Your view Brace yourselves. San Francisco has just found the solution to gun violence in America! They’re starting a program to target certain “at risk participants” (criminals) and pay them $300 per month essentially to not shoot anyone or get shot themselves. Seriously. This is real … and not terribly new. Other cities have started programs like this, including Richmond, California, which pays up to $1,000 per month. How could we have missed this elegant solution of throwing money at our problems? After all, what could possibly go wrong? We could use this approach everywhere. We could pay drug addicts not to steal to buy drugs. We could pay rapists not to rape, muggers not to mug and wife beaters to deposit a government check instead of … well, you know. Our children could even learn from our example and give their lunch money to the school bully to keep him from beating them up. Personally, I’d like to try paying Florida Georgia Line to stop releasing new songs (and possible take back a few of their existing ones). If we were to slow down and look at the bigger picture, something horrible could occur. We could discover that, instead of some stroke of genius, paying off those who victimize others is a doomed practice that’s been tried historically on every level with devastating results. I’m talking about the truism that giving bullies what they want never defuses them, but only emboldens them to escalate. It’s also quite possible […]
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