Re: What did they do?
posted at 8/9/2012 10:01 AM EDT
In Response to Re: What did they do?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: What did they do? : Actually I have stated my case you just simply refuse to see it. That's your problem not mine. The funny thing is that I'm not trying to change your mind. I'm perfectly ok with you having a differing opinion. Not sure the same could be said for you ; )
Posted by WhichOnesPink2[/QUOTE]
Maybe I can make a different analogy, showing how intent is very important to a crime?
(1) The first example is if someone is killed. If it is a pure accident eg someone steps out between a couple of cars and you run them over, I would state that is different to if you chased someone around with your car until you managed to finally corner them and squash their guts out all over the road. One is intentional, the other accidental. Yet the death of a person occurred in both cases. Same death, but one case should be seen to be more lenient than another.
(2) Some drunken man squeezes your breasts in a bar, you punch him one time, he falls over with an aneurism and dies. Different to if you entered a bar with a knife, with no provocation, and just stabbed a random man to death. Yet a man died each time. Do you get the same punishment?
(3) A relative with cancer begs you for years to end their pain and finally you put the pillow over their face and do their bidding, out of nothing but love. Or you have a bad day at work and come home and shoot your spouse to death. Same punishment, because the same person died at your hands?
(4) You are a man sitting on a park bench, staring into space and wondering what to have for dinner when suddenly a woman comes over and assaults you by slapping your face! She says either (A) "you are a paedophile, staring at my 2 year old daughter"; (B) "argh, the aliens are coming, I am a mailbox"; (C) "I hate your black face you c**t, get out of my park".
I would argue that in (A) she is acting to defend another, (B) she is nuts, (C) she has just committed a hate-crime. If it were me, I would treat these scenarios differently, possibly even understanding (A) or (B) enough to not call the police. What would you do? Treat all A-C the same?