The Cain Velasquez news heartbreaking, both for Cain and his family, however, it also sets the scene for a hotly debated issue…. where do we draw the line on vigilante justice when it comes to children?
If you’re not familiar with the story, former UFC fighter Cain Velasquez was recently arrested and charged with attempted murder (among other crimes), after he chased down a man who was charged with molesting a young relative of his “over 100 times” according to court documents.
The man was released under court supervision… why is a child predator released? I have no idea… but, after an eleven-mile chase, Cain shot a few rounds at him, striking a passenger in his vehicle.
A number of people have came to the defense of Cain, including UFC President Dana White, former and current UFC fighters including Ronda Rousey, and even UFC commentator, comedian, and podcast host Joe Rogan.
In a recent episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Joe and guest Michael Bisping, a former UFC fighter himself, discussed the incident:
“You can only imagine the rage that was going through that man’s mind… I get it. It’s sick.”
To which, Bisping replied:
“It’s beyond sick. That guy deserves everything what Cain did. Well, Cain actually got his father, didn’t he? Not the guy himself, sadly.”
Which is when Joe laid out his desire for how it should’ve happened:
“I mean, my only wish is that he did it with his hands. My only wish is that he just ran the car off the road, pulled that guy out of the fucking car, and beat him to death. Fuck you.
That is a sickness. There’s like a certain sickness that people have, that human beings have, as sicknesses of the mind. But that one, the molesting a fucking baby?
The molesting children is the sickest of all of those sicknesses.”
And I myself will say this… as the father of a six month old baby girl, I can’t even begin to explain the kind of things I’m capable of in the event that someone were to hurt her.
It might sound barbaric, but if you don’t think you’re capable of taking a life, wait until you have kids…. I’d do anything to protect her.
That being said, what kind of precedent do we set when we allow citizens to take the law into their own hands, even with something as utterly vile and disgusting as child molestation?
Even if we can agree that there is no mercy for a child molester in our society, is it the right of the father, or a relative, or just another member of the public to carry out that justice?
As a father, I know what I’d do, but unfortunately, that’s not exactly what the law wants…
We’ll see what happens, but it sounds like they might be looking to make an example out of Cain for this.
He is expected to be arraigned on Monday, March 7th.