This is outrageous. We have truly lost our way and forgotten what terrorism is.
For those of us who have at least half a brain and who are old enough to remember who the scumbag Lee Boyd Marvo is, you will be outraged by this news.
One-half of the DC Sniper Duo, Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he was arrested back in 2002 for a string of shootings which murdered at least 10 people and injured three in the states of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The same who caused widespread panic and fear throughout the region and the US as a whole after being fresh off the 9/11 attacks where 3000 innocent American lives were slaughtered thanks to the followers of the religion of peace. Now may go free.
Although Malvo did plead guilty and is serving his two life sentences without the possibility of parole, a typical anti-American activist left wing judge might be throwing out his dual life sentences and releasing him because he was only 17 when he committed these heinous crimes which terrorized a nation.
The group of young mothers started going out to lunch several times a week two years ago when they met picking up their children from preschool, and stopped when the sniper started shooting three weeks ago.
Today, they steered their strollers into the corner of the Panera Bread restaurant here to talk in person for the first time in weeks. They wrote thank-you notes to Chief Charles A. Moose, then planned a Halloween party, where they decided that their children, too young to write, would draw thank-you pictures instead.
”He’s our hero,” said one mother, Kelly Tveit.
”He’s an icon,” agreed another, Kathleen Mahoney.
On the sides of roads in and around the Beltway, banners read ”Thanks Moose” and ”Moose 4 Prez.”
Chief Moose was the target of ridicule and frustration for the three weeks that the sniper kept people living in fear and locked inside. But with two suspects facing charges in the sniper shootings, he was suddenly the object of gratitude and affection in a region getting back to a celebratory normal.
”There’s been this huge weight lifted off our shoulders,” said Ms. Tveit. ”All we want to do is be out, because we can be.”
The young mothers were at a dance class with their children on Oct. 2 when someone rushed in and told them about the initial shootings, telling everyone to get right home. They went home and stayed, ordering groceries for delivery, speaking only by phone and flipping channels from CNN to MSNBC to Fox as they talked.
”I felt completely shut off,” Ms. Mahoney said.
When she heard about the arrests on Thursday, Ms. Tveit did a ”they-got-the-bad-guys” dance with her 3- year-old, then went to the park. Then the mothers planned lunch. Arriving at the restaurant, they found long lines — a manager said twice the usual number of lunch customers — and smiling faces.
”We said ‘Let’s wear bold, bright colors and walk slowly instead of sprinting,’ ” Ms. Mahoney said. ”It’s really, really liberating, I feel like I’ve been let out of a cage.”
Teresa Jeffers runs a day care center out of her home just off Connecticut Avenue near the gas station where a cabdriver, Premkumar A. Walekar, became the sniper’s third victim. Before the sniper, Ms. Jeffers let her charges play outdoors for a half hour in the morning and a half hour in the afternoon. After three weeks of no outdoor play, this morning she let them stay out for two hours even though it was gray and chilly.
She, like many parents and schools, kept children inside on Thursday despite the arrests. ”You wanted to make sure it was all true and said and done,” she said. Now that it seemed said and done, the children rode bikes up and down the street and drew with big pieces of chalk on the sidewalk. It was a nice change from indoor arts and crafts.
”Every day they would see the sun, they’d ask me, ‘Can we go outside? Can we ride bikes?’ ” Ms. Jeffers said. ”They want to be outside, it’s where they love to be.”
And today, she confessed, ”I needed it.”
During the last, most desperate week of the terror, bright sunshine had warmed the autumn air, almost taunting people as they stayed inside to protect themselves.
Today, the weather was cold, but for many, it was as if the sun had come out for the first time in a month.
Carlos Santos was barbecuing shrimp and lobster outdoors at Doctor’s Run Park in Arlington with six friends. ”It feels nice to be out here and know the arrest was made,” he said. ”It’s cool they got him — he’s definitely not coming here.”
For the first day in several weeks, schools were freed from lockdown, which had meant no recess, no outdoor activities or sports practices. In several counties, it meant no after-school activities at all, because schools did not want students leaving in small groups or having to walk home.
It was too late to reorganize football games, normally a centerpiece of Friday nightlife in the Washington suburbs. Prince George’s County will play its first games on Tuesday, Montgomery County on Saturday. Fairfax County had scheduled its weekend games on military bases, with such tight security that there would be no spectators — and decided to stick with those plans rather than try to rearrange them.
But volleyball and soccer games resumed in many places, as did tutoring and band and yearbook, and in some cases, plans for homecoming.
”It feels like a high school again, with all the high school things,” said Sheila Murray, the principal at Central High School in Capitol Heights, in Prince George’s County. ”It became stoic around here, it didn’t have those other dimensions. People were a little more somber, and a little more agitated.”
With the sniper attacks threatening to ruin an entire sports season, Montgomery County had arranged to have athletic practices at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg. Today, practices resumed at schools instead.
Outside of Richmond, where schools were closed Monday and Tuesday after a shooting on Saturday night, the number of cars in the horseshoe driveway after school at Henrico County’s Tuckahoe Elementary School was back to normal, as parents decided it was safe to let their children ride the bus again.
In Arlington, the county recreation department had rescheduled a trip for teenagers to Six Flags. At Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Sharon Monde, the principal, said teachers were planning field trips for next week. Athletic teams that had suspended competitions with other schools had instead competed with each other for indoor practice space. They were back outside again for the first time in nearly a month — with room for everyone.
Still, several schools said they were keeping counselors on hand, and watching for what they called post-traumatic stress symptoms among students.
In Montgomery County, Brian Porter, a spokesman for the school system, recalled how after the last shooting, one school went into Code Red, requiring students to stay in their classrooms, after gunshots exploded from the nearby woods. They turned out to be shots fired during the burial of a veteran.
”That kind of stuff just rattled people,” Mr. Porter said. ”I think underneath the exterior people are still a little frazzled. You don’t go from being scared, frustrated and exhausted one day to being cheerful, happy and resilient the next.”
How did we go from this to being afraid to hurt Muslim’s feeling? People even here in California were too scared to go pump gas and go about their daily lives, in fear that this was another nationwide orchestrated attack by Al Queda.
So a judge decides this scumbag should have another sentencing hearing because he was 17 at the time of the murders. At 17 you know perfectly well that killing is wrong. There is no need to give this scumbag more rights. He needs to never see the outside of a jail cell again. He is lucky we didn’t put his Islamic behind to sleep on the spot, which is what should have been done in the first place. If you don’t know killing is a bad thing by the time you are 17, there is no place for you in this world.
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