Having moved on (for now) from letters about Confederate monuments, we'll begin with a subject definitely known for not inflaming passions: guns.
On a story about a man who marched alone for gun reforms in Hillsborough with a sign that read, "Keep your rifles and handguns, no AR-15s," Rick Miller comments: "LOL. AR-15s are rifles. People were also dying from package bombs last month, but are we calling for an end to parcels or going after the demented and damaged person who used them to take lives?"
To which AleciaRaw replies: "A flawed argument. Just like the one gun activists use when they say, 'Cars kill people. Why don't we get rid of cars then?' Obviously, one must look at the primary purpose for the item. The primary purpose of parcels is not to kill a large number of people, it's to transfer an item from one place to another. The primary purpose of cars is for transport of people. The primary purpose of assault rifles is mass murder."
Zigfried Ost Vind writes of gun-reform protesters, "Perhaps if these useful idiots admonished the liberal news to quit publicizing and promoting the school shooters, it would help stop the copycats. But no, they have to promote disarming more victims (no-gun zones) and violating the rights of more law-abiding citizens (gun control). Time to allow the teachers the choice of bearing arms to protect their students. Be more pro-choice; do it for the children."
Moving on to news that Satana Deberry, a candidate for Durham County district attorney who won the endorsement of the People's Alliance PAC, appears to have plagiarized Larry Krasner, the Philadelphia DA held up as a model by criminal justice reformers. While some of the language on her website was nearly identical to his, Deberry denied copying and pasting, though she admitted she did "borrow heavily" from Krasner.
This explanation wasn't good enough for Tom Crosby, an assistant district attorney in Durham. "I read with worry the recent article detailing Durham DA candidate Deberry's plagiarism and her response to being confronted," he writes. "A prosecutor has to make difficult decisions every single day. How do you wield your discretion, balancing the community's safety with a defendant's liberty, the wishes of the victims, and the weight of the evidence? Deberry had an opportunity to make an easy decision that fit the evidence: admit to, not deny, the copying of another's campaign website and endeavor to win back Durham's trust. Instead, she chose to deny what everyone could see for themselves was blatant plagiarism.
"A district attorney has a special role in our society—they are responsible for seeking justice, not winning cases. Justice Sutherland said, in a landmark decision on prosecutorial misconduct, a prosecutor is 'a servant of the law,' and 'while [a prosecutor] may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones.' That's because 'the average jury ... has confidence that these obligations, which so plainly rest upon the prosecuting attorney, will be faithfully observed.'
"In a very real sense, then, a prosecutor's greatest asset lies not in their management of finite resources, their legal acumen, their compassion, or their discretion. Their greatest asset is their integrity. If Deberry failed this easy first test, how can Durham trust that she will succeed when the decisions become much more difficult?"
Durham451 argues that the "People's Alliance should reconsider their endorsement here. I'm not sold on the incumbent, either, but there are three candidates in the race." (You can read more about them on page 9.)
Finally, MJKopechne trots out a liberal bogeyman: "Krasner was the far-left candidate propelled to victory by $1.7 million from uber-progressive billionaire George Soros. At least give Deberry credit for following some the of best campaign rhetoric money could buy. Is this what we want for Durham?"
We'll find out May 8.