Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dangerous Precedent

When the victims of 9-11 were giving $2million as a settlement, I said then that it was setting a dangerous precedent. Now the families of the Tech shooting tragedy is considering suing Tech (heard the lawyer on radio but can't find an online article) for more money than just from the memorial fund ($150K each) by appealing to the amount of money that the 9-11 families received.

As I said with the 9-11 settlement, why are the taxpayers responsible for acts of violence against other citizens? Where does this "responsibility" end? It is a very dangerous and slippery slope, especially in the age of terror. Will all victims of any future terrorists attack be entitled to $2million. How about the Oklahoma bombing victims or the '93 Trade Center bombing? Should we retroactively pay all of them $2million?

Bad things happen. Some can't be predicted or avoided. I can't begin to imagine the pain and suffering the families feel. However, how does fleecing fellow taxpayers ease that pain?

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