A Lesson From A Chinese Massacre & A New York Morning Jog

From Associated Press:

Authorities on Sunday blamed a slashing rampage that killed 29 people and wounded 143 at a train station in southern China on separatists from the country’s far west, while local residents said government crackdowns had taken their toll on the alleged culprits.

Police fatally shot four of the assailants – putting the overall death toll at 33 – and captured another after the attack late Saturday in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. But authorities were searching for at least five more of the black-clad attackers.

State broadcaster CCTV said two of the assailants were women, including one of the slain and the one detained.

“All-out efforts should be made to treat the injured people, severely punish terrorists according to the law, and prevent the occurrence of similar cases,” said China’s top police official, Politburo member Meng Jianzhu, who arrived in Kunming early Sunday, an indication of how seriously authorities viewed the attack.

Evil people do evil.

Pray for the victims and survivors… awful.

Does your society allow you to protect yourself against evil, or leave you defenseless and dependent on government’s “timely” assistance?

Bottom-line, you would not want a government so big it could defend you from every threat—that would be a society with zero freedom (and, honestly, it’s not humanly possible). Self-defense is the first line of protection among free men.

What happens otherwise? Here is a minor example from the New York Observer:

CEO Peter Shankman was issued a summons for running in Central Park too early in the morning, Gothamist reports.

Mr. Shankman, who is an “author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector,” and founder of Help a Reporter Out, was stopped by cops around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday near 85th Street on the park’s East Side.

He said he was training for the Ironman Triathlon and getting his 10 miles in before his morning meeting, Mr. Shankman wrote on Facebook.

But apparently, Central Park is closed between 1am and  6am, making his early morning run a criminal act.

Mr. Shankman claims there were no signs, gates, or traffic cones indicating that the park was closed.

“Note – Running in the park. Not ‘performing sex acts for crack,’ or ‘laying down explosive charges,’ but ‘running.’ Because apparently, a 215 pound man running through Central Park at just over a 9:10 pace is a threat to Manhattan,” he posted on Facebook.

Mr. Shankman wondered why a simple warning was not sufficient, but it was clear to him that the officer’s boss was in the car pressuring him to write the ticket.

Stories like this are clear evidence the NYPD’s force needs to be cut back, significantly. If they have time to punish people for exercising, there are way too many cops. Couple this with the recent stories about massive pension fraud, and you wind up with the same message.

Next time you hear wild-eyed proclamations of the Apocalypse coming because a city may have to cut back police officers if they don’t get additional tax money: remember this story as one example among many. We don’t need too many cops with nothing better to do than  to harass the very people who pay their salaries to justify their existence on the public payroll.