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Outrage could generate positive action

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Outrage could generate positive action

By Ken Waddell

In the aftermath of the shock and horror of last week’s bus murder, Manitobans and all Canadians should be shifting their mood into one of resolute outrage. Not the reactive and senseless outrage of the lynch mob, but a seething, quiet and resolute outrage that we will do all in our power to see that this type of event won’t ever happen again.
That goal can’t be ever totally fulfilled, violence will always erupt somewhere, sometime. In the case in question we don’t know what triggered the violence. Neither provocation nor a situation of domestic anger and passion are apparent at this point. It can’t likely be blamed on poverty or race or hunger or any of the other flimsy excuses that are foisted upon the public for every misguided person that runs afoul of the police and justice system.
There are hundreds of questions in this case that don’t have answers and some may never be answered.
What this particular situation does is show that while there may have been nothing that anybody personally, or that we as a society, could have done to prevent this outrageous tragedy, there’s much that can be done to prevent crime, vandalism and other damage inflicted on our society by crime.
Hopefully, we won’t be subjected to the usual cry of the “CBC solution”. That’s the one where any and every situation, no matter how self-inflicted or stupid on the part of the offender, the solution offered by the CBC commentators is “more education”. Those two words seem to appear more often on CBC than any other two word phrase known to mankind. And it’s such a blatant lie. We are more educated than we have ever been in the history of man but we are still incapable as society to prevent the outrageous affronts to our society.
For example, society should never be subjected to a repeat murderer. Any person convicted of murder should never see the streets of Canada ever again. And I personally don’t believe in capital punishment even though it’s sorely tempting at times to move to that position. There are several reasons to stay away from the capital punishment solution.
One is our justice system in North America has jailed (and in some cases killed) several later proven innocent people. The second is that anybody who commits a murder should have to live out their days under the guilt and conviction of their actions and in doing so, seek God’s forgiveness. That process is something we shouldn’t cut short with capital punishment. There are other lesser reasons but what about the solutions.
Murderers should be held in secure penitentiaries and while that’s costly, its not nearly as costly as killing an innocent person or cutting short the time for God to work in a person’s life.
Finally, revenge should have no place in our society. Vengeance is an emotion that, unbridled, generates the lynch mob. The scars of revenge are seen in our society and our world and over the course of history. Revenge isn’t the right solution even if it’s a sorely tempting reaction.
The resolute outrage should generate a positive reaction in our communities. It can never replace the lost loved one. It can never salve the emotional wounds of family and friends. It can never totally heal the rest of us who are all diminished by this event. No one can ever say they will ever be the same after learning of that terrifying highway night.
However we can resolutely set our course as a society to secure first time offenders in appropriate facilities, appropriate for age, for mental disorder or for drug and alcohol abusers at all levels.
Hopefully our outrage will galvanize us all into action, each in our own part of the world. Positive actions, fuelled by resolute outrage, would be a fitting memorial to our all too numerous victims of crime, both those who have died and those who have been diminished by violence.

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

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