Deadly weeds

Callous disregard for human life is eroding civilized society's fabric

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This editorial space could be filled with what the public doesn’t know about the shooting of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago.

Antonio Santiago smiles during his first Christmas in this December 2012 photo. Antonio was killed March 21, six weeks after his first birthday.  FILE /ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE /ASSOCIATED PRESS
Antonio Santiago smiles during his first Christmas in this December 2012 photo. Antonio was killed March 21, six weeks after his first birthday.

We don’t know if 18-year-old De’Marquise Elkins really shot a baby sitting in a stroller on a Brunswick, Ga., street. That’s what a trial beginning this week in Marietta is expected to reveal.

Other trials will answer other questions. How was Elkins’ 15-year-old friend involved in what has been described as a robbery gone wrong? Dominique Lang is expected to be a key witness.

Did Elkins’ sister and mother try to conceal the crime by trying to dispose of the purported murder weapon, as they’re accused of doing?

And what of the assertions from Elkin’s lead defense attorney – that gunshot residue was found on the hands of both the toddler’s parents, even though the child’s father reportedly wasn’t even at the scene of the shooting?

A pretrial motion from the defense has implied that someone shot the boy between the eyes, point-blank, to cash in on a life insurance policy.

The unfolding trial has much to reveal. What we can tell you is what it already has revealed about our society – a further sickening devaluation of human life.

Regardless of who killed Antonio or for what twisted motive, it is a morally broken culture that can spawn the kind of person who would stoop to taking the life of a defenseless child.

Do you need more examples of modern callousness? Can you stomach more examples?

We’ll leave you with just one: In Oklahoma, three boys ages 15, 16 and 17 are in custody in connection with the slaying Friday of 22-year-old Christopher Lane, an Australian attending college in America on a baseball scholarship.

Duncan, Okla., Police Chief Danny Ford said the 17-year-old has given a detailed confession.

“They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target,’” Ford said. “The boy who has talked to us said: ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’

“They followed him in the car to that area, shot him in the back and drove off,” Ford said.

If this account is true – that the kids “were bored and didn’t have anything to do” – how did their bent minds get to a point where an antidote to boredom involves slaying an innocent man?

A lack of morals. A lack of guidance. A lack of structure. A lack of attention. A lack of love.

Dare we say a lack of a strong family?

Talk about an antidote – that’s a proven cure right there for so many symptoms of a sick society: a strong, loving, traditional family.

Did those three teens have that? Did De’Marquise Elkins? Will the next teen facing a charge of murder? None of them are honor students or Eagle Scouts or altar boys, we’re willing to bet.

The seeds of family breakdown – sown over several decades in the soil of government-enabled poverty and moral decline – are sprouting around us every day, in the form of these kinds of deaths.

They’re like weeds – and they’re choking us.

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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/22/13 - 01:33 pm
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allhans @ 12:50

"The thugs who shot the young man in Oklahoma had another deadly weapon that could have been used to make their kill - the car."

This is exactly liberals' point, that more crimes are commited with guns than any other deadly weapon.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 08/22/13 - 01:34 pm
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there are over 20000 laws on

there are over 20000 laws on the books across the states concerning gun control...i have a ga liscense to carry a weapon, as we reap what the govt has sown ...more and more will start arming thenselves for protection...most religions have similiar morals about murder etc...we remove all semblence of morality and this is what we get..

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rmwhitley 08/22/13 - 01:53 pm
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I'd be willing
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to bet that the negro population has more illegal firearms than all other ethnicities in America combined. I'll go even further and say that less than 5% of those guns in their hands are legally registered. Enough of the excuses by obama, holder, jackson, jealous and sharpton. Black folk, if you can't grow up and be mature adults, why don't you at least stay in gubmint housing, gubmint-run schools, get a legitimate education, GET A JOB, then get off of the gubmint dole. Until you accomplish this, you ain't s--t. 98% of you aren't going to make it as rappers or go to the nba.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/22/13 - 02:33 pm
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The Parents

The gun is not the culprit. The first thing we always hear is how bad the criminal had it as a child. OK, Let's make the punishment match the crime and also if this childhood of the person is in question sentence the parents to the same sentence as the criminal. It's not for the schools or village to teach, it's for the parents to teach and hold that child accountable. I spent 12 years working in the same profession as myfather, and since work with local, state and federal agencies and can say without a doubt, it's not the gun, it's the parents fault in 99% of the cases! People aren't born bad, but they can learn it!!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/22/13 - 03:02 pm
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"The 2nd amendment. The
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"The 2nd amendment. The militia shall have the right to keep and bare (sic) arms. "

Apparently someone didn't read the 2nd amendment. It doesn't say the right of the militia to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed....it says the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/22/13 - 03:03 pm
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T3. Cars make it super easy
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T3. Cars make it super easy to kill people...more people are killed by cars than guns every year. I don't see you trying to get them outlawed...why is that?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/22/13 - 03:07 pm
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"This is exactly liberals'
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"This is exactly liberals' point, that more crimes are commited with guns than any other deadly weapon."

