What’s Most Important? Law & Order or Politics?

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Let's think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high crime and poor schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit or St. Louis.

Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most black politicians do, focusing energies upon President Donald Trump and who among the 20 presidential contenders will lead the Democratic Party? The average American has no inkling about the horrible conditions in which many blacks live. Moreover, they wouldn't begin to tolerate living under those conditions themselves.

In Chicago, one person is shot every four hours and murdered every 18 hours. Similar crime statistics can be found in many predominantly black neighborhoods in Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, and many other large cities. It's not just an issue of public safety, for high crime has other devastating consequences.

Crime lowers the value of property. We can see some of this when housing prices skyrocket in formerly high crime areas when large numbers of middle- and upper-income people purchase formerly run-down properties and fix them up. This is called gentrification — wealthier, predominantly white, people move in to renovate and restore slum housing in inner cities, causing higher rental prices and forcing low-income residents out. Also, as a result of gentrification, crime falls, and neighborhood amenities increase.

The high crime rates in many black neighborhoods have the full effect of outlawing economic growth and opportunities. Here's a tiny example of the impact of crime on businesses. In low crime communities, supermarket managers may leave plants, fertilizer and other home and garden items outdoors, unattended, and often overnight. If one even finds a supermarket in a high crime neighborhood, then that store must hire guards, and the manager cannot place items outside unguarded or near exits. They cannot use all the space that they lease, and hence, they are less profitable. Who bears the ultimate cost of crime? If you said black people, you're right. Black people must bear the expense to go to suburban shopping malls if they are to avoid the higher prices charged by mom and pop shops.

In low crime neighborhoods, FedEx, UPS, and other delivery companies routinely leave packages that contain valuable merchandise on a doorstep if no one is at home. That saves the expense of re-delivery and saves recipients the expense of having to go pick up the packages. In high crime neighborhoods, delivery companies leaving packages at the door and supermarkets leaving goods outside unattended would be equivalent to economic suicide.

Today's level of lawlessness and insecurity in many black communities is a relatively new phenomenon. In the 1950s, '40s, '30s, and earlier times, people didn't bar their windows. Doors were often left unlocked. People didn't go to bed to the sounds of gunshots. And black people didn't experience anything like what's experienced in Chicago and other cities such as one person being shot every four hours and murdered every 18 hours. The uninformed blame today's chaos on discrimination and poverty. That doesn't even pass the smell test unless one wants to argue that historically, there was less racial discrimination and poverty than today.

Politicians who call for law and order are often viewed negatively, but poor people are more dependent on law and order than anyone else. In the face of high crime or social disorder, wealthier people can afford to purchase alarm systems, buy guard dogs, [acquire licensing, training and purchase self-defense weapons] hire guards and, if things get completely out of hand, move to a gated community. These options are not available to poor people. The only protection poor people have is an orderly society.

Ultimately, the solution to high crime rests with black people.

Given the current political environment, it doesn't benefit a black or white politician to take those steps necessary to crack down on lawlessness in black communities. That means black people must become intolerant of criminals making their lives living hell, even if it requires taking the law into their own hands.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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    MICHAEL J
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    No government can protect it’s citizens when they created the very reason they need protection. And what cop wants to venture into a known criminal hive that was created by the politicians and bureaucrats whose incompetence and deceptiveness never changes?
    Honest Blacks are stereotyped by the Criminal Blacks and that creates another problem. We have seen how well democrats and the progressive-left run things, but the people keep reelecting the useless. Change is seldom easy and rarely swift
    but repeating the past is a sure way to continue the downward spiral. So let’s just blame the guns instead.

    jack mac
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    jack mac

    RoyD points out the restraints on families that have prohibited persons in their household. All US citizens have allowed our government through law to establish a de facto prohibited person underclass. The existence of this prohibited underclass negatively affects more than their family members, it restraints everybody. Except our elected and their appointed officials. Placement into this class bars none. Being law abiding and of good character does not prevent induction. Felony conviction is not even required. This includes all human races with the black the majority percent and the others catching up. We now have for some time otherwise… Read more »

    USMC0351Grunt
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    No matter who you are, no matter where you live, if you want your freedom, rights and liberty, step up to the plate and take them! NOBODY is going to ever hand these precious and most valuable concepts to you. You either make the decision to muster up the decision to grow a backbone and apply yourself or you make the,decision to crawl under your beds and cower in fear. Courage is nothing more than walking up to fear and taking the next step past that. – John Wayne. ANYBODY can do it! YOU just have to decide WHEN YOU… Read more »

    Pete
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    I’m with the author 100% that people within the black community need to take action to protect themselves in the same way that most people on this website take action to protect themselves. @Will ‘s comments are incorrect and aggressive. @Roy ‘s suggestion that black people would be better off under apartheid fall in the same category. While the living conditions in crime ridden areas don’t have significant impact on my life, our Second Amendment protections do. There are a lot of folks in the black community and I would much rather see them welcomed into the firearms community and… Read more »

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    At least with your words you have outed yourself as someone who imputes ideas where they don’t exist. Now whether this is because you have an empty mind, a weak mind, or are just a SJW remains to be seen. In any case Pete, thanks for playing.

    Pete
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    Actually @RoyD, I’ve outed myself as someone who calls out bad behavior and backwards thinking from idiots like you.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Pete, Actually Roy, a happily married man and grandpa type, is being avant-garde and forward thinking just to have a conversation with a single jewish woman. Backwards thinking individuals would not even reply to you.

    Pete
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    Pete

    @Wild Bill, how about this? Shut your F****ing mouth.

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    Imagine that.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Pete, I did not say a single word. So you do not support free speech? But you do behave more poorly that those you complain of. Not very lady like.

