Amid all the chaos erupting in Baltimore in the aftermath of a black man dying in police custody, a liquor store bouncer was forced to use his machete to defend himself and his store from some 50 looters who were intent on burning it to the ground. Liquor stores and other small businesses were prime targets for these looters. Somehow, burning these places to the ground and wreaking as much havoc as humanly possible will bring justice to the man who died in police custody a week after being arrested.
As you know, even though the state of Maryland is shaped exactly like a gun, they are not a gun-friendly state at all, thanks in part to their anti-gun governor Martin O’Malley, who campaigned on bringing as much gun control to the state as possible.
Because of their strict gun control laws, it’s difficult to buy firearms. For that reason, the best this liquor store bouncer had was a big machete. Thankfully, he was successfully able to ward off destructive looters. The Daily Caller reported:
A bouncer at Old Clubhouse Beer & Wine in Baltimore was forced to use a machete Monday night to fight off about 50 would-be looters, he said.
“It’s the only thing I have. I can’t pull out a shotgun,” the bouncer, 32-year-old Brian Woodyard, told The Washington Post.
Woodyard told the Washington Post he was forced to put the machete to some use as looters tried to storm the store shortly before 9 p.m. local time.
“I was able to clear about 50 people away. I came with my mask on my face, ready to do what I have to do to protect my livelihood,” he said.
Hundreds of rioters, looters and arsonists destroyed portions of the city. The Mondawmin mall was looted. A CVS drug store was looted and set on fire. A senior citizens’ center being built by the Southern Baptist Church was also burned to the ground, though it is not clear that rioters were responsible for setting it. Small businesses and liquor stores were a big target for the criminals.
Chaos began hours after a funeral held for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died last Sunday, a week after he was arrested. Gray suffered a spine injury of unknown origin.
I wonder how many of these looters are actually residents of Baltimore or even Maryland. If it’s anything like Ferguson, then many of these rioters came from outside the city and state to cause trouble.
Not that that makes things any better. I get that people are angry over Gray’s death. But looting and burning places to the ground only makes things worse, and it will be used by the police to justify even more excessive force.