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Murderer of two sex offenders Get's 44 Years

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there's something suspicious about three level III sex offenders hanging out together anyways... it really can't be a good thing. i doubt they were having tea and chatting about the weather.

I couldn't agree with the above statement more.

With regards to the original topic, murder is murder and in I suppose this guy got what he *deserved* in the eyes of the law.

I'm not condoning what he did at all, but I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing, if this was my child that had been molested.

All paedophiles abhor me.

Just my opinion.

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pedophilia might be as normal and common as homosexuality makes you uncomfortable, and the idea of having to admit that there is no moral difference between the two is abhorrent to you?

What??!!

homosexuality is as bad as pedophelia?

:no:

If so, you have severe problems.

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In regards to three pedophiles hanging out together...who else can they hang out with, now that the entire neighborhood knows that they are sexual predators. I doubt they were on anyone's party list.

What??!!

homosexuality is as bad as pedophelia?

:no:

If so, you have severe problems.

You are injecting your bias into someone else's statement.

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pedophilia might be as normal and common as homosexuality

Interesting......you might be on to something. :tu::tu:

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In regards to three pedophiles hanging out together...who else can they hang out with, now that the entire neighborhood knows that they are sexual predators

Exactly.

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Well, that's the whole point, isn't it? The question isn't about what the average person thinks that pedophiles do, but rather what it is that they actually do. Perhaps you are correct, but are you correct because you have gone to pro-pedophile sites and read their mission statements, or is it because you decided, for whatever reason, that this is what pedophiles do (essentially, try to justify having sex with children)?

I'm afraid that the line isn't anywhere near as clear as you would like it to be. Children are most definitely not the same as consenting adults, I'm sure everyone can agree on that, but please, tell, me, when is a child an adult? How can you tell, asides from the legal age of consent laws (I hope we can agree that age of consent laws do not automatically grant a given child the wisdom and maturity that comes with being an adult?)

Another blurry subject is fondling vs rape. Now, you asked it, so I will answer: no, I do not believe that fondling is inherently as bad as rape. It is still abuse, and it still needs to be punished, but there is a reason why different words are used for different acts, and why a jury of people, as opposed to a computer, are used to judge case. There is no concrete line. There is only what a jury of your peers decide on.

Let me tell you that is the line as far as I'm concerned. I stand by what I said and by your statements you are aligning yourself with pedophiles. If that is what you want to do then that is your right. I would much rather stand next to the murderer than next to a supporter of pedophiles. That is how I feel. No amount of 'propaganda' is going to change that. Supporting a pedophile sickens me, call it what you will. I have absolutely no problem with homosexuality so don't try to align the two that is just ridiculous.

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In regards to three pedophiles hanging out together...who else can they hang out with, now that the entire neighborhood knows that they are sexual predators. I doubt they were on anyone's party list.

you make a good point, but i didn't think that the entire neighborhood must necessarily be alerted. the info is available, but don't they have to look it up? plus, sex offender or not, people are always going to have buddies/friends. i'm sure all of the pedophiles around here lead perfectly functional lives with friends etc. there had to have been someone else they could be hanging out with.

the thing that bothers me is the fact that they all share a "common interest"... and could easily abduct a child, what with there being three of them.

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Murderer of two sex offenders sentenced to 44 years.

BELLINGHAM — A man who portrayed himself as an avenging angel for child sex-crime victims was sentenced to more than 44 years in prison Friday for killing two sex offenders.

Michael A. Mullen, 36, escaped a potential life sentence in a plea deal reached this week, ending a case considered one of the nation's worst cases of vigilantism against sex offenders.

Mullen had confessed to the high-profile killings in letters to the news media, expressing a desire to be executed as a symbol of retribution against sex offenders.

Mullen was initially charged with premeditated first-degree murder for the Aug. 27 slayings of Hank Eisses, 49, and Victor Vasquez, 68, charges that could have resulted in a life sentence.

The execution-style killings of Eisses and Vasquez — Level 3 sex offenders convicted of crimes against minors — alarmed law-enforcement and corrections officials.