    Pete
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    @WB ok, you are telling me who you think I am, so I’ll return the favor. You strike me as an angry white man, who feels that the world has left him behind. Instead of getting off your ass, learning new skills and adapting, you just become angry. The truth is that your anger hides your pathetic weakness that you can’t adapt to change. Have you ever seen the video where two liberals are on an escalator and it stops. Instead of walking up the stairs, they say, “Someone help. Someone do something.” Here’s the deal though, you are exactly… Read more »

    Pete
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    Pete

    @WB, I mean really, instead of being irritated by your insults, I really feel sorry for you. The world changes and you are too weak to adapt.

    Wild Bill
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    @Pete, I did not opine as to who you are (whatever that means). I asked you “… when you write, “… in the same way that most people on this website take action to protect themselves.” Did you meet or at least talk with most people on this website to determine what action we take to protect ourselves? Protect ourselves from what? Or are you just jumping to conclusions? … When you write, “… areas don’t have significant impact on my life, our Second Amendment protections do.” What significant impacts do you mean? This is no insult or trap, I’m… Read more »

    Will
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    @Pete,just because you have a different opinion than some one else,damn sure doesn’t mean it’s incorrect. I believe I’m absolutely right. One big problem most of the black community would have being welcomed to the firearm community is that they are prohibited from owning firearms. That’s not an opinion,but a statement supported by fact.

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    Along those lines is the fact that many of those “prohibited” people live with, part time or full time, those who are not “prohibited.” This effectively disallows the possession of firearms in that home. Is it still possible to have firearms in the home? Yes, but they must not be accessible to the prohibited person which means they have to be locked up and that includes every single round of ammunition in the house also. It is a tall hurdle.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Pete, when you write, “… in the same way that most people on this website take action to protect themselves.” Did you meet or at least talk with most people on this website to determine what action we take to protect ourselves? Protect ourselves from what? Or are you just jumping to conclusions? Common now, be honest?
    When you write, “… areas don’t have significant impact on my life, our Second Amendment protections do.” What significant impacts do you mean?
    This is no insult or trap, I’m just asking for a clearer statement.

    Pete
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    Pete

    Sorry @Wild Bill, you don’t warrant conversation.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Pete, Nor do you, but we both know that is not what you came here for.

    Pete
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    @Wild Bill, I’m done trading insults, so have at me if you want, though I’m not responding to insults. I’m happy to debate topics. First, regarding how I wound up on Ammoland. I was watching the NRA fiasco play out in the general media. I mentioned to a friend that it looked to me like LaPierre was engaging in dictator behavior to protect his job rather than look out for the Second Amendment. He referred me to Ammoland, where my thoughts were confirmed. Regarding home defense. My primary home defense weapon is a Mossberg 590. My primary carry is a… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Pete, And characterizing someone’s comment as aggressive is kind of an effeminate way of trying to shut someone up. Just for the record, at this website aggressive means calling up DVARTY and saying “Fire mission, over.”

    RoyD
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    I found this sentence in the article interesting: “The only protection poor people have is an orderly society.” I have studied the history of the country of South Africa. I also have a friend who was in the SA military for several years in the seventies. While many decry the state of things for Blacks in SA under apartheid, there was relative safety for all, Black and White, under that system. At least until the ANC started raising hell. I would also point out that an “orderly society” is different from a tyrannical one, though in some instances, it may… Read more »

    Will
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    Will

    Blacks must become intolerant of criminals ? In these neighborhoods blacks s are the criminals. Telling them to take the law into their own hands is really idiotic advice that will have horrible consequences for the black community’s.

    Alan in NH
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    Alan in NH

    Will, Get it straight. The CRIMINALS are black maybe but they are in black neighborhoods where most people just want to live in peace like anybody else. The local government has failed to protect them, in fact prevents the people from protecting themselves in any effective manner by discouraging self defense. Those good citizens need to join together to rid themselves of the gangs and drugs, but they are probably already so beat down they don’t have the will to do it.

    Will
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    Will

    @Alan,yep for sure,I hope the good citizens in those neighborhood can rid themselves of drugs and gangs too ! ! When a murder for example happens in one of those neighborhoods,and the police roll up to investigate,they run and hide in their houses and peek through the blinds. They give the police no information to help in their investigations.So you can’t say local governments failed to protect them. They have to at least make an effort to help themselves. Now these are the same people you expect to rid the neighborhoods of gangs and drugs ?

    TheRevelator
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    TheRevelator

    @Will Not all blacks are criminals. Don’t make generalizations, especially if such positions advocate against constitutional principles. Instead, judge individuals by their character and how they choose to purport themselves(The actions they live by). Those who are lawful and trying only to live their own lives have the same constitutional rights as anyone else anywhere in the country. Do not trade wisdom for foolishness. Remember this, and if the author is watching he should as well, Those cities he listed off have been under the control of the Progressive left for decade after decade. He says most Americans have no… Read more »

    Will
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    Will

    @TheRev,I re-read my posts and I knew I never said that. Read my posts again. I was basically agreeing with what the author was saying about black community’s. In crime ridden black neighborhoods, blacks are the criminals. I never said all blacks were criminals. I never even implied that. Take care !

    TheRevelator
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    TheRevelator

    @Will Let me show you where, and if you did not mean to imply that, alright.. However, a little more thought into how you word it or expounding on your intended meaning would be in order. “Blacks must become intolerant of criminals ? In these neighborhoods blacks s are the criminals” What the was signifying is a difference between the lawless and the law abiding, yes even within those places such as Baltimore and Chicago. When the riots burned and destroyed part of Baltimore(Im sure you remember the governor’s words) many of the businesses they destroyed were black owned, in… Read more »