Sunday, December 3, 2017

Philly Lawmaker Moves To Ban Bulletproof Glass In Businesses

The following article appeared in Blue Lives Matter on November 28th

A Philadelphia lawmaker wants to ban bulletproof glass at convenience stores in the city.

Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia councilwoman Cindy Bass has introduced a controversial bill that would require business owners to take down any bulletproof glass they have in their businesses, and not allow future installation.

The bill, known as the Stop and Go bill, is moving through city hall, and reads "No establishment shall erect or maintain a physical barrier." 
Cindy Bass and Rich Kim
Broad Deli is a local business on the corner of the 2200 block of North Broad. It has a wall of bulletproof glass separating its employees from customers.

"The most important thing is safety and the public's safety," Rich Kim, the owner of Broad Deli, told WTXF. His family has run the deli, which sells soda, snacks, meals, and beer by the can, for 20 years.

Kim said that he had the bulletproof glass installed after a shooting, and that it saved his mother-in-law from a knife attack.

"If the glass comes down, the crime rate will rise and there will be lots of dead bodies," he said.

Bass was more concerned about customer’s feelings, and said her constituents shouldn’t have to suffer the indignity of shopping through bulletproof glass.

She said that she is trying to put some type of control on these small stores, which she claimed sell booze, very little food, and caused a lot of trouble in her district.

"Right now, the Plexiglas has to come down,” she said.

Kim disagreed with Bass's characterization of businesses like the one he owns, and said when he called police about people loitering, the response time was usually slow.

He said he believed that he was being targeted as a Korean-American. Business owner Mike Choe agreed with him.

Choe, who runs a non-profit that supports Korean-owned businesses, said that he planned to raise $100,000 to fight the bill.

"I do think it's a bad bill that will endanger Korean Americans,” he said.

Bass said that she is fighting for her constituents.

Choe responded to Bass, and said the “bill targets Korean Americans."

Bass denied Choe’s allegation.

"Absolutely not. I find that offensive,” Bass said.

Ed.  It seems that Councilwoman Bass finds a great many things “offensive,” a great many things OTHER than dead employees at Stop and Go’s, 7-11’s and Mini Marts, that is.

Bass is Black and claims to be offended because she considers the bullet proof glass a racist symbol! Does this mean she believes blacks are more capable than other races of robbing stores?

Of course, Bass also claims to be fighting for her "constituents."  Could that mean she is fighting to make it easier and safer for her constituents to rob Stop and Go's and kill store employees?

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