Breaking Point?

Heather Mac Donald, as usual, does the best analysis of the current situation in our cities:

Savagery is spreading with lightning speed across the United States, with murderous assaults on police officers and civilians and the ecstatic annihilation of businesses and symbols of the state. Welcome to a real civilization-destroying pandemic, one that makes the recent saccharine exhortations to “stay safe” and the deployment of police officers to enforce outdoor mask-wearing seem like decadent bagatelles.


This pandemic of civil violence is more widespread than anything seen during the Black Lives Matter movement of the Obama years, and it will likely have an even deadlier toll on law enforcement officers than the targeted assassinations we saw from 2014 onward. It’s worse this time because the country has absorbed another five years of academically inspired racial victimology. From Ta-Nehisi Coates to the New York Times’s 1619 project, the constant narrative about America’s endemic white supremacy and its deliberate destruction of the “black body” has been thoroughly injected into the political bloodstream.

Once the violence began, any effort to “understand” it should have stopped, since that understanding is inevitably exculpatory. The looters are not grieving over the stomach-churning arrest and death of George Floyd; they are having the time of their lives. You don’t protest or mourn a victim by stealing oxycontin, electronics, jewelry, and sneakers.

So, given that the government is proving itself to be a bunch of craven cowards who are unwilling to keep the peace and enforce the law, will we see more of this?  (First pic via Reader Ignore Amos and the second from Reader Old Texan.)

And so far — so far — nobody’s dropped the hammer (at least, not on our side).  At some point, however, this may change.

The only problem is that this is precisely what these pricks want:  martyrs to the Cause.  So by throwing down on these anarchists, Marxists and looters, we’d be playing into their hands.

At some point however, and I suspect we may be fast approaching that point, nobody’s going to care about that.  And then:

Then, martyrs will not be a problem.  They’ll have plenty.  In the meantime, however:


It may be time to start getting serious around here…


  1. There are many fewer who care about the snowflake feelings of jr. grade marxists today than they did as recently as the Ides of March.
    As someone once said: You Loot – We Shoot! … which was quickly followed by the reminder to observe the strictures of The Three S!….Shoot, Shovel, and Shut-up!

  2. I went and picked up some more Magpul AR magazines today, and the store was full of people suddenly wanting firearms.

    The firearms selection was getting a bit thin, although they had a few lower-priced S&W AR models left. Pistols were selling pretty damned fast, and they were almost out of anything useful under $1000.

    Ammunition? Well, you could get some nice pricey Magtech hollow-point, but none of the cheaper 9mm or .45 in bulk, and there basically wasn’t any 5.56 left.

    1. Flyover (Jacksonian?) Americans can be your best friend or your worst enemy, to borrow a phrase.
      In WW1, the perception of both Allies and Entente on the Western Front was that Americans were raw, untrained, nice guys and wouldn’t be worth much in a fight for some time.
      I found this opinion in my WW1 reading:

      On the afternoon of July 15… never have I seen so many dead, nor such frightful sights in battle. The Americans … had completely shot to pieces in a close combat two of our companies.
      They had lain in the grain, in semicircular formation, had let us approach, and then from 30 to 50 feet had shot almost all of us down. This foe had nerves, one must allow him this boast; but he also showed a bestial brutality.
      “The Americans kill everything!” That was the cry of horror of July 15th, which long took hold of our men. At home meanwhile they were sarcastic about the imperfect training of this enemy, about the American “bluff” and the like. The fact that on July 15th more than 60 per cent of our troops led to battle were left dead or wounded upon the battlefield may substantially be charged to his credit.
      – excerpt from Kurt Hesse memoir, Grenadier Regiment No. 5, 36th Infantry Division

      Yup – How long do you rioters want to go on twisting the dragon’s tail?

      Vote or kill everything is our credo when aroused.
      Maybe we’re close to that point. Police here arrested 233 people Sun night and 40 of them had illegal guns, 6 of them stolen.
      People unknown have been leaving pallets of bricks in areas where there is no construction, but plenty of glass windows.
      It’s time to shoot looters and fire bombers on sight, on site. No bag limits. Arrest and prosecute survivors.
      I’m sick of this crap.

  3. The question is, who reaches their breaking point first.
    The looters are happy to sacrifice people to get their martyrs, but none of them are willing to themselves become that sacrifice.
    The righteous are happy to shoot the wicked, but only if they are assured they won’t get gunned down themselves by a hail of police bullets by cops all too eager to be seen to not allow “vigilantism” while standing idly by when faced with rioters and looters because they’ve got their orders from city hall (or even state governors) to not interfere.

    1. As I commented elsewhere, the cops need to understand this: ‘just following orders’ sounds just as bad in English as it does in the original German.

      They need to decide if their pay and pension are worth being tossed under the bus at a moment’s notice by City Hall.

  4. Yeah, the stuff’s getting more and more expensive by the day but now is the time to stock up gentlemen if you can. Time is short, decide what’s important. You can’t eat cash nor will it save your life. 3 days ago I ordered 50 more Pmags and 1000 rds of brass 223. for the best deals.

    1. Already done, years go. Keep 24 magazines loaded, and plenty of ammunition to load the other 20 or so.

      My general collection of guns is old military, and has varied calibers. But there’s still plenty of 5.56 and 7.62×39. And a Garrand spitting 30-06 is just as effective in 2020 as it was in 1944. An Enfield’s slick cock-on-closing bolt can still send withering fire downrange, and .303 British is every bit as deadly now as then. And yes, the Mausers still work.

  5. Preparation for this shit in 2020 began in 1998. It is so much easier to buy a couple boxes of ammunition or a few more magazines now and then, when the glass isn’t breaking or the fires burning. I purchase less expensive “practice” rounds, and SHTF rounds for the day the zombies are coming up the driveway.

    Currently, ALL my weapons are ready for the zombies.

    1. Yup, what Murphy said. Bought 1600 rounds of U.S. manufacture M193 5.56 in the crate, in two ammo cans. At the time, 13.5 cents/round, delivered. Shot it for zero, then have used handloads for day to day since.

  6. It’s been fun explaining Dallas to people. “They’re burning downtown and Victory Park!” Chickens coming home to roost, buddy. “Why aren’t Texans shooting them?” Because they haven’t moved to Frisco and Plano and HP yet.

    1. Never mind Frisco and Plano. If they go out east to Garland or Mesquite the locals won’t just shoot them; they’ll crucify them first, THEN shoot them.

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