Most of the articles covering this story refer to Gary Lee Blanton and Jerry Wayne Ray as "rapists" who were "shot dead." As a fellow advocate said yesterday, "Animals are 'shot dead.' People are murdered."
He's right. If either of the two men had been virtually anyone else, or even had criminal convictions that were not considered sex offenses, we might not even hear about the shooting to begin with. But if we did, we'd hear about how they were gunned down in cold blood and left behind a wife and a mother and two children. We'd see photographs of a crying woman with her head in her hands and there would be quotes from friends and community members talking about what a senseless loss it was.
Instead, all the newspaper has to say is a copied-and-pasted description of their crime from the Camprall County sex offender registry. The only photographs of them are their mug shots. Readers from all over the country are lauding a deluded, confessed murderer for "cleansing the gene pool."
Whether you are a loved one of someone on the sex offender registry or not, no rational person can truly believe that a hate-driven double-homicide is A) okay, or B) protecting children. Anyone who does should probably re-evaluate their own contribution to the "gene pool." Even ex-cop Brian O'Neill agrees, in his surprisingly frank column, Blue Byline.
I have just one last thing to say, and that is that I refuse to live in a world where the person I love is advertised day and night for the rest of his life as a potential target for vigilante justice. Fellow family members, let's not wait until one of our own is stolen from us to restore our right to keep our families safe and secure, and let's pray for the families of Jerry Ray and Gary Blanton, for whom it is too late.