When A Man Pulled A Gun To Defend Himself Amid Raging Mob Of Protesters…Guess Who Got Arrested?

(Tea Party 247) – For some insane reason, a New Mexico civilian group was recently forced to protect a statue themselves when the police seem to have abandoned the situation.

In the course of this scuffle, members of the armed New Mexico Civil Patrol intervened when an unruly mob of protesters wielded a pickaxe to try to tear down a monument to the conquistador Juan de Oñate, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

One of the men trying to defend the statue (it is not clear whether he was associated with the group) then found himself being chased down by a skateboard.

BizPac Review explains:

There is absolute pandemonium in the street, as young protesters scream and try to pull the statue down. The man, later identified as 31-year-old Stephen Ray Baca, can be seen getting struck by a skateboard and retreating into the street.

The mob pursued Baca, who appears to be holding a handgun, as he steadily retreats backwards, facing his assailants.

After creating a little distance between the mob, Bacca turns and continues to move away. He’s clearly leaving the area, but when Bacca turned his back on the mob, they pounced.

He’s attacked and thrown to the ground as three or four thugs engage — according to the Journal, the man initially tried to keep the mob at bay with a can of pepper spray.

“We’re going to f**king kill you!” someone is heard screaming.

Seconds later shots ring out and the mob scampers away, leaving one wounded man behind.

The civilian guard is then seen securing a perimeter around the man who fired his weapon, as they awaited police to arrive.

While the Alburquerque police appear to have been ignoring the gaggle of protesters attempting to destroy a massive statue (possibly injuring themselves and others in the process, at the very least), they only became interested when a man was forced to discharge his firearm as he was being attacked.

This was when they apprehended the victim.

Amazingly, Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham condemned not the lawless mob attempting to kill an armed, law-abiding citizen, but the fact that said citizen was forced to defend his own life.

“Although we are still learning more about the situation, I am horrified and disgusted beyond words by the reports of violence at a protest Monday night in Albuquerque,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “The heavily armed individuals who flaunted themselves at the protest, calling themselves a ‘civil guard,’ were there for one reason: To menace protesters, to present an unsanctioned show of unregulated force. To menace the people of New Mexico with weaponry — with an implicit threat of violence — is on its face unacceptable; that violence did indeed occur is unspeakable.”

According to the criminal complaint, Baca was jailed on suspicion of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, although the protesters “appeared to maliciously pursue him.”

At what point had he surrendered his right to defend his own life?

Where were the police when he was being chased by clearly violent individuals?