A prominent British antigun campaigner has been stabbed to death by her grandson. He was already in custody, over having stabbed a railroad worker, when challenged about trespassing.
Hat tip to Sarah "Six Gun Sally"...
Here's a link to a video on how British attitudes may be changing a bit ( I hope so ).
Posted by: CDR D at June 2, 2008 06:00 PM
Boy, talk about karma!!!!
Posted by: Joe at June 2, 2008 08:34 PM
OK, call me crazy, but the BBC article says it's believed the young man had been arrested for stabbing someone else earlier in the day.
Why is that believed? Was he arrested? If so, was he arrested without evidence or some other egregious error was made? Did he escape?
Or was he arrested for stabbing someone and released to do it again the same day? If he was arrested and released, what did they think was going to happen?
I know there's a lot of speculation there; these are just questions that ran through my head.
Posted by: Don Gwinn at June 2, 2008 09:02 PM
Don, you're not crazy, that's what it says:
"The 20-year-old man was being held on suspicion of murder, police said. It is thought he had been arrested earlier in the day over another stabbing.
A 45-year-old railway worker was treated in hospital for a stab wound to his arm after challenging a man for trespassing at Leeds station on Sunday morning, British Transport Police said."
Holy hell. You wouldn't get that kind of speedy turn around for a frickin' DWI in the USA, much less aggravated assault with a deadly weapon...in the USA this dude would still be in the county lock-up, waiting to for somebody to post his bail, which any conscientious judge would set pretty damn high. If he couldn't afford bail, too bad sonny boy, you're gonna cool your jets until the judge sets a trial date.
Talk about misplaced priorities in the UK criminal justice system...makes my head spin.
Posted by: JJR at June 3, 2008 06:56 AM
Sometimes life speaks louder then the spoken or written word. But all the liberals say it is so non-violent in the U.K. ....... Reality is Truth
KARMA..is a "Mo-fo".... where is George Sorors when you need him?
Posted by: Eric Schultz at June 3, 2008 07:53 AM
I'm a little crazy.
If you read the Telegraph article, from which the BBC probably cribbed theirs, you see that when they say "earlier in the day" they mean earlier than the DISCOVERY of her body, which happened Sunday night, NOT earlier than her death. So they're saying the timeline is like this:
1. Grandson (allegedly) stabs grandmother to death.
2. Grandson (allegedly) leaves grandmother's home.
3. Grandson (allegedly) stabs construction worker.
4. Grandson is arrested for stabbing construction worker.
5. Grandmother's body is discovered in her home.
I try not to jump on the Brits, but sometimes my bias comes through.
Posted by: Don Gwinn at June 3, 2008 08:45 AM
One more thought: This woman's fate had a lot more to do with her life and family than with any political marches or whatever she was up to. Consider: Here's a 53-year-old woman with a record, a son dead in a gang dispute of some sort, and a 20-year-old grandson with violent mental disorders.
That means, at some point, she was a 24-year-old woman with a criminal record, a gangster child, and a grandchild being born. If you go back a little further, I'm sure you'll find her parents weren't exactly mummy and daddy dearest, either.
Posted by: Don Gwinn at June 3, 2008 08:49 AM
Reality is a bi*ch for those who want to live in never-never land.
Violence is intrinsically neither bad nor good. But it is always a part of life. Learn to use it for good and you'll benefit society. Bad people, like bad dogs, need to be disciplined (right now, right here, by their victim -- not in three years).
Posted by: 30yearProf at June 3, 2008 01:06 PM