A society out of control

Murders prompt painful questions on devolving of our culture

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Only time will tell whether Joshua T. Jones, accused of two murders over the weekend, may be criminally ill or something even worse.

But either way, society has some explaining to do.

If the 26-year-old is as mentally ill as he appeared to be in court Monday – shaking head, dazed look, incoherent – then you have to wonder how it got to the point where he would shoot his pregnant girlfriend, Cayce Vice, and Aiken police officer Sandra Rogers. Were there warning signs that were ignored? How did he get his hands on a gun?

And, of course, we ought to discuss the dearth of services for those with serious mental illnesses and their family members, who are variously besieged by a lack of help or are negligent in not seeking what help there is.

Others in the area who believe they may be dealing with a severe mental illness – in themselves or those around them – need to take it seriously and seek help immediately. A possible first step: Call 2-1-1, a referral line for social services administered by the United Way of the CSRA.

If, on the other hand, it’s not mental illness, then we’re dealing with undiluted evil. In this instance, too, we have some probing, painful questions to ask and answer.

Even if this case is a result of mental illness, many other outrages and tragedies we’ve seen over recent years are simply the harvest of a society out of control: people seeking buffets of gratification without accountability; children being raised by daytime television and tossed about from one dysfunctional live-in arrangement to the next; illicit drugs making parents so incapable of handling their children that a grandparent or foster parent must step in; and on an on.

Whichever societal ill pertains in this case – and perhaps there is more than one at play – the tragedy is a reminder that we’ve got plenty of ills to deal with that we just flat-out aren’t. Often, that’s because the media and political correctness have choked off such discussions. They try to paint people with strong values as “extreme” and even dangerous to the body politic – which is ludicrous. As if alternative lifestyles aren’t dangerous!

One supposes that people of principle are expected to mind their own business these days. Funny thing, though: “Other people’s business” often ends up getting innocent people killed. Imagine that; ignoring society’s ills doesn’t make them go away.

Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers was one of those innocent victims of a society that’s increasingly sick. She spent nearly three decades protecting that society, too.

That such a good person can be struck down in such a callous, senseless and cruel manner – the third law enforcement officer the area has lost in the past few months – is so wrong on so many levels. A conviction in the case can go only so far in setting things right again. The rest will be up to us.

Officer Rogers’ funeral is Wednesday. A memorial to her, on the other hand, should be a better society for the next officer to protect.

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bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/31/12 - 07:19 pm
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Support for Legalizing Use of

Support for Legalizing Use of Marijuana

Liberals 69%
Moderates 57%
Independents 57%
Democrats 57%
Republicans 35%
Conservatives 34%

http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/record-high-americans-favor-legalizing...

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/31/12 - 07:30 pm
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In conclusion: Gun control is

In conclusion:

Gun control is to liberals as marijuana prohibition is to conservatives: an irrational compulsion that misplaces priorities is incongruous with available data or a rational allocation of limited resources.

madgerman
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madgerman 01/31/12 - 07:44 pm
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Does anyone actually know

Unpublished

Does anyone actually know where he got the gun from? And as to the "mental condition" he was apparently mentally capable of killing people he didn't like and NOT killing people he did lile. But not to worry, in three or four years when it comes to trial, we taxpayers will be soaked by the courts to protect him and his rights.

Haki
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Haki 01/31/12 - 08:17 pm
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Well written, ACES. Thank

Well written, ACES. Thank you! Ashamed an opportunity for dialog on a profound issue in our community is being wasted on 2nd Amendment arguments in the comment section.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/31/12 - 10:22 pm
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Liberals 69% Moderates

Unpublished

Liberals 69%
Moderates 57%
Independents 57%
Democrats 57%
Republicans 35%
Conservatives 34%

BJ? if you get just 111% more that will equal 420.....far out man!

Iresqu
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Iresqu 01/31/12 - 10:26 pm
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Dialog on our Constitutional

Dialog on our Constitutional rights a waste? I suppose it would be if a person(s) were were ashamed of, or didn't know anything about it, their history or have never served in the armed forces to protect them. Someone once said that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. It's not just about the 2nd Amendment... it's about all the amendments. I took my oath to protect and defend the Constitution in 1983 and I still take it serious. Too bad some don't, those are probably the ones too cowardly to serve in the first place.

Yes, what happened to Cpl. Sandra Rogers was a horrible thing. I'm not trying to take that away. To point fingers and say we need more gun control isn't going to fix the problem. Have any of the gun control laws worked? Doesn't appear so. Guns are never going away, that's fact and it can't be controlled. What can be controlled is the way society deals with the undesirables that commit these crimes and deal with them harshly. I'm not trying, nor will I ever try, to change someone's opinion on firearm ownership. If you don't like them so be it. I WILL NOT GIVE MINE UP. You may be a pacifist but I'm not, I will not stand by while my wife gets raped, hurt, or murdered. If you decide to let it happen to yours... well... let the shearing begin.

Bruno
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Bruno 01/31/12 - 10:36 pm
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People need to stop blaming

People need to stop blaming the tool and start blaming the user. BTW, whoever said the US has more gun death per capita than any other country is wrong.
Personally I think that we need a "guilty but insane" or "guilty but mentally ill" option.

Haki
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Haki 01/31/12 - 11:31 pm
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Irequ, you could be a case

Irequ, you could be a case study on gun control.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/31/12 - 11:54 pm
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Pu239: “BJ? if you get just

Pu239: “BJ? if you get just 111% more that will equal 420.....far out man!”

I’ll assume that’s a math/Venn diagram joke.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 01/31/12 - 11:58 pm
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Bruno: “Personally I think

Bruno: “Personally I think that we need a "guilty but insane" or "guilty but mentally ill" option.”

We do have that de facto; it’s just not the official designation.

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