Americans of All Races Take Up Arms to Defend Against Violent Rioters, Looters

Americans in major cities are taking up arms to defend themselves against violent rioters.

If the COVID-19 pandemic and the more recent riots have made one thing clear, it’s that the Second Amendment is more important than ever. Especially in American cities, the line between civilization and chaos is blurring, and legally armed citizens of all races are taking up arms to defend themselves, their families, and their businesses.

Philly Gun Shop Owner Shoots, Kills Looter

Local media out of Philadelphia is reporting that a gun shop owner shot and killed a man trying to break into his store Tuesday morning.

The 67-year-old owner of Firing Line Inc. was spending the night in his shop to defend it from looters. He saw three or four men trying to break in around 4:15 a.m. When the men made it upstairs, he began shooting with what media says was a “Bushmaster M-4” rifle. One of the looters was hit in the head, and he died at the scene. The others ran away.

The business owner was not hurt.

“Black Militias” Guarding Black-Owned Businesses

This video emerged shortly after the first riots began in Minneapolis. The men probably aren’t carrying fully automatic rifles, but GunsAmerica confirmed that they’re standing in front of a black-owned business in Minneapolis.

The Return of Rooftop Koreans

In the 1992 L.A. race riots, Korean-American business owners took up arms to protect their stores from rioters when police wouldn’t. They became known as “roof Koreans,” and a similar scene is unfolding today in American cities.

(GunsAmerica has not independently confirmed the veracity of this image.)

SEE ALSO: Biden: Police Should ‘Shoot’ Knife-Wielding Attackers ‘In the Leg,’ Not the ‘Heart’

Storefront Sikhs?

An image posted on Reddit also made the rounds on social media. It depicts a group of three middle eastern men guarding what appears to be a convenience store.

Roof Koreans, meet your new homies: Storefront Sikhs. from r/weekendgunnit

(GunsAmerica has not independently confirmed the veracity of this image.)

Bakery Italians?

Local media in Cleveland, Ohio, reported that the owner of an Italian restaurant, along with his sons, defended their property armed with shotguns. Co-Owner Selena Corbo says she supports the cause but doesn’t condone the violence. She says they had no choice but to protect their business.

“They came at us with bats, threw rocks at our windows, rocks, and stones and I was like, alright,” she said.

SEE ALSO: ‘Rednecks’ w/ ARs Defend Against Looters During Minneapolis Riots

Heroic Security Guard

These business owners have good reason to defend themselves with firearms—rioters have reportedly been stealing the duty rifles from patrol cars. In one instance, however, the private security guard for a journalist disarmed a rioter as soon as he pulled the rifle from the car:

A Team Effort

The owner of Broadway Wine & Spirits in Santa Monica, Ca., gathered with his friends to arm up and keep their businesses safe.

He told local media that when looters arrived in their area, they passed by his store when they saw the AR-15s and other firearms carried by him and his friends.

“It was a good thing I had my customers and friends by my side, because it was pretty scary,” Joe told CBSLA.

As riots continue, more stories of armed self-defense are sure to surface. If you have personal experience dissuading rioters in your city — or know someone who does – drop a line in the comments or send us an email at

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

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  • Ken June 4, 2021, 10:06 am

    Being armed to protect your life and property… and specially your business that feeds your family… is long held human privilege.

    In the Middle ages, during times of social unrest, merchants would gather their workers and arm them with spears to protect the business they all derived a living from.

    In “The Decameron”, a book written during the Black Plague in Italy in 1375 (over a hundred years before the discovery of America… for those of you bereft of historical acumen) a young woman tells a tale of how it is justified to kill another to protect your own life.

    Group self defense by the best means available is as old as mankind. It is what allowed us to protect our recent deer kill from a pack of wolves so we could get it home to feed the family.

    No form of government will ever be able to quash that basic human necessity… its in our DNA.

    Love the pic of the Korean business man atop his roof with an M-1 carbine. Great rifle… all our PF’s in Nam used them.

  • Keith Harlan January 7, 2021, 2:16 pm

    Americans need to organize and show the corrupt congress that we’re not taking their Dictatorship anymore. It’s been said for years that our goverment has two dictators and they are the Republican and Democrat parties. They take their orders from the communists that they owe a debt too. Making them communist too. This has occurred over the last thirty years. The American people need to make them all step down and let someone else less corrupt change the laws so that this doesn’t ever happen again. Until this happens Americans must show up in numbers that will put fear in these corrupt Politicians and we will not need to carry a weapon or firer a shot to get them to comply. If that doesn’t work we must take more convincing actions to make them comply. Americans unite together for a common cause and fight this corrupt Goverment we have.

