Re: Way to Go Jere
H. Alan Schup (aschup@WHY.NET)
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 09:13:29 -0500
I am not anti-women, so please so not misread what you are about to read.
I have known many police officers, mostly local, but some state and fed.
Before Concealed Carry, women got away with carrying guns in their purses
all the time while men are always taken into the station for questioning.
I think that this situation is similar, and I will have to ask a cop at
Dallas International Airport. I bet you many hundreds of people do the
exact same thing as Jere Ratcliffe, but do not get National Media hype as
he did. Sure, if the Grand Jury and the courts prove he was premeditated
to kill someone on the plane or to highjack the plane, he will be convicted
of a felony. But if it is deemed an honest mistake he may get off with a
misdeameanor fine (like how many of you do not endanger the lives of others
by speeding on the highway? If you get into an accident, depending on your
motive for speeding, you might get free-billed or you may be convicted of
murder by lethal use of force of an automobile). If convicted of a felony,
then it will hurt the BSA image somewhat because it sends the message that
he intentionally was up to no good. But even if he resigns, if he gets
only a misdeameanor fine or is free-billed, then it shows that Ratcliffe
did an honest mistake and follows the rules by having his day in court and
paying the fines (much like speeding).
I am surprised by the number of Scouters that have already convicted
Ratcliffe instead of showing a little loyalty and respect to the BSA Chief
Executive and waiting for the truth to be known. After all, the media is
the least responsible in presenting an unbiased story. Hype sells. The
only interest the media has is money... to sell newspapers and T.V.
commercials, even at the expense of slandering the BSA Chief Executive
where he may not get a fair and impartial trial.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City