Here we go again with another suspect killer. The disturbed young man who shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, killed six people and wounded eight others is now considered a suspect in the shooting. This insane act took place with a parking lot full of witnesses with three of them tackling the guy and removing his weapon. He is now merely a suspect or alleged shooter. What does it take to say the guy is the killer? It’s now going to cost the taxpayer thousands of dollars to convict this madman. He won’t get the death penalty, so he will spend a number of years behind bars and in the courtroom at out expense.
The same thing happened over a year ago with the Ft. Hood Shooter. He is constantly referred to as the suspect or alleged shooter. It took over a year to even have a military hearing to determine if there was enough evidence for him to stand trial. In the meantime, he has cost us thousands of dollars for his care as a paraplegic with a special medically equipped jail cell. This guy’s lawyer has drug the process out for over a year with one excuse after another.
I realize that folks should be considered innocent until proven guilty, but in some cases, when it is obvious who is guilty, the process shouldn’t require any other investigation. Cowboy justice should prevail. The Ft. Hood terrorist and the Arizona madman should merely be taken to the nearest tree and hung. Some innocent folks have been put to death because of false information, but in the case of the Ft. Hood and Arizona nuts, they should be disposed of as soon as possible.
Anyway, if they are going to put these guys behind bars and wait for months to bring them to justice, I just wish they would stop calling them a suspect or alleged killer. Maybe we should change the wording in everything else that is reported. When a baseball team wins four out of a projected seven game series should we call them the suspected winner? If a political candidate wins 75% of the vote should we call him the suspected winner? If a funnel cloud dips down from the sky and destroys a town should we say that a tornado was a suspect for the destruction? In obvious cases we should just call a spade a spade and be done with it.
As I sit on the porch and watch the deer denude my plants, I guess I should say they are a suspect for the destruction. It might be the hummingbirds who frequents my feeder. I know what would happen to me if I shot the deer. I would be arrested and given a very stiff fine. There wouldn’t be any suspect or alleged terms used in my arrest and penalty. Oh well, such is justice.