"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Monday, June 26, 2017

Guns, Criminals, and the *Real* Victims

In an update on an earlier "Rendering Offenders Harmless" post here, I'm happy to note that the two vicious murderers of Georgia prison guards Chris Monica and Curtis Billue were apprehended... by a gun-toting homeowner.
A Tennessee homeowner held two escaped inmates wanted in the killing of two prison guards at gunpoint Thursday until authorities arrived and made the arrests.
Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Bill Miller said late Thursday that the homeowner caught Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose trying to steal his vehicle.
Miller says the escaped Georgia inmates had crashed a car while being chased by law enforcement and fled on foot into woods along Interstate 24 near the rural community of Christiana.
Miller says something alerted the homeowner that people were outside his home and he saw the men trying to steal his vehicle. The trooper says the homeowner held the two at gunpoint with a neighbor he called until the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department could get there to arrest them.

Since people like Mr. Shea wax eloquent about violent murderers being the "victims," it's important always to remember and acknowledge the actual victims of these horrendous crimes:
Sgt. Chris Monica was "a man who loved deeply, shared abundantly and laughed often," his niece, Brooke Lawson, told mourners Tuesday during Monica's funeral.
 [He was] dedicated to his job, but his favorite part of each day was going home to his family, said Baldwin State Prison Warden Cedrick Taylor. Monica was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, and a constant source of support to his family, Lawson said.
Among his survivors are his wife, Denise Monica; two daughters, Ashley Rae Thurston and Zoey Rae Monica; two grandchildren, Kelsey and Keylan Barnes; and a sister, Laural Mixon. His mother, Mary Moyers Thomas, and a brother, Robert Anthony Monica, preceded him in death.
He was proud to be a "dance dad" to Zoey Rae and invited his co-workers to her "Nutcracker" performances every year, Lawson said. He enjoyed accompanying his grandson to Boy Scout activities and teaching his granddaughter how to swim.
Monica loved to tell stories, entertain, pull pranks and joke, and he used his sense of humor to diffuse difficult situations, Lawson said. He was a terrible cook but a great taste tester and a food lover, the Rev. Mac Efinger said. He was kind, giving and genuine to everyone he knew.
"He was in the prime of his life," he said. "He knew what mattered in life. He gave his very best self to every day. He worked hard, and sometimes he played hard."
Hopefully now swift justice will be done, and these killers will be charged, convicted, and sentenced to the death they so richly deserve for cutting short the lives of the two men attempting to render them harmless. They've proven that incarceration will certainly not protect others from their animalistic devotion to violence. Frankly, I care more about the lives of these two peace officers than about keeping their killers alive in the hope they won't murder again.

RIP, Officers Monica and Billue, and may their loved ones have peace.

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