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David Miller’s fear of the Guardian Angels

by Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,
Monday, July 17, 2006

The Guardian Angels began their patrols of Toronto streets late last week much to the chagrin of Mayor David Miller, his fellow comrades on city council and his puppet police chief. The mayor’s refusal to even meet with the New York based group is more proof that Miller’s interest in violent crime on Toronto’s streets is limited to how it will affect him personally in the next election. Unfortunately, barring Jane Pitfield catching fire when the election campaign revs up in September, Miller will cruise to an easy victory in November and win reelection for another three years (oops, another four years — thanks Dalton). If anything could possibly bring him down, it will be another high profile incident or two like the shootout that took the life of 15-year-old Jane Creba, whose fatal mistake was going shopping on Yonge Street to look for Boxing Day bargains. The mayor would like nothing better than to be able to go to the polls without having to give guns, gangs and violent crime another thought.

At a time when the world seems to be on the brink of blowing up, Miller, Police Chief Bill Blair and their fellow lefties are at least providing some comic relief. Those that think that all of the world’s problems would be solved if only someone would just sit down and have meaningful discussions with Islamofascists, absolutely refuse to meet with the Guardian Angels.

Miller’s fear of the Guardian Angels and the issue of crime in Toronto became obvious when he told the Toronto Sun why he was opposed to the presence of the group on the streets of Toronto. Miller said, "Policing should be done by the police; it’s very simple. Police are accountable — they’re properly trained. They’re trained in all aspects of public safety, including first aid."

When it comes to making completely dumb statements, David Miller is no Mel Lastman, but he sure seems to be working on it. Let’s not even discuss his bizarre reference to first aid which the police are trained in; along with many pre-teens and, surprise, surprise, the Guardian Angels. Those on the left who think that the police are the enemy think that we allow them on the street solely to make them accountable. Miller’s reason that police are accountable and the Guardian Angels are not is nothing more than nonsensical claptrap. It’s not quite as "simple" as Miller wants us to believe.

David Miller and his cronies fail to understand that in a democratic society, we are all accountable for what we do. But Miller lives in a world where many people are not held accountable for their actions because they are, in effect, real citizens. They are nothing more than poor victims of a harsh, uncaring, capitalist society. It is true that police have more power to interfere with the rights of ordinary citizens than others, including the Guardian Angels, have. As a result, police officers acting in the course of their duties are, and should be, held to a higher standard of accountability for their actions. That does not mean that the rest of us are somehow not accountable for what we do. If the Guardian Angels act like vigilantes and break the law, then they should, and will be, dealt with accordingly.

To say that it is somehow dangerous or wrong for the Guardian Angels to do what we all have the right to do — walk the streets of Toronto, is ridiculous. Miller is sending out the message that anyone who sees a crime happen should just ignore it and let the accountable police deal with it.

While the Guardian Angels are not likely to break up a dangerous street gang, they are likely to reduce the type of crime that is being committed by David Miller’s beloved victims — the aggressive panhandlers, the "at risk" drug dealers and the hookers (oops again, sex trade workers).

Whenever people see the red-clad men and women walking on the streets of the city, they will realize that there is probably a reason that they are in Toronto and not Picton or North Bay. David Miller doesn’t want to think about violent crime — and more importantly, he doesn’t want you to think about it either.

Arthur Weinreb Arthur Weinreb is an author, columnist and Associate Editor of Toronto Free Press. His work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Men's News Daily, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck and The Rant.
Arthur can be reached at: aweinreb@interlog.com
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