Defund the Police. Disarm the People… What Could Go Wrong? ~ VIDEOS

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- After the unconscionable treatment of George Floyd in police custody, righteous outrage led to angry protests, which too often became violent riots. As the MSM told us they were all peaceful protests in many cases putative “protests” were simply cover for rampaging looting, arson, and vandalism.

Meanwhile, Democrat mayors and governors ordered police in many jurisdictions to take a “hands-off” approach, supposedly to allow the protesters to “burn off” their anger and frustration on innocent citizens' private property, without police intervention escalating the situation. Time and again television and social media showed police standing by as violent “protesters” (often led by white, middle-class Antifa punks) broke windows, torched buildings, and ransacked stores. In one videoed incident, a large contingent of heavily armed police showed up at a store being looted, and viewers watched as the looters, with their arms full of other people’s stuff, poured out of the store, running directly through the ranks of police, who made no effort to even slow them down, much less take them into custody.

It has become clear that in places where police have taken a “hands-off” position, the violence and criminal behavior escalated, while jurisdictions that met force with force and attempted to at least contain violent protesters, vandals, and looters, there was less violence and less destruction of residents property. Those locales returned to something closer to business-as-usual fairly quickly, while the “hands-off” jurisdictions were still putting-out burned city-long block-fires and experiencing eruptions of violence and criminality two weeks later.

As the protests sputtered out in some places and dug in elsewhere, organizers and activists were faced with a serious question for which they originally had no answer: “What do you want?”

In the case of George Floyd, the officers involved in his detention and death had been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department within days of the tragedy, and the officer who had spent some 9 minutes taking a knee on the back of Floyd’s neck, was arrested on a murder charge. And this all happened before the first large gathering of protesters. Soon the charge against the former policeman was elevated from 3rd-degree murder to 2nd-degree murder, and the other 3 officers present during the incident were also arrested and charged with aiding and abetting murder.

The wisdom of those charges being escalated will almost certainly be a point of argument for legal scholars for decades to come, since “over-charging” those involved could ultimately lead to an acquittal, but the point is, the only real demands from protesters were “Justice for George Floyd” and “Stop police violence against African Americans.”  With the officers involved losing their jobs and being arrested for murder and accessories to murder, the wheels of justice for Mr. Floyd seemed to be rolling in the right direction. As to stopping police violence against African Americans, that’s a pretty broad demand, that, unfortunately, overshadows a related and much larger issue: African American violence against African Americans.

Even so, the overwhelming disgust of virtually everyone, over the treatment of George Floyd, was already generating a broad public outcry, leading to reviews of police “use of force” policies and plans for additional training in departments around the country.

Americans and our elected servants were taking the deaths of George Floyd and other Americans, such as Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, seriously even before the protests started. So after more than a week of marching and sporadic rioting, the protesters seemed to be running short of objectives. Then a new chant started making the rounds: “Defund the police!”

Defund the Police!

Soon the chant morphed into signs and in Minneapolis, where this all started, blackface masks with “DEFUND POLICE” emblazoned across them in bright yellow, appeared on the scene. The Democratic mayor of Minneapolis went to one of the protests to grovel and apologize for being white and having privilege, but when he wouldn’t go so far as to support the total abolition of the Minneapolis Police Department, he was booed and shamed from the area.

Now various politicians and media elites are making excuses or expressing support for some version of defunding the police. Most are qualifying the idea as more a shift of some resources from the police to social services, but that doesn’t seem to be jibing with the demands of the protesters.

Meanwhile, several other dynamics are playing out. The same Democratic politicians who are expressing the strongest support for the idea of defunding the police, are also among the strongest supporters of draconian gun control proposals. And, of course, the case of Ahmad Aubrey, who was shot and killed by a group of white men who suspected him of criminal activity, has also brought renewed attention to “vigilante” activity, so opposition to vigilantism was added to the protesters’ demands.

