"Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?" - Ebenezer Scrooge,
I'm going to go ahead and call you out on this publicly, Jay Ettinger:
Who, specifically, is walking the streets with as many as 200 incidents on their rap sheet?
G'head. Name someone. Anyone. Prove that you know this for a fact. Show you aren't just fearmongering to get young people put away in prison for being poor, and likely not the right color, or for having the wrong accent.
Prove it. Name one person you "know" has a rap sheet with over 200 incidents who is walking the streets right now. Name them. You "know" it, you say.
And then, tell us all, who exactly showed you their "rap sheet?" How do you have access to that information?
You're presenting yourself as an affiliate of the Warehouse District Business Association, and you're presenting yourself as a leader of the community by proxy on the local news making bald-faced lying statements that lead to the erroneous and provably false conclusion that "mandatory minimum sentences" will somehow eliminate gun violence down town.
Over 40 years... think about that, over 40 YEARS of statistics have demonstrated that mandatory minimum sentencing, tougher cops, stop and frisk laws never. fixed. anything.
You want a nice safe place where people can eat without worrying about getting shot?
Fix the real problems:
Spirit of Christmas Present: If it's too hard a lesson for you to learn, then learn this lesson!
[opens his robe, revealing two starving children]
Ebenezer: [shocked] Spirit, are these yours?
Spirit of Christmas Present: They are Man's. This boy is Ignorance, this girl is Want. Beware them both, but most of all, beware this boy!
Ebenezer: But have they no refuge, no resource?
Spirit of Christmas Present: Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?
Want and Ignorance, these are the plague that besets all of society, and we have known it for years. I am sick of old white men telling the world that prisons are a solution. They are the last resort.
What have you, Jay Ettinger, done to make prisons irrelevant and unnecessary? What are you doing now, besides whining about the actual consequence of your personal ignore-ance of the plight of the poor and uneducated in our fair city? You think you get to just sit there with your restaurant and service industry sponge, siphoning off the cash we earn by the sweat of our brows, the strength of our backs, the education and skills we've learned and just take the money and talk smack about our people, our children, our future? You want to open a place to feed people and serve them drinks, but don't want to deal with the problems that come from entitled neglect?
Name one person, you self-righteous prig, with 200 incidents on their rap sheet, who is walking the streets and needs the police to "be allowed" to "do their job."
Like they did with Philando Castille?
Would you be happy then, when the kids are shot?
You can't see what's in front of your face, and you are a bloated parasite on the body of a thriving city. Help fix the problems, don't call for violence and punishment.
Create yourself a client base that can afford and appreciate your cuisine.