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June 19, 2015

I wonder if some folks actually lack the sensitivity to be moved unless the race and religion of victims and perpetrators are lavished with attention.

Should we have to know what happened 150 years ago in the church? No we should not.
People are binding their conspiratorial worldviews to the actions of a maniac and spreading their suspicions upon totems of their fetishes. The Confederate battle flag did not cause this murder. The NRA didn't sanction it. The African Methodist Episcopal Church didn't have it coming to them. Unarmed Christians didn't deserve it. The City of Charleston did not create an environment conducive to it. Their police officers did not conspire to leave the suspect alive, contrary to normal behavior. The reporting of the media by not including the word 'terrorism' is not significant. I would like to think of myself, and so I counsel myself to be a sober judge of events. A sober judge is, after all and in the end, the sort of human being we human beings are most likely to face and heed in the aftermath of tragedy and pursuit of justice. Obligatory Seriousness on Charleston - Cobb

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 19, 2015 10:17 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Dead is dead. There are never any extenuating circumstances to murder.
It does not matter what happened in his childhood, nor what doctrine he hides behind.
All we need to know is that a gunman shot and killed nine people.
It does not matter what kind of people they were.
The murderer does not even have self-defense as an excuse.

... the priest would say, “You’ve never killed anyone?”

And Rueben Vega would say, “Yes, of course, but it was not to commit murder. You understand the distinction? Not to kill someone to take a life, but only to save my own.”

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 20, 2015 5:23 AM

I would never allow anyone to box me in like that Chas. I would only admit to defending my life.

I agree with everything else you wrote. Way too much effort is spent on the how's and why's and to what end? To ameliorate the accused of course. To lessen his burden, to provide the notion that he had *reason* to steal the lives of others. The focus should be on providing justice for the victims, NOT punishment to the accused.

Instead, he will be maintained for life at the expense of $80k per year and paid for by the taxpayers.

I'd chain him to the wall in the hot sun with no water, food, clothing, with 1 hand free and a single shot .357 pistol in reach. I would film his last hour and every public school student upon entering 7th grade, forever more, would be required to view that video.

Pisswilly's would faint, and crime would plummet.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 20, 2015 7:48 AM

Ach, you have more patience than me. I would give him one shot behind the ear and dump his body out of town.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 20, 2015 2:50 PM

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