At the same time, Antifa backed protesters in Seattle have “occupied” several blocks of the city and declared it the CHAZ, for Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (now renamed CHOP – the Capitol Hill Organized (or Occupied) Protest). They’ve put up walls and posted armed guards to control their borders, and have bands of armed people policing -uhm- patrolling the streets to maintain order and make sure that no one is violating any of their new laws. There isn’t any official “government,” per se, but a rapper called Raz seems to have declared himself to be an authority figure reinventing Government services including fire protections within the CHAZ or CHOP. Then having his followers protect the property of people supportive of the cause, and threatening violence if people don’t obey.

Behind the scenes, a Seattle City Councilwoman appears to have been one of the primary instigators of the creation of the CHAZ, and she seems to still be pulling a lot of the strings within the Zone. Other protesters in other cities have been attempting to create their own “autonomous zones,” but as of this writing, only the CHAZ has been “successful.”

All of this boils down to the question of how to move forward from here?

Virtually everyone in the country agreed that what happened to George Floyd was barbaric and inexcusable, but a politically motivated prosecutor upgrading the charges to a level that will be harder to gain convictions, could result in acquittals, and a new round of rioting. Protesters are making demands that can’t possibly be met, so they can never be satisfied. The core protest leaders are avowed Marxist Communists who openly call for the abolition of the United States and private property. The Democratic Party and its leaders are pandering to these Communists in the most embarrassing ways, while simultaneously calling for bans on “assault weapons,” “high-capacity” magazines, private transfers, and all sorts of other restrictions on the private possession of firearms, all while expressing support for defunding the police, and calling for open borders…

So who’s going to go collect the “assault weapons” from the deplorables in the heartland when the police are defunded?

It’s starting to seem like maybe these folks – from the protesters in the streets to the politicians in their gated communities – haven’t really thought all of this through.



Jeff Knox
Jeff Knox

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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SeaLeopard
SeaLeopard
5 months ago

Just had to share this ……… WOW: Actor Robert Davi Says What We Are All Thinking About BLM (Breitbart) – My dear fellow Americans. Actor Kevin Bacon recently said on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that “it’s a good time for old white guys like me to just shut up and listen.” While I understand his sentiment, I, for one, will not be quiet. You see, Kevin, a lot of ole white guys like myself, clawed and struggled for where we are in life. If you mean Kevin, white guys that were given a huge leg up in life… Read more »

American Patriot
American Patriot
5 months ago

Difference is Feeling safe is a mental issue, being safe is a physical issue…..Don’t forget elected officials are public servants too not royalty!

Circle8
5 months ago

The only place where Officer Chauvin can receive a fair trial is at the 25,000 foot level on Mt. Everest and that is questionable. The state AG has appointed himself as chief prosecutor. Who is that AG? He is an alleged former clown, devout MUSLIM and former DEMOCRAT US SENATOR who was forced out of the US Senate because of SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. The media and the mayor of Mini-noplace, who is trying to be elected to higher office (God maybe?) convicted him in the press on the night of the incident. I have seen the video, ad nauseam, and have… Read more »

JackL
JackL
5 months ago

They think the Boogaloo is just talk. Just wait and see.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  JackL

, The various federal law enforcement agencies take that kind of talk very seriously and have developed soft ware to catch such comments. The Fat Boy institute has Carnivore. The Marshalls have Triggerfish. And there are more. One of the agencies probably have you traced and have added your bio to their list … already.

ace_m82
ace_m82
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

“Caesar had his Brutus — Charles the First, His Cromwell — And George the Third” — (“Treason!” cried the Speaker — “Treason, treason!” echoed from every part of the house). Henry faultered not for an instant, but rising to a loftier attitude, concluded thus – “may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.”

CEMinMO
CEMinMO
5 months ago
Reply to  JackL

Boogaloo! That’s right — I’ve gor my Alaskan shirt and I’m ready to go! . . . . Oh, wait – I got the wrong “last state.” . . . . . Never mind.

pureamericana
pureamericana
5 months ago

Police or NO Police, if the Bolshevik/Menshevik combo inside the USA takes it too far, it
may be very difficult to turn off. Democrat Party nationwide has decided they are rolling with Antifa/BLM being their 1st wave.

