July 6, 2016

Seriously, America...

Funny thing about criminals- they aren't born criminals, they become criminals after they commit a crime.

Recently, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said that age and lack of criminal history of Brock Turner, the Stanford student who was convicted of three felonies for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, played a factor in him sentencing Turner to six months in jail.

Six months. 180 days. Roughly one academic year.

"A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him," Persky said. "I think he will not be a danger to others."

Stop right there. It would have a severe impact on him, the rapist? Yes, as well it should- he raped an unconscious woman. His punishment should have as close to an impact on him as his actions did on her. A six month prison sentence? #isthistimeout?

We start teaching our kids at an early age that they have to be held accountable for their actions. If you are rude, you lose a privilege. If you lie, you are grounded. How do teach your kids that doing wrong is wrong when we have a Superior Court Judge saying "Lets not punish him...lets give him a second chance to rape someone- if he does it again- then we will punish him." Where is the motivation to make the right decision if there are no consequences for the wrong ones?

Don't get me started on the FBI and Hillary. #icanteven

Then the shooting in Orlando. Omar Mateen, who had been investigated in 2013 and 2014 by the FBI for suspicions of terrorist activity, legally purchased the handgun and assault rifle he used in to kill over 40 people in a gay nightclub a few days before the massacre.

Stop again. Let that sink in. Someone who was investigated by the FBI more than once had no trouble purchasing an assault rifle. And the folks who sold him the assault

I am all for the right to bear arms. However, if you've been investigated even once for terrorist activity, terrorist connections or even googling jihad- you absolutely should not be able to purchase an assault rifle. In fact, I think there are few circumstances where an assault rifle would be deemed necessary. If you are a gun enthusiast, you should be a sharp enough shot to not need to fire 180 rounds of ammunition per minute to take care of business. #unlessitsazombieapocalypse #thisargumentpissesmyhusbandoff #wecantdiscusspolitics #illendupinthedoghouseoverthis #loveyouboo

Our society is quick to blame religion, laws or race for the actions of one human being. I would like to blame the California Judge for not giving a stricter sentence to a rapist- but ultimately, the rapist is the one to blame. I would like to blame the person who didn't think Mateen should be kept under some sort of surveillance- but it's not that person's fault or the gun's fault- it's Omar Mateen's.

Our country is a scary place to me right now. Our Presidential candidates are in a political pissing match- spending more time trash talking than speaking actual plans. One has absolutely no filter and shouts the most extreme plan possible to get attention- the other points and says "Did you hear him?! He's irrational! Don't listen to him about my past." Our amazing country has turned into a bit of a shitshow...and our ringleaders are nothing short of circus freaks. 

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