Forgotten in the current edition of the gun-control debate is the not-so-distant imagery of L.A.’s Korean shop owners successfully protecting their stores themselves [during the Los Angeles riots] because the authorities were simply unable, or unwilling, to help them.

Many of their fellow community members were unable to save their livelihoods, losing everything they had worked for many years to looting and arsonist mobs. Only those who had personally-owned guns were able to defend themselves. Looters attacked those stores at their own peril.

To me, the lesson is so very clear: government is never going to be able to provide perfect safety and a wise person will be prepared to take care of themselves, their family, and their neighbors against an unforeseen catastrophe. This is the lesson of the Second Amendment.


Jan Ludwinski

Santa Monica

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