The Collector
The Collector
5 months ago

So many (even including the Writer of this article) IMMEDIATELY have convicted Officer Derek Chauvin for “murder” of George Floyd…a known criminal, who was committing several crimes just prior to and during his arrest for same…all JUST FROM a video recording and what has been falsely reported by a media full of liars. Last time I checked, ALL AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT OF INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY…and YES THAT EVEN APPLIES TO WHITE POLICE OFFICERS! I have studied the 3 released videos (2 by bystanders and the 1 Officer Body-Cam)….and having been in a career where it was required of… Read more »

PMinFl
PMinFl
5 months ago
Reply to  The Collector

I hope that when you are on the stand ,testifying, that your experience and close scrutiny of the cell phone videos supports your conclusion. Whether or not you are correct we’ll never know because you will never tell your story to the court, I don’t know exactly what happened there and I only hope the truth will prevail.

JPM
JPM
5 months ago

Typical MSNBC B.S.! Defund is the term and what is being advocated, not “reallocate”. Leave it to the left-wing, liberal, fake news to try to change something obviously bad into a more politically correct action by using the wrong term. What a P.C. crock.

RJL
RJL
5 months ago

“It ain’t over until the Fat Lady sings”… And she has yet to sing….

badlands
badlands
5 months ago

Jeff, you didn’t include the 3rd chapter of this nightmare trilogy…the mass releases of felons from prison nationwide. While previously assured that violent felons would not be among those released, we’ve seen now that they were.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago

“So who’s going to go collect the “assault weapons” from the deplorables in the heartland when the police are defunded?”
The Army and/or the UN? That would be my guess. The feds have already shown their ability to ignore the Posse Comitatus Act many times over.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute


Although the military has the firepower they don’t have the numbers, I have 3 friends still enlisted ((lifers) and have told me that over half would walk away from such an order to go against American Civilians
Hopefully that day will never come.

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

I hope so too. Yet every day I feel it creeping closer and closer. Perhaps sanity might yet come to Washington DC in time… but I wouldn’t be willing to bet much money on it. I’d have to get really long odds. Meanwhile, I agree that our opponents have about as much chance as a snowball in hell. Even if they win they loose. This is the heartland. The head cannot survive without the body, although many are foolish enough to think they can. Like the ones at the CHAZ, staring at a dying seedling in a 4 cubic inch… Read more »

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
5 months ago
Reply to  Knute

Knute, that’s not quite correct. The caveat is that the military can indeed be legally used in a limited capacity during times of civil insurrection. The military CANNOT under any circumstances (see Posse Comitatus) perform police functions – they cannot make actual arrests, imprison arrestees in a stockade, transport arrestees, “book” arrestees into police precincts, etc. But they are able to use any means authorized by the President and his military advisors (from blockades to tear gas to live fire) necessary to completely stop any rioting (“quell insurrection”)… rioting/violence that local police forces cannot handle. You are correct – very… Read more »

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
5 months ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

There are some Pentagon officials who see military intervention of any kind to be “out of the question.” For many reasons, ranging from 1) uncontrolled public relations to 2) liability lawsuits, to 3) potentially reduced funding, to 4) morale & discipline (which would indeed be “adversely affected” if soldiers ever had to fire upon citizens), those military leaders you refer to do not want to stir up such a hornets’ nest. Not sure I can blame them… but failure to act has negative consequences, too.

JIAZ
JIAZ
5 months ago

“Who’s going to go collect the “assault weapons” from the deplorables in the heartland when the police are defunded?”
Jeff Knox

If Democratic-Socialist, violent thugs ever try to seriously flex their muscle in the “heartland”, farmlands, or ranch lands of America, the lesson they learn will be very swift and very painful.

Superman
Superman
5 months ago
Reply to  JIAZ

You would not know a TRUE FACT if it crawled up your pant leg and bit you in your fat azz. Shut up already.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  Superman

and USA, The poster formerly known as Clark Kent seems to be taking these comments personally. I wonder why?