The men's address was listed on Washington's sex-offender registry, the first such database in the country, and officials feared that public outrage over sex offenders could lead to copy-cat crimes. No such trend has emerged.

Mullen, a petty criminal with alcohol and drug problems, turned himself in a week after the deaths. Police say he posed as an FBI agent when he knocked on Eisses' door.

In letters to The Seattle Times, Mullen said he targeted Eisses through the sex-offender registry and was surprised when he found two other sex offenders, Vasquez and James Russell, also were living in Eisses' Bellingham house.

Mullen claims he interviewed the three before letting Russell go.

"... Out of the three only one showed remorse or guilt. He is the one I let go," he wrote. "... I came to the conclusion that they must die, along with my own execution at the hands of the state, to drive my point home that 'WE' will protect 'our' children

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After reading the thread 171 Year Sentence For Rape I decided to post this.

I have mixed feeling about this story. A part of me would like to declare him a hero despite his acts of violence, however it's up to society to deal collectively with these sex offenders, not vigilantes. In his mind I'm sure he feels justified, also seems to think it will bring the subject more attention.

I dont think the people he murdered were repeat offenders and were probably reformed, or in the process. The story doesn’t specify.

this man deserves a medal.

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In regards to three pedophiles hanging out together...who else can they hang out with, now that the entire neighborhood knows that they are sexual predators. I doubt they were on anyone's party list.

You are injecting your bias into someone else's statement.

Uhm, that was your statement and your bias.

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Let me tell you that is the line as far as I'm concerned. I stand by what I said and by your statements you are aligning yourself with pedophiles. If that is what you want to do then that is your right. I would much rather stand next to the murderer than next to a supporter of pedophiles. That is how I feel. No amount of 'propaganda' is going to change that. Supporting a pedophile sickens me, call it what you will. I have absolutely no problem with homosexuality so don't try to align the two that is just ridiculous.

Why is that? Why is there a problem with aligning pedophilia and homosexuality? Show me what the difference is.

Could the problem be that when you think of pedophiles, you are instead thinking of child molestors? It wasn't all that long ago (in fact, it still occurs quite regularly) that homosexuals were accused of being child molestors as well. The general argument was "Since they can't make children of their own, they go after ours instead."

And you would rather stand next to the murderer, would you? Perhaps you think this man is a hero of some kind? Perhaps, once again, what you think and what is actually true is not the same. Please read below.

this man deserves a medal.

Let's not set up a shrine for the man just yet.

Murderer May Have Been Victim Himself

Mullen was a petty criminal. He had twice been convicted of fraud and had spent two stints in prison. He had a problem with alcohol, and had been having problems with prescription medication. According to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mac Setter, who wrote the formal charges:

"He described himself as a thief and a 'con' whose life was wasted and implied that murdering sex offenders was giving his life value," Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mac Setter wrote in charging papers.

If you want to hail the man as a hero, more power to you, but don't kid yourself. He wasn't in it out of some sense of justice. He wasn't an upstanding member of the community. He was a two-time loser working on his third, and decided to do it in grand style. He told his girlfriend that he was looking at some property, had her drop him off, donned an FBI cap, spent some time chatting with his victims, sharing beer with them on their front lawn, and telling them that he, as an FBI agent, was there to warn them that they were being targeted due to being level three offenders (rather sick sense of humor, there), and after drinking and talking with them, he executed two of them in the living room and let a third go because he decided they were really, really sorry.

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Uhm, that was your statement and your bias.

Not quite. What I did was make a comparison between pedophilia and homosexuality. That's it. No moral judgements no deciding which is bad or which is worse, nothing. All I did was point out that the differences between the two were little more than technical.

Where does the bias come in? In comes in the pre-supposition that pedophilia not only inherently bad, but it is so bad that it could never, in any way, shape, or form, be considered anything less than 'worse', and because of that, comparing anything to pedophilia must be an insult.

