I’ve said it’s coming. I’ve told you to watch for it. Well, it’s here – and I say it’s about BLEEP!ing time!
Sikh grocery store owner was told that “there ain’t nothing you can do” repeatedly and that “ayy, just let him go” as they were being robbed. The Sikhs disagreed. pic.twitter.com/ZIb5CVLMNl
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 2, 2023
While a voice from an unpictured, and presumedly black, commentator says “nothing you can do…you got insurance,” two Sikh immigrants in California have actualized the consequences of this recent aspect of contemporary American life.
Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don’t defend us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.
Jack Toby: We’re not pioneers anymore, Dad.
Paul Kersey: What are we, Jack?
Jack Toby: What do you mean?
Paul Kersey: I mean, if we’re not pioneers, what have we become? What do you call people who, when they’re faced with a condition or fear, do nothing about it, they just run and hide?
Jack Toby: Civilized?
Paul Kersey: No.
In point of fact, the police do not exist to defend us from criminals. Their role is to protect the criminals from us. Look at the video in that tweet and think about it. Under the penal law, what sort of penalty would that thief suffer for his petty crime? At worst, he’d be treated to free room and board for a couple of months, probably in company with others like him who would teach him a few more “tricks of the trade.” He’d be unlikely to come out covered with bruises, or with a broken limb. Those Sikhs are administering the sort of penalty that will give pause to those who think like him.
Think for a moment about the etymology of the word deterrence. What does the typical thief really fear? A brief spell as an all-expenses-paid guest of the state, or the sort of treatment the miscreant in that video received?
No partial credit!