Friday, May 27, 2011

Justice for Jerome Ersland -- another villified hero

Like Bernie Getz three decades ago, Ersland did absolutely nothing wrong. He disposed of a worthless piece of shit who didn't deserve to walk among us, and now he's been convicted of first-degree murder.

It would be fitting justice if these jurors someday stare down the barrel of a robber's gun, then have to wonder if they should defend themselves, or if they should chance the robber on the ground should regain consciousness. What was Ersland supposed to do, check for a pulse?

There's an old joke about a reporter asking a policeman why he shot a criminal a certain number of times. "Because I didn't have any more bullets." Ah, yes, police have the authority to use lethal force, but the victim directly threatened does not?

This comment says it all: "As far as I'm concerned, the second these scumbags entered the store with guns is the second they gave up their right to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness." Look at the video: who had pulled a gun first?

So now Ersland will probably never breathe free air again, while the surviving robber got away. The small solace is that Ersland saved other people in the future from being robbed, even killed, by the punk he put under.


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