But what if we were not taling about a vague 'bad', or 'worse'. What if we we're actually trying to pin down exactly what the differences are between the two? I believe it is this, this attempt to view things objectively, that is hampering most people. Everyone is pre-disposed to consider pedophilia to be inherently evil, but let's examine that. Why would pedophilia be any different than homosexuality, other than the basic mechanics?

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Why is that? Why is there a problem with aligning pedophilia and homosexuality? Show me what the difference is.

I will be simple. Homosexuality is when the people of the same sex like each other and want to have sexual relations with each other. Pedophiles want to have sex with pre-pubescent children. Sometimes pedophiles are homosexual and sometimes they are not. That does not make all pedophiles homosexual. There is the difference.

Could the problem be that when you think of pedophiles, you are instead thinking of child molestors? It wasn't all that long ago (in fact, it still occurs quite regularly) that homosexuals were accused of being child molestors as well. The general argument was "Since they can't make children of their own, they go after ours instead."

Pedophiles are sick individuals whether they molest a child or not. Some even admit it and want help for it because they feel that a sexual desire for a child is wrong. I think it's sick and I think even a lot of homosexuals would find sexual desire for an underdeveloped child disturbing. And no, I do not subscribe to that argument about homosexuals.

And you would rather stand next to the murderer, would you? Perhaps you think this man is a hero of some kind? Perhaps, once again, what you think and what is actually true is not the same. Please read below.

Let's not set up a shrine for the man just yet.

I did not say anything about this particular man except that I would rather stand by him than a molester. Yes, I would rather stand next to a murderer of any kind than next to a pedophile or child molester. And the man is a murderer of course he has a criminal record. I never supported what he did. You are assuming things. As a matter of fact I don't really care about what he did because I don't care about him or who he murdered if I am to be honest.

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I will be simple. Homosexuality is when the people of the same sex like each other and want to have sexual relations with each other. Pedophiles want to have sex with pre-pubescent children. Sometimes pedophiles are homosexual and sometimes they are not. That does not make all pedophiles homosexual. There is the difference.

Yes, but those are all mere technical differences. Differences in definition. Homosexuals feel attraction for members of the same gender; pedophiles for children (not necessarily pre-pubescent). In the same way that a homosexual claims they cannot choose their sexual preference, so do pedophiles say the same thing. In the same way that homosexuals have been and are accused of being sick and immoral, so are pedophiles now. Think about it: you just admitted that pedophilia is nothing more than a preference. It is not an action, it is not crime, it is nothing more than a personal preference. And yet, you are willing to side with a murderer, which is not simply a personal preference, but rather an action which has had most significant consequences for at least one person (namely, the victim). You are, in other words, comparing a criminal action to a mere thought that does not include in its definition any specific action. Wanting to have sex with children is not the same as having sex with children. Being a murderer is far more serious than merely wanting to kill.

I'm not trying to get you to agree with my personal point of view, but can you see where I am coming from?

Pedophiles are sick individuals whether they molest a child or not. Some even admit it and want help for it because they feel that a sexual desire for a child is wrong. I think it's sick and I think even a lot of homosexuals would find sexual desire for an underdeveloped child disturbing. And no, I do not subscribe to that argument about homosexuals.

And yet, it is the exact same, word for word, argument that has been leveled against homosexuals. Why does it no longer apply to them? Why is a pedophile sick, and a homosexual not?

I did not say anything about this particular man except that I would rather stand by him than a molester. Yes, I would rather stand next to a murderer of any kind than next to a pedophile or child molester. And the man is a murderer of course he has a criminal record. I never supported what he did. You are assuming things. As a matter of fact I don't really care about what he did because I don't care about him or who he murdered if I am to be honest.

I'm sorry, I thought you were being pretty clear and specific when you talked about "the" murderer. And he had a criminal record (he had been to jail twice) before he went on his killing spree.

I also never said that you supported what he did, although it is pretty hard to interpret your statement in any other way: "I would much rather stand next to the murderer than next to a supporter of pedophiles." Perhaps when you said "stand", you were referring to the line in the supermarket?

