Banning violence

Posted: April 4, 2008 in Uncategorized

I heard about this story the other day on the radio, but honestly I was too pissed off to repeat it.

L.A. City Council rejects ‘ban’ on homicides

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The Los Angeles City Council dropped plans Tuesday for a symbolic moratorium on killing, deciding instead to use the upcoming anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to promote peace.

Council members had been asked by a handful of activists to declare a 40-hour ban on murder and other violence, a concept one critic quickly derided as “silliness.”

After a 45-minute debate, the council reworked its resolution, saying the city’s opposition to homicides should last more than a single weekend.

“A moratorium on violence and killing is something we should support 365 days a year and every minute we live,” said Councilman Richard Alarcon, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley.

The symbolic ban on homicides had been proposed by Los Angeles author and political commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who had urged the city to make a bold statement about the recent increase in homicides.

“If this works, then the next logical thing is: If a city like Los Angeles can go 40 hours without one homicide, then why not 40 days?” said Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable. (more…)

I like Hutchinson, but this is ban idea of his about as silly as banning meanness. The crazy thing about this is that they actually spent 45-minutes debating over the proposed ban.

Your tax dollars at work.


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