By Walter Olson Walter Olson
Who ever thought the progressive position on gun violence would
be to encourage more of it?
Yet that’s the paradox in Philadelphia, where on Thursday
the city council will consider a bill to force owners of hundreds
of small corner stores to take down glass partitions that protect
their managers and clerks from being robbed and assaulted.
It’s all being rationalized in the name of social justice.
Watch for the idea to show up in New York, too.
Philadelphia has hundreds of convenience stores known as
“stop and gos.” Some are licensed as restaurants, which
lets them sell beer and shots for consumption on premises, but
means they’re supposed to have 30 seats and serve food.
Critics say many skirt those rules, making most of their money from
beer, cigarettes and packaged snacks. They have drawn fire from
neighborhood-improvement commissions as magnets for petty sidewalk
offenses like loitering and the sale of “loosie”
considering a bill to force owners of hundreds of small corner
stores to take down glass partitions that protect their managers
and clerks from being robbed and assaulted.
Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who’s sponsoring the measure,
calls the establishments “quasi liquor stores” and says
they can stay in business as delis if they stop “masquerading
as restaurants” and operate under a different kind of
license. Otherwise they’ll need to …Read the Rest
Source:: Cato Institute