Reason First: Will the Coronavirus do More Harm Than Guns in Delaware?
What will it take for the start of force to end in Wilmington, DE?
COVID-19 has pervaded the economy, legislature, media and daily lives of individuals in a myriad of ways. It has shut down entire cities. States have gone into emergency mode. Coronavirus has stopped so many elements of society but what it hasn’t managed to do is put an end to gun violence in Wilmington, Delaware.
A 14-year-old boy received rounds to the body on a Wilmington street during the whole COVID-19 phenomenon. While news anchors cover people stocking up on toilet paper, there are those who continue to fall vicitim to the act of starting force. For being so young, the boy may have been just standing on the corner. Or he may have been involved in the drug trade. All of this speculation means nothing as he is a victim and the assailant is still at large. Lurking in the shadows like a cougar, this shooter wounded the young man and sped off into the night.
So, what are the solutions to this kind of behavior? The economy will return to its prominence. Reporters will return to covering human interest stories of trainers teaching dogs to walk on their hind legs. But will persons or roving gangs still stalk the streets of Wilmington to gun down young people? Law enforcement are tasked with keeping the peace and preserving order. They often see red tape that restricts them as if the cuffs had been placed on their own hands.
One possible solution is to continue to say that coronavirus is an equalizer. It doesn’t care what color, nationality, economic status, or social standing one has to be afflicted. If everyone shows how death can come smaller than a bullet all over the globe, then maybe the gun violence may plummet. Maybe. The real answers point to ridding Wilmington and the rest of the country of licensing laws, minimum wage laws, legalization of prostitution and the legalization of narcotics. 14-year-olds will not have to live in fear of being shot down like big game if politicians put these measures in place.
Licensing laws ought to be abolished in order to allow young people just entering the labor force to get a start in the market. Someone who sweeps the floors of a barbershop can rise through the ranks and become owner. But licenses currently stand in the way of youngsters who wish to enrich their pockets. The hundreds or thousands of dollars that entail becoming a barber and shop owner impede these youths from even entering the market.
Minimum wage laws provide only a distortion in the marketplace. Anyone who wants to start work should be able to earn $2 to $2,000 a week without the government intruding into the relationship between employer and employee. This would be a boon to the individual.
With the completely unfettered market for the sex trade, individuals will be able to interact as businesspeople. The 14-year-old, upon reaching 18-years-old would be able to walk through Wilmington streets without having to wonder if he will be another negative statistic. He would have the opportunity to improve himself by running a service without a license, wait those four years to become a member of the prostitution business and the narcotics trade.
This young man should have kilos of whatever drug is popular. He should be able to manufacture sell those narcotics without the law coming down and devouring all of his profits. With the legalization of drugs, that 14-year-old turned to an 18-year-old young man will be able to make a fortune for himself and his values.
When the day comes where objective law runs the courts, drug legalization will most likely push anarchic factions to go into other trades. And the police ought to monitor and enforce their powers against them. However, no bureaucrat should be able to tax or prevent people from engaging in the activity legally. Whether casinos or tobacco, anyone who violates the unregulated businesses should see stiff prison sentences. Lifting all laws and regulations from the manufacture, distribution, sale, and consumption of narcotics should produce fruits for everyone involved.
Maybe the novel coronavirus will spur these actions to be put into practice. Something definitely will make these changes.