I felt empathy for Gary Karp until I read this: "I never really believed in the death penalty. Now, you know the saying,
'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?' No, two eyes." So Gary never could imagine what a victim's family felt until he became a victim's family member? I lose all respect for people like this, who are anti-death penalty until a member of their family is murdered and then become pro-death penalty.
@problum This says so much about you. You never had empathy for this man. You are pathetic.
@MrEFQ @problum Wrong - I had empathy for Karp just like I do for every victim of a crime - I just do not have respect for any person whose viewpoints on crime are only those which have happened to himself personally. Karp is very narrow-minded, only thinking of himself when it came to the Death Penalty. At least Karp is finally Pro-Death Penalty - but it took the death of his daughter to change his mind and make him Pro-Death Penalty.
@mcytmaccracker You are anti-death penalty because a member of your family is either in prison, on parole or on probation. Admit it, you know it's true. Probably STD-infected too.
@problum @MrEFQ I'm anti death penalty, and will dedicate all my efforts henceforth to wrongfully convict a member of your family, just to see if your views change. Because they will. Because you're an idiot.
@problum Yes, it's ridiculous for someone's views to change after experiencing something so traumatic firsthand. Life experience should never affect our world views.
@erikdenning @problum I never stated "all of his views on life only changed when they affected him personally". That's awfully presumptuous of you. I only stated what was in the article, how he changed from being against the death penalty to wanting to doubly-kill a convicted murderer ("two eyes for an eye") once his daughter was killed. I have always supported the death penalty and always will without having anyone in my family killed because I have compassion for the victims, including Mr. Karp. I just don't have respect for him. And speaking of belligerence - You responded to me to start this flame war.
@problum@erikdenning Where did you learn that ALL of his views on life only changed when they affected him personally? This is one specific, and very extreme example. If one of your views changed because of a horrific, life-altering experience, I wouldn't generalize that ALL of your beliefs had the same kind of roots, just as I wouldn't presume from a single posting on the internet that you are a self-righteous and belligerent person.
"Where was his empathy for other fathers whose daughters had been killed? He didn't have any empathy for them, just himself."
Do you know this guy? Do you have transcripts confirming this or something? From where do you have such insight into his heart and mind. And don't say ESP. That would be cheating.
You seem awfully eager to dislike this guy and you are filling in a lot of blanks with your own presumptions to do it.