Wanna go Double Dutch?
9th December 2003
Machiavelli's ApprenticeFine by me.
Why is stealing a gun "not ok", while stealing food is? A gun is equally or even more important - as a looter deterrent. But in the case of a natural disaster like Katrina, looting food guns, or anything else is unacceptable. The military and rescue groups came in and established control within a couple of days. The infants and other weak people had enough food to last until then. If everybody just started looting like that, the chaos and death rate would have been even worse.
Since guns can be used for a bad purpose also (robbing other people) which is far far more likely to happen during such chaotic times. A bread hardly can be abused in any way. If a police officer or solider would "loot" a gun since while trapped in such a situation I could come into it but I wouldn't asume every person looting a gun would use it for good or even return it later on.
Food, water and medicines belong to the basic needs, guns do not.
Law is just the application of fairness in the pursuit of obtaining an ideal.
The problem is not the man stealing the bread, but why he is stealing it.
In reference to the Katrina scenarios, I think it was completely wrong to see "people" stealing TV's and what-not. After a huge natural disaster such as a hurricane, people should be flocking to the food departments of stores, not the electronics departments.
Guns, on the other hand, are essential in a crisis like that. People turn into animals when tragedy strikes, and you need the means to protect yourself and loved ones.
Okay, I'm on topic now.
I believe that it is right to disobey the law only if it is necessary. Now, I realize people will obviously disagree on what is necessary, but if it is necessary to the immediate safety/well-being of a(n) individual(s), it is fine. I think it would be fine to steal food, but I don't think it would be fine to take advantage of a disaster and steal just for the act of becoming wealthier.