  • DELCO December 31, 2020, 1:22 pm

    We can all go back and forth about how we would Protect our communities and stand up to people primarily on the left who are leading this new era anti American culture. Which is great, but folks the enemy we face today is unlike any ever anticipated. Social media and the billionaires who control it all literally have more influence and say so over almost every aspect of our society unfortunately. Who could have predicted that the news and information that is put out is what those Anti American social media tycoons say it is. Ask yourself would you ever want to believe the same things as zuckerberg, Bloomberg? The owner of amazon has put more hard working Americans out of business then any calculator can add up. Google and the weirdos in charge decide what our kids read as truth and what we all should know about . Add to that CNN , MSDNC , NY times and many other media Giants are not only ok with it all but are teammates working along with the tech world to put in the leaders they want , to educate our kids the way they want and to allow us to have or not have the guns they want. Anyone who disagrees will lose advertisers and be labeled racist , immediately bringing most to tap out or go along. I’d love to be able to fight the enemy who is completely transforming our ways of life , but it’s kinda tricky to locate and destroy the button pushing tech punks being paid by people with unlimited funding. Things will come to a head , unfortunately the battle field is sitting at a desk being played like gamers , only the players on the screen are our kids, parents ourselves. And they won’t ever stop . They will cancel , label and influence generations to come until our borders are open, our inner cities completely implode, and those of us who fought for our freedoms are silenced. The anger is real, to win the solutions must be the same.

  • Bill December 25, 2020, 12:39 pm

    The mob mentality has a crazy life of its own, especially when a bunch of dudes with guns decide to take down anyone who seems to be evil. Do those who are ready to take up arms really know who the real enemy is, foreign or domestic? Everyone is pissed off at the “system” but who exactly are the ones responsible in our unresponsible society? Who personally took away their rights?

    Taking up arms to fight an unknown enemy of freedom is just playing into the plans of domestic terrorists, where we end up killing our own kind, mostly through ignorance based on frustration. Under these present conditions, none should rush to judgment, and you can’t call back that bullet.

    • Larry Morse December 25, 2020, 7:48 pm

      Who’ s the enemy. That’s easy. Democrats.

      • Gerry Rhoades December 31, 2020, 11:44 am

        Amen brother, they are the evil minions of the Chi Coms and will do anything to kill our country and us

  • Kim September 15, 2020, 5:41 am

    Bushmaster M-4 is a great gun, In addition to my 4 nine mms, pretty much covered for home defense.

  • standfree August 27, 2020, 7:58 pm

    Biden’s not the problem, Harris , Pelosi are. gotta take up arms and take back the streets,towns,cities, and our country. dems and blm rioters and killers we must defend the whites who are dying trying to defend the shops and homes

    • Gerry Rhoades December 31, 2020, 11:48 am

      We are 100,000,000 strong, have 400,000,000 weapons and over a trillion rounds of ammo. We need a military leader like Gen Mattis to help us fight and we are unstoppable. Clean out our government, hang them for treason and put in good, solid citizens. 2021 sounds like a good year for a revolution.

  • JDT August 25, 2020, 6:29 pm

    It’s open season on domestic terrorism!

  • Lonnie Cox August 19, 2020, 5:30 pm


  • Lonnie Cox August 19, 2020, 5:17 pm

    if we’re going to fight for our COUNTRY , lets fight, i will kill every communist I see, I will defend the REPUBLIC WITH ALL MY SOUL AND BODY, IF THEY WANT BLOOD, LETS DO IT.

  • Agustin Carreon July 26, 2020, 4:16 pm

    A sure way to stop rioters and looters is to spray them with glue.

  • Shawn July 21, 2020, 12:02 am

    Form a militia in every city like the minute men pro American! Have Arms and shoot the violent protesters, Its war against Marxist and leftists. And tar and feather the crooked politicians ride them out of the country. Wake up America, enough is enough. A dead crowd or angry mob means your streets are safe and civility and law and order and America will be restored.

    Freedom of Speech means opposing views and I say All lives Matter my black friends are honorable are you filthy looters, and hood rats? My black friends volunteer for America. Disgust with the false narratives. Protest against 1619 bullshit fight the left. Much more impressed with quality of character like Mr. Bob Woodson’s 1776 project.