NOT TRUE. There are more deaths caused by drunk drivers than by guns. You ready to crusade against cars yet?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/22/13 - 03:18 pm
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Alcohol related violence and

Alcohol related violence and disease kill more than cars. Ban alcohol-such an original idea. WHO suggest regulating consumption and access to reduce violence. Isn't strong drink forbidden in the Abrahamic religions? So let's make a deal....faithful give up guns and secular alcohol. With no guns or alcohol we should all strangle ourselves to death in just a matter of weeks. LOL. I don't worry about guns so much more so than these new high powered air rifles that go up to pretty high calibers that would kill a deer. You use a bicycle pump to pump it up and for close ranges of 100 yards or less are deadly. All a deer hears is psssssfffsssst thump!!!!!! A legal silenced high powered rifle in essence. Then there are cross bows yikes. Did y'all see that interview with the Ice man or somethin' like that who was a mafia hit man? He talked about killing a guy with a spear gun just to see what it would do-yeah a real curious fellow. Reminds me of the recent profiling and killing of the baseball player.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/22/13 - 03:27 pm
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Bledsoe....how many gun shows
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Bledsoe....how many gun shows have you been to? How many have you attempted to buy a gun at?

Darby
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Darby 08/22/13 - 03:45 pm
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"I have a better antidote - get rid of the guns.

Stop glorifying violence. Ban the NRA lobbyists from Congress."

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Specsta - You are a genius! Why didn't I think of that?

I promise you, that as soon as you can come up with a fool-proof plan to remove every gun from the hand of every thug, ex-con, felon and potential felon, I will hand in all my weapons.

And do it with a big smile on my face.

In the meantime, you might just have a budding career looming as a writer of fairy tales.

You might just want to consider that!

PS - One more thing. I'll support banning the NRA when Planned Parenthood, CAIR and the ACLU are denied access to Congress.

Picture me, NOT holding my breath.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/22/13 - 03:47 pm
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No, Darby...we must only ban
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No, Darby...we must only ban conservative lobbyists. Remember...equal protection is not important to liberals.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/22/13 - 05:15 pm
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HA @ 3:02, 3:03, 3:07, & 3:27

Just in case you don't go back to The Rants & Raves, I left this message

Welcome back! Isn't it nice to be missed by someone??!

I could ask, "Are you stalking me or some other smart remark, BUT I am just glad you are back and debateing me."

Maybe tomorrow.

grouse
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grouse 08/22/13 - 07:14 pm
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Yeah, someone can't read the
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Yeah, someone can't read the 2nd amendment...it says "militia" -- a well-regulated one, at that!

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Gage Creed 08/22/13 - 07:22 pm
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I wonder why no one is

I wonder why no one is talking about this?

Elkins is also charged with aggravated assault in the wounding of a minister in another attempted robbery on a Brunswick Street weeks earlier.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2013-08-16/story/glynn-county-alloc...

KSL
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KSL 08/22/13 - 09:25 pm
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You mean why the media is not

You mean why the media is not reporting it.

KSL
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KSL 08/22/13 - 09:27 pm
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Except for the non mainstream

Except for the non mainstream media.

Darby
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Darby 08/22/13 - 09:58 pm
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I'm betting that Humble A

can spell debating.

Or as Neil Bortz once said, Debate is what you put on de hook to catch de fish.

specsta
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specsta 08/22/13 - 11:36 pm
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A Gun For Everybody

Go ahead - embrace your guns. Whisper sweet-nothings to your boxes of bullets. Play some romantic music while you cradle your AK-47's and Glocks. Buy your kids a rifle for a Christmas present. Tell folks they'll take your guns only from your "cold, dead hands".

Meanwhile, be prepared to see more news reports about innocent folks gunned down. Children dying after discovering a parent's loaded and unlocked handgun. Shoot-outs in the street. Stray bullets ripping though homes and killing folk. Idiots shooting guns in the air to "celebrate", too dumb to understand that bullets fall back down and can kill.

Guns exist for one purpose - to kill another human being. And human beings will continue to be killed, courtesy of a searing bullet.

Since the Second Amendment is our great protector, let's expand it. Let's put handguns and long rifles and caches of bullets into the hands of every citizen, young and old. Let's make it mandatory. Everybody will be strapped with a gun. And I mean, everybody. Let's see who survives what follows.

