Why the 2nd Amendment is More Important Now Than Ever

March 20, 2020

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 2).

Gun sales within the Asian-American community is soaring. Lines are overflowing outside at Turner’s Outdoorsman in Pasadena, West Covina, and other parts of Southern California as xenophobia, state-wide lockdown fears, and anti-Asian sentiment rise. Sounds familiar? The last time a similar situation happened in California was the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Over 2,300 Korean owned businesses were damaged from looting and pillaging, over $400 million in damages to Koreatown according to NBC News.

The Los Angeles Riots of 1992 was kicked off after the acquittal of four white LAPD officers connected to the beating of Rodney King, an African-American on April 29, 1992. The African-American community blamed the justice system and the Korean-American community for moving into their neighborhoods and opening stores. Tensions between the Korean-American and African-American community were high before the riots because in 1991, a then 51-year-old convenience store owner named Soon Ja Du, shot and killed a 15-year-old African-American girl, Latasha Harris after an argument got physical, and Soon Ja Du felt her life was in danger. She was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and received five years of probation, 400 hours of community service, a $500 restitution, and funeral expenses.

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There were 2,300 Korean owned businesses at the time, meaning thousands upon thousands of transactions were occurring daily without incident. Latasha Harris shooting is tragic, but not even 1% representative of the number of peaceful transactions that were occurring for decades. If we should judge an entire community for that one incident, the African-American community is far more guilty by those standards today or yesterday with the amount of documented Black-on-Asian violence occurring. The Korean-American community simply filled in the void left by the Jewish-American store owners who left the area after the African-American community burned down their stores during the Watts Riots of 1965.

It has become evident Asians have become the target because of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and it doesn’t take much before things really get worse for us. Remember, when the National Guard was called in during the LA Riots, they protected the white neighborhoods and let Koreatown burn. Koreans had to arm themselves and still incurred $400 million worth of damages. No tears were shed for Asian-Americans by the surrounding communities.

Los Angeles City Council subsequently voted to block business licenses from being issued to Koreans in many areas, no reparations were ever made to Korean-Americans, Democrat African-American councilmen gerrymandered sections of Koreatown, according to the LA Weekly so they wouldn’t have to face being voted out by angry Korean-Americans, etc…Many Koreans went bankrupt, many marriages failed, many suicides occurred. If this happened to any other community, the American people would have screamed and demanded reparations. But it happened to Asians, so we were basically told to go f**k ourselves. Things change, but some things will always stay the same.

Feature Image via NBC News & KCRW

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