    Let’s say every city a militia of American Patriots shows up and declares war against tyranny and socialistic filth and starts a civil war! Death to the mob, restore the ideals of America, and God Bless my old generation of black families that love this country and are disgusted with hood rats and violence as well,

    Broken windows your cities die you filth! Graffiti needs to be removed and ship the filth out of America. Get rid of every damn democrat. It war! wake up. Portland mayor, Chicago Mayor, NYC mayor, atlanta mayor tar and feather them and put them in a public square.

    Clean the streets up destroy Antifa and kill the socialists and the communists. Free Hong Kong Free Tibet send these filthy anarchist to china or Russia see how blessed they will be to be an American. Respect the police and lets defund George Soros and the democratic party and leftists. It your duty to fight against tyranny/

    You dumb fucks that want to vote for Joe Biden that dementia case with a history of filth 40 years of swamp wake the fuck up. President trump isn’t the bad guy, Term limits, take power away from the lobbyist and the leftists. CNN MSNBC NBC target them! They want to editorialize hatred, then where is the fcc with equal time rules to opposing views.

    Time to get dirty! That prosecutor in Missouri that dared to press charges against a family defending their private property public enemy number 1. Storm her office, throw her ass out in the streets, charg her with abuse of authority, malicious prosecution, and tar and feather her. Lori lightfoot of Chicago is filth. Where are the good citizens and time to fight back its war. Lets raise money and form a national militia.

  • Mark - IN. June 7, 2020, 9:33 pm

    The police chief from Lowell, MI. was just forced to resign for daring to use Facebook to support four men that said that they intended to use their 2nd Amendment rights to protect themselves against potential looters if they experienced what happened in Grand Rapids, MI. Actually, the City Manager was going to fire him if he didn’t resign. Apparently OUR 2nd Amendment is “controversial” to read the storied. Do an internet search for “Lowell, MI. police chief resigns”. There are several stories about it. Looters take priority over our 2nd Amendment, so it seems. But then again, a week ago Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts was the deciding vote that OUR 1st Amendment rights regarding religious freedom takes a back seat Illinois governors church lockdown but supports and allows unlocked protests and rioting. OUR Supreme Court ruled AGAINST OUR 1st Amendment a week ago.

  • PGiddy June 7, 2020, 7:48 am

    “They have guns in there” was heard, and then they left. What an endorsement of 2A.

  • TexanForever June 6, 2020, 7:48 pm

    “Hey bro’s, let’s go steal some guns from this gun store. … The owners are likely pusseys and won’t be waiting for us.”

  • Gandalf June 6, 2020, 3:18 am

    “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night, only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” – Richard Grenier

    • Clark Kent June 9, 2020, 9:59 pm

      That quote is correctly attributed to George Orwell, the pen name of Eric Blair.

  • Tactical Barbie June 5, 2020, 11:43 pm

    I have a list of armed citizens with pictures, a story or two and contact info. I also have a hash tag I use to highlight all Constitution loving Patriots who put their boots to the ground. 🇺🇸💕🇺🇸

  • Bad Penguin June 5, 2020, 1:54 pm

    Those guys are carrying AR15 pistols.

  • KennethAmerica June 5, 2020, 9:40 am

    I did a Google image search on . Most of the men shown look very different from the three shown in the story. I don’t think those three men are sikhs.
    “Storefront Sikhs?

    An image posted on Reddit also made the rounds on social media. It depicts a group of three middle eastern men guarding what appears to be a convenience store.” .

  • joefoam June 5, 2020, 9:34 am

    Maddow showed pictures like these and tried to stir up fear and paranoia, saying you could be shot by these types. Wonder how many of her viewers actually believe that?

    • Chien Rouge June 5, 2020, 6:28 pm

      It’s absolute proof of what many of us have been saying for years. Gun owners are some of the most responsible people in this country. Not one shot fired by these groups yet they protected their interest. You don’t have to kill someone to deliver the message that you are capable of it.

    • Clark Kent June 9, 2020, 10:01 pm

      Who cares what those who listen to fake media believe? The important thing is looters moved along.

  • Chien Rouge June 5, 2020, 9:27 am

    So many retail people are just willing to let the looters have their way because they have property insurance that will cover their losses. Their premiums will surely jump but they would rather handle it like that than take chance on getting caught up in a situation that maybe endangers their life.

