Re: Death Penalty (was Re: Didn't need no welfare state)

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 11:24:06 MDT

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Zero Powers wrote:
> >
> > Well from James' more recent post it seems that I had *him* wrong when I
> > suggested that he was espousing summary execution for cops who did bad
> > shootings. He seems to understand the overarching impracticality of
>such an
> > extreme measure. You, however, seem to think it would be a good thing.
> > I pose the question now to you - where in the world do you think you
> > find people to take the job of a cop if a mistake in judgment would lead
> > their summary execution? How much do you think such brave souls would
> > to be paid to take the job?
>There are many millions of law abiding citizens who carry concealed
>weapons every day (myself included), who live under the same standard
>every day. If I kill someone I beleive is committing a crime with a
>deadly weapon, why should I be held to a higher standard of behavior
>than a cop who does the same thing? Since the cop is supposedly more
>trained than I, he should be the one living up to the higher standard
>than I (why should he have more authority if he isn't more trained?). If
>I make a mistake, and kill someone, I can be held responsible, just as
>you describe. I accept that risk, because I know that there is a greater
>risk if I DONT carry that gun that someone WILL get hurt by my inability
>to either defend myself or someone else. And, I don't get paid a dime to
>take that risk.. Howz them apples?

Yeah I suppose there are some people who get their thrills by packing heat
and the anticipated rush of actually getting to use it on somebody. But
still being a citizen packing heat while going about your office cubicle
routine of a life is a far cry from having a job description which requires
you to go into the most dangerous areas of your city everyday looking for
the most dangerous people in those dangerous areas and convincing them to
accompany you downtown to begin the process of possibly being incarcerated
for a substantial fraction of their lives.


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