home on leave from Iraq, Federico Freire and his wife were trying to watch the movie Little Fockers at a mall in Bradenton, Fla. A group of 20 black people sitting two rows in front of them were talking loudly.
Freire asked them to stop. They did not. After a brief ruckus, the manager kicked them out. When the Freires left the theater, this group of 20 had grown into an angry gang of 300. They attacked the family, beating them and knocking her out.
A gun owner brandishing a weapon took the fight out of that crowd. At least temporarily.
“On our way out of the movie theater, my wife gets surrounded with about 10 to 15 girls that were about to attack her,” Freire told FoxNews.com. “As soon as I saw this I immediately ran and got her out of harm’s way.”
Freire said he was kicked and punched as he and his wife tried to run from the group.
“I leaned down to grab my purse and there were literally 100 teens around us,” Kalyn Freire said, “While the manager was in the corner with his mouth open and not doing anything.”
Freire said one bystander stepped forward and told the couple to follow him to his car, saying he could scare the crowd off with a gun.
They got the gun. Saved the girl. Six people were arrested. The family went to the hospital.
What is it with Florida? In Pensacola, Jack Crawford answered his door only to get cracked on the head with a bat. Of the three intruders, one was white. Crawford shot two of them, including the white guy.
“They’re lucky to be alive,” said Crawford, with big stitches decorating his skull. “That’s it. If I wasn’t in a good mood, they would have carried them away.”
Crawford is not in danger of prosecution because of Florida’s “Stand your Ground” law. “It’s a good law,” he said. The police “cannot be everywhere to protect everybody, so you have to protect yourself. Period.”
In North Carolina, four black men broke into the home of C.L. McClure. They restrained the 76-year old man and his wife with duct tape, robbed them and took off.
McClure escaped and gave chase, gun in hand. He caught them and, thinking one of the looters was reaching for a gun, killed him. Police soon had two others in custody. After checking for the presence of anyone in the area wearing an electronic ankle monitor, they found the fourth nearby in the bushes.
Another good shoot, said local prosecutors.
In Detroit, four black men in 2011 ambushed a pizza delivery driver. He killed one. Police caught the others. The delivery man had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Every year hundreds of delivery drivers are robbed. Most do not carry guns. That is why the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls it one of the most dangerous jobs in the country.
Back in Florida, John Lee, a father of four, was on his way to work at Sam’s Club when four black men demanded his money, and opened fire on him.
“I got my concealed weapons permit a few years ago,” he said, “Hoping I would never have to use it.”
But he did, driving the thieves away, not before taking three more rounds in his arms, leg and abdomen.
“If I didn’t have that gun on me, I would not be talking to you right now,” he told the CBS affiliate in Palmetto Bay. “They would have finished me off.” The men escaped, one bleeding.
In Avondale, Pa., a group of black men broke down the door of an apartment only to find Clyde Tucker waiting inside with a gun. He shot one. They got away, police are still looking for them.
This happened in 2009, but since the video is so clear, let’s put it on the list: Four guys break into a house. Gunfire ensues. Caught on video.
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker’s brother ruined a home invasion robbery earlier this year in Atlanta – shooting one of three black people. The other two were arrested.
In Wilmington, Del., three black men apparently set on righting ancient wrongs recently assassinated a sports leader at point blank range on the sidelines of a crowded soccer field. No one will ever know how much havoc these three gangsters intended on wreaking on the rest of the crowd. Before anyone found out, several spectators pulled out their guns and returned fire, killing one of the assassins, driving off the other two. They were soon captured. Police found shells from 14 different guns.
Curiously, of the hundreds of people at the pitch that day, not one of them got a look at the Good Samaritan gunners. Let’s just say the chances were slim they had gun permits.
No one knows how often guns are used for self defense. The Cato Institute says anywhere from 100,000 to one million times a year. But of course, the work of author John Lott is the best place to go for more of this kind of information.
Lots of journalists could use it. Like two reporters at the Fox affiliate in Philadelphia who were heartsick at the news that some suburban folks were buying guns.
The story started out as a follow up to a report that 20 black people did a flash rob at an Upper Darby department store. All on video.
Those who expected any congratulations for making their neighborhoods safer had another thing coming:
“I couldn’t believe when I heard this one earlier,” said the worried anchor. “It sounds like a ‘I’m going to get them before they get me’ mentality.”
Before he had a chance to explain why an attitude of self-defense was bad for anyone but the predators, the reporter in the field started talking about “how afraid people are about getting caught up in one of these flash mobs. And they want to be ready. It sounds unbelievable. But law enforcement says believe it. It is a nightmare in the making.”
Please note: The nightmare they are talking about is people protecting themselves.
“I talked to a number of private citizens tonight who said they used to keep their guns near them,” said the reporter. “Now they take it with them everywhere they go.”
Steve Kates knows the issue firsthand.
This Phoenix area talk show host and gun safety instructor says more and more people are taking personal responsibility for their own safety – and that is the way it should be.
“Every state has its own laws regulating how you can carry and use a weapon when you feel threatened,” Kates said. “So you have to know what they are. But having said that, a lot more people are feeling a lot less safe. With good reason. So having a firearm and knowing how to use it is more important today than ever.”
All over the country, states are reporting record surges in concealed carry permits and gun sales. Sturm Ruger gun company is selling so many guns that three months ago it had to stop taking orders until it cleared its backlog.
For some, getting a concealed carry permit is not an option. One Philadelphia area homeowner made do with what she had when she was (almost) a victim of a wave of black-on-Asian home invasion robberies over the last two years.
The invaders had already tied up one of the occupants and were holding a gun on the other.
The men were then confronted by the 43-year-old woman in the house, who chased them out with a broom as they started to make their way upstairs.