From Tony –
I was sickened when I saw the images of Sam’s Meat Market in Ferguson. The store had been looted; ransacked, really. Destroyed, if we’re being honest, based on the photos.
photo from @michaelcalhoun on Twitter https://twitter.com/michaelcalhoun/status/500610460350435328/photo/1
According to the report from Twitchy, the owners called the police, but they did not respond. So, the owners took their firearms and headed down to protect their property. The looters were already gone.
I put out a request on Twitter to find the owners. My friend and area business owner, Virginia Kruta of Kruta’s bakery (on the other side of the river in Illinois) found me their phone number and their Facebook page. No one answered the phone when I called, so I left a note on Facebook, showing my support and placing an order of 100lbs of ribs to help them get back on their feet.
I believe in the ability to peacefully assemble, and I understand the importance of protesting. I have no issue with those who are doing exactly that in Ferguson. But rioters and looters are different. They have no right to destroy or steal private property, no matter how angry they are.
Taking it a step further, I don’t care about what makes them angry. To the looters; your anger gives you no right to steal, and no right to destroy what is not rightfully yours. Anyone who tells you otherwise is, and has been, lying to you. I don’t have to understand your anger. I have to support those who are willing to protect themselves from your anger.
Here is the note I left for Sam’s Meat Market. I don’t know their politics, nor their economic situation. But I do know that I support those who protect and defend themselves, the one’s they love, their property and their livelihoods, as well as those who reach for the American Dream. I think we all should.
My name is Tony Katz, and I’d like to order 100lbs of ribs.
I feel sick that your store was looted and the police did nothing to help. I’m proud of you for showing up armed and ready to protect your property and your livelihood, even if it was too late to stop the looters.
I now live and work in Indianapolis, broadcasting on WIBC. But I got my start in radio on FM News Talk 97.1 in St. Louis. I owe the area a great deal.
When you’re ready, I’ll be happy to drive over and pick up the ribs, or whatever you suggest I get in their stead.
Stay strong, and please know that America is ready to help you rebuild.
Photo from @michaelcalhoun on Twitter.