Saturday, May 30, 2020 brought racial tensions to a head as rioters and looters hijacked protests around the country.
After the Memorial Day murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that was captured on video and released to the public, communities of all sizes gathered in solidarity of black lives and in protest of police brutality.
Many protests were staged peacefully on Saturday afternoon, with officers respectfully joining in mourning the tragic loss of yet another life. But as Saturday progressed, opportunistic criminals vandalized property, lit fires, and plundered businesses. Dozens of police cars and fire trucks were destroyed across the country.
States Respond to Riots
Police forces joined together in fighting against rioters with tear gas and rubber bullets. Helicopters were dispatched to relay messages to the crowds and take video of the wreckage.
But when violence escalated, calls for help went unanswered. Buildings burned to the ground without firefighter involvement. Mayors hastily implemented curfews throughout Saturday night, and continued the curfews on Sunday.
23 states have activated a total of 17,000 National Guard troops since Saturday. Guard troops are prepared to assist local law enforcement agencies in dispelling the threats to safety in their communities.
The states that have activated their National Guard are Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and D.C.
Much of the country remains in turmoil, as an already devastated lower- and middle-class continue to suffer during Coronavirus lockdowns.
What is to Come, and How to Prepare
With National Guard troops joining police forces, rioters and looters burning down cities, and curfews implemented, we are headed for a police state not experienced in our lifetimes. Fear has led us to a point of no return as the nanny state pulls out all the stops to protect us from each other.
With many businesses still shuttered due to Coronavirus, people are more acutely aware than ever that they could lose everything they have worked for. For some, they are only weeks or months away from becoming homeless. Access to food has already been limited as shelves were emptied and not restocked during the pandemic; now shelves have been emptied by looters, and jobs lost to arson.
Stocking up may be a thing of the past as gun stores become targets and essential businesses voluntarily close out of fear or solidarity. Now is the time to gather your supplies, put a plan in place, and be prepared to protect yourself and your community.
If you live in an area of unrest, or fear for your safety, stay locked inside your home prepared to defend it at all costs. If your business is in danger, remove all items of value and be sure you have current insurance policies on-hand.
If you previously questioned the value of the 2nd Amendment, the current state of our nation should leave no doubt in your mind that you should own and know how to use a firearm. Despite the presence of police forces and National Guardsmen, violent riots and looting have broken out on a scale that defies containment.
When 911 calls go unanswered, there is only one person you can count on to defend your family and your property – and that’s you.