If the topic is disturbing to you, that's perfectly normal, but you don't need to feel defensive. No one is accusing you of anything, nor are your statements going to be used against you in a court of law. Just try being a little more objective. You don't have to agree with other points of view, but it wouldn't hurt to understand the logic behind them.

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In regards to three pedophiles hanging out together...who else can they hang out with, now that the entire neighborhood knows that they are sexual predators. I doubt they were on anyone's party list.

Lol :lol:

I predicted you’d say something like this. Sure, it’s possible but which is more probable? Level three sex offenders like to hangout together to help rehabilitate one another? Or they like to hang out together to indulge in their depraved fantasies maybe even plan to abduct a child? Remember Level III means most likely to re-offend.

Yes Mullen is brave; brave to make the life changing decision and act for the greater good. Oh and before you go all ‘subjective’ on me; I’m sure the majority would agree it was for the greater good. You do agree with democracy don’t you?

Yes, Mullen is intelligent, especially for a vigilante; he made sure his targets were level three sex offenders! A good start.

The psychiatrists already did their job and decided they were most likely to re-offend.

I mean, He didn’t just kill/attack someone merely accused of pedophilia like say a stupid moronic vigilante would have done.

Points added for the way he tricked his way in. Clever boy.

Oh and he also discussed their crimes with his targets; just to see if there was any last chance for redemption. Again, signs of intelligence.

Well, looks like Mullen agreed with the psychiatrist; there was no hope for redemption.

Yes, Mullen sacrificed his own freedom.

Again, I don’t thing he was going for martyrdom because he entered a plea bargain with the prosecution’s office to avoid the death penalty! Hence he got 44 years!

Perhaps it is you who feels uncomfortable with the subject of vigilantism?

You hinted that you yourself had a go at taking the law into your own hand and the results were a complete disaster.:mellow::geek:

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Yes, but those are all mere technical differences. Differences in definition. Homosexuals feel attraction for members of the same gender; pedophiles for children (not necessarily pre-pubescent). In the same way that a homosexual claims they cannot choose their sexual preference, so do pedophiles say the same thing. In the same way that homosexuals have been and are accused of being sick and immoral, so are pedophiles now. Think about it: you just admitted that pedophilia is nothing more than a preference. It is not an action, it is not crime, it is nothing more than a personal preference. And yet, you are willing to side with a murderer, which is not simply a personal preference, but rather an action which has had most significant consequences for at least one person (namely, the victim). You are, in other words, comparing a criminal action to a mere thought that does not include in its definition any specific action. Wanting to have sex with children is not the same as having sex with children. Being a murderer is far more serious than merely wanting to kill.

I'm not trying to get you to agree with my personal point of view, but can you see where I am coming from?

And yet, it is the exact same, word for word, argument that has been leveled against homosexuals. Why does it no longer apply to them? Why is a pedophile sick, and a homosexual not?

I also never said that you supported what he did, although it is pretty hard to interpret your statement in any other way: "I would much rather stand next to the murderer than next to a supporter of pedophiles." Perhaps when you said "stand", you were referring to the line in the supermarket?

AS for attractions, heterosexuals are attracted to the opposite sex, so does that make us comparible to pedophiles also?

Your opinion is that a homosexual is sick, you are entitled to your opinion, don't try to convince the rest of us who don't think that. A pedophile comes no where near in comparison to whatever other 'attraction'. It's not about lust, it's about control, it's about a desire to destroy a little person's life, to frighten, threaten, scar and mark for life.

Homosexuality is nothing like that. Homosexuality is about the choice to love the same sex.

Pedophelia has NOTHING to do with love.

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Lol :lol:

I predicted you’d say something like this. Sure, it’s possible but which is more probable? Level three sex offenders like to hangout together to help rehabilitate one another? Or they like to hang out together to indulge in their depraved fantasies maybe even plan to abduct a child? Remember Level III means most likely to re-offend.

Speculation can take you anywhere you like to go. Either way, it doesn't matter. They can sit and talk about tea-cakes or they can sit and plan out the greateast child-pornography ring in the history of the world. Anyone can. American does not have laws against thinking and talking.

