Tragedies such as the one we are witnessing in Houston and the surrounding area can bring out the best in people. No doubt, in the weeks and months to come we are going to be treated to stories of numerous selfless acts, many being heroic, as humans come to the rescue of their fellow men and women. It is a testimony to the fact that there is a spark of goodness in people that can glow brightly when they see their fellow humans in peril.
On the other side, there are those who cannot seem to overcome their depravity and who insist on taking advantage of those less fortunate. We see this all the time in normal situations. However, in a crisis, miscreants and misanthropes make their presence felt by looting, and other actions to take advantage of those who have lost most everything. They are a scourge who should be dealt with as severely as the law provides.
The Harris Country District Attorney’s office, which includes the city of Houston, has issued notice to such looters. It is that upon arrest and conviction, such looters will be subject to life in prison. Perhaps that threat will curtail some of the despicable acts these sub-human criminals have been committing including looting the homes of citizens who have fled the flooding.
“The Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday that those who are caught looting will face harsher punishments under a Texas law that provides stiffer penalties during a time of crisis.
“The announcement from District Attorney Kim K. Ogg’s office came after law enforcement officials arrested 14 looters over the previous 48 hours in disaster areas throughout the Houston area.
“‘People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,’ Ogg said. ‘Anyone who tries to take advantage of this storm to break into homes or businesses should know that they are going to feel the full weight of the law. Offenders will be processed around the clock without delay.'”
“Under Texas law, punishments are increased for crimes like robbery, burglary, and theft if committed in a county that is declared by the governor to be a disaster area.”
Once again, Texas has set a fine example that should be adopted nation-wide. It’s bad enough to break into someone’s home and steal their possessions. But to commit such a crime when people are suffering through a natural disaster ranks right up there with attacking the elderly or children, or robbing or committing criminal acts against the handicapped. Such demonstrates that these despicable criminals have very little humanity left in them.
They are best removed from society as by committing such inexcusable and heinous acts they have forfeited their right to be part of the community of men and women.
Source: Daily Caller