reply to post by onequestion
Emotions are elements of our personality.
You can change your demeanor through therapy, meditation, counseling, and other avenues.
Not committing another crime for the rest of your life is only one way to prove your rehabilitation.
Whether I agree or not with Alcoholics Anonymous, or anger management counseling, the state believes that both can rehabilitate an individual from
behavior deemed criminal or deviant. The same applies to you.
You can take active steps to prove a journey from the type of person which caused you to commit your crime, to the "new you."
Saying that you are a "citizen" and as such, deserve the rights of every other citizen is not enough.
What about the citizen you hurt? Their right to not be hurt by you was violated. The state cannot just say: "we locked him up for a bit, then let him
go; you're all healed now, right?"
What if you had been the one hurt, would you accept that the offender deserved the right to carry a gun, just because he had been a citizen? Or would
you want some kind of proof that he wasn't just going to take that gun and hurt someone else?
As for terrorism, that's a premeditated act. If you premeditated what you did, then I am adding another stone to the side of "don't let him have
all his rights back." Anyone who can sit down, plan to hurt someone else, and follow through with the heinous act, and then
demand they be
treated as any other normal, friendly, nonviolent citizen, definitely doesn't deserve those rights.
I certainly hope what you did was neither planned, nor considered an act of terrorism. I would hope what you did was accountable to a momentary loss
of control, a basic flaw in being human, one which you can come back from by teaching yourself to be better.
~ Wandering Scribe