Three armed felons crossed the US border and attempted to rob an off-duty El Paso police officer dressed in civilian clothes while he stood in front of a bank. The plan was for two of them to grab his backpack and toss it to an accomplice on a stolen motorcycle. However, the well prepared police officer shot all of them, killing two immediately. The third was shot in both arms and bled to death before the ambulance arrived.
This is how much the US Taxpayer would have had to pay to prosecute these thugs:
· Arrest and detention for 1 night = $6,000
· Transportation for deportation back to Mexico the next day = $1000
· Air time for Obama to apologize in 30 minute speech = $25,007,000
What it actually cost:
· Four .40 rounds = $1.00
· Taxpayer savings = $25,006,999.00
. Off duty cop with a pistol...........priceless
Apparently They Picked The Wrong Man to Rob This Time.
And There Won't Be A Next Time!
THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A 911 CALL IS 4 MINUTES.
THE AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME FOR A .40 S&W ROUND IS ABOUT 1200 FEET PER SECOND.
I LOVE TO READ STORIES WITH SUCH HAPPY ENDINGS.
Loss of life is never a happy ending, but at least only the perpetrators were killed. I realize that during a “heat of the moment” response, carefully aiming to avoid killing attackers is expecting a lot, but three kills for three targets shows intent to kill, rather than to just disable the bad guys.
My first reaction to the above story was to agree with the punch line. On long second-thought, however, I remembered that human life is sacred, and taking lives into one’s own hands usurps God’s authority as Judge, despite the poetic justice we see here. I hope this story’s author meant the relative cost analysis as tongue-in-cheek, because human life, even that of murderous thugs, should be priceless.
In a perfect world, capital punishment should be the exception to the “sanctity of life” principle, as God delegated that authority to properly established governing bodies. But this is not a perfect world, as humanity is so fundamentally flawed that even our Justice System is all too subject to miscarriage of justice, considering the political and financial conflicts of interest involved in judicial decisions at all levels.
Should Government try to fix it? That is the same as asking if the fox should guard the henhouse, or if gasoline is a good fire extinguisher. Our nation’s founding fathers were, by and large, principled men. Because they passionately believed in the Biblical world view, the constitutional, representative republic they established depends on government subscribing to that world view to function properly. In today’s reality, it doesn’t, and baring major Christian revival, our precious US of A is doomed.
At first blush, that seems like a terribly fatalistic conclusion, but none of this is taking God by surprise; he’s not anxiously looking over some cloud’s edge, wringing his hands with indecision. In view of God’s sovereign influence over human affairs I must, by faith, remain positive about the outcome, and praise him for it.