That is wrong you should be free to protect your business.
I think that is disappointing. You should be free to protect your property and business.
I, for one, value Life over Property. I am not willing to use deadly force to defend mere stuff. And simply throwing shit on the windows hardly qualifies as something to kill over. It disturbs me that anyone here would think it is.
They've already used bike locks as clubs and got away with it.
ish. I would consider wielding a bike lock or chain as brandishing a potentially deadly weapon in the context of a mob, and therefore worthy of making a defensive use of firearms.
In legal terms, the first fight is a fight of words. Once someone throws punches, it becomes a second fight. The first to throw a punch is the instigator of that second fight, regardless of who started the first fight. The next fight is started by the first one to escalate above the preceding fight. So if I yell at you, and you throw a punch, I started the encounter, but you turned it from speech to violence. If I punch back, and you pull a wrench, you escalated it to a fight with deadly weapons. If instead, I draw a gun instead of punching back, I escalated it to a fight with deadly weapons. What matters, legally, is not who started the disagreement, but who escalated it. A mob throwing feces, fruit, etc. is clearly hostile, but is not an imminent credible threat to life. It is very nearly so, but not quite. A mob throwing nothing, but threatening with pipes, chains, bike locks, bricks.... IS an imminent credible threat, and a reply at the same level is appropriate.