Today, and the 22nd of every month from here forward, is deemed “No Violence Day” in Detroit. According to this article http://www.freep.com/article/20120822/NEWS01/120822009/-No-Violence-Day-Detroit-honor-murder-victims-tonight, there are groups calling for people to abstain from the use of violence, at least for one day, and will hold a vigil for the victims of violence.
While this is a noble call to peaceful action, it overlooks much of the violence imparted on the people of Detroit. Are the police being chided to not arrest peaceful people? Is the city being told to have a one-day tax holiday? Are the businesses in Detroit free from prior-restraints on how they conduct business?
Inevitably, the call for no violence focuses only on person-on-person violence that has not been sanctioned by city or state bureaucrats.
Without eradicating all violence, the people living violent lives will not have any incentive to stop their personal violent behaviors.