On the Front Lines
May 25, 2010 by admncc
Yesterday at lunch, I overheard an interesting conversation. Two ladies were talking about a local news story (a 22-year-old mother whose 3-year-old son died while attempting to climb a bookcase in their house). This was part of their conversation:
Lady One: “She is a baby killer.”
Lady Two: “I know. All baby killers need to die.”
Lady One: “All baby killers, pedophiles and rapists need to be placed out on the front lines in Iraq.”
At that point, I wanted to ask the first lady what the rationale was behind her statement. I mean, does she assume that we’ll continue to see mass casualties overseas. Does she think bad people should be sacrificed in a brutal manner? Why did she lump those three kinds of lawbreakers into the same category? And what does the war have to do with it?
Personally, I don’t have an issue with capital punishment when extreme crimes are involved. And in my opinion, what goes around comes around and those horrible human beings will be punished in one way or another at some point. But that’s not even the debate here.
However, there was one interesting part to her comment. Years ago, many viewed the military as the place for people to go when they’ve been in trouble with the law or couldn’t do anything else with their lives/careers. Maybe that’s how she feels. However, from what I’ve seen, all branches of the military have worked very hard to get past that stereotype and start recruiting top-notch individuals, through officer training and financial assistance programs.
Perhaps these ladies were just ranting and maybe I should have engaged them to discuss while we should be putting evil on our front lines. But it seemed like a much better topic to discuss here. On a related note, I’ve read about several states who want to implement color-coded license plates for registered sex offenders. That would probably make it open season for them to get harassed. Or would it be rightfully so?