Neighbor kills neighbor. Don’t worry, though. They will pay for what they’ve done. Especially if they hate the inconvenience of annoying paperwork, attending a couple of hearings and paying a fine. That’s more than sufficient punishment for killing a fellow human being, right?
What is a society? My definition is a system where people make decisions that impact the safety of others. More and more it seems like that’s the only definition that matters.
A woman takes a stroll through her own neighborhood. While going past her neighbor’s house his vicious dogs manage to escape. They attack and kill the woman. I imagine that’s probably not a fun way to go. The owner of the dogs, who was warned multiple times prior to the incident, was brought up on some minor charges. (I can’t longer find the story.) I think this case is still pending.
For bonus coverage, google the phrase “killed by dogs.” You’ll be amazed at the results. Woman killed by her own dogs. Woman killed feeding her boyfriend’s dogs. Dog kills baby. Homeowner attacked by dog. There’s seemingly no end to stories of this sort. –Ed.
A rich 16-year-old kid was given his own house and pickup truck. He liked to party and drink. A lot. One night, while drunk driving three times over the legal limit, he plowed his pickup into a vehicle on the side of the road and killed four people. He was eventually sentenced to 10-years probation and served no jail time.
A 22-year-old man and two friends were using GPS navigation to pick up a friend to go rollerskating. The driver took a wrong turn and ended up in the driveway of a 70-year-old homeowner who was immediately filled with fear that it was a “home invasion.” (Apparently he has quite the imagination.) As far as I can tell, there was nothing more ominous than an unknown and unexpected car in his driveway. The homeowner did what any of us would do. He opened fire with his gun. One shot in the air and then one amazingly tactical (and fatal) shot through the driver’s head. In a deal announced the other day the man’s actions were described as an “accidental killing” after he plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of manslaughter, no jail time, 12 months probation and a $500 fine. The man made no statements in his defense and never publicly apologized.
Somehow I find it hard to imagine lethal head-shot-accuracy as “accidental.”
I can’t help but wonder how many people walking our neighborhoods and streets and enjoying their personal freedoms and rights have killed someone. True accidents can happen but where’s that fine line that must exist somewhere between “accidents” and obscene criminal negligence that terminates the lives of others? What’s wrong with holding people accountable for their actions? What ever happened to the concept of personal responsibility?