Because you never know when an out-of-control racist mob is going to attack your house.
ABOUT 11 P.M. on Sept. 9, dozens of youths with bats and pipes descended on a tidy residential area of Port Richmond looking for white teens who allegedly had attacked an African-American kid at Stokely Playground a couple of hours earlier.
Two fearful white teens spotted Mark LaVelle on Indiana Avenue near Belgrade Street and asked for help. Suddenly, the mob appeared. LaVelle, who said that he didn’t know the two kids, who looked to be 13 or 14, ran with them into his nearby house.
” ‘We got you, you white mother fucker!‘ ” LaVelle said he heard someone yell in the “mob” of black and Hispanic youths.
Inside his house, LaVelle, 37, called to his wife, Kim, 30, to go to their bedroom with their twin 13-month-old boys, Mark and Mason, and to call police. He also ordered his two other sons, 11 and 17, and his nephew, 7, to stay upstairs.
With the two teens hiding in the house, LaVelle, 5 feet 10, 220 pounds, a well-known sports-league organizer and coach in the community, went outside to try to calm the angry mob.
They were standing on his steps. One shouted, ” ‘Something’s going to happen now!’ ” LaVelle recalled in an interview Friday at his house. LaVelle got nervous and went back inside, locking his door with a deadbolt.
But the attackers pounded on his front windows and kicked his wooden door so hard, it flew open and some of them entered his house.
“The first guy hits me with a pipe. The second guy knocks me in the face. All I’m hearing is my wife and kids screaming,” said LaVelle, who feared that the next time they saw him, he would be in a casket.
He said that he was able to push the attackers out the door, but then a third man – who had a gun – tried to extend his arm. LaVelle grabbed onto the gunman’s lower arm and shoulder so he couldn’t raise the weapon. Then, police sirens screamed in the neighborhood, and the mob turned and ran.
Mr. LaVelle put his family in extreme danger by neglecting to own a firearm. I’m sure Mr. LaVelle has learned his lesson; have you?
To explain the degeneracy of the community surrounding Mr. LaVelle’s home, I bring your attention to this recent article by CBS Philly, which notes that HALF – FULLY 50% – of 20 to 29 year-old people are unemployed within the city. To me, it is unsurprising that mobs of them are running around the streets of Philadelphia acting like a bunch of savages.
The only possible way those adults could be surviving is either through the generosity of their families (unlikely) or the welfare state. They don’t have jobs because they don’t need jobs. There are still people like Mr. LaVelle around for them to rob through the political system.
Consider if you were given a choice between working for minimum wage full time or not having to work at all, yet still having the same standard of living. Would you chose to work or would you simply not work and collect welfare? Obviously if your quality of life is not improved by working, why would anyone chose to work?
Here is what a recruiter had to say about the jobs situation in Philly:
Kristen Kane, Director of Social Media and Recruiting for Kane Partners, a Lansdale staffing agency, explains why 20-somethings are having so much trouble.
“There are so many ‘millenials’ that when they graduate they have this sense of entitlement. (They say) ‘I’m going to get a job at a high paying amount.’ I think they are selling themselves short,” Kane said.
The savagery experienced by Mr. LaVelle is a product of the State and its various redistribution schemes. When people’s existence is predicated entirely on the violation of property rights, it turns them back into cave dwelling neanderthals. People learn to respect other people’s property and rights when they themselves must earn a living through productive labor. The free market forces people to cooperate with their neighbors and it teaches respect for the work of others and one’s own property.
We can see quite clearly that those areas most afflicted by violence are those areas where there is the most welfarism and lack of property rights. This is true not only in America, but all over the world. Poverty, violence, and property rights are inextricably linked across the entire globe. Conversely, those areas with the lowest violence and highest standards of living are those areas where people chose to work for a living and have strong property rights enforcement.