Yes Mullen is brave; brave to make the life changing decision and act for the greater good. Oh and before you go all ‘subjective’ on me; I’m sure the majority would agree it was for the greater good. You do agree with democracy don’t you?

I most certainly do. A democracy, after all, is more than merely majority rule. Heck, any mob meets that description. A democracy, most importantly, is designed to protect the rights of the few against the desires of the many.

Yes, Mullen is intelligent, especially for a vigilante; he made sure his targets were level three sex offenders! A good start.

What's so intelligent about that? He looked up up the name of sex offender on the handy list. Hardly genius level.

The psychiatrists already did their job and decided they were most likely to re-offend.

They also decided it was worth the risk to re-introduce them into society.

I mean, He didn’t just kill/attack someone merely accused of pedophilia like say a stupid moronic vigilante would have done.

Most vigilantes act like him, actually. They have a rather narrowly focused criminal element in mind. He just chose pedophiles, as opposed to prostitutes, homosexuals, etc.

Points added for the way he tricked his way in. Clever boy.

Oh and he also discussed their crimes with his targets; just to see if there was any last chance for redemption. Again, signs of intelligence.

Sign of alcoholism. How many FBI agents coming in to talk to a man on a hit list would sit out with them on their front lawn and drink beer? Yep, that's a brain surgeon right there.

Well, looks like Mullen agreed with the psychiatrist; there was no hope for redemption.

Except for the one that he dis-agreed with the psychiatrist, and didn't kill because he felt he was 'repentant'.

Yes, Mullen sacrificed his own freedom.

Again, I don’t thing he was going for martyrdom because he entered a plea bargain with the prosecution’s office to avoid the death penalty! Hence he got 44 years!

He turned himself in expressing his desire to be killed in order to be a martyr. His lawyer talked him out of it. No points for him.

Perhaps it is you who feels uncomfortable with the subject of vigilantism?

You hinted that you yourself had a go at taking the law into your own hand and the results were a complete disaster.:mellow::geek:

Actually, no, it wasn't a disaster at all. In fact, I personally found it quite satisfying. I did, however, turn myself in, and I didn't pretend that I was temporarily insane, and I didn't try to justify my actions or pretend I was on some sort of holy quest. I still think it was because I was willing to face the consequences of my actions that the judge let me off so lightly.

So, no, vigilantism in general I don't have a problem with. It is with people who act like vigilantism, but are actually only using the term as a costume for their true intentions that I have a problem with. If you are a vigilanty, you go after crime. You don't focus on one specific sort of action that you find personally repugnant. If all you are doing is focusing on getting rid of the things that bug you personally, you are not looking for justice; you are looking for revenge.

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And he had a criminal record (he had been to jail twice) before he went on his killing spree.

Yes, he did have a criminal record but only for petty thievery and minor drug offences.

Maybe, he merely stole food to feed himself and took drugs to numb the pain.

Actually there's a good chance that while in prison, he came in contact with pedophiles and realized just what disgusting vile creatures they were. :huh:

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Yes, he did have a criminal record but only for petty thievery and minor drug offences.

Maybe, he merely stole food to feed himself and took drugs to numb the pain.

Actually there's a good chance that while in prison, he came in contact with pedophiles and realized just what disgusting vile creatures they were. :huh:

I sincerely doubt that he was lacking in food and support, as his family all refered to him as a 'good boy', and his girlfriend didn't have any trouble driving him around. Actually, there is a good chance that he was raped in prison (what his brother believes, apparently), and this traumatized him to the extent that he wanted to kill himself, but he wanted to give his death a bit of meaning. Considering the environment that he was in, there is little wonder that he chose the lowest rung on the ladder as his scapegoat.

But then, what does that matter?

"Actually there's a good chance that while in prison, he came in contact with pedophiles and realized just what disgusting vile creatures they were. :huh:"

So? That justifies killing them?

"Actually there's a good chance that while in prison, he came in contact with homosexuals and realized just what disgusting vile creatures they were. :huh:"

Is that statement still valid as a justification for his actions (Perhaps you didn't mean it as such, but I can't imagine why else you would have posted it).

