#OccupyOakland: never bring uptwinkles to a gunfight

Posted by: Phineas on November 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I think Oakland has just met its next mayor, who knows how to handle rioters:

“We had people who attempted to break into our building,” the landmark Rotunda Building on Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, [Oakland developer Phil] Tagami said Thursday. He grabbed a shotgun that he usually keeps at home, went down to the ground floor and “discouraged them,” he said.

“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.

Clint would be proud:

Compare Tagami’s action to the pusillanimous whines of appeasement coming from Oakland’s elected “leaders:”

City Administrator Deanna Santana apologized to business owners for the “chaotic events” that enveloped the city. Mayor Jean Quan called the rioters “a small and isolated group.”

“It shouldn’t mar the overall impact of the demonstration and the fact that people in the 99 percent movement demonstrated peacefully and, for the most part, were productive and very peaceful,” Quan said.

Neville Chamberlain is alive and well in Oakland’s city hall.

Citizen Tagami, however, isn’t buying it:

Tagami disagreed, calling the Occupy Oakland encampment “basically concealment and cover for anarchists who are doing this to our city.”

“We’re very concerned that a group of people can be allowed to do this type of destruction to our town and to our image without any repercussions,” Tagami said. “They need to be held accountable.”


In all seriousness, this is what happens when muddleheaded governments break the social contract and fail to protect the rights of all people equally, as they are supposed to. The right to have one’s livelihood and possessions secure from violence is as fundamental and natural to liberty under the rule of law as freedom of speech. When government officials such as Mayor Quan vacillate and refuse to do the job for which they were elected, it is left to citizens such as Frank Tagami to defend their rights themselves in a state of nature.

Again, no one is saying the Occupiers don’t have a right to protest — they most certainly do. But our very open, very tolerant society provides wide-open avenues for protest that don’t require the logic of violence that lies at the heart of the Occupy movement.

In contrast, witness the myriad, often huge rallies held by the Tea Party: all done within the law, everyone’s rights respected, and the movement’s point forcefully and effectively made through freedom of speech and association.

And not a broken window in sight.

Meanwhile, it’s time for the mayors of the various “Occupy” cities to do their duty by their residents and taxpayers and put an end to the camps, with their lawlessness and their squalor.

Enough is enough.

PS: Tagami for Mayor in 2014!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “#OccupyOakland: never bring uptwinkles to a gunfight”


  1. in_awe says:

    More like Tagami will be arrested for some gun violation and threatening with a deadly weapon. Defense of one’s property runs contrary to Marxist thought – it is the people’s property after all, so by what right does Tagami interfere with the people’s right to claim it?

  2. Glen Eagles says:

    Well put. Within the context of the anti-gun environment around the Bay Area, I am also surprised that Tagami has not been charged with some sort of weapons violation — even as weak as the old catchall “brandishing a weapon”.

    Is it too much to even consider that perhaps the public is starting to “get it” that the state cannot protect you?

  3. Extirpaters says:

    Why wait? The situation appears to be ideal for a “recall the dolt” effort.

  4. David Christensen says:

    Remember the scene in Dr. Zhivago when property confiscation was embarked upon by “the party”. :(

  5. Carlos says:

    Yeah, David, kinda brings to mind Kelo when that property was illegally (no matter what the SCOTUS says) confiscated.

  6. AndyN says:

    Anybody remember this?

    “You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.” – Elizabeth Warren

    Hey Betsy, now that your fellow progs have decided to stop protecting the productive class from “marauding bands”, is it okay if we keep our money?

  7. TexasMom2012 says:

    Mr. Tagami,
    I understand you are a developer. Our county, Fort Bend Texas, is one of the fastest growing counties in the USA. You are very welcome to move here. You will be welcomed with a hero’s welcome! You are precisely one of the probably very few Californians that we would love to have move here! Heck, I will buy your bumper sticker, “I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could!” or “Not Native Texan, but wish I was!” You are the kind of real estate developer we would be happy to work with. And Mr. Tagami, God bless and keep you are your properties and family safe from hoodlums, vandals and the thugs of OWS!
    P. Burton
    Sugar Land, Texas

  8. John A says:

    City Administrator Deanna Santana, even if you are correct that the majority of the protestors are “peaceful” – and I actually believe that – the same is true of society as a whole. Yet we have laws, and ways of enforcing them, because we want a defense against the minority who are not.

    Too, being peaceful does not mean you are not harming others and should be allowed to do so, at least in some ways. It is possible to quite peacefully take a nap outdoors – but not in the high-speed lane of a freeway, potentially causing “accidental” damage and even multiple deaths.

  9. scott says:

    Methinks it is time for one huge TEA party up in DC, followed by a march to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Draw the fire, I say. If they are indeed itching for a fight we shall prove that there is nothing between us but air and opportunity.

  10. Bill says:

    Notice how silent Obama has been in the wake of the riots. Almost as though this is what he wants. Wonder why?