I was wondering how long it would be before I saw a reasonable post.
As someone who has consistently argued against Capital punishment, I don't see how I can possibly come out and support this father's actions.
Also, as someone who believes that there is more than enough of this "take the law into your own hands" mentality around, I would be physically incapable of ending someone's life, no matter what the provocation.
And I would take issue with anyone who said that it means that I love my children any less because of it.
The world is full of wrongs, and you will eventually get severely wronged in some way. Will you lash out and perpetuate the cycle? Or will you accept what you cannot change, and make the best out of the situation? How you react shows if you're part of the problem, or part of the solution.
Of course, some situations are more difficult than others. I feel for the father, because this was truly extreme...but now, because of his actions, I feel even worse for the additional burdens he put on his wife, his surviving children, the family of the young man he shot, etc., etc...
Also, protecting myself or my family from imminent harm is one thing. But besides that, I would rather die than live with myself after cold-heartedly take another man's life.
I don't know why so many people think that killing someone would be easy to do, and then something they can just shake off. Desensitized by the media? Maybe...