Friday, April 11, 2008

The United States of Sue Happy, Messed Up, Deserving Families

Virginia Tech

"Massacre victims have agreed in principle to accept an $11 million settlement in exchange for agreeing not to sue the state."

It makes no sense...the State of Virginia is in the wrong because some guy is depressed and decides to go on a rampage?


"At least 18 victims' families, as well as the parents of one of the killers, say they intend to sue the county sheriff, the school district or both over the April 20 assault."

Sue the sheriff because they didn't tell everyone a kid in school had issues? And what would happen if the sherrif told everyone, would the kids parents sue the sherrif for malice?

At issue in the trial is whether the Davidians or the federal government is chiefly responsible for the deaths of the 84 men, women and children — including four federal agents — who perished in the shootout, siege and fire. The suit has been brought by the kin of some 60 of Mount Carmel's Davidian dead and by a few Davidians who survived the ordeal.

The government is responsible for the deaths because the government told them to come out with their hands in the air, and they chose not to? The government is put in place to enforce the law, but when it comes time to enforce they can take no action? Didn't the government give them a few days to make a lifesaving decision?

Do the sane live among the insane? Hats off to Andy Goddard in the Virginia Tech link above:

"The priority for me was not to sue, but to find out what went wrong," said Andy Goddard of Richmond, whose son, Colin, was shot four times and survived. "The most important thing was determining exactly what went wrong, not necessarily who -- I'm not interested in seeing a line of heads on spikes.

"We don't need to add any more victims to this tragedy. But we need to find out exactly what went wrong, learn from it, so that it never happens again."

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