What Can We Learn from the Koreans about Gun Control?

If all hell breaks out in America, will the police be there to protect us? We don’t have to go back very far in time to find a microcosm of what could happen. The Occupy Movement and high-profile people like Cornell West are itching for a fight.

“It’s a major question of priorities here. That’s why the Occupy movement is so important because some of this is going to be fought in the streets. Civil disobedience does make a difference,” he said.
“Corporate greed now is an issue everybody has got to talk about. Wealth inequality. Everybody must talk about it because of the Occupy movement,” Mr. West concluded.

Police forces around the country are preparing for what some believe could be riots leading up to and following the November election. People are nervous. They’re afraid their government might turn on them. They’re uneasy about the fragile state of the economy. Talk about more gun control is pushing gun and ammunition sales. The following is from Wikipedia.

Twenty years ago there were six days of riots in Los Angeles. The riots started on April 29, 1992, after a jury trial resulted in the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King following a high-speed police pursuit. Thousands of people throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area rioted over the six days following the announcement of the verdict.

Widespread looting, assault, arson, and murder occurred during the riots, and property damages topped roughly one billion dollars. The rioting ended after soldiers from the California Army National Guard, along with U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton were called in to stop the rioting. In total, 53 people were killed during the riots and over two thousand people were injured.

One of the most iconic and controversial television images of the violence was a scene of two Korean merchants firing pistols repeatedly at roving looters. The New York Times said “that the image seemed to speak of race war, and of vigilantes taking the law into their own hands.” The merchants, jewelry store, and gun shop owner Richard Park and his gun store manager, David Joo, were reacting to the shooting of Mr. Park’s wife and her sister by looters who converged on the shopping center where the shops were located.

David Joo, a manager of the gun store, said:

“I want to make it clear that we didn’t open fire first. At that time, four police cars were there. Somebody started to shoot at us. The LAPD ran away in half a second. I never saw such a fast escape. I was pretty disappointed.”

Carl Rhyu, a participant in the Korean immigrants’ armed response to the rioting, said:

“If it was your own business and your own property, would you be willing to trust it to someone else? We are glad the National Guard is here. They’re good backup. But when our shops were burning we called the police every five minutes; no response.”

At a shopping center several miles north of Koreatown, Jay Rhee, who estimated that he and others fired five hundred shots into the ground and air, said:

“We have lost our faith in the police. Where were you when we needed you?”

I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but we need to prepare in case it does happen.