What happens when the mob gets its wish

July 28, 2020 |

We’re seeing exactly what happens when we give the mob its wish and order the police to stand down. These protesters don’t say, “Well, that’s more like it” and go home; they ramp up the violence because now they figure they can get away with even more.

Law professor Glenn Reynolds of the Instapundit blog has written wisely that the inevitable result of this is not a utopian society with no evil gestapo cops, but vigilante justice. The people will only put up with being terrorized for so long, particularly when the officials they foolishly elected abandon them to the mob and tell them, as the Seattle Police Chief just did, that “we can no longer enforce the law. You are on your own.”

The only responses in such a case range across a spectrum from armed self-defense to neighborhood patrols to gangs to vigilante groups to militias. Do the leftist leaders of these cities really prefer any of those options to police (I exempt Chicago, since they’ve obviously preferred letting gangs run wild to backing the police for years)? As Prof. Reynolds puts it, “In the end, the police aren’t there to protect the public from criminals, they’re there to protect criminals from the public. Communities dealt with crime long before police were invented, usually in rather harsh and low-due-process ways. The bargain was, let the police handle it instead. No police, no bargain.”

All those who accuse the police of not being gentle enough with them when they assault someone or steal or destroy someone’s property really aren’t going to like what happens if the police go away and their victims start dealing directly with the problem themselves.

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  • Barbara Joseph

    08/01/2020 11:04 AM

    We can not continue letting these people destroy. I know basically they are getting paid for their destruction. We as a great country are stronger then this. I live in the Deep South and we all get along down here. No protesting, fighting or destruction. We have the true grit as God fearing people to stand and fight back. It has to be at the polls and we all support our Police. I see where the Chicago mayor is using the police to guard her home 24/7. She can not guard her city but she guards herself. What a pitiful mayor. Pray they do not re-elect her. We have to have a revival in this country or we will lose this country!!!

  • Jerry brush

    07/31/2020 09:25 AM

    When society devolves to “every man for himself “ the most evil and determined person will rule cruelly. North Korea or Sudan style

  • Allyson Boozer

    07/31/2020 08:20 AM

    This is so true and SO scary AND maddening. Am praying so much for our country.

  • frances boersma

    07/30/2020 02:36 PM

    I had to read your commentary very carefully because at first it sounded like you were insulting police officers. I see now you weren't. You have made a very sound point, as usual. Thank you for your vigilance.

  • Clifford Garrison

    07/28/2020 06:11 PM

    Lock and load; ready on the right; ready on the left; fire at will on any target commiting arson, throwing projectiles, explosives or looting.