Imagine if you will, one of your loved ones is brutally murdered by a young teen. Their murder is deemed so heinous, cruel, unthinkable and barbaric that the person or persons that killed them are found unfit to be tried as juveniles. Instead, the court finds them meeting the legal criteria to stand trial as an adult.
If that person or persons is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt as an adult offender up until 2012 they could be sentenced to Life without the Possibility of Parole or LWOP. As the victim survivor you may have wished they had been given a death penalty sentence, but due to their age that was not a possible penalty. Okay, one might say, at least they will spend the rest of their life in prison, never to be freed and prey upon another innocent person. You might even have a false sense of justice being served, and maybe, just maybe you can begin the healing process and a semblance of normalcy can be restored in your everyday life, or so you hope and pray for.
Then one day, perhaps many years later you read in the morning newspaper or an article on the internet that some liberal group, politician, psychologist or social engineer feels a LWOP sentence is cruel or unusual punishment and the fact that your murdered loved one was brutally raped, tortured, their body dismembered is unimportant. Now they have started a movement, filed a suit, or introduced legislation that will render the sentence that was given to your loved one’s murderer or murderers, unconstitutional, and therefore null and void.
Like I pointed out in Part One, the term accountability is again being replaced by culpability. The sentence rendered of LWOP or what was deemed as proper punishment ordered by the trial court, the accountability was too harsh, as your loved one’s murderer, due to their age was deemed to have diminished culpability. Also, the SCOTUS in January 2016 expanded on their 2012 decision that struck down mandatory life terms without parole for juveniles and said that those sentenced as teenagers to mandatory life imprisonment for murder must have a chance to argue that they should be released from prison.
What does this have to do with the cause celebre (a notorious person, thing, incident or episode) of firearms being the cause of all American society’s problems? While on the surface it may appear to be nothing, on the other hand arguments, movements or court decisions that weaken the punishments that are so justly deserved for such heinous acts like the Florida shooting should at least be a part of the discussion that once again will take place. They certainly won’t act as deterrence to such abhorrent, murderous carnage to them. But if you believe in the 2nd Amendment and own or want to possess a firearm you are deemed without due process to be both accountable and culpable.