Isn't that what you guys want?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/23/13 - 12:43 am
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specsta I'm sure there's more

specsta

I'm sure there's more qualified and informed persons than myself, but let me give it a try.

Most people that support our second amendment rights don't “cradle their AK-47's and Glocks”, We just have them “close to hand” in case of an emergency.

Many of us WILL buy our child a gun for a Christmas present, but that's just because we wish to teach them responsibility, and of course that's one of “those things” that boys love. (yes, yes, I know, anything “boyish” is suspect in your book)

I guess it depends on the parents.

There is absolutely no statistics that show “adjusted” human beings are going crazy shooting people “up”. There are statistics that show those raised under the “progressive” umbrella being more likely to be the definition of anti-social, dangerous animals.

Ya, I know, it hurts, and ticks you off. Deal with reality for a change.!!!

I know people like you wish to denude boys of their, um, their “boyhood”, just because you refuse to accept responsibility for the seeds that you've sown. (or maybe for some other reason?)

KSL
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KSL 08/23/13 - 12:44 am
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Guns exist to kill people

All I can say is, geeze.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/23/13 - 04:19 am
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Spec

All I can say is, geeze.

Liberals exist to:

Point out right people’s flaws, and tell us how to exist “properly”. This is usually accomplished by:

Searching far and wide until finding pseudo intellectuals that support the liberal/progressive view with absolutely no basis in history.

Promising unicorns and cotton candy to ALL citizens, willing to bow down to the state.

Idolizing and supporting those who trash and have disdain for the system which has uplifted, and improved the lives of common man over any other form of government in the history of man.

Convincing regular peeps, they have no chance, or if they get “lucky’, it’s just because of the inherent unfairness of the system/man.

AND ULTIMETLY –

We will NEVER be happy until we are all equally miserable!!!

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/23/13 - 06:53 am
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"Guns exist for one purpose -
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"Guns exist for one purpose - to kill another human being. And human beings will continue to be killed, courtesy of a searing bullet."

Well, Specsta, since automobiles exist for one purpose - to run over people, why aren't you rallying to outlaw them?

I know that the above statement sounds absurd, but so was yours. I have used guns my entire life, and I have never killed a human being with one, so they CLEARLY exist for other reasons, but you refuse to acknowledge them because it would contradict your rhetoric. This seems to be a very common tactic in liberal debating.....to ignore facts.

KSL
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KSL 08/23/13 - 07:23 am
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HA and Young Fred

Y'all nailed it.

KSL
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KSL 08/23/13 - 07:56 am
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Addressing specsta earlier, I

Addressing specsta earlier, I mentioned Prohibition. I need to get my husband to post for me information as to why FDR realized that it wasn't working. And it would not take a reasoning person with an IQ above totally mentally impaired to understand the correlation.

KSL
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KSL 08/23/13 - 08:21 am
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Everyone knows that FDR spent

Everyone knows that FDR spent a lot of time at the Little White House in Warm Springs, GA. One of his favorite spots to visit was Dowdell's Knob on Pine Mountain (My future husband took me there for a picnic 1966). Looking south in the valley below he could see the smoke from moonshiners' fires. It influenced his decision that Prohibition DID NOT WORK.

KSL
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KSL 08/23/13 - 08:31 am
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He who does not post became

He who does not post became He who will not post, but He who will dictate. He who's parents knew FDR personnally.

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allhans 08/23/13 - 01:56 pm
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NY is going back to allowing

NY is going back to allowing the gangs to keep their guns so more can now shoot each other. Who thinks this is not the liberals intention.

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chascushman 08/23/13 - 10:18 am
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"Since the Second Amendment
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"Since the Second Amendment is our great protector, let's expand it."
specsta, the reason we need to carry a gun is trash like in the article below. Two thugs beat an 88 yr old WWII vet to death. If he had had his gun it might have been different. It is becoming more and more necessary to carry a gun We can thank the Great Society, liberals/progressives, democrats and black leaders for the mess we are in.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/23/wwii-vet-beaten-lod...

KSL
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KSL 08/23/13 - 01:15 pm
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specsta @ 11 whatever

I had a loaded gun in my house in 1978. My children were born in 70 and 72. There are very much healthy and alive. CAN YOU SAY PARENTING?

While they did not know where it was kept, they were smart enough to have searched for it. CAN YOU SAY PARENTING?

You people who have a problem with law abiding citizens owning guns, do you have a problem in your family with someone?

KSL
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KSL 08/24/13 - 01:17 am
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spec

Is not woman enough to allow emails to her to tell her she has comments to read.

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