This is a discussion on And the looting begins within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by Pythius 15 looters in a city of 8.6 million...ain't nothin' to worry about. now, if power stays out for another week, and ...
Looters should be shot on sight?
Am I being a little harsh?
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There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
Consider the store owner later trying to make an insurance claim on said goods.
Just because the items could no longer be 'resold' does not necessarily mean there is no value associated with them.
I'm "wading in" pardon the pun.
First of all, we have a basic hardwired need to survive. However, the more "civilized" we become the more dependent upon others to provide the basic necessities such as food, water, clothing and shelter. We have little knowledge of how to be self suficient. We seldom think of how to survive when a natural disaster comes calling.
Having said that, there is not need to go ravaging for items that do not help you survive. I can see wanting food, clothing and water, but durable hard goods such as electronics, that is totally unecessary and they are taking advantage of a dire situation to acquire those things.
Them getting shot looting would be no different than getting shot during a home invasion. Simply put, don't want to take the chance of getting plugged by dad's .357 magnum, well don't loot in the first place.
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back in 92 after andrew they came in the morning just hours after the storm and took records, shoes, tv's, booze, and other items from cutler ridge mall. then they starting riding the neighbor hood streets going into the homes. we grouped up and stood our ground. it took about two weeks before the military came in and closed it all down.
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In a desert, life gets pretty simple when someone's trying to steal one's horse.
A good point also but, I personally would place desperate human beings not starving to death on a slightly higher plane than an insurance claim.
But, your rational is (of course) also a valid one. Not certain that it will change the reality of what usually happens when folks have noting to eat.
Though they could always just eat their children and just have more kids later on after the crisis is over.
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Seriously though, I think when we talk about looting we're talking about stealing non-essentials and luxury items. Unless we have a nuclear event or something like that I doubt any of us will ever be in the situation where we have to steal food to survive. By survive I mean going without food for weeks at a time. As long as we have water we can live off our body fat for quite awhile...or off of very small amounts of food. It's just that we're used to thinking we're starving if there are no "all you can eat buffets" available.
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People choose to spend $$$ on nonesentials like cells phones and cable TV. I have neither of those luxerys but instead have choose to stock up on over 2000lbs of food and another 2000lbs of ammo. Im not giving it away and try to come and take it.