MO 12-year-old shoots and kills parents

Family Denies Abuse of 12-Year-Old Shooting Suspect:

Child Murder Suspect Relatives Say Boy Should Not Be Tried as Adult:

Family Wants 12-year-old Shooting Suspect Rehabilitated:

I’m sure by now most of you have heard that a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his mother and step-father, Rachel Duncan and Jason Duncan.

As is usual in these situations the rumors of abuse have swirled around this case however family members say that while Jason Duncan was strict there was no abuse.

An opposing theory says that the boy ‘snapped’ after being grounded by his step-father. It seems that the boy was into drinking and smoking.

His remaining family say that the boy should not be tried as an adult because he’s ‘just a boy’ and ‘he didn’t realize his actions were permanent.’ While I admire their willingness to forgive there should be no rehabilitation. He knew that his actions would be permanent and you can’t rehabilitate the dead.

A hearing will be held to determine if he will be tried as an adult although that has not yet been scheduled.

Responsibility is Unconstitutional

High court: Juvenile death penalty unconstitutional:

In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled today that executing 16 and 17-year olds is unconstitutional. Executions for those 15 and younger had been previously outlawed. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said…

“Our society views juveniles … as categorically less culpable than the average criminal,” Kennedy wrote.

With all due respect to Justice Kennedy this is a load of crap. In which society are 16 and 17-year-olds viewed as less culpable? So what you’re telling me is that if Dylan Klebold had lived (Eric Harris was 18 at the time) after Columbine that he would not deserve the death penalty because somehow in your mind he’s “less culpable”?

This sends out one of the worst messages possible. “Hey kids go out and kill all you want. You’re less culpable than the average criminal

Personal responsibility dies another death.

UPDATE: Ogre has a take on this as well.