    But whether you own a business or not, it’s good to see citizens standing up to the cockroaches that infest a decent society. We need a lot more like that because the cops can’t do it by themselves .

    • JJD June 5, 2020, 10:44 am

      Chien please keep in mind that most cases of rioting and looting are not covered by insurance, hence all the damages and repairs are “out of pocket” for small business owners already hurting due to the COVID-19 lockdowns.

      I completely agree all business owners should arm themselves and defend their property, their livelihood and their lives. Peaceful protest is a guaranteed right of the Constitution, but beyond that it should be a motto of “If you loot- we shoot!”

      • Capn Jack July 3, 2020, 12:41 pm

        What ever became of, “Looting is a capital offense, punishable by death.”?

  • Dave Lemay June 5, 2020, 9:08 am

    I wonder if the pics we see with people protecting premises with AR’s are open carry states? When or, if not, these people could be made into law breaking criminals and arrested, just for trying to do the right thing. This is one more reason why we need the 2 A to be properly accepted in all states, which would assure the right to self protection without the worry of arrest. We need to legally forbid individual states from ignoring and even attempting to alter the 2 A.

    • etph June 9, 2020, 5:02 am

      No, not all the people with ARs in this video were/are in pro 2A states. Quite the opposite. The rooftop Koreans are in central headquarters for a notorious gun hating, anti-2A, and Constitution hating county: Los Angeles. That’s near downtown but closer to a seedy, dilapidated area. So is the liquor store owner holding a, what seems to be, dessert-sand colored AR pistol. That place is in Santa Monica but within L.A. County. I was surprised to see all men unafraid to be shown on camera. That would be considered brandishing and is especially egregious in socialist utopia L.A. Any other person doing that who doesn’t have a *legitimate* reason as these guys did would be arrested and jailed. It’s good to see anyway because if looting and anarchy would occur in areas where guns are vilified and given anthropomorphic characteristics as evil beings, LE would hopefully stand down and allow people to rightfully defend self and property with guns.

  • John Joyce June 5, 2020, 8:34 am

    Thou Shall Not Steal!

    • PGiddy June 7, 2020, 7:50 am


  • Don Clark June 5, 2020, 7:47 am

    There’s protesters that politicians haven’t done their jobs have created. Term limits and six month sessions. Then there is looters and trouble makers that police can’t control and we the people have a right to protect life limb and property.

    • GAMtns June 5, 2020, 10:23 am

      Cops aren’t “chicken.” I know cops. It’s the politicians and theIt Marxist influences put them in a metaphorical straight jacket so they can’t do their job. As in every area of life there are those who should not be in the positions they hold, including police work.
      It’s best if people don’t judge others unless they know what they’re talking about.

    • Clark Kent June 9, 2020, 10:04 pm

      Term limits are already enshrined in our Constitution. They are called elections and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is the majority of citizens can’t be bothered getting off of their collective fat azzes to bother to REGISTER to vote, much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo.

  • Manarii Tane June 5, 2020, 7:03 am

    If the cops are chicken to help taxpaying American citizens, then the 2nd Amendment is here to protect life. These cops look like they are afraid to get involved. If so, step back and cry or get another job.

    • Dale Holcomb June 5, 2020, 8:45 am

      If I came after the nut job Biden with a knife,he would kill me.biden needs to have a brain transplant,with a new soul.

      • stuart nolting June 5, 2020, 10:39 am

        Sleepy Joe would not kill you, he would shoot you in the leg!

    • Dennis June 5, 2020, 10:07 am

      Not chicken…they are being told by their bosses to let it happen.keep voting in these for the progressive left….democrats.

      • garyM July 24, 2020, 4:58 am

        Cops Prosecutors, and Most Judges are generally cowards, corrupt, constitutionally adverse, and refuse to SERVE citizens AND Thieir RIGHTS—FIRST.
        WE Need to protect ourselves, as well as destroy the anti american, treasonous communists and hardline islamics. TAKE our country back. THIS IS done with GUNS. READ the Founders letters to each other. A wakeup call as to what their MEANING in the Constitution was and IS.
        This is NOT a plant. I think ,and they think, that we are past the point of regaining our country. Protect OUR country from ALL Enemies bot Foreign and DOMESTIC. THAT is our Constitutional RIGHT, and we better start pulling well aimed triggers. Blow the heads off of these cowards and watch them try to us the law and constitution then. Wear disguises to prevent that. DO IT NOW!!!!!
        This will ALL then stop immediately once a few of these pseudo commie soldiers and their college kid “useful idiots” die. Kill them. Now.