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They were strangers to him so we know it wasn't an act of personal revenge.

If it was at all revenge, then maybe it was for all the children that have been abused or killed by pedophiles. If this was in fact his motivation then I agree with him. Mere speculation, I know.

It makes little difference what his true motivations were. I agree with the results of his actions!

The fact of the matter is Mullen found an effective way to make sure pedophilic level III sex offenders never have the opportunity to attack children again. Good judgement call.

You've completely missed the point of his intelligence. It wasn’t his actions in using the net to find them. Jesus give me break. :rolleyes:

It was the fact that he chose to target these criminals opposed to merely attacking someone accused of pedophilic crimes like a moron would and risk the chance of hurting an innocent man. Good judgement call.

Btw So you haven't a problem with non practicing pedophiles? :huh:

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They were strangers to him so we know it wasn't an act of personal revenge.

If it was at all revenge, then maybe it was for all the children that have been abused or killed by pedophiles. If this was in fact his motivation then I agree with him. Mere speculation, I know.

No, of course it wasn't personal revenge (to the best of my knowlege). And yes, this is pure speculation, and it will take a professional to figure out what sorts of issues this guy has that drove him to do what he did. All I am saying is that it isn't a good idea to think of this guy as a hero. There's just too much about his character that makes him as bad as the people that he killed.

If there is a gang shoot out, and one of the gang leaders is killed, is the other gang leader a hero?

It makes little difference what his true motivations were. I agree with the results of his actions! The fact of the matter is Mullen found an effective way to make sure pedophilic level III sex offenders never have the opportunity to attack children again. Good judgement call.

And what gave him the right to pass judgement? You brought up the point of democracy before, so let me ask you: if, in a democratic process, people were judged and punished, but you didn't agree with that punishment, do you then have the right to go against the majority decision and carry out what punishment you deem correct? As you said, "You do agree with democracy don’t you?"

You've completely missed the point of his intelligence. It wasn’t his actions in using the net to find them. Jesus give me break. :rolleyes:

It was the fact that he chose to target these criminals opposed to merely attacking someone accused of pedophilic crimes like a moron would and risk the chance of hurting an innocent man. Good judgement call.

I'm still missing the point. So what, so he chose to kill level three pedophiles, instead of level two pedophiles, or prostitutes, or murderers, or adulterers? He chose to go to them instead of, what, just picking a random person out on the street and shooting them?

We have different standards for what constitutes intelligent action.

Btw So you haven't a problem with non practicing pedophiles? :huh:

I can't say I know any. Or maybe I do, but they haven't 'come out' to me yet. I would like to say that I wouldn't treat them any differently, but chances are pretty good that I wouldn't let my children alone with them. Biases die hard. I'm still a little uncomfortable around homosexuals, but, personally knowing at least two of them, I can say that I haven't too much a problem with their PDA.

I suppose that, as long as they don't attempt to include me in their personal activities, and the pedophiles don't attempt to move on my children, I won't have too much an issue with them.

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Yes, but those are all mere technical differences. Differences in definition. Homosexuals feel attraction for members of the same gender; pedophiles for children (not necessarily pre-pubescent). In the same way that a homosexual claims they cannot choose their sexual preference, so do pedophiles say the same thing. In the same way that homosexuals have been and are accused of being sick and immoral, so are pedophiles now. Think about it: you just admitted that pedophilia is nothing more than a preference. It is not an action, it is not crime, it is nothing more than a personal preference. And yet, you are willing to side with a murderer, which is not simply a personal preference, but rather an action which has had most significant consequences for at least one person (namely, the victim). You are, in other words, comparing a criminal action to a mere thought that does not include in its definition any specific action. Wanting to have sex with children is not the same as having sex with children. Being a murderer is far more serious than merely wanting to kill.

I don't think it is okay to want to have sex with children. Period. Children are not capable of defending themselves physically and mentally against an adult who intends to exploit them. And by your definition all murderers are bad which isn't always the case. Some people murder in self-defence and some people who are labeled as murderers may have killed accidentally. That isn't black and white either. If you follow your own logic then wanting to kill is not as bad as killing because wanting to have sex with children isn't as bad as doing it. Again, the line is blurred. Either way I still find sex with children (and murder for that point) wrong.

