D.C.’s crime solution: Be a victim Paul Quander, the District’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice, responded that crime victims should give the criminals what they want. Mr. Portman protested, saying, “But how do you know you’re going live and survive? You’re completely at their mercy.” Mr. Quander thinks victimhood is preferable to self-defense. “The problem is, if you are armed, it escalates the situation,” Mr. Quander told residents. “It is much better, in my opinion, to be scared, to be frightened, and even if you have to be, to be injured, but to walk away and survive. You’ll heal, and you can replace whatever was taken away.” ____________________ When the Deputy Mayor acknowledges there is a crime problem, agrees cops can't help you, and tells you to acquiesce to criminals' intentions whatever they may be, is that not the same thing as the Deputy Mayor overtly and directly supporting criminals to the detriment of law-abiding citizens?