    • PGiddy June 7, 2020, 7:52 am

      Police kneeling and doing the Macarena, or abandoning their precinct and running away – not a good look.

    • Clark Kent June 9, 2020, 10:05 pm

      Then why don’t YOU become a police officer and show us all how it SHOULD be done?

  • Ron Howard June 5, 2020, 6:56 am

    According to Lightfoot, it’s mobs of white men being vigilantes and she won’t permit it.

    • Soliderfor liberty June 5, 2020, 12:39 pm

      This why we ahve a constitutional right and a duty to be part of a well oranized militia!

  • Dr Motown June 5, 2020, 6:54 am

    When the police cannot (or will not) protect and defend, the general militia has to step up

    • FAL Phil June 5, 2020, 7:58 am

      Are you under the mistaken impression that the purpose of police is to protect and defend?

      Please allow me to disabuse you of that notion. The purpose of police is and has always been to project the power of the state. The state decides who it will project that power against and when. So, in a sense, you are correct – the purpose of police is to protect and defend – protect and defend the state’s interests that is. And the state’s interests are not necessarily the same interests of the citizenry. This is why you sometimes see police standing by while anarchists run rampant, or why they sometimes assist the miscreants instead of the law abiding trying to protect their lives and property.

      Our founding fathers understood this and that is why they constructed the Bill of Rights the way they did. An interesting example of how this might play out is the story of the Battle of Athens, Tennessee.

      • Buff Studly June 5, 2020, 9:32 am

        Fal Phil
        You Sir are absolutely 100% Correct.
        The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that police officers at all levels of the government have no duty to protect the citizens of this country. It is the job of police officers to investigate crimes and arrest criminals.
        The court has kept this stance for over 30 years.

        • larry g June 5, 2020, 1:57 pm

          Remember when the “news media” preached that we needed to outlaw guns to protect our police officers”? But when likely-Democrat rioters attack the police, the police suddenly become the bad guys.

      • Clark Kent June 9, 2020, 10:07 pm

        Then why don’t YOU become a police officer and show us all how it SHOULD be done?

  • Timothy willis June 5, 2020, 6:05 am

    The best part about these pictures is the trigger discipline. Usually that’s lacking however every armed citizen I have seen guarding a place on social media has had decent trigger discipline. Could be just that they have live rounds ready that makes them more cautious but it’s still nice to see it.

    Keep up the good work defending your neighborhood people.

  • WR Dixon June 4, 2020, 7:15 pm

    Too bad he didn’t get all three!😡

    • Dennis June 5, 2020, 10:08 am

      One was good enough to send the message

  • Powellette Swanson June 4, 2020, 10:32 am

    You have a right to protect your property

  • Give Me Freedom June 3, 2020, 4:50 pm

    A .300 Blackout AR-15 with standard capacity twenty to thirty round magazines will deter looters and rioters. We as Americans will not tolerate this lawlessness in our streets and we will protect our property and lives.

    • Clark Kent June 9, 2020, 10:08 pm

      So will a 12 gauge Remington 870 loaded with bird shot. And your point is?

      • Rich Holmes July 3, 2020, 10:49 am

        Hey Clark , if that’s what makes him feel comfortable then let him be him and you be you. You can defend against mobs a hella of a lot more proficiently with his choice of weapon than your shot gun, especially to single out the instigators .If it came down to the unthinkable , and you were rushed , at least he could pile quite a few up , I’m sure even a street sweeper wouldn’t get the count needed to repel an attacking mob. So quit telling people they should be cops and quit your back ass opinions on who should carry what, cause your obviously an anti gun jackass with all the answers , or so you think , however miss guided those answers may be

        • Rich Holmes July 3, 2020, 10:57 am

          And Clark , you sound like sound like such a pussy telling people to show you how it should be done, I bet you have a safe room don’t you ,

      • Yep yep February 25, 2021, 2:43 pm

        He made his point you’re just to stupid to realize it 😂🤣. Ask your wife about weapon of choice bet she knows about different calibers😉

  • Bobs your uncle June 3, 2020, 10:37 am

    Armed AMERICANS defending their property, works for me!

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