a reply to: Shamrock6
I do not think that there was ever any doubt that this tragic event, would bring about wide ranging and diverse debate. It has implications for so
much of society, law, politics, the nature of this thing we call humanity, guns and their availability, and so on.
I think that it is important to recognise that knee jerk responses in wider culture, to events like these are rarely as effective, and more
importantly positive in their outworking, as they might seem in the immediate aftermath. Like the events of 9/11, this shooting COULD, if things are
allowed to grow out of control by the onlooking public, turn into another event which alters the legal, sociological and political landscape in a very
negative fashion indeed. You will recall that acts of terror (which this clearly is) have historically resulted in a loss of liberty for completely
innocent people, all over the world, let alone in the nations in which they have occured.
Communications interception, wide ranging and arbitrary, has been excused, allowed, and facilitated both in secret, and despite public outrage. Laws
which render many of us here on this very website, as targets for increased government scrutiny have been passed, arrests and detention without charge
are possible in nations which previously officially eschewed the practice, and these and many more changes which were justified by an act of extremist
violence, have altered the lives of innocent people, in ways they may not necessarily be aware of consciously, but altered negatively all the same.
It is vital that this terrible crime be prosecuted to the fullest extent which the law allows for, that much is not up for debate, and if that means
that the fellow in question gets fried, or pumped full of poison, then that is just his tough luck. The awful bastard made his choice, and
consequences will be experienced comensurate with that.
However, it is just as vital that events like these are not used to further grind away at the ever thinning list of rights that people enjoy in the
US. To allow such a thing would be to hand a win to the savage bastards who would seek to destroy lives and cause harm to flesh and soul alike. As for
SC being unable to purchase the correct chemicals to do away with the perpetrator of this recent abomination if it comes to it, and being unable to
force the man into an electric chair... bullets are cheaper, and a blade cheaper still.