>> Sunday, November 8, 2009
*Steps on Soapbox*
Again, we're going for a short entry here partially because I'm very focused on my new novel (which I'm still in love with). Before the end of the day, I'll have 40K words in a little over three weeks. Woot! I'm loving this!
The other reason is because my soapbox is on a topic I've discussed before and at length. I hate rapists, I feel it should be a capital crime and, yes, I'm pro capital punishment. No sense ranting on it; clearly, I feel strongly just as many people (who are against capital punishment) feel very strongly. Most people won't admit to approving rape, but many have a tendency to dismiss it, which is just as bad in my opinion.
Part of the reason I feel the way I do is that I had a father who did his best to educate me on what I should be wary of. I know far more than the average person on some of the worst scum who ever lived (at least in the past century or so). I believe that rape should be a capital crime because, when they regress (and sexual crimes have some of the highest rates of recidivism), they often react to their previous involvement with the criminal justice system by eradicating the witnesses. Read about serial killers, and the pattern repeats over and over again.
Here are some stories about Anthony Sowell from earlier this week, here, and here. In a nutshell, in case you missed it or lost it because of the tragedy at Fort Hood, Sowell was a convicted rapist, served his time, lived as a registered sex offender and crossed all the t's he was supposed to. He also, apparently, spent the last four years killing at least ten women. He is a living poster child for whY I believe the way I do. Why? Because as much as we, as a society, would be responsible for his death if we put him to death, we are just as culpable for those no less than ten innocent women who were brutally murdered by someone we had the opportunity to stop once and for all.
10+ women who hadn't hurt anyone vs. one person who had. Either way, we're responsible.
Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one is at least disposed of.Just sayin'.
(I will, for brevity, spare you all my opinion of how repeated reports of awful smells went ignored by authorities, or how a woman reported rape on September 22, and the cops finally came to check it out [without warrants] more than a month later on October 30. Nice job there, guys.)
*Steps off soapbox*