If Zimmerman Is Acquitted And There Are Riots, The Police Should Use As Much Force As Necessary To Put Them Down
“If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting.” — Curtis LeMay
I don’t know what’s going to happen when George Zimmerman goes on trial, although based on the information that has been released publicly, he doesn’t appear to have committed a crime. Maybe that’s what a jury will ultimately conclude or maybe there’s information we don’t know yet and it’ll turn out that Zimmerman is guilty as sin. If so and he gets time, then that’s the justice system at work.
However, we have people openly talking about killing Zimmerman and rioting if they don’t like the way the trial turns out.
Not only does that make it difficult for Zimmerman to get a fair trial, it’s dangerous and flat out un-American. The police, and if necessary the governor of any state where there’s a riot, should use any means necessary to stop violent rioting. If that can be done with aggressive policework, tear gas, and throwing people in jail, that’s fine. On the other hand, if it requires going “Kent State” on the rioters and shooting them down in the street like dogs, that works just fine, too. The first job of the government is to keep order and there should be zero tolerance for violent mobs threatening private property and the lives of innocent citizens.
After Hurricane Katrina, Haley Barbour made it clear that looters would be shot in Mississippi.
“Barbour said his belief in gun rights was strengthened after Hurricane Katrina when he OK’d residents’ using guns to defend themselves against looters,” the unionleader.com reports. “There was a small, small number of looters’ in Mississippi. The reason, I think, was because I said people could shoot looters. I think it was a real deterrent,” Barbour opined. To which gun shop owner Ralph Demicco replied, “You’re a patriot, governor.”
This is EXACTLY the right way to handle looters and rioters. If it’s clear the police will meet them with enough force, the chances of there being a problem in the first place are greatly reduced. That’s the best way to protect innocent people and let’s face it, the world would probably be a better place with a few less rioters in it anyway.