Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another thing about the molester murder

I can see why people would be OK with the beating death of a man who was caught in the act of trying to molest a 4-year-old girl. I think everyone agrees that child molesters are the worst kind of people. We can debate whether the father deserves a jail sentence for the act, and/or whether its circumstances truly constitute self-defense. That's all fair and good.

But when you start cheering for the man to earn Father of the Year awards, I think that's going too far. Something like this should be seen as a regretful situation. The father himself said he is "very remorseful" that the man died. While the father prevented one terrible thing from happening, another happened in its place. Death and violence, even when involving a true heel, carries emotional baggage of its own, especially if the little girl witnessed the fight. Whether it's the girl, the father, the family or all of the above, someone will carry a heavy toll over the outcome of this. The dad definitely will, even if he has no regrets.

Self- or parental defense, like war, are things that should be given the weight they deserve. They should always be a last resort and never the subject of fist-pumping. As disturbing as the incident was, it's also disturbing to see people want to put this father on a pedestal. He doesn't want to be there; he did what his instincts told him to do. We can argue the ethics of that, but stop with the bloodlust. Please.


Shana Rowan said...

THANK YOU for this post! What bothers me the most about this incident is that so far we have been presented with ABSOLUTELY no evidence that any actual molestation or sexual assault occurred. News reports say the girl had no physical injuries. It is disturbing how easily the media can sweep the general public into hysteria based on almost nothing. People are already calling the murdered man a "pedophile" and "child molester."

Are people really so daft that they cannot see the precedent this sets? Oh, oopsie! Sorry officer, I didn't mean to kill my next door neighbor/mailman/father/brother/brother-in-law. But I caught them trying to molest my child. Reminds me of the hate-mongers praising a double-murderer in Washington who left 2 little boys without a father, but it's okay since he was a big bad "sex offender."

SO Issues said...

This isn't the only cold-blooded murder of an ex-sex offender.

See many more here

Ian McGibboney said...

It appears to me that the father really saw something bad going down. I think he went too far, and even he seems to think so. It's a regretful situation all around.

With that said, Shana, I agree the precedent would be a terrible one. You'd see a lot of outright crimes excused this way, with society looking the other way because of the invoking of sexual abuse. Not only does that weaken our justice system, but it would make real sexual abuse harder to ferret out. Mob justice doesn't make anything right. That's why we're not supposed to have it.