Ya think?

Would-be anti-abortion terrorist hesitated to pull the trigger because he wasn’t sure he was “100% in sync with God.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

4 thoughts on “Ya think?”

  1. I think I’m not sure who is more mentally defective here, the guy shooting holes in his motel room door and then raving to the police his plans to commit murder or the police/court who can’t find a dozen criminal charges over and above (what was it?) disturbing the peace.
    The guy is obviously demented and needs medical attention.

  2. Mind you, the lack of certainty wasn’t apparently about whether murdering doctors, nurses and the odd patient who got in the way was a bad idea, but rather about other issues. He didn’t want to undertake his mission until he felt his soul was sufficiently pure.

    (Oh, and anomalous, the disorderly conduct citatation appears to have been about another incident, when he wasn’t armed.)

    Sometimes I really wonder why it is that crazy people with rightwing views (in the US at least) seem so much more likely to attempt and commit murders than crazy people with leftwing views. Maybe it’s the general media environment.

  3. God’s busy with Bruins fans and that guy from Murrican Idol – He doesn’t have time for such things. Come now. Let’s get frreals.

  4. @paul says:

    “Sometimes I really wonder why it is that crazy people with rightwing views (in the US at least) seem so much more likely to attempt and commit murders than crazy people with leftwing views. Maybe it’s the general media environment.”

    Because “crazy people with leftwing views,” in an act of uncommon defiance, and unity, have decided to “stick-it” to the Roberts Court, and it 2’nd amendment rulings, by behaving as if the Founders really did mean “militia.”

    Take that!

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