"Get a Gun:" A Good Idea for Everyone?

"Get a Gun:" A Good Idea for Everyone?

riot policeMore seasoned SGN readers can remember the summers of 1967 and 1968, which were scarred by massive riots in places like Detroit, Newark and Washington, D.C. Hundreds were killed and property damage was in the billions. Damage from the 1968 riot was still easily visible when I arrived in Washington in 1976.

Some seem determined to bring back those "long, hot summers" in the middle of one of the coldest Novembers on record. A grand jury in St. Louis is deliberating whether to indict Ferguson, Mo., policemen Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. The incident ignited several nights of violence in August. Much of the unrest was initiated by outside agitators who arrived from other parts of the country. Representatives of a motley collection of left-wing and anarchist groups have kept the pot stirring all fall, with plenty of apocalyptic rhetoric about what will happen should the grand jury fail to indict Wilson.

A new ingredient was added to this bubbling stew earlier this week when the "St. Louis Coptalk" forum ran a post from "A Concerned Cop" warning locals to arm themselves in advance of possible rioting (we can't provide a link, since the forum has been closed except to registered members):

"If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family. It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I'm serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times."


Now, no one is more in favor of people popping down to their friendly local gun dealer than I am, and news reports from St. Louis indicate that people have avidly been taking Concerned Cop's advice.


I can't, however, resist throwing in a cautionary note. People who read SGN own guns, have generally had them a long time and spend a lot of time thinking about and even practicing for armed encounters. In case of civil disorder, they'll know when to shoot and when to hold their fire. My guess is a good percentage of new gun owners will do just fine, but the smaller percentage who won't, they are cause for concern.

As we learned from the Trayvon Martin case, there are powerful forces in this country who regard gun ownership as a racist white man thing. They'd love nothing better than for some inexperienced new gun owner to get all trigger-happy on what inevitably will be referred to as "peaceful protesters." The anarchist element, many of whom are whites from outside the state, can be counted on to mount provocations, and if someone gets shot, well, it's for the revolution, man.

Political and law enforcement leadership has shoved a lot of chips on the table, too, with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declaring a state of emergency and activating the National Guard. Reports of a large federal presence were given credence when an employee posted photos of 150 Department of Homeland Security vehicles in a hotel garage. Police response to the summer riots, which featured lots of armored vehicles and full-auto weaponry, ignited a national debate about the Pentagon program that provides military arms and vehicles to local departments.

There's a lot about the 1960s to remember fondly: Motown, love beads, mail-order guns. Riots, not so much. Let's hope gun owners, old and new, use their firearms with discretion if the stones start flying.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

Ruger introduces Rifles Chambered in the All-New .350 Legend

Ruger introduces Rifles Chambered in the All-New .350 Legend

Two Ruger American Ranch rifles and the AR-556 MPR are now chambered for Winchester's .350 Legend cartridge.

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

Jake Edson of Bushnell Optics tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about the brand new Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 rangefinders.

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

Shooting the 20mm Lahti

David Fortier had the chance to fire the Lahti L-39 while filming the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV while on location at DriveTanks.com.

Trending Articles

No one can restore receptivity to another Trump term with these disaffected gun owners but the president himself. 2nd Amendment

2020 is Trump's to Blow with Gun Owners

David Codrea - July 09, 2019

No one can restore receptivity to another Trump term with these disaffected gun owners but the...

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers. Historical

World War II German Elefant Tank Destroyers

Neal S Shera - July 12, 2019

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers.

CRKT makes 17 different knife models exclusively for Ruger, from fixed hunting knives to tactical folders, and many of their models are offered in several different styles. Accessories

Ruger CRKT Knives Review

James Tarr - July 08, 2019

CRKT makes 17 different knife models exclusively for Ruger, from fixed hunting knives to...

If you want to keep the peace, keep and bear arms. Don't give up your guns. Any other choice would be ridiculous. 2nd Amendment

Is Red Dawn Really Just Ridiculous? If Not, Who Would Citizen Disarmament Help?

David Codrea - May 29, 2019

If you want to keep the peace, keep and bear arms. Don't give up your guns. Any other choice...

See More Trending Articles

More 2nd Amendment

Anti-gun Democrats recently took over the Virginia House and Senate, but pro-freedom citizens, led by VCDL, are fighting to turn the tide with 2A sanctuary cities. 2nd Amendment

Backlash in the Commonwealth

Mark Chesnut - December 16, 2019

Anti-gun Democrats recently took over the Virginia House and Senate, but pro-freedom citizens,...

Virginia turning blue does not bode well for supporters of the Second Amendment or Republicans in general - but hopefully it will serve as a wakeup call to complacent voters. 2nd Amendment

Bloomberg Spends $2.5 Million With Anti-Gun Group Turning Virginia Blue In NRA's Backyard – Where Were They?

Jim Grant - November 07, 2019

Virginia turning blue does not bode well for supporters of the Second Amendment or Republicans...

Ever Heard of the “Movie Gun Transfer” Form? 2nd Amendment

Think You Know All About NFA Forms?

Vincent DeNiro, Editor - March 23, 2020

Ever Heard of the “Movie Gun Transfer” Form?

This is the third installment in a series of investigative reports about the NRA by Firearms News. 2nd Amendment

Firearms News Investigates the NRA: Part 3

Nedd Scott - December 09, 2019

This is the third installment in a series of investigative reports about the NRA by Firearms...

See More 2nd Amendment

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.