I’m sorry, but the killing of James Lee, the Discovery Channel gunman
who yesterday took several employees hostage, was the only option for
that sick individual.
Special thanks go out to the Montgomery County officers and SWAT members who thought it better to shoot first and ask questions later about what kind of device Lee had strapped to his person during those intense hours.
The politico in me, however, can’t help but think of this gunman’s social views of the world. Apparently, Lee was no stranger to the Discovery Channel, and a vocal critic of its programming. He condemned human reproduction, and argued instead that we all should be “sterilized” to control the population.
According to several news accounts, Lee wanted to save the planet by decreasing the human population. He once wrote, “Humans are the most destructive, filthy, pollutive [sic] creatures around and are wrecking what's left of the planet with their false morals and breeding culture.”
I haven’t seen any media outlet try to draw parallels to Lee as an “environmental extremist” or someone from the far left. Someone who represents the views of those who feel humans are part of the ecological problem, even if they don’t act on those views in such violent ways.
Out of bounds? It wasn’t that long ago when incidents involving a shooting at an abortion clinic prompted a few from the left to link the zealot was with the “far right” conservative movement. Arguments from MSNBC and CNN talking heads that this extremist brand of justice threatened the safety and welfare of citizens thinly disguised their earnestness to mark anyone who feared God as one dip away from nihilistic violence.
A double standard? I think so.
Either way, Lee was clearly unfit for this planet. For the safety of us all, he’s better off dead.
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