posted on Feb, 23 2015 @ 02:02 PM
The problem with targeting the homeless with these damn laws is it doesn't help them any. It really doesn't, especially when the resources that are
supposed to help the homeless get back on their feet are either limited in scope & thus the numbers they can help & how effectively, or outright
underfunded (again, limiting how many can be helped) And the general attitudes of the public are no help at all, it's just another method of
division, because "I live in a real house and am therefore better than you, you worthless bum" always works at bringing all kinds together < rolls
I can say that where we used to live in the Tampa Bay area, yeah, there were plenty of homeless (every metro area has a large number) Not many of them
caused trouble, to be bluntly honest. A small group of homeless lived in a park near an old residence of ours, they kept the thugs & drug dealers
out. No one ever used weapons to do it, just words & a few ram-home-the-point butt-kickings. It was a sweet family-oriented park with a
playground area, trails, grilling areas, etc. It used to be fantastic the way it was, even with the homeless. Then the po-po's had a case of the
arse, and arrested/cleared the homeless out despite people insisting it was as safe as it was because of them.
It didn't take long for those fricking thugs, gangbangers & drug dealers the homeless guys had kept at bay to move in & ruin it. The neighborhood
around the park? It's crime rate soared, robberies & break-ins became a problem that never existed before. The park itself became extremely
unsafe, with people being shot at walking the trails or on the playground. Several murders have even happened in broad daylight there now, and
muggings are common. It's just not nice or safe there anymore, and seems to be getting worse according to our friends still in the area. It really
leaves a nasty taste in my mouth how the police thought they were cleaning this wonderful little gem up, but ended up destroying it by way of handing
it over to the real trouble-making SOBs.
The homeless are not our enemy. A small minority of them may be up to no good here & there, but the bulk Ive encountered have no desire to be the bane
of someone's existence, and seek to help keep where they call home safe, for everyone.