In the final paragraph of this piece:
I’d wish the residents of Seattle good luck with this mess, but I’m fresh out of sympathy. They keep electing the same people to the City Council so they’re getting precisely what they asked for. You made your bed. Now you can sleep in it, assuming someone doesn’t set it on fire in the middle of the night.
Eventually I suppose the people of Seattle will get sick of being oppressed or terrorized, when they do the end result isn’t going to be pretty. In the words of Glenn Reynolds:
Is this a boon to the criminal class? Only in the short term.
The thing to remember is, ultimately, police aren’t there to protect the public from criminals, but to protect criminals from the public. Before the invention of modern police by Robert Peel in London in the early 19th Century, the public dealt with criminals mostly on its own, and usually harshly. Arrest by the police and trial before a court was a big improvement over mob justice.
And here is a question for our friends on the left, how anxious do you think the police that remain are going to be to arrest a citizen who blows one or more of these criminals away while protecting himself or his family?
I suspect not very.