In the wake of Sunday’s horrifying church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a “conservative” op-ed columnist for The New York Times claimed that Americans have never once used guns to protect themselves from political violence.
Times columnist Bret Stephens claimed that there was not a “single instance” of any American having ever “used their guns to protect their liberties,” NewsBusters reports.
“I think it – there's a romantic notion that somehow if Leviathan comes to take everything you have, you're still going to have a gun with which to protect yourself,” Stephens said. “I'd like, I’d like conservatives to point to a single instance – what is it, the Whiskey Rebellion, was it the Brinks robbery, other acts of political violence in the United States, where conservatives who are saying they used their guns to protect their liberties? You won’t find a single instance of that.”
Stephens clearly forgot to mention that the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas — where an atheist murdered dozens of Christians inside their church — was stopped by law-abiding gun owners.
Stephens’ ridiculous claims are easily refuted with a wide range of examples of when Americans used guns to defend themselves from violence.
One great example was the Los Angeles riots where more than 50 people died and 1,000 buildings were destroyed at an estimated value of over $1 billion in damage.
During the riots, Korean shop owners had to fend for themselves after being abandoned by the police.
“Where are the police? Where are the soldiers?” John Chu told The Los Angeles Times in 1992. “We are not going to lose again. We have no choice but to defend ourselves.”
Store owner Richard Rhee refused to let violent rioters destroy his life’s work.
“Burn this down after 33 years?” Rhee said. “They don't know how hard I've worked. This is my market and I'm going to protect it.”
The Korean shop owners barricaded their businesses and managed to save many of them by using guns to fend off rioters.
In 2007, a volunteer security guard at New Life Church in Colorado Springs killed a gunman who walked into the church and fatally shot four churchgoers.
"You can not wait for swat when there’s an active killer," Jeanne Assam said. "You have to go in and take care of business immediately."
Authorities said that the Texas gunman had over 3,000 rounds of ammunition on him.