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Every now and then something happens that reaffirms your faith in America and its citizenry.
Recently in Boise, Antifa decided they would conduct another of their “peaceful protests” which normally include peacefully rioting and peacefully burning down occupied buildings. Throw in beating a few honest citizens or storekeepers that complain, and that’s your typical Antifa “rally” or “march.”
What better place to do this, they must have thought. Idaho las long been known (inaccurately) for being home to the worst of America’s white supremacists. Surely a bunch of black-hoodie-clad mutants wearing hardhats, goggles, and bandanas must strike fear into the heart of people who … let’s see … defend themselves against bears and wolves, and who hunt and live in one of the most remote areas in the US. Yeah, that’s the ticket. People who survive six months of winter must be easy prey, right?
So the soy boys from Antifa announced their plans and guess what. They were not met by a bunch of police officers. The police officers did not get pelted with rocks, doused with urine, or set fire by Molotov cocktails. A win for Antifa? Not exactly.
Did the police even show up?
Well, yeah, but mostly to laugh and point fingers at the intellectually challenged.
You see, when the loyal residents of Boise heard there was a party they were not invited to attend, and that involved burning their stores, looting their goods, and generally making merry over their destruction, they decided that they were not going to let that happen. Not today, Satan!
So, what did happen?
Hundreds of people armed with AR-15s (you know, those scary black rifles that nobody “needs” to hunt with), AK-47s, shotguns, hunting rifles, openly-carried pistols, and a whole heck of a lot of attitude showed up and lined the streets. When the soy boys started showing up to get pipes, umbrellas, bottles, and other things out of the trunks of their mother’s 2013 Prius, armed civilians walked up and said “we’ll take those.” With dozens of gun barrels poking out, the hoodie boys gave up their improvised weapons and even admitted on Twitter that they were outnumbered five-to-one.
No one stopped them from marching. Their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble was intact.
But a whole bunch of citizens stopped them from rioting while the local media looked on in horror. First Amendment! Protesting is Good! All the usual stuff. And protesting is good when it sets its sights on a laudable goal. Here the media was simply claiming it was a white-supremacists’ wet dream with all those guns being used to intimidate the same people who just days earlier had participated in the seizure and secession of part of Seattle. It wasn’t an expression of white supremacy. People of all races were out there protecting what was theirs. It was people channeling their western heritage.
Funny thing about western heritage. Unlike the South, where confederate generals and soldiers got monuments to their unsuccessful attempt to wrestle control from Washington, the western states never erected monuments to the settlers who settled the plains and far west. But those who live there know their history.
When the James Brothers and Cole Younger went riding into Northfield, MN, to rob the local bank, it wasn’t the police or sheriff that stopped them. It was an armed citizenry protecting what was theirs. When they rode out of town trying to get away, a posse was formed and took out after them.
That’s the way it was in the western states. The sheriff or marshal took care of the day-to-day garden variety drunks and crazies, but the sheriff could create a posse and go after any bad guy or gang that made off with the bank’s deposits. Lots of bank robbers and thieves wound up with “suspended sentences” in those days in the form of dangling by ropes from trees. But in those days, there was right and wrong, and you knew what happened if you crossed the line.
I love seeing the citizenry in Idaho reminding the local lunatics that there is a right and wrong, and what will happen if they cross that line.
Here’s what’s interesting about this encounter. First, it demonstrates that the citizenry took it upon themselves to adjudge what would be acceptable behavior and what would not. They did not stop the march, they stopped the violence that was planned. No one could claim they were the victim of police violence because the overwhelming show of force was sufficient to deter the violence. This is like what the Florida sheriff did recently in Clay County telling Antifa that if they showed up, he’d deputize every legal gun owner in the county if he had to.
Second, it also provides a stark contrast between the citizenry just 6.1 degrees of longitude west of Boise who let their town be wrecked by Antifa, and allowed an entire six-block area to be seized by a similar collection of mutants. Seattle cops were chastised for using pepper spray and flashbang grenades to disperse crowds. In Boise, no one got to the point of considering seizure a realistic possibility because the citizens voted with their bodies and their modern sporting rifles to defend their piece of America.
Now, the anti-gun crowd has been busy wetting its panties over what “could have” happened. People could have been shot! Oh no! Gosh, people were shot in Seattle, and the mutants controlling CHOP wouldn’t let the police in. The same people who said not a word about radical extremists carrying AR-15s in Seattle and shooting to death at least two people, throw a grapefruit-size blood clot when they see people peacefully saying “don’t mess with me,” while openly carrying the tools necessary to ensure their personal defense.
In fact, what happened in Boise is the ultimate form of social responsibility. It’s neighbor protecting neighbor. It’s the posse looking to help out the sheriff. It’s the kind of community response that ensures that when people start looking to cause trouble, they look elsewhere (like Seattle) because Idaho is a hardened target.
Good job, Boise! Stay strong!Published in