Police say attack on woman set ablaze as she lay on LA bus bench 'defies explanation'

  • Article by: GREG RISLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 3:16 AM
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husker1983Dec. 27, 12 9:55 PM

I can hear it now, we need to ban all flammable liquids, matches and lighters.

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faustusDec. 28, 1211:30 AM

I've got a better idea, husker: let's get more realistic about institutionalizing some of these people before they do more damage to society and/or themselves. One could legitimately argue that anyone who would mass-murder children in a school, set a house fire and wait for firefighters to show so they could pick them off with a rifle, or douse a person with a "flammable liquid" and ignite them is - by definition - insane. Why is it that so many people who are "insane" are running around and able to so easily do this kind of mayhem? I recall that a lot of this started back in the 1980s when laws were changed making it very difficult to institutionalize a person - they, essentially, had to request it themselves (unless they had already committed some violent crime that was attributable to their mental condition). So - BOOM - the institutionalized people are released and many of them end up homeless and on the street ... or in the Connecticut case, in the mother's household - protected from being institutionalized while having access to a huge arsenal of momma's guns and ammo. It just seems to me that it might be more efficacious to address the people doing these hideous (and insane) acts rather than outlawing everything they use to commit their mass-murder/maiming sprees.

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geoh777Dec. 31, 1212:44 PM

Why pretend that this event "defies explanation"? The police know evil when they see it, having encountered it many times. The attacker is plain evil. These evil individuals almost always run away, showing that they think they can get away with their vicious acts.

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