Armed citizens stand guard to stop Minn destruction: We support the protest, not the looting

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Two men armed with long guns who describe themselves concisely as “free Americans” stood guard outside a store Wednesday night to protect it from looters in Minneapolis because the police obviously can’t be everywhere.

“Before there were cops, there were Americans,” one of them observed in the brief video embedded below that has gone viral.

Hopefully, this form of volunteerism can serve as a deterrent without any actual conflict.

The men say they support the protests over the death of George Floyd, but they don’t approve of the looting that has accompanied the community anger against the police.

In justifying their presence that included two others, one of the men said that “Basically, you’ve seen the records the cops keep, and the cops are a lot less likely to tread on people’s rights when there’s other armed Americans with them. So we figured it’s about damn time – or at least I figure it’s about damn time – for some heavily armed rednecks stood with fellow citizens.”

The other man explained how they wound up outside this particular smoke shop.

“We’ve been moving around and just trying to see what’s what without necessarily getting completely slapped by massive groups of people.” Then they heard about the owners of one or more nearby closed stores who were trying to defend their businesses.

“We heard that and like, ‘Well, we better kit up and go see if these guys need help.’ It turns out these guys are out here with machetes and shattered windows trying to keep looters out of their business because the cops can’t get in here. And so, I figured, before there were cops, there were just Americans. So here we are.”

The man continued that he has no problem with the demonstrations after Floyd died after being pinned to the pavement by the knee of a police officer on his neck.

“Bottom line: justice for George Floyd, but I hope they stop looting at some point. If there were more of us, we could stop them from looting. But it’s just us four.”

The first man added that “we definitely don’t agree with the looting; we do agree with the cause and the protest.”

Officials have fired all four officers involved in the George Floyd incident, and criminal charges against at least one of the cops are likely. President Trump has also authorized a federal investigation.

Twitter weighed-in on the Second Amendment supporters in the viral video; here’s a sample.

According to a reporter for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the looters are destroying businesses owned by immigrants apart from those large corporate-owned outlets.

The looting also included a very disturbing incident in which an elderly wheelchair-bound woman was repeatedly attacked by rioters as she allegedly tried to prevent them from robbing a local Target superstore.

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