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Anonymous on

I am so glad the father is not being charged for killing the man. The SOB deserved death, and I for one would like to thank the father on behalf of myself, and my daughters. There is now one less sicko off the streets, preying on innocent women. If I ever caught anyone doing that to my children, I would kill them too.

Erika on

I’m also glad the father wasn’t charged. There are no words to describe the anger and devastation that a parent would feel seeing someone seeing that happen to their innocent child. You can’t blame the father for beating the guy. It’s no loss to society anyway. Sex offenders don’t get enough time in prison, and I’d rather see a low life child molester killed, than more innocent little girls being molested.

A. on

I’m glad that father wasn’t charged either. He should earn a medal for ridding the world of one sick, evil, & dangerous person. Any loving & protective parent would want to kill a piece of shit like that guy did if their kid was molested too.

If only someone did me a favor and murdered the person that molested me, it might have given me some closure and I wouldn’t feel such intense hatred for this person. He further victimized me several years ago by breaking in my house and stealing my stuff. I guess I will just have to trust the saying, “what goes around, comes around.”

JM on

I guess I am in the minority here. I don’t think that living in a society where people take the law into their own hands is a good thing. when something truly terrible happens to you or someone you love it is entirely conceivable and understandable that anyone could become irrational, luckily we have laws and a judicial system to hand out punishment instead of our own flawed impulses.

two wrongs don’t make a right and i repeat, i don’t think a civilised society is one where people are able to hand out punishment as they see fit. but then maybe that’s just me….

Jen DC on

JM: At least it went to a grand jury. That’s a sufficient exposure to adjudication for me. Given the facts as reported by TIME, the father DID stop once he realized the extent of the man’s injuries, which is sufficient to give rise to a legally adequate defense of “defense of others.”

I am, however, upset that others will take this as license to kill in facially similar situations and with the general trend toward vigilantism, e.g., George Zimmerman. Between these kinds of actors and the loosening of gun control laws, this trend isn’t headed in a good direction.

Miche on

And JM, he didn’t seek the man out after finding out what happened. He caught him in the act of raping his 5 yr old girl. It was an instinctive reaction to protect his daughter. That I can understand more than someone “hunting down” a rapist and taking the law into their own hands. And he did stop and call 911 when he realized how badly the rapist was injured. He has a right to protect his daughter, just like we have the right to protect our homes from invaders here in the US.

JM on

Miche, I have a feeling this may disintegrate into another gun law debate as has been had many times here on this website. all i can say is that i am happy i live in a country with a much much lower rate of gun related deaths than the US because we have strict gun laws (ie, not everyone and their grandmother can just waltz into a shop and buy a gun). people think the US gun laws make them safer, doesn’t explain why there are far more gun related deaths in the US than in Britain every year…

but that is beside the point (i was referring to your ‘protect yourself against intruders’ comment). regarding the case, i guess we will just have to agree to disagree. what happened to that man’s daughter is horrific, but i couldn’t live with myself and would find it hard to live with my husband knowing i or he had killed someone.

Leslie on

JM,

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal Europe on gun control laws:

“Homicide is tied to a willingness to resort to violence, not the presence of guns. In 1900, when England had no gun controls and most citizens had at least a rifle in the house, the homicide rate was only 1.0 per 100,000. Today, even with all the regulations, England’s murder rate has nearly doubled. Also notable is that England has far higher rates of assault, burglary and robbery than the United States. ”

“There have been no school massacres ever in Switzerland, where guns and kids mix freely. In Switzerland, nearly every single household has a gun and the murder and gun shot rates are one of the lowest in the world.”

“A quick glance at history shows that tyrannical governments kill far more than do private criminals. But first, governments must disarm their victims. When the Nazis occupied Europe in 1939-41, they proclaimed the death penalty for any person who failed to surrender all firearms within 24 hours.”

“There may be various reasons why the Nazis did not invade Switzerland, but one of those reasons is that every Swiss man had a rifle at home.”

“The bottom line is one of attitude. Populations with training in civic virtue, though armed, do not experience sensational massacres or high crime rates. Indeed, armed citizens deter crime. Switzerland fits this mold. Similarly, America’s lawful “gun culture” is peaceful. Sadly, some of its subcultures are not and no amount of gun regulation will prevent certain individuals from getting their hands on weapons. The best defense against such individuals is a responsibly armed citizenry.”

meghan on

JM, I could not disagree with you more. I also have a hard time believing you wouldn’t fly into a state of rage if you walked into a room and found your child being raped. And it sounds like your the one who wants to start a gun debate. Why are you even bringing up guns? The guy was hit in the head.

Jillian on

What this man did versus someone molesting your child, seeking them out at home, beating them and dying are totally different things. If he sought the guy out and beat him while he was sipping a coffee down the street, I feel he should be arresting for the crime….and he would be! But, the way he acted, is as most people would act in that horrible situation.

A,
I am not sharing my families story on here, beacause it is personal and not anyone’s business. BUT, I strongly disagree with your statement, “Any loving & protective parent would want to kill a piece of shit like that guy did if their kid was molested too.”

I have met with loving and protective parents in counseling groups. We are taught to not live with anger and hate and feelings of wanting to seek revenge. I am trully sorry that you experienced what you did. There are great groups and individual counseling sessions that provide resources to victims and their families. Wanting to kill someone is never a solution to anything because it will never take away what was done to you. Working on yourself is a solution. I learned this long long ago. It has taken me many years to get where I am. I have never wanted the man responsible to be killed. It wouldn’t change a thing.

Mary

Jean on

The father was crying and very emotional and called 911 himself, terrified that he had killed the man. He saw the man on top of his 5 year old daughter and went into a rage. I don’t know any parent who wouldn’t do the same to protect their child. If that was my daughter, I would have done the exact same thing, I have no doubt about it. And if it was my husband that killed him, I would be eternally grateful to him. Raping/molesting a child is one of the most horrific things imaginable and the world is a better place without this man.

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