Finnky
Finnky
5 months ago
Reply to  JIAZ

@USA – That was my thought. Swift yes, however not so painful. Isn’t that how one “mercifully” puts down an injured animal? Attackers should pray ahead of time that defenders are better shots than I. I’d resort to 1-N rounds in chest – one 9mm lung shot may put them out of my misery, but will allow them plenty of time to “enjoy” the experience. I like your way better, but a man’s got to know his limitations.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago

Regarding the death of George Floyd that is mentioned by the author, the scientific evidence is coming out. From “The American Thinker” “If your impression from the video or Dr. Baden’s interview (the examiner hired by the Floyd family) is that Floyd was asphyxiated, the only forensic evidence shows that he was not. The medical examiner, who was the only person to have conducted an autopsy, indicates Floyd was not asphyxiated. Here are the key findings in his report: Floyd had: 1. Arteriosclerotic heart disease, multifocal, severe 2. Cardiomegaly (540 g) with mild biventricular dilatation 3. Clinical history of hypertension… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

, the mob demanded the current charges and now some prosecutor is going to fail to prove up those charges. Then what will the mob demand.

Gindy
Gindy
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

That’s exactly what happened in Baltimore. Marilyn Mosby blew the Freddy Gray case up trying to make a name for herself. Then again, she did indeed make a name for herself!

badlands
badlands
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Only problem is that the radical left in this country, supported by the lying, agenda-driven media, have zero interest in data or facts that don’t fit their narrative. It never sees the light of day for most people in this country except for sites like this one.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
5 months ago

With the riots, the terrorists holding city blocks as hostage, rampant murder and assault, with the police being ordered to stand down and just watch assaults, riots, vandalism, cops being murdered because they are cops. Add to this tyrannical governors and mayors, government entities who do not own up to their oath of office, add to that the government assault on our GOD given, constitutionally protected and guaranteed RIGHTS and freedoms etc. the question becomes; ARE WE IN A DEFACTO STATE OF CIVIL WAR? The fact is the cops are under no legal obligation to defend the public from anything… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
5 months ago

@DB – Hope you’ve got legal defense coverage. News coverage of shooting at protest in NM says that the accused was chased from the protest, he may have pushed a woman (am guessing one of his attackers) before being knocked to the ground. One man was holding him down and/or punching him while second swung a “long board” at his head (using a two handed grip). I am guessing “longboard” refers to a skateboard rather than my automatic assumption of surfboard. Admittedly all I can go by right now is initial main-stream media article on the incident – seemed like… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

Hey Finn. I have actually witnessed two murders, one by firearm and one by knife. Both times I was unarmed and too far away to prevent either one. I hope that nobody ever has to live through the rest of their lives knowing there was nothing they could do. On the other hand, I was able to save the lives of 13 people during an incident because I was armed. Yes Sir, I did have to go to court and testify many times but those of us who survived never complained about still being alive. I am a disabled vet.… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
5 months ago

Naw, peace time in Germany where nothing ever happens. At least as far as the news says. Reagan had a policy of no press to terrorists.

Arm up, carry on.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
5 months ago

That’s okay that means I can shoot protestors and anyone else near the chalet with no recourse so I’m hoping they send under (Bloombergs orders ) ANTIFA to collect them.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, Chalet? I’ll be right over!

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill
Sir yes sir bout 1min 20 sec walk to the ocean out my back gate take a left..CAPITALISM abound.13 miles away from RNC Convention you know were gonna get some visitors.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, Will I be able to see the ocean from the guest room!?

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill
Umm ..no sir to many capitalist condos BUT you will be able to hear the waves breaking as well as the smell of saltwater
And the guest room is the ARMORY so that’s a win win.

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill
I’ll even cook ya a fat RIBEYE with a baked tater and some sweet tea, and some real naner pudding for dessert.
Even got a extra longboard you can use

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  SEMPAI

, And a Mint Julep on the veranda? Katie, bar the door!

GUNFUN
GUNFUN
5 months ago

Betcha none of the people in CHOP/CHAZ have ever read animal farm. Thats all that I can see in all of this.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  GUNFUN

@GF, I betcha they have not ever read “Dick, Jane, and Sally”!

Knute
Knute
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

I’ll bet most if them would struggle with the sentence: “See Spot run!”.
🙂

Gindy
Gindy
5 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@WB, that sounds like an all night party!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 months ago
Reply to  Gindy

@Gindy, Humorous!