What The Riots In Ferguson Mean For Our Second Amendment Rights

The riots in Ferguson remind me of an ancient saying:

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.” – Aristotle

On Wednesday, August 6th, Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in the town of Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson is now facing allegations that he shot without sufficient provocation, killing an unarmed man, who was in the process of surrendering. This incident has lead to massive protests in the St. Louis suburb, some of which have turned violent.

According to CBS:

The next day, a few hundred protesters gathered outside Ferguson Police headquarters. That night, tensions boiled over and nearly three dozen people were arrested following a candlelight vigil when crowds burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers.

As of today, there is not enough evidence for me, or anyone to conclude that the officer acted irresponsibly, or alternately, that Michael Brown was behaving in such a way as to sufficiently provoke Darren Wilson. And I am not interested in discussing this issue anyway. What I want to talk about is the importance of the second amendment in relation to the situation in Ferguson.

According to Breitbart, reports are coming in that the police in Ferguson seem to be doing little to protect business owners who have been put in harms way by violent looters.

Looters in Ferguson, Missouri, were ‘met with little police resistance’ as business owners say they ‘were forced to protect their businesses with their own guns’ on Friday…A reporter from Fox2Now even said ‘police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond.‘”

We are constantly told by the left, and their goons in the media, and Hollywood that guns are unnecessary, that Americans shouldn’t be allowed to own guns so freely, or at all. We are subjected to frequent rants from MSNBC, and the like, telling us that conservatives are crazy for believing in the possibility of a situation arising in which Americans will need to defend themselves from a force greater than they. Whether it’s a force of government, or a force of citizens, we are laughed at, and mocked. Well, what do we have here? We have a situation in which business owners–who have done absolutely nothing wrong–are having to defend their stores, and possibly their lives from those who have taken advantage of the Ferguson crisis.

The shooting in Ferguson has given bad people a reason to behave viciously, and those people are taking full advantage of it. The St. Louis Business Journal reports:

Employees who were working at the QuikTrip Sunday night made it out safely before the store was looted and burned in the chaos that followed a peaceful vigil for Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old man who was shot dead by a police officer Saturday.

This is no small incident. The shooting aside, the riots that have occurred following it have put innocent peoples’ lives in jeopardy. The vandals are wrong, and no amount of past or current injustice can justify their behavior. People have a right to be angry, but they never, ever have a right to use that anger as an excuse for destruction, and violence toward others.

With lives at risk, and property in harms way, it is at this moment that people have the right to defend themselves, and their businesses. As Americans, we have a special gift in our constitution that allows us the freedom to defend ourselves with firearms if the situation should arise in which defense is necessary.

This incident in Ferguson is a microcosm event. This event is an analog of what we could face in the future, should our government become tyrannical. Even in the face of this incident, in which the ownership of firearms has been shown to be necessary for self-defense from a violent, and oppressive force, on a large scale, the left will tell you that you are crazy to believe our own government would turn on us. You will be told that we are too advanced a society for that to happen. But as Ben Shapiro said:

“I fear the possibility of a tyranny rising in the country in the next fifty to a hundred years. Let me tell you something, Piers. The fact that my grandparents and great grandparents in Europe didn’t fear that is why they’re now ashes in Europe.”

Human beings are always capable of the worst kinds of evil, regardless of their place in history, and that is something that must never be forgotten. To those who believe that we are too advanced for such behavior, and therefore not in need of firearms, I would ask you: Was Ferguson not advanced? Were they not modern?

Our founders understood very well the inclinations of powerful men, and that is why they gave us the second amendment.