Portrait of the Artist During 2020 LA Riots June 1, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 12 Comments We were trapped without weapons during the Rodney King riots of 1992, which I write about here. I vowed at the time I would never again be defenseless, never again trust the authorities to protect us against the pitiless barbarians. Now, my palette includes a powerful .357 Ruger. Thanks to all who have written and called asking if we are okay. We are fine.