Site Meter Ogre's Politics & Views: Car Trunk Tragedy

This week the Homespun Bloggers have quite a more serious question for Homespun Bloggers.

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This week's question (they have a new question nearly every week that members can choose to answer if they like) is related to the horrible tragedy in New Jersey where three boys died in a trunk of a car. The questions are:

1. Who is ultimately responsible for the loss of these three children?

2. Do you believe that the police were at all responsible for not finding the children in time? (It's hinted that on of the parents has decided to sue the City of Camden New Jersey)

3. Do you believe that auto manufacturers are responsible for providing additional safety features that would prevent this type of tragedy in the future? (They've also been named as potential litigants in this case.)

4. Why do you think that if this parent feels so strongly about going after the "wrongdoers" in this case, why doesn't he try to sue the parents of the other children lost in the incident?

First, I must say this really is horrible. I am very sorry for the families of this tragedy. I wish it had never happened. I'll pray for their families and hope that they can get through this situation. I can't even imagine that happening to me, so I can't really say I know how those parents and families are feeling now.

That said, it appears at least one of the families has now gotten over his loss and is making his entry into the vast lottery of lawsuits. You see, one of the fathers is suing the city. What for? "Negligence" on the part of the police. This father is claiming that the police should have looked in the trunk of the car, even though the father didn't, and that if they pay him lots and lots of money, then it's OK.

What a sham. I'll call this what it is -- a person simply trying to get rich with a lawsuit. There's nothing more to it. Maybe I don't understand the concept, but I'm thinking that if I lose someone close to me, it's not going to be all made better if you just give me a few million dollars so I forget about them. This is one of those cases where the loser should be fined for filing a lawsuit without any merits.

But on to the questions:

1. Who is ultimately responsible for the loss of these three children?
Why does someone have to be responsible? Why must everyone always have someone to blame? Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a land not so far away, there was something called "accidents." For some reason, especially in the US today, these simply do not exist any more.

Everything has to be blamed on someone. Usually, that's someone with loads of cash, of course. That's wrong. You want to blame someone? Blame God. Take your issues up with him. For someone to be responsible, you have to assume some sort of intent. That's crap. There's no earthly person that's responsible for these deaths -- it was an accident.

Do you believe that the police were at all responsible for not finding the children in time? (It's hinted that on of the parents has decided to sue the City of Camden New Jersey)
No. The police did what they could. To assume the police are responsible implies that at least one policeman looked at the car and actually said, "Well, the boys might be in there, but I'm not looking in there." Put me on the jury.

In addition, if you put blame on the police, even MORE blame should be put on the father for not looking in the trunk! The father even knew that the children had been in the car before playing games -- the police didn't.

Do you believe that auto manufacturers are responsible for providing additional safety features that would prevent this type of tragedy in the future? (They've also been named as potential litigants in this case.)
Well let's see -- who's got more money? Again, this is completely the lottery mentality at work. People see an auto manufacturer has a pile of money and they want some. So they sue, hoping to get a huge million dollar settlement. It has nothing to do with responsibility.

If auto manufacturers are responsible for this, then they're also responsible for every traffic ticket ever issued because they dared make a car that was capable of breaking traffic laws.

Why do you think that if this parent feels so strongly about going after the "wrongdoers" in this case, why doesn't he try to sue the parents of the other children lost in the incident?
Easy -- the other parents aren't loaded! The other parents don't have a company or massive funds to get their hands on. Oh, they'd sue the other parents if the other parents were named Rockefeller or Kennedy.

Whew. Well, that was a nasty one, wasn't it? I really hate when people try to take money from one person or company by force without reason. This is just another entry in the lottery for these people. Can someone please explain to me how in the world getting millions of dollars makes up for the loss of a family member? Maybe I just care too much about my family.

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