“An army of Davids”

… sometimes will come a little bit too close to King David’s own bandit army. The leader of a Minuteman splinter group murders a drug dealer and his little daughter, hoping to steal and sell the drugs and not wanting to leave any witnesses behind.

Just like Glenn Reynolds called for. You know, brave, self-reliant Americans with guns and Second Amendment rights, substituting for all that inefficient big-government law enforcement. In this case, murdering a drug dealer and his little daughter in order to steal cash and drugs to mount their anti-immigrant crusade.

Glenn will deny it, of course. But guns are dangerous toys, and some people with racist fantasies of collective self-defense will turn out to be dangerous people.

David, by the way, was a homicidal lunatic, who behaved just the way these home invaders did: when he led his bandits into a village, he killed everyone in the village, so as not to leave any witnesses. It’s in the Holy Bible, you know.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com