Monday, December 05, 2005

Perhaps a shirt that says "Stop Murdering"

Boston mayor Thomas Menino wants Antonio Ansaldi Clothing to stop selling their popular "Stop Snitching shirts. The city has an almost-record high murder rate and the feeling is that the shirts are part of the problem.

"Boston has had 66 homicides so far this year, matching a 10-year high, and police haven't identified a suspect in 70 percent of them. Police say many witnesses fear retaliation, and Menino said the "Stop Snitching" shirts are part of the problem."

I'm dubious, but asking a merchent to voluntarilly stop selling provocative shirts is reasonable, and the clothing store seems sympathetic. But even after Antonio Ansaldi Clothing made understanding noises, the mayor still had to assert the iron fist of local government:

"At a meeting Thursday, the mayor said he would send city employees into shops to seize the shirts."

Menino should really consider a job in the Federal Government.

Perhaps if Boston's leaders were this aggressive in pursuing criminals, the shirt ban wouldn't be necessary.


At 4:00 PM, Blogger Robert L said...

I think you're right, he should join the Feds. He would find a perfect fit in the Bush administation. ;)

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Paul Pennyfeather said...

robert I,

you might be surprised how much I agree. Except for one thing: he'd be a perfect fit in virually ANY administration.

We should not pretend that the normal course of government (stealing people's property; violating their rights; shrinking liberty) ceases when "our guy" gets into office.

Oops! I'm not being a very good conservative, am I? :)



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