Indy does readers and victims of violent crime a disservice. Instead of providing the public with an article that gives insight on how to reduce or prevent crimes, they perpetuate a conspiracy theory to study a subject which has already been looked at many times. If the author had chosen to suggest that the government fund programs which would educate the public on motive reduction, target hardening and conflict avoidance strategies more lives might be saved. In addition, if more were done to identify, isolate and treat the mentally ill before they act out fewer lives would be lost to violence. Singling out firearms or persons who own them only makes things controversial. This obviously sells lots of papers... while at the same time threatening to take away the only means many would be victims have to protect themselves.
Father Lawrence Hummer should be excused from the conversation if he can't distinguish between a lawful execution and an actual murder. Dennis McGuire died after saying good bye to his loved ones and after many years of living... after his victim. Executions are announced in advance. Witnesses are allowed to view the process to assure no intentional and unnecessary pain occurs. Condemned murderers are not entitled to painless executions nor should they expect visions of rainbows and butterflies as their lives are extinguished once and for all.
Condemned murderers are not guinea pigs. The drugs used in executions are known to be lethal. They're administered in dosages that far exceed what's required to extinguish life. The providers of the drugs require anonymity. This is because they would inevitably be harassed by persons and groups opposed to the idea of an occasional and deserved execution (like the ones interviewed for this one sided article).
Stephen Dear has no interest in justice for surviving victims who live in fear of those who've been condemned by our courts. His 18 years of “experience” are as a volunteer or “part timer”, he's not had to live the life first hand as a surviving family member of a homicide victim.When he compares our system to an “authoritarian regime” he demonstrates his ignorance of the court process and sense of justice that only an execution can bring.
Verla Insko sides with those she feels are mentally ill and with bed wetting liberal constituents who don't know what it's like to have a murderer threaten their existence. Nothing could inspire confidence in the system for her or lawyers like David Weiss whose job requires them to challenge everything in the clients cases (many which are eventually determined frivolous).
Recent armed robbery at Moes - http://www.wral.com/fayetteville-police-ma…
... and then there is the other part of the story.... http://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journ… - "Baker Flubs the Recipe"
If we're going to lay blame on Durham PD for this tragedy, anyone else who knew that Huerta (a 17 year old) had the pistol is equally culpable.
Obviously cold and helpless (his hands are tucked beneath the sweatshirt) there on the street. But why should readers encourage this kind of behavior by leaving money for him? The money makes him a target for those who might rob him. This is a prime example of what shelters are for...
"Old White Guy" - Isn't this article suggesting to readers we engage in different forms of age, race and sex discrimination?
Why not elect leaders based on their beliefs and the solutions they intend to implement?
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