I proposed the following legislation to the office of Senator Richard Shelby and Congresswoman Terri Sewell:
Any person convicted of rioting, looting, or engaging in any other crime considered a felony, is to be barred from receiving any taxpayer funded welfare programs, except healthcare, including section 8 housing, for a minimum of one year.
Furthermore, they will also be banned from residing in any section 8 housing, any section 8 recipient who allows those banned to resident with them, will loose their section 8 eligibility for the same period.
There approximately 3.3 million people using section 8 housing (taxpayer funded), and a waiting list of 5 + years are common. It is important for everyone, that those who benefit from this and other such programs are not allowed to engage in criminal activity.
Some will say this is too harsh. To them I say; how long will we feed, cloth, and house those who riot, loot, and destroy cities and property? This legislation would not affect law abiding welfare recipients, but it would deter taxpayer assistance being wasted on criminals.
Here are a few facts from a study back in 1995
research by Dr. June O’Neill’s and Anne Hill for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that a 50 percent increase in the monthly value of combined AFDC and food stamp benefits led to a 117 percent increase in the crime rate
children raised in single‐parent families are one‐third more likely to exhibit anti‐social behavior
Nearly 70 percent of juveniles in state reform institutions come from fatherless homes, as do 43 percent of prison inmates
a 50 percent increase in the value of AFDC and foodstamp payments led to a 43 percent increase in the number of out‐of‐wedlock births.
Do you think its any better today?
One way to begin to stop the rioting and looting is to cut the funding to future felons.
I respect the right to protest peacefully, as guaranteed by the Constitution, I do not respect those who riot and loot, and excuse it under the guise of social justice.