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Okay we may riot over Alcohol, Football, Religion, Drugs, Rugby, The English, The Rain, Golf, Politics, The Irish, Alcohol Prices, The French, Low Wages, Fuel Prices, Privatization, Horse Racing, The Welsh etc.... but we've yet to have a riot based on Greed.
We haven't burned down any of our city yet due to a riot.. Maybe a few cars but not this.. I mean the U.S. hasn't done ANYTHING of this magitide yet.. It's crazy...
I mean all of this started because mark duggan shot at armed police so they immediately shot back which killed him. (they are trained to do so) and now people are angry because he was killed and they think it was because he was black and it wouldnt of happened if he was white. So what do you do? Riot and destroy the place apparently :| yaaaay for once I think the U.S. wins this battle of common since. Was there a need to riot of that incident? No. Was there a need to burn the buildings and loot? no. Why didn't everyone go burn down Orlando when no one liked the end of the Casey Anthony trial?... Oh... Cause there isn't a need to... We go about our day and complain online rather than destroying where we live smh...
Given turmoil that's been going on in the US since the housing market crashed, we've actually pretty lucky that people haven't tried anything to the extent or scale as seen in Britain. (except for the occasional person that trashes their own home after the bank forecloses on it)
Last edited by Skylar1; 08-12-2011 at 04:50 PM.
The Brighter the Light the Darker the Shadow
There's no point to the riots. They just show how hopeless things seem for kids and young adults there. Many of them probably feel like they have no future. Does it make it right, no but people can only take so much.
Watts Riots, Detroit Race Riots of 1863 and 1943, 1967 Detroit riots, Harlem Race riots of '35 and '43, and of course The L.A. Riot of 1992. Are these good any enough examples for you?
Man that is whack!
Token Black Guy
Well it seems that some of the affected councils have seen sense and have already started evicting families of those caught rioting from council properties (plus these people could be stripped of any benefits which is a good thing considering the amount of taxpayers money it going to take to repair the damage these louts have caused).
You are entirely missing the point here. Most of those were started with a valid cause. Be it unrest related to racism and the military draft. Or poorly executed arrest seen by on goers etc. etc. But what do we have in london? Those people are not rioting for any justice seeking cause
If you're pissed at your government, change it. If you can't do it peacefully, use only the force needed to make needed changes. Riots do nothing but empower the worst of society to take advantage of the chaos and endanger everyone else.
Banning guns has enabled thugs to loot and disabled citizens from defending their lives and property. Never ever give up your rights especially your right to bear arms. You can't trust the government to protect you all the time, and these riots are case in point.
You could just as well cite the burdens of free speech. Don't expect me to give up that right any time soon though.Originally Posted by Eris
Last edited by Wio; 08-12-2011 at 06:55 PM.
Also I heard on the news a few days ago ... it has been considered that the government should enforce 'media banning', that is, censorship of such social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook; two sites that were apparently the main method of spreading information between rioters.
... HI CHINA XD.
Good idea I say
Whilst that video isn't suitable for the forums, I will admit to completely laughing my butt off.
"I gots me some baaaaaaaaaaarrrrreeeee stuff...! Got me some COUSCOUS!!" XD
On a related note, for a wonderful example of how martial law can exacerbate an already tense situation, I refer readers to Boston, circa 1770. (The situation was not the same, I grant you, but the dynamic between the mob and the soldiers should be familiar enough.)
You haven't really paid attention to our shenanigans in the US, have you?Originally Posted by Ensifer
The problem is that the notion and practice of legal precedent creates an environment chock-full of slippery slopes just waiting for one unscrupulous politician to exploit them to their fullest potential. Give them a small, qualified deal, and they'll take everything they possibly can and try for more still.
Last edited by TheAsterisk!; 08-15-2011 at 01:55 PM. Reason: Bonus points for Boston, c. 1770, since all involved were- at the time- British subjects. ;p
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