Isla Vista: Relinquishing freedom in name of safety

Published: Tuesday, May. 27, 2014 - 10:05 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 28, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Re "There were clues to Elliot Rodger's state of mind, but not enough to act on" (May 27): In this isolated incident, the Sheriff's Department is being investigated for failing to catch Elliot Rodger before his killing rampage earlier this month. The Sheriff's Department, however, did nothing legally or morally wrong.

Yes, if they did a search of Rodger's room, they would have found weapons, and yes if they had watched his videos they would have seen clear premeditation. However, the law prevents them from acting on preparation before perpetration and for good reason.

I don't want to live in a country where my privacy is diminished in the name of public safety. History will prove my point. Public stigmas that ignite fear also invite corruption, and the consequence will be the abridgment of our basic human rights and freedoms.

-- Lesley Pilgrim, Sacramento

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