Three young people in Ft Wayne, Indiana were found on February 24 in an abandoned house, murdered execution style. The sister of one of the victims wrote about her brother and cousin, who were buried on February 27.
On September 9, 2014, GRU Professor Kim Davies is scheduled to talk about the higher incidence of personal conflict murders among whites in the U.S. south than whites in other regions of the country. Her talk is based on the book Culture Of Honor: The Psychology Of Violence In The South by Richard E. Nisbett and Dov Cohen, which I reviewed at Goodreads.com.
Even the most basic framework of Japan’s approach to gun ownership is almost the polar opposite of America’s. U.S. gun law begins with the second amendment’s affirmation of the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” and narrows it down from there. Japanese law, however, starts with the 1958 act stating that “No person shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords,” later adding a few exceptions. In other words, American law is designed to enshrine access to guns, while Japan starts with the premise of forbidding it. The history of that is complicated, but it’s worth noting that U.S. gun law has its roots in resistance to British gun restrictions, whereas some academic literature links the Japanese law to the national campaign to forcibly disarm the samurai, which may partially explain why the 1958 mentions firearms and swords side-by-side.
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Next time you hear that the U.S. has killed “militants” in a drone attack, remember this transcript of U.S. military personnel observing for four hours a convoy of 3 vehicles carrying Afghan civilians. The personnel concluded that they had positively identified weapons and no women or children were present. They launched two missiles, destroying two vehicles and killing 23 people, according to village elders interviewed later. Military personnel confirmed no weapons were present.
Like many of you, I had signed petitions and called and wrote letters urging justice in the case of the murder of Mark MacPhail. I believed that justice could in no way be served by executing Troy Davis.
I’ve spent most of my life in Georgia, and I had some belief that, somewhere along the line, politicians at some level would stop this execution. I was working the night of the execution, so I did not attend the vigil in Augusta, my home town.
When I returned home from work, I was shocked that the state went through with it. I was watching Democracy Now’s live coverage from outside the prison where the execution took place. I saw a friend who spoke on behalf of Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. I got a Facebook update from a friend who had been arrested in Atlanta at the vigil there protesting the execution. I saw spokespeople of national organizations and a lawyer who represented Troy.
Almost immediately, I had a physical reaction from this stress. I slept despite the headache, but awoke early this morning.
And I awoke angry and frustrated.
I usually hate the positive-thinking types who represent themselves as “civic boosters” when they really just want to get their hands in the city coffers. But the theory is correct. Religion is correct in that regard. We must have faith to keep from destroying ourselves. We have to get up and do something good, even if we just want to lie in a dark room and not do anything.
May God have mercy on Mark MacPhail and Troy Davis. May God grant both families patients to endure their losses. May God bring some measure of justice in this case by making its truth clear in this world. I believe that justice will be done in the next world, both to the murderer of Officer MacPhail and to those politicians and officials who push executions as a means of claiming some misguided notion of police loyalty and a means of gaining votes. And all of you who applaud this pro-death penalty politicians should reconsider your ways as well.
Today, with the help of God, I am going to be better.