Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Baltimore Mayor Tries to Address City’s Violence by Telling Businesses When to Close

Posted by M. C. on April 25, 2018

…if the mayor hadn’t had a police escort she would have seen a different scene.

Typical progressive solution-government (battle losing mayor in this case) telling business owners how to run their business.

From the comments section:

Wow. Instead of defeating the criminals, hide from them! Then they cant hurt you! But don’t offend the criminals, that wouldn’t be politically correct.


The city of Baltimore has a real problem. It’s been suffering from a wave of violence for some time now. Residents of the city thought it was over. After all, the murder rate for the first three months of this year dropped significantly, undoubtedly a good sign.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.

This month, the city has seen at least 29 murders as the violence surged yet again. This led Mayor Catherine E. Pugh to take to the streets to visit some local businesses. One of the exchanges recorded by the Baltimore Sun was a little concerning, though.

You see, Pugh stood inside of an area convenience store and asked what time the store closed. When the owner responded that they closed at 11:30, that wasn’t good enough for Pugh.

“Isn’t that late?” the mayor reportedly responded. “That’s a little late. It keeps the crowds around here. Nine o’clock is nice. We need you-all to close at 9 o’clock at night.”

Maybe it’s just me, but that kind of gives off a mafia-like “Nice business you’ve got here. It would be a shame if anything happened to it” kind of vibe…

However, I can’t help but be shocked at the audacity of Pugh’s comment. Besides what  sounded like a thinly veiled threat, there’s the idea that she knows more about the owners’ businesses than they do. If a store is open until 11:30 at night, there’s a reason for that. If they’re making money left and right at 10:00, closing at 9:00 would be a disastrous business decision…

William Boston owns Will B Better Bodies gym in that same area–I can only assume he’s supposed to close at 9:00 as well–and he said that if the mayor hadn’t had a police escort she would have seen a different scene.

“You’d see everything going on,” Boston told the Sun. “It’s an open-air drug market.”…

Be seeing you

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