DA: Suspect should have been off street
A registered sex offender with a “significant history of violence,” accused of slicing a 62-year-old woman’s throat Tuesday night after she let him in to her Brockton home for a drink of water, should have been off the streets, said a frustrated prosecutor whose past efforts to have the man civilly committed were thwarted.
“We made motions to have him civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person in ’09 after an arrest on a sex offense,” Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said of Brian Vines, 38, of Brockton.How many more times are we going to hear this same tired song? He shouldn't have been on the street. He should have been in jail. Released on parole. Time off for good behavior. Plea bargained charges away. Time served. The refrain gets old and worn; time and time again we see dangerous, violent criminals released among us, with the stern admonition that "we discourage self-help".
Hmm. Refuse to prosecute dangerous criminals, while threatening action against law-abiding gun-owners. Some people would see a nefarious plot here. Others, more realistically, would realize that they're lazy, fearful creatures, so they go after the group that they know will comply with the laws no matter how idiotic. Your magazine has a 10 round capacity, but you can only load 7 rounds? Why, that makes perfect sense! You're a criminal with a known history of violence against others? Better let you out on the street, just to be sure.
We'll make sure those bitter clinging gun owners can't effectively defend themselves, of course. I mean, that's a workplace hazard for a guy who has built a career around violently attacking other people, right? What a hostile work environment, when you try to slit some old lady's throat and she pulls a gun and ventilates you. Gotta make sure that the permitting process is so arduous, arbitrary, and confusing that very few people try. Then, for good measure, we'll stigmatize anyone that wants to actually defend themselves effectively so that very few try.
Why, it's almost like we're trying to set up a state where folks are completely dependent on the government or something!
That is all.