Tom Sullivan (Center) Lost Son, Alex, to Theater Killer
For those of us who have never lost a child to a violent crime we cannot possibly know a grieving parent’s pain. But we know that out of pain can come a convoluted way of thinking.
It isn’t easy to question the motives of a heart-broken parent who decides they hold the key to stop future tragedies. It isn’t popular to ask them whether they are acting out of grief or common sense when they point the finger of blame and demand change. But that’s exactly what I’m doing.
There is a campaign called NoNoteriety – advanced most energetically by the devastated parents of Alex Teves, 24, one of a dozen people who lost their lives during the 2012 mass shooting inside an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Another 70 were wounded. [click to continue…]
Ubiquitous Threats, Some Are Criminal
What if you got a message on your Facebook account from someone you knew was angry with you that read, “There’s one way to love ya but a thousand ways to kill ya.” You might be a bit worried, right?
What if that person continued to write things like, “I’m not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts.” And they followed up with musings about putting your “head on a stick,” and making a name for themselves with “the most heinous school shooting ever imagined.”
Would the phrase, “Hell hath no fury like a crazy man in a kindergarten class,” prompt you to pick up the phone and alert the police? I sure hope so. [click to continue…]
We Are a Bundle of Contradictions
We live in a world of confounding contradictions.
We call ourselves a peace loving people yet we continue to engage in far flung wars. Domestically, gangs, guns and drug dealing proliferate. This is not a recipe for peace by any measure.
Nearly half of us say they are morally against the death penalty. Yet, a jury in Boston – a decidedly anti-capital punishment region of the country – sentenced to death the surviving Boston Marathon Bomber, 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnav. [click to continue…]
Say What You Want … But Reactions Will Vary
The right to freedom of speech in America gives every citizen almost absolute permission to say whatever they think about a given topic. Even if the comments are offensive to the majority citizens have a right to express their opinion.
So, go ahead – say what you want. But realize, the law does not necessarily protect you from others’ reactions to your comments. And sometimes what people say is so damnably stupid they deserve some blow back. [click to continue…]
Childhood Friends Celebrate Prom
Some of us need laws to keep our behavior in check. Others just know the right thing to do.
I do an awful lot of writing about the laws of this land and people who break them. This time I want to write about the lesson learned from an honorable 17-year-old who lives in Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania. Only the law of innate good character was involved.
His name is Ben Moser and he’s the quarterback of his high school football team. His story tells you all you need to know about this young man. [click to continue…]
Invited to Appear … But
So wait just a darned minute. A committee of the United States Congress wants to schedule testimony from Hillary Clinton and she refuses the request, laying down certain conditions?
That’s not the way our system is supposed to work! If the Congress calls a citizen to the witness chair they are supposed to automatically comply. That’s how it would be for you or me. Why not for Hillary Clinton? [click to continue…]
Freddie Gray: Latest Symbol of Police Brutality
After watching the situation in Baltimore these past couple of weeks – yet another American city strangled by violence stemming from the death of yet another unarmed black man — it suddenly dawned on me. It all starts with one stupid action.
I want to yell advice at the top of my lungs.
Stop running away from police!
But that is only half of the problem.
Stop instinctively shooting or manhandling suspects! [click to continue…]
James Holmes Shortly After His Arrest
So here comes another headline grabbing criminal trial. James Holmes, now 27, stands accused of murdering 12 and wounding 70 others in a mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater in July 2012. Opening statements in the capital murder case are set for Monday.
Ho hum, you say? I beg to differ.
This trial is massively important for anyone who wants to understand what [click to continue…]
California Superior Court Judge David Gill
Can I get a high-five and a hallelujah for the California judge who recently sentenced cyber-criminal Kevin Bollaert to 18 years behind bars? Finally, at least some of the smarmy creatures who psychopathically roam the dark corners of the internet are being brought to justice.
Every indication is that laws and punishments are slowly but surely catching up with these creeps.
Bollaert, 27, is one of those repulsive human beings who made money off the pain of others by posting so-called “revenge porn,” sexually suggestive photographs exchanged between lovers and then used to humiliate when the relationship soured. [click to continue…]