Amid reports of individuals stealing from homes left vacated during the deadly California wildfires, Carey Hart wants it known that he is willing to defend his property, with force if necessary.
Hart, a former professional motocross racer and the husband of singer Pink, took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a black and white photo of a dozen men wielding guns, their faces covered partly by bandanas. The group, identified in the photo only as the “P.D.C. Posse,” carried a sign reading, “Looters will be shot on site [sic].”
In the caption, Hart supported the use of force to defend one’s home in the crisis.
“It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of others in a crisis. While the malibu fires have been burning, some locals have been fighting off and defending their property against the fires,” he wrote. “There have been sightings of looters breaking in to homes. Well, if you are a looter, think twice if you are heading back into malibu.”
He finished his post with the hashtags, “Defendyourland” and “2ndamendment.”
Hart did not identify the people in the photo, but said in a comment that the men are “a group of locals I used to live by,” according to USA Today.
Hart’s controversial message has received more than 30,000 likes since it was posted.
With roughly 50 confirmed dead and hundreds more still missing, the Camp Fire in northern California has become the deadliest in the state’s history, according to the New York Times. It's one of several blazes that have ravaged the state this month; while the Hill Fire did not claim any lives, two died in the Woolsey Fire that burned throughout Los Angeles County, according to CBS News.
Pink tweeted her support for first responders on Friday, writing, “Just need to say THANKYOU to all of the firefighters. All of the first responders. All of the helpers. The thing to look for in tragedy is all of the helpers. We’re all so grateful for your bravery and selflessness.”
The California wildfires have forced thousands to evacuate, and thousands more — like actor Gerard Butler and singer Miley Cyrus — have lost their homes, according to CBS News. As of Tuesday, the Camp Fire, having already ravaged 130,000 acres, had been 35 percent contained.
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