Murder is Murder, Except When It Is Not

As I write this, a large scale manhunt is under way in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for Eric Frein. Frein allegedly ambushed two Pennsylvania state police, killing one and seriously wounding the other. The reaction was swift. Marshal law was enacted and all resources were put into finding Frein, even adding him to the FBI’s top ten most wanted list.  Since then many many Americans have been murdered. Since these murders were of mundanes and not of the governmental class, they are treated much differently. Reports are filed and a slow and methodical investigation ensues. Just as police can murder mundanes without consequences, the classes are further divided in death.

Frein is a horrible person who deserves to be punished for his actions, just as every murderer does. It is highly unlikely that he will be arrested or tried for his crimes, odds are he will be killed by those hunting him…probably out of sight of the media. Remember Christopher Dorner? The California ex-cop turned cop killer last year? He was burned alive, prevented from leaving the cabin that he had taken refuge in. Kill a mundane and the punishment will eventually be meted out, that is if you happen to be one of the 60% who are eventually caught. But kill a trough feeding cop and you are guaranteed a swift and speedy arrest and conviction (if you are left alive to make it to court).

Murder is wrong. There can be no ifs, ands, or buts regarding that. The problem lies in the fact that we are divided into classes, with murderers of these different classes being treated far differently. Can we agree that this is preposterously wrong in a nation that is supposedly made up of laws, not men? Mundanes and worthless trough feeders should be treated alike, in life as well as in death.

However, we need to think about a type of murder that is worse than the lone whack job taking shots at individuals from under cover. Far worse is organized state-sanctioned murder. This is the worst type of pre-meditation and collusion. Here in Missouri we are preparing to execute our 9th individual of the year, making us the grossest of the 50 states for governmental sanctioned murder. Worse yet, for each of these murders there are untold accomplices. There are judges, and prosecutors, and wardens, and guards, and juries, the 6 million citizens that these people represent, and even a doctor or two. All pre-meditating and conspiring to commit murder.

The day that we get as (or even more) upset by state sanctioned murder as we do by the lone assassin, the closer we will be to having a just society.


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