Originally Posted by locutus
Vike, I think you know very well that with my background I certainly understand this guy's feelings. And I have a very bitter hatred of drunk drivers. Always have.
But as a (hopefully) responsible citizen, and as a retired LEO, I also know that we all have a responsibility to not allow our emotions of the moment to so cloud our judgement that we react based on primal instinct and totally disregard the rule of law.
And I think if you step back and take a deep breath you will agree with me.
I would daresay that none of us will have the same reactions to a horrific event. I do not have the same background as you. Perhaps having this discussion here would give us the opportunity to think about what might happen if we do find ourselves in a situation where we might lose it and kill a person where it is not justifiable.
I maintain that this guy acted emotionally and rashly. I am not saying he did the right thing, but putting him in jail while awaiting trial for something that he is (in all likelihood) beating himself up over and will be doing so for the rest of his life (if he has any measure of humanity) is not necessarily the right way to approach it.
He will be put on trial. I am good with that. I think he should be. But is further punishment really necessary?
Quite often drunk drivers who kill people go on to drive drunk again. There is oftentimes very little or no remorse. They can and do kill again in some cases.
My bet is that this guy will never have his surviving kids get out of the car on a road at night again. He will probably never use a gun rashly again (if he carries again).