This kind of looting is fine, right? I mean, we're not going to do anything about it, are we?
A group of thieves empty out shelves in Sephora into garbage bags in a mall near Los Angeles pic.twitter.com/pdGL08SF1B— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) May 30, 2022
Between this and the cops sitting around for almost an hour as the Uvalde maniac shot the kids, moderate liberal Eric Weinstein drew the only reasonable conclusion.
All of this is sending a message that I cannot fathom: you may soon be abandoned by any form of meaningful law enforcement to protect your family against UNKNOWN levels of threat.
That argument is so dangerous as to defy imagination as it justifies any & all levels of lethality.
Slaughtering children aside, the looting will only be tolerated so long as the losses don't come from the people running the store. As soon as they start taking money directly from the workers, all levels of response can be anticipated.
Accelerating this will be reductions in real government spending which are being driven by inflation. With a reduced, no longer bottomless, government backstop, losses become more and more personal. Declarations of a "state of emergency" following riots and looting won't pack the same financial punch as they did before.
We are not all in this together, we were always on our own. It's not a heartless or selfish thing to say, it's just reality. When you take a test in school, it's a reflection of your time spent studying. When you get a job, everyone in your neighborhood isn't getting hired, you are. The government and your insurance companies are better than an illusion, but as their finances get stretched, both of them become less and less corporeal.
In the end, you're on your own. You can't have people killing your family members or stealing your property. In such an environment, pitching gun control will be like pitching gun control in Somalia.
|No one needs an assault rifle, boys. Hand those over.|