I'm not trying to get you to agree with my personal point of view, but can you see where I am coming from?

I understand your argument, yes.

And yet, it is the exact same, word for word, argument that has been leveled against homosexuals. Why does it no longer apply to them? Why is a pedophile sick, and a homosexual not?

For the exact reason that I stated above. Pedophilia involves children and homosexuality does not necessarily.

I'm sorry, I thought you were being pretty clear and specific when you talked about "the" murderer. And he had a criminal record (he had been to jail twice) before he went on his killing spree.

Is that what this argument is really about? Defending a murderer or pedophilia? I don't 'support' this man one way or the other. I can say however, that if it had been my child molested I might feel differently.

I also never said that you supported what he did, although it is pretty hard to interpret your statement in any other way: "I would much rather stand next to the murderer than next to a supporter of pedophiles." Perhaps when you said "stand", you were referring to the line in the supermarket?

I mean it literally and figuratively. Child molesters sicken me. I didn't say I did support this man, but if it came down to it, I would support him over a child molester any day.

If the topic is disturbing to you, that's perfectly normal, but you don't need to feel defensive. No one is accusing you of anything, nor are your statements going to be used against you in a court of law. Just try being a little more objective. You don't have to agree with other points of view, but it wouldn't hurt to understand the logic behind them.

I understand the 'logic'. Don't insult my intelligence. I just think it's disgusting to try and defend pedophilia, that's all. Why do you suppose even people in prison punish child molesters harshly? Could it be because it is wrong?

We have different standards for what constitutes intelligent action.

I can't say I know any. Or maybe I do, but they haven't 'come out' to me yet. I would like to say that I wouldn't treat them any differently, but chances are pretty good that I wouldn't let my children alone with them. Biases die hard. I'm still a little uncomfortable around homosexuals, but, personally knowing at least two of them, I can say that I haven't too much a problem with their PDA.

I suppose that, as long as they don't attempt to include me in their personal activities, and the pedophiles don't attempt to move on my children, I won't have too much an issue with them.

Chances are pretty good you wouldn't let them alone with your children!!?? Either you do not have children yet or you are beyond naive!

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All I am saying is that it isn't a good idea to think of this guy as a hero. There's just too much about his character that makes him as bad as the people that he killed.

Agreed. He wasn’t a hero.

Oh no, he was much greater than that. He’s an anti-hero!

btw it’s this that I find so fascinating about the whole case, as any true vigilante would tell you; you must become the monster to defeat the monster.

Perhaps, the only difference between Mullen and the pedophile sex offenders were his intentions and the duration of how long he was the ‘monster’. It’s a fine line. Michael crossed the threshold and took the full responsibility for his actions.

And what gave him the right to pass judgement?

Simple. He gave himself the right! He made it his will. Oh and before you give an analogy about psychos eg “does that give a psycho the right to take innocent lives”.

Well, yes it does unfortunately; the thought process is the same. However, with a vigilante you’ll find the intentions are very different. Once again it’s a case of becoming a monster to destroy monsters.

Such a fine line to cross and very brave of Mullen to cross that line for the greater good. Which brings us to democracy.

You brought up the point of democracy before, so let me ask you: if, in a democratic process, people were judged and punished, but you didn't agree with that punishment, do you then have the right to go against the majority decision and carry out what punishment you deem correct?

Yes the choice is yours. I believe in the justice system to a certain extent and so did Michael Mullen.

If you disagree with the courts punishment, it’s up to you if you want to take the law into your own hands. Although, be prepared to suffer the consequences.

Just ask Mullen. I believe he was fully aware of this fact..

