The Second Amendment Founder, Alan Gottlieb, finally spoke up on the current protests taking across the country. Gottlieb says the violent city protests justify the need for stronger Second Amendment rights. Gottlieb penned his opinion in an op-ed article co-authored with Dave Workman, the communications director at the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Gottlieb and Workman said the Second Amendment rights were necessary to guarantee citizens’ ability to protect lives, property, and communities from violent anarchists. Their remarks coincided with violent riots that have engulfed the country leading to looting, arson, and destruction of property. Various armed groups have also stepped in to assist business owners in keeping their establishments safe.
Gottlieb and Workman highlighted various incidents where firearms helped business owners prevent looting. An example is the South Philadelphia gun store where the owner fatally shot a burglar with an “assault weapon” while another fled with gunshot wounds.
Similarly, a liquor store owner guarded his business with an AR-15 in Santa Monica, Calif., while armed citizens guarded Bonney Lake business in downtown Snohomish, Washington. Armed citizens also guarded a jewelry store in Scottsdale, Arizona from looters.
Gottlieb and Workman said the possession of a firearm was instrumental in preventing looters from ransacking the guarded businesses. The liquor store owner said looters walked by peacefully when they saw his weapon, and none of the guarded businesses was invaded by the gangs of looters.
The duo disapproved of New York City’s and Chicago’s restrictive gun policies that prevented business owners from defending their property. Chicago’s strict gun laws have failed to curb gun-related deaths in the liberal-controlled Murder City.
“We’ve watched small, fragile businesses just beginning to recover from COVID-19 closure orders destroyed by anarchists and looters to whom the name George Floyd — the Minneapolis man whose death sparked national protests — means nothing,” the duo says.
“These people aren’t grieving citizens, they’re criminals. They’re not demonstrating against police brutality, they’re exploiting a tragedy to fulfill a wanton need to destroy and loot, and they are organized.”
Gottlieb and Workman said the criminals got away because the police were under instructions to use minimal force. The two, however, noted that armed citizens were not barred from using deadly force in protecting their property. Several people have been shot after trying to loot businesses as evident in the South Philadelphia gun store case.
The two gun rights activists said the Second Amendment was intended to “to provide law-abiding citizens with the means to defend themselves during emergencies.” They concluded that American cities were under attack, and therefore citizens had the right to use their Second Amendment rights to protect their businesses.
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