This Baltimore councilman, who is also a Baltimore native, said it perfectly when he described the heartache he felt because of the rioters who were destroying a part of his beloved hometown. As he said that evening: “… and we cannot stand idle and let, as thugs, whatever you want to call them . I don’t even say they’re “thugs.” We’re just going to call them cowards.”1
His choice of words is supported by the gospel of John. “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed.”2 This is why there is always concern about greater violence after sundown in these situations.
And what is the best way to defeat a coward? By challenging him, not by staying back in fear of not escalating the situation, Madam Mayor Rawlings-Blake.3 History, which you likely disregard, has taught civilized society the folly of this many times over. Responsible preparation would have allowed this undaunted councilman and those like him to have succeeded in protecting their community.
1 – Fox News, 4/27/2015, 8:04 PM
2 – from the “The New Catholic Answer Bible,” Fireside Catholic Publishing; Wichita, KS, 2005.
3 – Councilman Scott also said, “Get out there and get in between these folks. When we leave here, I’m going out there. Get out there and stand tall and stand up for your neighborhood.” Later excerpt from his comments noted in footnote #1