"How many looters do you think a shopkeeper would be allowed to kill and have the deaths still be called justified?"
I would imagine that it wouldn't take any more than one to be effective. What's more relevant is the result of seeing armed owners with the resolve to protect their property and their persons prevented any damage. Then, of course, we have incidents like THIS when one is unarmed:
"David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday. He said a man waved him over outside the restaurant and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn't a safe place for whites. When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with other men.
They left after an argument that brought police, Knighten said. He said he showed those officers his .45-caliber handgun and his concealed carry permit.
That was about 1 a.m., according to police, who did not give either man's name in a press release posted by WCBI-TV.
On the way to Weems' house, Knighten said, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot.
However, he said, they apparently had been followed by more than 20 people.
Knighten, who said he had served with the Air Force in Afghanistan, said he came out of the restroom to find Weems surrounded. "I was trying to defuse the situation," he said.
After some shoving, he said, the security guard told everyone to leave.
Knighten said some people blocked him from leaving with Weems. When he got out, he said, Weems was down and people were kicking him. Knighten said others attacked him, adding "I do remember racial slurs being yelled from the crowd."
Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye.
Police did not arrive until after the crowd had left, he said."
"Jest: In your right-wing, gun-loving fantasy scenario those shopkeepers have "lots" of high-capacity magazines so they can mow down looters who have decided that instead of food or electronics they want tattoos."
You think they would have skipped the tatto parlor in the vandalizing and wreckage frenzy? You did notice they skipped the food market that was protected too...right? I'm not a gun nut, 'Cade, and I don't think it's a fantasy that showing the resolve to protect yourself and your property would serve to make any killing unnecessary. There are many examples as you might have noticed in the photos of the Koreans in L.A., ...no?