Jared Lee Loughner has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 wounded, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. Before being declared mentally incompetent today by federal judge Larry Burns, Loughner yelled: “Thank you for the freak show,” “She died in front of me” and “You’re treasonous.” He was removed from the courtroom.
Isn’t anyone who kills someone else more than disturbed? How could anyone sane kill someone else? Isn’t the ‘mentally incompetent’ defense an open invitation to commit whatsoever crime one wishes and thereby bypass human (never divine) justice? Was this guy unbalanced or just a very clever actor cleverly coached by a defense attorney?
And isn’t it easier (and more palatable) for people today to believe that a person who would do what he (and other ‘insane’ people do) would have to be more than a bit unbalanced instead of believing that true evil exists and that there are truly evil people motivated to the vilest of deeds by nothing other than wickedness?
Maybe we modern / postmodern Americans like the idea of mental illness more than we like the idea of incarnate evil. Maybe we like it better because it makes us feel better about ourselves or it helps us accept the bizarre notion that ‘people are basically good’ and that they only do terribly evil things when they are out of their minds.
Innocent by reason of insanity? He’s hardly innocent, even if he is insane. He’s guilty of brutality, murder, and wickedness. He killed, don’t forget, a number of people including a small child. Driven by mental imbalance? Only God knows. For my part, I’m not willing to close my eyes to the very real possibility that evil walks in human form more frequently than most of us would care to admit.