Today is sentencing day for Jared Loughner. He’s the young man who plead guilty to shooting 6 people dead, and wounding 12 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).
The 24-year-old had pleaded guilty three months ago to 19 federal charges under an agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Today, many of his victims will face their attacker and make victim statements. Rep. Giffords is expected to have her husband read hers.
Now, please understand. The man has already plead guilty. This is just sentencing. Of course, I know if someone shot me, I’d like to face them in court.
But, it’s mostly for show. I expect the media to be there. (snark)
This means one of the other issues has again surfaced. Mental disease and the right of gun ownership. It’s expected that the current administration will soon make some-kind of appeal to change current firearms law to somehow invade medical privacy to make certain whacky folk can’t get their hands on a firearm. Legally. Of course, nothing would prevent them from using knives or bombs. Or stealing one. Or a dozen. And we all know how efficient such a system will be. Like the one that put Ted Kennedy on the No-Fly List.
And, you can bet there will be attempts to make seeking counseling or other mild mental health assistance to make it’s way to the governmental no-guns-allowed list.
Yeah, I’m certain it’ll work well to protect us all. Just look how safe New York and Chicago are from gun-related crime. (snark)