Thursday, September 29, 2011

Only the military and police should have guns.

Except the military and police are comprised of people, and some of those people are bad people.  It sucks, but it's a fact of life.

The three who allegedly entered the home -- Pvt. Richard Daley, 24; Pfc. Claude Byrd II, 27; and Pfc. Kevon McLaren, 22 -- were each charged Tuesday with one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree robbery, and five counts of kidnapping.

These men are a disgrace, and I hope they'll never be allowed to forget it.  


Sean D Sorrentino said...

Funny story. When I was in the 82nd Airborne, I had a friend who told me a story about when he was a squad leader "a few years back" which would be late 80's.

An investigator from Criminal Investigation Division showed up and wanted to talk to him about one of his troopers. Seems his trooper was involved with a group who had raided a crack house. Witnesses said that it was all quiet on minute, then all hell broke loose, and then a minute later silence. Then an explosion and the house burned down. No one saw anything. In the rubble of the building they found the occupants, shot dead, and all the drugs, but no money.

They tracked the guys down because use of military weapons (an M-60 Machine Gun along with M-16A2s) implied that a unit armorer was opening up an arms room. They tracked the alarm shutoffs and came up with some suspects.

My friend was not sure that the CID man actually wanted to catch the troopers. He got the feeling that the CID guy wasn't too fussed that a bunch of drug dealers caught bullets.

RobertM said...

I wouldn't mind seeing it turn out the same, but the story was kind of thin on details. That said, even in a best case scenario I don't want to see soldiers violating citizens rights any more than I want to see cops doing it.

Sean D Sorrentino said...

Fair point. Shouldn't be happening, but my sympathy is limited in the case of crack house raids.

RobertM said...