Thank you Iron Pastor,
I wish I would have read this comment first... I am one of the ones guilty of "wishing harm' on the young man because I disagreed with his sentence and I upvoted a few people in the heat of the moment. Other than the pastor part, I too am a "a conservative, card carrying NRA member who in any moment will defend my family, my congregation or others without question" but am guilty of thinking retaliation is justice.
Let's start valuing others, in spite of themselves and change the direction we are heading.
I believe we can value people but still punish them for the actions.
As JAMESRBROWN322 stated:
People make mistakes. We all do stupid things. We must all still be willing and able to face the consequences. Forgiveness and grace do not thwart the requisite punishment provided by the law.
Thank you for writing this. It has made me pause and think about what I consider justice.