What has happened to the rule of law in our society?
I watch the world news, and although I’m disgusted by the atrocities committed by some of our fellow human beings, I’m not surprised by it. Evil exists, and certain cultures on this planet embrace violence the way you and I seek comfort and peace in our lives. They raise their children to hate and kill their stated enemies at will—women and children alike. Rape, torture, and beheadings are activities in which some communities around the world partake, encourage, or at least watch with no apparent compunction.
So is it surprising that a comparable mentality has swept through our major cities, making some communities as deadly as many third-world countries?
Las Vegas Student Beaten to Death
On November 1, 2023, Jonathan Lewis, a seventeen-year-old Las Vegas high school student, was beaten by a mob of teens when he attempted to stand up for a friend who’d previously been robbed by some of the assailants. As a result of the beating, Jonathan spent six days on life support before succumbing to his injuries. The coroner’s office stated he died from blunt force trauma and ruled the death a homicide.
(I discussed this case with Ana Garcia on her True Crime Daily podcast.)
Video footage of the incident was captured on multiple devices and posted on multiple social media. Not surprising given the voyeuristic world in which we now live.
Eight Suspects Arrested
Since Lewis’s death, police have arrested eight suspects and are currently (at the time of this writing) trying to identify two others who were involved in the melee. Of the eight arrested, four have been charged as adults: Gianni Robinson, Damien Hernandez, Dontral Beave, and Treavion Randolph. Four others said to be 15 or younger await certification to be tried as adults. Their names have not yet been released.
Homicide Lieutenant Jason Johansson stated there is “no evidence at this time” to indicate that this was a hate crime. (I wonder if that would be the case had the racial components been reversed and ten white kids stomped a black student to death. Asking for a friend, Jason.)
We witnessed the result of mob rule when some major cities throughout the country failed to quell the riots of 2020. Not only were police ordered (in many cases) to stand down and allow our communities to be destroyed, but some of those same politicians who intentionally mislabeled the organized violence as “peaceful protests” actively worked to see that those arrested would be freed. In the aftermath, activist prosecutors and judges were lenient on the riotous thugs while persecuting anyone who defended themselves in the face of grave danger (the McCloskeys and Kyle Rittenhouse come to mind.)
Since then, it seems there has been an increase in violence and mob rule throughout the nation, not to mention unprecedented violence against law enforcement officers. And why wouldn’t there be? The political left has been clear about their acceptance of (if not allegiance to) radical and violent activism, and corrupt federal law enforcement leaders have their backs.
When the mainstream media and many of our so-called community leaders and elected officials cheer on and embrace mob rule, why wouldn’t teenage thugs feel emboldened to act out viciously against their fellow students?
Activist Prosecutors and Judges
Half the major cities in America now have activist prosecutors and judges who refuse to hold criminals responsible for their behaviors. Judicial activism (no cash bail policies and diminished sentencing guidelines) is designed to coddle and protect criminals rather than protect law-abiding citizens from the scourge of our society. The result is emboldened predators and unchecked chaos on the streets.
Social media is replete with camera phone videos of fights and beatings and mobs of youths swarming their prey. When children know there are no consequences for bad behavior, many will misbehave. Look at the mobs looting retail stores regularly with apparently no concern for being held accountable for their actions—that tells you all you need to know about the soft-on-crime policies and the effects they are having on communities that once felt safe and peaceful.
Coming full circle, does anyone think that the teens who stomped on a boy’s head until they killed him were caught committing their first crimes that day? I don’t. And I won’t be surprised when leniency is offered to each and every one of them.
I believe these thugs and those like them across the nation are reveling in the turn of our society, the upside-down, nonsensical policies of the left to defund the police and free all the criminals. Of course, those championing this activity are unaffected by the ensuing chaos—never forget that. There is reason for the madness.
My heart breaks for the parents and loved ones of Jonathan Lewis but also for our country during these tumultuous times that could be the beginning of societal collapse. Only the rule of law allows us to live freely and peacefully in a civil society, and for some reason, the radical left is working hard to destroy it.
Pay attention and get involved however you can before it’s too late. We owe at least that to our children and grandchildren.
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