The recent Charleston church massacre is the trigger for this piece though the concept has been brewing for some time, only recently coming to full bubble.
Have you ever lost your temper? I know I have! In my younger days it was a much more frequent occurrence. My little brother knew just what nerves to hit to achieve the desired effect. All of us suffer provocation of one sort or another but to go to the extreme extreme of taking the lives of people you don't even know in a raging fit of gross stupidity>>> Yep, it does sound like insanity!
And yet, is it really?
Don't know about you but the word "insanity" to me conjures an image of a drooling, giggling at inappropriate times, frothing at the mouth, blindly staring idiot. One whose next action is totally unpredictable. One whose cabbage is functioning far from normalcy, maybe damaged beyond all hope of repair. Darryn Roof does not qualify on any of these counts. His well-thought-out and articulate manifesto http://melanoidnation.org/terrorist-dylann-roofs-white-supremacist-manifesto/ on the racial problems of the United States is not the product of the individual described above. Rather, it illustrates the thinking of a fairly intelligent young man, someone able to connect the dots and think rationally, in concepts even, creating well-thought-thru arguments to support his position. What drove him over the edge from thinking conceptually about racial problems to entering a place of worship and gunning down people who accepted his presence and were willing to help him?
Whatever it was, it was not insanity. Imagine the competence required to carry out the execution of nine people with a handgun. Handguns are about three times more difficult to shoot accurately than are rifles due to the short sighting radius. Judging by the number of rounds fired, he must have had to reload the arm at least once while letting none of the nine escape or successfully attack him.
Its true, this matter has yet to go to trial. And its true that the prosecuting attorney has yet to produce a plea of temporary insanity. I just think its a likely plea based on the frequency of its use and the successful results it has had in swaying jurors and judges to leniency in the past.
Forgive the crude comparison, but if a rabid rottweiler were to savage nine children to death, what would be done with it? How long would it live? Would it be released on a million dollar bond the next day? Most such dangerous animals are quickly put down. I'm not suggesting this be done with Mr Roof, but there will be those who disagree with me. I do hope we can all agree though on this, and by all i mean the courts as well, that a man such as Darryn Roof, whether sane or insane, can never be trusted to function in society again and must for reasons of public safety alone be jailed permanently at the very least, perhaps along with all the other mass murderers among us, including those at the highest levels of government.