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November 10th, 2011
Man Stops Occupiers in Oakland

How One Man With a Shot Gun Turned Occupy Oakland on Its Heels

The Occupy Oakland miscreants were doing their best to recreate the Weather Underground’s Days of Rage when they approached the Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall. When they got to the building’s doors and looked in, they changed their plan. Rather than break into the building, they broke into a run.

Inside was Phil Tagami, standing alone, holding a shotgun:

"I was standing there and they saw me there, and I lifted it - I didn’t point it - I just held it in my hands," Tagami said. "And I just racked it, and they ran."

Although they didn’t get inside the building - Tagami, 46, oversaw its $50 million renovation and has an office there - vandals did scrawl graffiti on the outside walls during the post-midnight riot that broke out after Occupy Oakland’s daylong general strike.

The Rotunda Building was far from the only target. Graffiti was spray-painted on many buildings along Broadway from 14th to 16th streets. Masked vandals shattered windows, started fires and threw objects at police, including lit flares and powerful M-1000 firecrackers.

Thomas Jefferson said, "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes...Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

Over two centuries later, his words are proven true by a band of lawless Marxists and a lone developer with a shot gun.




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