Thursday, July 9, 2009
L.A. Riots: Footage Of Korean Gunfights Removed
I find this very interesting;
On the heels of the last post on ethnic riots and streetfighting in China, I decided to assemble a parallel story about the Los Angeles riots in 1992.
If there is one convincing moment in recent American history that proves The Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms, it is the fight to save Koreatown.
Frustrated by the apparant lack of police protection, Korean storeowners took maters in their own hands and provided armed self-defense. There was clear video available which showed Korean snipers on the roofs of their stores, the cars and SUV's circled wagon-train-style around the perimeters.
Those videos, a few of which I had bookmarked over a year ago for future use, have been stripped from the web.
Above is a still picture I was able to print from the thumbnail of the original YouTube video I had saved long ago.
The video at the top of this post is one of two that still exist on both YouTube and Google video, the second being a longer version with scenes of looting and a news anchor. There was a video, which I can not find again, that merely showed emotional testimony about what happened and why the Koreans defended themselves in this way.
Now why would nearly every video of the Koreatown gunfights have been stripped from the web? The one from the still photo above was a 2008 YouTube post.
1. Are there still existing lawsuits against the Korean storeowners?
2. Is Koreatown simply trying to clean up the image of the armed battle and move on?
3. Is there government influence, such as a U.S. Attourney leaning on someone to remove the videos? Is the spectre of armed American citizens defending themselves just a little too much for the country as we enter The Second Republican Great Depression?