Mayhem in Canada ... time to shut down mindless violence? 

By now just about everyone has seen video coverage of the mindless violence and destruction that took place in Toronto, Canada, last week during the G8 and G20 Summits.

With more than $1 million in damages to the city, it took the work of 20,000 police officers to stand up to the wandering bands of anarchists whose only intention was to destroy and cause mayhem. A billion dollars in security costs could not totally protect Toronto.

How crazy is that? To protest leadership in the western world, black-clad vandals who believe government is unnecessary and a threat, took matters into their own hands by setting police cruisers on fire, hurling bricks through plate glass windows, and spraying bleach and wielding bats at police officers. In the process, they put innocent lives in danger by trashing and destroying parts of downtown Toronto.

Over 900 demonstrators were arrested. What did they really accomplish by causing so much damage?

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