Friday, 9 September 2011
Winnipeg Sun riles up would-be Rorschach
Sick to the stomach(Hat tip to John Dobbin)
Re: ‘Welcome to Killerpeg,’ Tom Brodbeck, Sept. 2.
I agree with Tom and every other good citizen of this city who is sick to their stomach about of youth punks getting away with murder. To add insult to injury, we the public don’t even have the right to know who these youths are because it might be unfair to them.
Well, if any friend or family member of mine is ever brutalized by young punks, I won’t be lobbying our government or crying out and begging my MP to change our weak-wiled laws. I won’t for two reasons. One, there are simply too many bleeding heart liberals in this country to see any real significant changes occur, now or ever. Two, I prefer to take out my own garbage.
Appreciate your frustration, but vigilante justice isn’t a good idea.
Thank you, Tom Brodbeck and thank you, Sun Media. This truly belongs in the Canadian Sun dailies Hall of Fame, right beside these reader comments to the Toronto Sun.
While crime in a pressing problem in Winnipeg and, for that matter, Manitoba in general, here's some perspective*. In 2009, Winnipeg had the highest homicide rate in Canada, with 4.1 murders per 100,000 residents. The homicide rate for the entire US (the most murderous cities averaged out with the safest in the nation) was 5 murders per 100,000 people.
The Winnipeg Sun, unsurprisingly, endorses the Dumb on Crime policy that the more murderous US uses.
*If anyone knows of any drastic distinctions between Canada's and America's definition of homicide that make this an unfair comparison, please let me know. The only one I can think of is America's broad definition of "justifiable homicide" (killing criminals under certain circumstances), which lowers the US homicide rate as justifiable homicides are counted separately from regular (unjustifiable) homicides.