Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Law & Order

Watch out, Kelowna.

The Cop Killer is coming to town.

Craig Munro, who shot and killed a police officer and let him bleed to death in 1980, has been denied parole from his life sentence, but he has been given instead a number of unescorted absences.

He killed the cop while he was out of prison on mandatory supervision.

Of course.

We trust that the RCMP in Kelowna will be keeping a close eye or two on Munro during his upcoming visits.

Now hold onto all of that scenario while we consider the fuss and bother being raised over the Harper government's moves to publicize the names of violent young offenders.

What is so amusing and so predictable is the name calling from those who oppose such a move.

Apparently, any of us who feel that a little taking of responsibility for one's actions - whether one is 14 or 40 - make us a unique sub-set of human Canadian beings.

We are the dreaded "Law and Order Crowd."


Let me get my noose.

I don't know about you, kids, but I see laws being broken with complete pathological indifference every day and I don't like it.

That qualifies me for membership in the Law & Order Crowd apparently.

Yesterday, as my son and I took a walk after breakfast, we saw a young man barrel through a city park on a very nice electric motor scooter.

The bike was silent and interesting and the fellow was wearing a helmet.

But he was driving on a pedestrian pathway in a city park.

What does he care?

On the way to breakfast, there was a brief traffic tie-up with horns blaring.

A man in a van was talking on his cell phone and he was so completely distracted that he basically had stopped in the middle of Broadway.

Now if a 16 year old lunatic pummels someone to death, it seems reasonable to me that he or she be tried in adult court and that we the public see his or her miserable little face and learn his or her fabulous name.

But I guess for the sociologists of the world that makes me - and most of you - Pale Riders.

So be it.

And by the way...

Could the Parole Board please send me an email and let me know when Craig the Cop Killer is going to be in Kelowna so I can book elsewhere?


Anonymous said...

Crime and punishment. Victims rights. Criminal justice. Young offender. Two for one. Time served.

The list of phrases goes on and on. But think about it. Someone has killed another person. Were not talking about stealing a car. Were not talking about property crime. Someone has chosen to end another persons life. Dead. gone forever.

An eye for an eye. Lethal injection. Life with no chance for parole, ever. Execution. Capital punishment. All phrases that make sense. And not just for cop killers. Not just for multiple offenders. No for anyone that chooses to end another persons life. Give them death. If you need a little left wing touchy feely then let them choose how they will die. A choice that they did not afford their victims.


Leah said...

By all means, publish the names of the offender as well as the victim. Why should only the victims family have to suffer the scrutiny of the public...perhaps it might make some parents wake up and take notice BEFORE their kids family name is published.

As it stands now, the offender and his/her family get a freebie by hiding behind a law that never should have been allowed to become law in the first place.