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Trouble With Curfew In Ferguson
Last Friday we had wall-to-wall Ferguson coverage throughout the day starting with The Morning Roar, Felony Friday revealed the Silver Lining To The Ferguson Occupation, and finally an article on Learning Ferguson’s Lessons. We’ll be continuing the Ferguson coverage with today’s first story.
Over the weekend Missouri Governor Jay Nixon instituted a curfew from midnight to 5am. The curfew didn’t exactly go over without incident. Many protesters did not agree with the curfew and in a show of defiance they stayed out past the midnight curfew. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a person was critically injured in a shooting and police used tear gas during the early hours of Sunday morning.
If the protesters were not violating an individual’s rights or property rights of others, then the officers’ use of force was uncalled for. Of course, if looters were damaging property, then the officers’ use of force could be justified. Over the past week in Ferguson police officers – first the Ferguson Police Department and now the Missouri Highway Patrol – have really struggled with deciding when to intervene with the use force and when not to intervene. The police have largely stood back when businesses have been looted and burned to the ground, but have routinely fired rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds when ordering peaceful protesters to disperse.
One person was critically injured in a shooting and seven people were arrested early today after a curfew went into effect here.
Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson said in a briefing just before 3 a.m. that police began using smoke bombs early this morning after learning that men were on the roof of Red’s BBQ. Police were going to walk West Florissant Avenue in teams, but that plan changed with the report of men on the roof.
Authorities then heard that there was a shooting victim near Red’s, a police car was shot at, and a man stood in the street with a handgun.
Tear gas and smoke bombs were used to disperse a group of defiant protesters. By the time officers moved protesters from the scene, the shooting victim had been taken by private vehicle to a hospital, Johnson said. He did not know whether the victim was a protester.
A curfew instituted without the consent of the populace is an infringement on individual rights. Dictating when individuals can leave their residence violates the very essence of freedom. Proponents of curfews and other Orwellian crowd control techniques claim that because individuals use “public” roads or sidewalks that it is within the jurisdiction of the authorities to set curfews. This argument fails to acknowledge that the methods used by townships, cities, and states to acquire “public” roads and sidewalks are coercive and therefore invalidates ownership. So called “public” land cannot be regulated in the same way as legitimately owned property.
Just say no to curfews.
Detroit Police Chief Tells Residents To Arm Themselves
After watching the police in Ferguson make terrible decision after terrible decision this past week, it is refreshing to see the Chief of Police in Detroit give the residents there some thoughtful advice.
From The Guardian:
Detroit police chief James Craig – nicknamed “Hollywood” for his years spent in the LAPD and his seeming love of being in front of the camera – has repeatedly called on “good” and “law-abiding” Detroiters to arm themselves against criminals in the city.
His words have not fallen on deaf ears.
Patricia Champion, a 63-year-old lifelong Detroiter, a grandmother and retired educator, decided to get her concealed pistol license — a CPL — two years ago after her son said he was increasingly worried for her safety. Champion, a resident of northwest Detroit, mostly keeps her gun, a 9mm Glock 19 that set her back $600, in her house.
“That’s why I got it: because I’m going to be in the house. Now, if somebody chooses to come in and I didn’t invite you, between the Glock and the dog, you’re gone. If one doesn’t get you, the other one will.”
“The police are not going to protect you when something is being perpetrated on you. They may turn up after the fact and run after that person, but you have to protect yourself,” Champion says.
The above quote from Patricia Champion, a Detroit resident, gives a realistic perspective regarding police protection in today’s society. If you really want to protect yourself, your family, and your property, then you better arm yourself. A prerequisite for arming yourself is choosing a place to live where it is legal to arm yourself and legal to conceal carry.
The cops are mighty fine at filling out paperwork documenting when and where crimes are perpetrated. They may catch a violent criminal after the fact, but when the rubber meets the road and your life is on the line, it is up to you, and you alone, to protect what you deem precious in this world.
College Graduates Are Increasingly Overqualified Or Underemployed
And in the least surprising story of the day, college graduates are not getting what they pay for when it comes to college degrees. Shocking, I know.
There’s a word for someone who has a job that does not require the degree they hold: “underemployed.” In 2008, over 35% of college graduates were underemployed; by June of last year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that a whopping 44% of graduates were underemployed. And it’s not just because of the recession: the number’s been rising since 2001.
And more education doesn’t exactly help; in fact going to graduate school can make things worse. In 2008 22% of people with PhDs or professional degrees and jobs were underemployed. That number rises all the way to 59% for people with master’s degrees.
This is what happens when a market is manipulated. The supply of “qualified” candidates outpaces the demand. The market is handcuffed from reacting and limiting supply because governments continue interfering via guaranteeing student loans and further subsidizing higher education. By doing this governments entice more candidates to join the already over saturated pool of those that have higher education degrees.
Our own Marc Clair spoke about the student debt crises and the problems faced by graduates entering the workforce in a recent edition of the Lions of Liberty Podcast.
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