WATCH: Business Owners Of All Stripes Seen Defending Their Businesses By Arming Themselves

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Warning: the videos in this article contain some inappropriate language. 

As the nationwide mass protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody has descended into chaos and destruction, footage from the riots showed America some of the best—and the worst—of its people.

Today, let’s focus on the best, which included the beautiful sight of countless lawful gun owners of all races defending their businesses and communities from violent looters and using their Second Amendment rights to defend peaceful protesters’ First Amendment rights.

Toward the beginning of the protests last week, a group of St. Paul, Minnesota business owners went viral after footage of them standing guard outside their businesses was shared on social media.

While the rest of Minneapolis was quite literally on fire, a group of men assembled to defend various businesses from theft during the riots.

The unnamed men, briefly interviewed by reporter Max Nesterak, explained that they stood in solidarity with protesters seeking “justice for George Floyd,” but did not condone the looting and were prepared to defend businesses that the police couldn’t reach.

In Cleveland, Ohio, an Italian family stopped looters from burning down Corbo’s Bakery.

Selena Corbo told Cleveland19 that the rioters came at her family with rocks and baseball bats, leaving them no choice but to protect their lives and their business.

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

After rioters attempted to force their way in with bats and other weapons, owner Joe Corbo and his two sons armed themselves and withstood the attack.

In a video shared on Facebook and Twitter, the Corbo family can be seen arguing with a presumably white man scolding them for standing outside their storefront with guns and telling them to simply rely on insurance, while a black man corrects him and says, “They’re just trying to defend their s**t.”

 

In Rochester, New York, the owners and supporters of Allstar Tactical stood guard over their gun shop after the peaceful protests turned into riots in the early evening.

“Big thank you to our team, our friends & customers who came tonight to protect our shop from any looting which could potentially put more firearms in bad people’s hands,” the shop said in a Facebook post.

Big thank you to our team, our friends & customers who came tonight to protect our shop from any looting which could potentially put more firearms in bad people’s hands.

Posted by Allstar Tactical on Saturday, May 30, 2020

 

As we saw elsewhere in the nation attempting to defend your business during a riot while unarmed can have disastrous consequences.

This husband and wife, also in Rochester, found out the hard way when trying to defend their storefront from rioters armed with 2x4s.

For their part, many members of the family of George Floyd has wholly condemned violence and theft in the name of “justice.”

“Don’t tear up your town, all of this is not necessary because if his own family and blood is not doing it, then why are you?” Terrence Floyd, George’s brother, told ABC News.

“If his own family and blood are trying to deal with it and be positive about it, and go another route to seek justice, then why are you out here tearing up your community?” Floyd said. “Because when you’re finished and turn around and want to go buy something, you done tore it up. So now you messed up your own living arrangements. So just relax. Justice will be served.”

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