Because we are not subservient Europeans who expect the State to protect them at all times, this development should come as no surprise to anyone:
About a 10-minute drive from Downtown Kenosha, two men stood this week with AR-15 firearms protecting their subdivision.
The armed men were Jason and Gilbert, part of a group of about 10 residents of the subdivision that have been out nights since Tuesday protecting their neighborhood in light of the unrest in Kenosha.
Gilbert, one of the armed residents standing guard, said, “All we’re doing is making sure the community here is able to go asleep, sleep fine and are not worried about anything.”
He noted that the armed residents use flashlights at night to alert approaching vehicles to their presence. If the vehicle pulls into the subdivision, the armed residents stop it and let the driver know he or she will be watched while in the development.
The message here is simple: if government is unwilling or unable to provide security for the lives and properties of its citizens, the community will then take matters into its own hands.
And for the wailers who kvetch about “taking the law into their own hands” and similar handwringing, let me remind you of this fact: the law never left our hands. We citizens deputize the enforcement of our laws to the police; but if the police departments are unwilling, unable or ordered not to do so by their superiors (governors, mayors and so on), we reserve the right to enforce our laws ourselves.
I have to tell you, if our community was in a similar predicament, I would be the very first volunteer in line for such civic duty. Happily, though, our local cops have told me in no uncertain terms to leave everything to them, because their superiors are not liberal asswipe Democrats. (The actual quote was: “If it’s at your house, then do what you have to; but leave the damn streets to us.”)
I admit to sleeping better at night because of that.