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Laws Keep Civilized People Out of Lynch Mobs

The need to strenghten the laws protecting children.

by Michael H. Thomson
April 27, 2005

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Laws Keep Civilized People Out of Lynch Mobs

"A lynching is an execution, usually by a mob, without a trial."
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We have all been taught that lynching is awful, illegal, and not what legal law-abiding people do. Lynching is emotional and reaches down to into our primal instincts. One of the classical examples of lynching was the stoning of Stephen in the Bible. Unjust, tragic, and sad, of course, unless you were one of the Hebrew lynch mob, then according to them – it was entirely justified.  Has lynching ever been a deterrent to certain types of behavior? Possibly, it has – mainly because it is not filtered through the justice system and the lynch mob gets instant gratification whether the victim is guilty or not. Lynching inspires fear while good laws inspire confidence and order. So why is Mike Thomson, a law-abiding citizen, even pondering this dark subject?
 
I guess it's because of the image of a creep staring at me from the front page of The Loudoun Times–Mirror of Leesburg , Virginia – located 5 miles from the idyllic village of Paeonian Springs. In an article published on April 20, 2005, Sarah Ingles reports the conviction of David Robert Miller Jr. of felony child abuse and malicious wounding. In the trial, Miller was accused of using a cigarette lighter and branding an 'X' on the twenty-three month old son of his girlfriend. The motive of this according to the Times-Mirror article was that he was a rap musician and branded the boy with the 'X' because – he claimed – that 'X' was his rap nickname.
 
I read this article and guess what? My emotions crawled down into my primal level and I started thinking about how the twenty-year sentence was too easy for this piece of trash who will probably be on the streets in less than 9 years if not sooner. My mood intensifies as I watch three stories about abductions of children in Florida on MSNBC. Then an amber alert flashes on the screen about the abduction of a twelve year old somewhere in the Mid-West. I think, why are we having such a large epidemic of child abuse, child abduction, and child sexual abuse?
 
Finally coming to my senses, I realize that the police and representatives of our legal system are doing the very best they can to locate, apprehend, and convict these criminals doing dire harm to our nations children. On TV, you see average citizens joining manhunts helping to locate our stolen children.  A moment later after thinking these comforting thoughts about concerned citizens, I'm back at the primal level again… the emotions keep coming in waves. Reason is having a difficult time prevailing.
 
From what I've read, child sexual predators and most child abusers don't change their ways. Let out of prison they will still seek relationships, employment or housing that puts them in proximity to young innocents. 

Despite my primal level feelings about these people, we can't lynch them, so what do we do? My solution is very simple, but it will drive criminal apologists nuts! It's not long, nor very complicated, and only contains two simple remedies. It's called the Mike Thomson's Two Strikes You're Dead Law:
  • We brand sexual offenders and others who prey on children – "criminals for life" and put electronic bracelets on them after they're released from jail on a first offense.
     
  • If there is a second offense – they're executed – legally – for the good of society and a necessary stopgap to the loss of our nation's children.
We take strong measures so that scum such as Daniel Robert Miller Jr. of rap music ambition will never, never, reach for a cigarette lighter to brand a child, ever again.
 
I look forward to any reader opinions who can offer better  humane and rehabilitative correction measures than I have outlined above. I don't buy the theory that these people will get their due from other prisoners once in prison. That's a cop-out. Concerned citizens must get their righteous anger up and do something about this epidemic, NOW!

Find your local, state, or national official at this website, www.congress.org, and voice your opinion on how to deal with this epidemic.  All it takes is a click. Get 'er done! I highly recommend you mentioning  Mike Thomson's Two strikes you're dead law... which is all inclusive - it does not give exception to teachers, priests, or pop-stars...

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Jessica James from South Alabama writes:
April 27, 2005
As an elementary school teacher who sees the horror of long lasting trauma this type of abuse can cause to children I completely agree with Mike (as I usually do). Children are not allowed to play outside or enjoy the outdoors as we did when we were children even in Smalltown, USA for fear of abduction. We wonder why our children are so obese when they are faced with a double-edged sword of fast food and no outlet for exercise. As a child I could ride my bike around the entire neighborhood and as long as I checked in with my mother every few minutes she was not concerned for me. We KNEW our neighbors and they were like extended family. The world has become such a scary place that even as a teacher and a newlywed the thought of having a child and raising it in this one of the most frightening things I can fathom. We are so worried with worldwide problems that we don't see the sick, twisted epidemic of child molestation that is festering inside our own perfect world. April is child abuse awareness month and a great time to show that America has had enough! Please do your part and voice the need for a change in our laws for child molestation.

Larry Tucker from Wilmington, NC writes:
April 27, 2005
Reflecting on your column - The Citizenry’s contract with Government is based in old-time English law when one way to determine truth and justice was trail by combat [Lancelot as Champion for Guinevere, is not that much different than Johnny Cochran (rip) as champion for O.J.].

This has evolved somewhat to today where Government’s Law the promises that it will:

- Protect the people, and

- Deal justice to those who commit crimes.

In return the Citizenry promises to:

- Uphold the Government,

- In general, obey the Law, and

- Not take justice into their own hands, as the Government is the champion of the people.

Note that this works as long as both sides uphold their promises. I conjecture that the real problem lies in that more and more people do not believe that the Government’s Law is upholding its’ end of the promise. Many see the government as a poor champion and the Citizenry must therefore become their own Champions.

Remembering back to the mountains of East Tennessee - where there has always been a fairly well developed mistrust of the Yankee government – There are three possible defendant pleas for the charge of murder:

- Guilty

- Not-Guilty, and

- The SOB deserved to be shot, your honor.

Luckily, all three pleas are still healthy in East Tennessee. I suspect that this approach will become more wide spread if the Government and its’ Law does not better hold up their end of the justice stick.

Barnabas from TPO writes:
April 28, 2005
Capital punishment in the Bible is not so much You deserve to die, though there is some of that, as we can't afford to have you around. That point is made in All the Pretty Horses without reference to the Bible.

It is not a judgment eternal destiny, but on the earthly one. It is humbler and more realistic than assessing degrees of culpability.

Thank you, Mike.

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