Is it time to post police in food stores to guard against COVID-19 vandalism?

Is it time to post police in food stores to guard against COVID-19 vandalism?
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Last night, during a town hall on Fox News Channel, Dr. Deborah Birx, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, lamented that not every American is doing his part to “flatten the curve”:

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Sadly, it’s far worse than just that. Some members of society seem to be going out of their way to bend the curve in the opposite direction. Here’s one of them:

This cretin is not the first to try deliberately to contaminate our food supply. Others include this upstanding citizen, who defiantly filmed himself licking a shelf full of items in a supermarket. He was arrested for his trouble and charged with terrorism.

But that still hasn’t deterred others from engaging in similar “pranks.” In fact, some are treating the threat of infection so cavalierly that they have made a game of recording themselves licking toilet seats in public bathrooms and the like. There is even a hashmark on social media — #CoronaVirusChallenge — for those accepting the dare and risking not only their own lives but those of countless strangers.

The situation we all face is far too grave to allow these misdeeds to happen at all. I realize that supermarkets are taking the precaution of clearing items from their shelves that have potentially been contaminated. But what about the instances of these crimes that fail to make it to YouTube?

Therefore, I am proposing that local police departments throughout the nation install an officer or deputy in as many food stores as possible, either as a possible deterrent or to monitor security video behind the scenes. This was a strategy, you may recall, that was proposed for schools following the most recent spate of school shootings.

I am aware that many police departments lack the manpower for such an assignment. Maybe in such instances the national guard could pick up the slack.

Something has to be done to stop these would-be offenders. All our lives depend on it.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."