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  •  I was thinking about that smirk. (15+ / 0-)

    My first thought was: 'This is the face of evil.' But the more I thought about it the more it became evident that: "This is the face of dangerous mental illness."

    "It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant." Barack Obama August 5, 2008

    by thefretgenie on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 08:45:54 AM PST

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    •  I agree. (6+ / 0-)

      And the more information that comes out about him, it's clear this guy was completely unhinged.

      Soon we will begin the debate over whether or not he is competent for the death penalty.

      What a mess.

      •  How can someone... (1+ / 0-)
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        be competent enough to fire an automatic weapon into a crowd but not enough to receive the death penalty?  I don't understand that.

      •  Why should there be (1+ / 0-)
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        any doubt about his receiving the death penalty? He was caught "red-handed" with plenty of evidence & witnesses. If ever there was a case to continue the use of the ultimate punishment, this is it.

        I know that this statement might draw the ire of death penalty opponents, but the law is on the books. If we can't justify it's use with this case then when should we?

        •  Well, (2+ / 0-)
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          First, I'm a death penalty supporter.

          But, the law that is on the books, as you say, excludes people that are batshit insane.  The justification being that they don't understand the difference between right and wrong.

          From what I've seen, there's enough evidence to, at a minimum, discuss the possibility that he is batshit insane.

          And yes, I think "batshit insane" is the appropriate legal term....

        •  i am pro death penalty (4+ / 0-)
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          for casing where someone is caught 'red handed' in pre meditated murder.  such as terrorists.  

          but this was a 22 year old kid who seems to have a loose screw.  looking at his face i see someone who is lost in his own world.  i don't know what good it would do to put him to death.  at the same time if he is kept alive and gets some kind of medical treatment in a few years i have a feeling that he's going to wake up from this dream he's in and realize what he's done and he's going to be horrified.  like someone who falls asleep driving and wakes up to find out they killed people in a wreck.  

          he's so lost in his mind that i feel sorry for him.  

          my own biological father had paranoid schizophrenia and he caused so much harm to my brother and i because of his delusions that it's taken decades for my older brother to recover.  but it's hard to blame my father.  he was out of his mind.  

          Happy holidays to you.

          by bluefaction on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 12:27:51 PM PST

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          •  What makes you think, other terrorists are not (0+ / 0-)

            unhinged 22 year olds with a loose screw?

            He who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

            by Sophie Amrain on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 02:55:15 PM PST

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            •  thousands of years of war (1+ / 0-)
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              if everyone who tries to kill people in a fight over resources is crazy then the human race is crazy

              i think there is a difference between people who kill for what they want and people who have lost touch with reality who may also kill for what they want but don't understand what they are doing

              people who fly airplanes into skyscrapers may be out of their mind, but the people who trained them to do it sure as hell aren't.

              Happy holidays to you.

              by bluefaction on Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 03:33:16 PM PST

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