All the evidence suggests he did believe in the court system, well apart from the extent of punishment. Both with his and for pedophile level III sex offenders no doubt lol :lol:

And yes I do believe in democracy; if the people were given the choice to release Mullen, I wonder what the verdict would be? :innocent:

I'm still missing the point. So what, so he chose to kill level three pedophiles, instead of level two pedophiles, or prostitutes, or murderers, or adulterers? He chose to go to them instead of, what, just picking a random person out on the street and shooting them?

He chose to execute level III pedophiles because he saw them as the greatest risk to children. This was his intentions and this was the outcome; the risk to children was reduced. Well highly probable it was reduced. lol :lol:

Michael Mullen; a flawed yet inspiration anti hero. If you’re going to ‘freak out’ at least try and do something for the greater good! :ph34r::tu::devil:

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IMO Michael Mullen is a hero, he did the right thing.

Just my thoughts.

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I don't think it is okay to want to have sex with children. Period. Children are not capable of defending themselves physically and mentally against an adult who intends to exploit them.

So, again, we return to the question: "When is a child no longer a child?"

And by your definition all murderers are bad which isn't always the case. Some people murder in self-defence and some people who are labeled as murderers may have killed accidentally. That isn't black and white either.

Actually, no, by my definition all murderers are not, by definition, criminal, in the same way that not all pedophiles are, by definition, sexual molestors.

If you follow your own logic then wanting to kill is not as bad as killing because wanting to have sex with children isn't as bad as doing it. Again, the line is blurred. Either way I still find sex with children (and murder for that point) wrong.

You are entitled to your personal opinion, of course, but are you going to say that thought crimes are just as bad as real crimes? Yes, by my logic, wanting to kill is not as bad as killing, and, again, by my logic, wanting to have sex with children isn't as bad as doing it. Are we to prosecute people for having different opinions that us?

For the exact reason that I stated above. Pedophilia involves children and homosexuality does not necessarily.

We return to the necessary first step: How do we define "child"?

Is that what this argument is really about? Defending a murderer or pedophilia? I don't 'support' this man one way or the other. I can say however, that if it had been my child molested I might feel differently.

No. This argument is about not assuming that the current social scapegoat is what popular conception declares him to be. It's about not condeming all pedophiles of sexual molestation simply because they have a different preference than the norm.

I mean it literally and figuratively. Child molesters sicken me. I didn't say I did support this man, but if it came down to it, I would support him over a child molester any day.

"nemy of my enemy..." sort of thing, I suppose.

I understand the 'logic'. Don't insult my intelligence. I just think it's disgusting to try and defend pedophilia, that's all. Why do you suppose even people in prison punish child molesters harshly? Could it be because it is wrong?

I would be cautious about asking people who have shown the ability to judge right and wrong which landed them in prison. Asides from that, again, you are equating pedophiles with child molestors. They are not one and the same.

Chances are pretty good you wouldn't let them alone with your children!!?? Either you do not have children yet or you are beyond naive!

I suppose you feel that only a person with their own children could ever love a child as much as a parent does? How arrogant.

I have trained over 400 Sea Cadets. I have, on more than one occasion, dealt with victims of child abuse. I have trained children to avoid being abused, avoid being kidnapped, to escape from a kidnap situation, and to be able to tell who and how to get to a trusted adult. I am far from naive when it comes to children's security.

As I told my enlisted when we had to go to sea, finding a trusted adult to watch your children is the hardest task that they will have to perform. Trust comes in a variety of different ways, but most of all, it comes from personal discipline. Does this person have the personal discipline to take care of your child in your stead? Once that question is answered, the rest is just details. If the person is a pedophile, but I feel he has the personal discipline to take care of my child, I will no more worry that he will take advantage of my child than I would worry about sleeping over at a homosexuals house in fear that they would make a move on me.

You make it sound like being a pedophile is the only consideration when looking for a guardian for your child. All things considered, I would rather have a personal stable enough to not decide to kill others that he doesn't agree have been sufficiently punishment by the government, regardless of their sexual preference. Pedophilia does not mean they will instantly try an abuse a child the moment they are alone.

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IMO Michael Mullen is a hero, he did the right thing.

Just my thoughts.

oh don't worry he will be celebrated in prison when the rest of the inmates have 'fun' with him

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