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  •  maybe you are not looking in the right places? (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    If you visit any Jared Laughner story anywhere (especially HuffPo) you will see many many people, including liberal ones, saying he should just be killed. And I heard the same when Kaczynski (unabomber) and Andrea Yates were arrested. I do see more liberals defending fair treatment of mentally ill killers than I see on the right, but I still see a fair number calling for their executions and not always in sympathetic terms. I gave up tringto arguec with them on HuffPo. There is simply little sympathy out there or at least acknowledgement that people who are insane are not actually guilty. And I will bet money that the prosecution will seek the death penalty for Laughner, and he was definitely completely insane at the time of the shootings and at least for awhile after. (There has not been a recent report on his sanity.) Prosecutors also sought the death penalty for Yates, which shows someone wanted to execute the insane.

    We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

    by CatM on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 04:43:14 PM PDT

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    •  excuse spelling. on my tablet. *nt* (0+ / 0-)

      We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

      by CatM on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 04:44:20 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, well, in that case (0+ / 0-)

      No, I don't look to HuffPo comment threads (or my local paper's comment threads) to discern the general public view on issues.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 05:48:28 PM PDT

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      •  I think Internet comments (1+ / 0-)
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        are sadly very revealing. I had thought racism was getting much better until the explosion of the Web, when I saw the comments on any news story involving black people-- even stories on the successes of the Williams sisters. Perhaps I was naive, but I had not realized that racists were simply hiding their ugly feelings and found freedom on the Internet to espouse them. In person or even to pollsters or researchers, people lie about feelings that are politically incorrect, but the anonminity of the Internet seems to give them a sense of freedom.

        I don't go to HuffPo anymore, but was surprised to see people I had agreed with on many topic so enthusiastic for execution. As for the Yates case, my experience with that was from colleagues and family. Of course, I worked at a sheriff's department and they did not have much sympathy for the mentally ill or for criminals of any kind.

        I don't think there is a lot of support for executing the mentaly ill among organized progressive groups or from progressives aware that they are talking to other progressives, but even among democrats I know personally, there is a fair amount of support for the death penalty and an insufficient amount of concern for the mentally ill.

        We Won't Let Republicans Replace Medicare with GOP Vouchercare!

        by CatM on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 06:11:25 PM PDT

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