Responding to a Tweet where the President was critical of the Seattle mayor, Gallant responded “Chill dawg” before saying he saw “no burning, pillaging or deaths” in his city. Today, Paul has taken to Twitter to sing another tune: “I feel like I need to buy a firearm”.
Why the change in attitude? Perhaps it was because rioters in his city trashed and looted the downstairs to his apartment complex. Gallant arrived back at his apartment this weekend to find it vandalized and looted.
There seems to be a consistent pattern that liberals who were singing the praises of Antifa sing a different tune when they get attacked. That appears to happening in cities where the police no longer protect homes and property and armed civilians are patrolling their neighborhoods:
Organizers of one neighborhood watch group Security Latinos De La Lake have said they stand with the protesters over Floyd’s death but are protecting the area from rioters wreaking destruction on businesses and homes - many of which are owned and serve the black community.
Security Latinos De La Lake organizer and the owner of a small local restaurant Cesia Baires told NPR the group is trying to protect families that live in the buildings above stores and restaurants that are being torched and ransacked.
’Material things we can replace, that’s true,’ she said. 'But there are families up here. These aren’t empty buildings.'
She said the group was forced to act because law enforcement largely abandoned the area as rioting escalated across the city and looters torched, ransacked and destroyed small businesses and homes.
Are civilian groups with guns the answer to ending police protection?
Police are professionals who go through extensive training. Will armed militias be able to replace their functions without increasing loss of life?