Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shocked for the Wrong Reasons

Members of a football team are shocked that they were not informed about one of their fellow players being found guilty of sexual assault. But where is the outrage about the guy receiving a conditional sentence that allows him to still play football? Now he's been arrested for an additional 9 sexual assault charges. Of course, he'll likely make bail! If he doesn't make bail and he's found guilty, he receives double credit for time spent waiting trial. And of course with mandatory release laws, almost nobody serves a full sentence!

As a parent I try to protect my children from a world that can be very bad. And I get the feeling that there are a lot of cops who are trying to do the same. But as you go up the chain you encounter more and more people who are more concerned with helping the criminal than in protecting the innocent.

Finally at the top you have politicians of the Trudeau mold who are not concerned about prevention, deterrence and punishment, but only about rehabilitation of the unrehabilitatible. It all stems from the left-wing's favourite doctrine of the perfectibility of man. Since they believe in perfectibility, rehabilitation is the only thing that matters, not the protection of society. As for me, I believe humanity is Fallen, and that human governments are intended to be a restraint on evil behaviour. But I guess I'm in the minority.


Anonymous Ellen said...

And this, trust me, is extremely frustrating from a 'police family' perspective.

8:28 p.m.  
Blogger Shawn Abigail said...

So why do we permit it? We are supposedly a democracy. Why are we afraid to actually punish criminals!

The Conservative party put this on the radar, but they seem to be the only ones that care. And this issue, plus a measly $40M in arts funding cost them the support of Quebec and a Majority government. Maybe we should just abandon any hopes of getting votes from Quebec and do the right thing!

Of course if someone suggests actually punishing criminals, some member of the Opposition will try to make a few cheap points by saying its an American approach, at which point our political energy will crumble and we'll go back to a slap on the wrist.

9:27 p.m.  

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