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December 12, 2005


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Stanley "Tookie" Williams was a human being. Stanley's victims were human beings just as you and I are human beings. Being human means we are all emotional creatures regardless of what we do and where we are.

I've read that Stanley "Tookie" Williams and Raymond Washington started a Los Angeles based street gang eventually known as the "Crips" in the early 70's to defend themselves and their neighborhood from other gangs.

I assume that Stanley "Tookie" Williams would kill to defend his life. I know that I would kill in defense of my life or in defense of an innocent life.

So, before anyone get's all emotional about the conversation think about this...

If a man or woman is determined to kill you or someone you love, would you kill them to prevent that from happening or would you say, "go ahead, kill me and the ones I love!".

If your answer is to defend yourself and the innocent then what's the difference if you killed your attacker right then or it took 27 years for the attacker to die?

One of man's problems is that man thinks he is NOT an animal.

Man's BIGGEST problem is that, without exception he is selfish by nature no matter what his faith, status or environment. There is only one exception that I've read of and whether you believe in him or not he was executed and is still influencing peoples lives (and trust me, I'm not comparing HIM to Stanley "Tookie" Williams).

When you look back at your life you can admit your rights and wrongs, you can be honest with yourself and you can choose to apologize or not apologize. An apologize is the acknowledgement of a hurtful act and very few people have the courage to apologize. It's even tougher when the consequence are grave.

Back in 1981, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a 28 year old misguided, misunderstood victim of society was convicted of running around with a shotgun in the wee hours of the morning in the fall of 1979 blasting innocent people at a time in his life (26 years old) when he apparently was too young to know the difference between right and wrong and was just defending himself and his neighborhood.

If the State of California (represented by local law enforcement) had been present at that 7-Eleven on February 28, 1979 to stop him from killing Albert Owens or if they had been present on March 11, 1979 at the Brookhaven Motel to stop him from killing Yen-I Yang, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang and their daughter, Yu Chin Yang Lin they would have tried.

The State (represented by local law enforcement) would have killed Stanley "Tookie" Williams to defend those innocent lives, or at least stopped him from taking more innocent lives.

People would have said, "Thank God they stopped him!" and the State is justified in stopping the attacker.

The State of California, in fact, all of us have a duty to protect the innocent so try to leave your emotions out of this and trust your heart when I say...

If it was okay to stop him back in the fall of 1979 then it was okay last night. The only difference is that people had a chance to see what Stanley "Tookie" Williams could do after he was "detained" for 27 years.

So, it took the State 27 years to defend the innocent because they couldn't stop Stanley "Tookie" Williams on those bloody nights back in 1979.

No apologies, except to say the State should apologize for not doing a better job at stopping gang violence.

I'll even thank Stanley "Tookie" Williams for working tirelessly "during his detention" to combat the problems of gang violence so that it would not breed another Stanley "Tookie" Williams.

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