For John, BLUF: There are these little sparks in events that can light a new path. Nothing to see here; just move along.
The situation in Ferguson is probably not all Black and White. Hopes for peace hang on the issue of if there are inter-racial connections. For example, there is this headline in a Web-based publication: "Black Residents Armed With Assault Rifles Stand Guard Outside White-Owned Business During Ferguson Riots". Well, actually, it is one resident with a rifle♠ and three with pistols, but still….
A group of black Ferguson residents armed with high-powered rifles stood outside a white-owned business in the city during recent riots, protecting it from rioters that looted and burned other businesses.Thank God for the Second Amendment.
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One of the residents, a 6-foot-8 man named Derrick Johnson, held an AR-15 assault rifle as he stood in a pickup truck near that store’s entrance. Three other black Ferguson residents joined Johnson in front of the store, each of them armed with pistols.
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The men said they felt indebted to the store’s owner, Doug Merello, who employed them over the course of several years.
The men said Merello always treated them with respect.
Thank God for Citizens who can reach across lines to support peace, law and order.
Regards — Cliff
♠ "Assault Rifle" is a bogus term and even The New York Times has admitted that fact.