Sean Taylor and the State of Our Society

By Loudoun Insider

As I head out to a funeral due to a death by natural causes, I’m thinking about the Sean Taylor tragedy. By all accounts this formerly rambunctious football player had really turned his life around and became a real leader of the Redskins. His talent was always undeniable, but his attitude was initially a problem. The birth of his daughter seemed to really point him in the right direction, and it is fortunate that so many got to see the good side of him these last couple years.

Something tells me when they find the scumbag who did this, he’ll have quite the lengthy rap sheet. We are still far too lenient on violent criminals in this country. I continue to be sickened when hearing of the criminal histories of repeat offenders. A large proportion of felonies continue to be committed by a small seemingly unrehabilitatable cadre of violent thugs. These people need to be systematically weeded from our society and put away for good.


  • John says:

    very well said. Sean Taylor will be deeply missed.

  • Tom Conway says:

    As a complete Redskins fanatic and fan of Sean Taylor (I played DB in school a million years ago but not nearly as well), I am shocked and saddened beyond belief. Sean was just coming into his own as a man and a player according to all accounts I have seen. I pray for Sean Taylor’s grieving family, friends, teammates, and fans. May God hold Sean in his hands until such day as you see him again.

    However, at the risk of appearing to criticize the deceased, at first glance this tragedy I fear may involve a less than pure past coming back to haunt. I base this on the reports I have seen today about how someone cased his house less than two weeks ago, stealing nothing but leaving a kitchen knife on a bed – that was a message. And the papers say this morning that the phone lines into the house were cut before the attack. This to me has all the makings of a professional vengance hit, not a random burgulary. I too hope that prompt, swift, and accurate justices is applied to all who anything to do with this brutal crime.

  • Jose Kinusee says:

    It is sad to think that there are many ‘Sean Taylors’ out there and have been for years. It is a sad state of our society when this continues to happen. Certainly part of the blame is with the prevalence of handguns (oh no!) as with how violence is glorified in our society. Then the rest of the blame is placed with us as individuals who sit back and allow our society to fall deeper and deeper into the degrading abyss.

    Solution: I think we need to bring back the peace loving Hippie movement and combine that with a measurable way to strengthen the family structure–what do you say out there to that?

  • AFF says:

    [quote] “I continue to be sickened when hearing of the criminal histories of repeat offenders. A large proportion of felonies continue to be committed by a small seemingly unrehabilitatable cadre of violent thugs.” [/quote]


    I really like when we turn these guys out on the streets to make room for the petty criminals and non-violent drug offenders.

  • G.Stone says:

    There is more to this story than we know at this point.
    This does not have the look of a run of the mill buglary gone bad.
    It is tragic event for his family, friends and teammates. A real waste of a very talented yound man.

    It is also a very good illustration of what happens when you bring a knife to a gun fight.

  • Loudoun lady says:

    Too bad Sean Taylor couldn’t have a gun due to a previous gun-related conviction. I fear Sean was a victim of his own previous associations, and if he hadn’t had the conviction that prevented him from owning a gun, he might be alive today.

  • I might not have the facts totally right on this, but I believe I heard today that he was allowed to own a gun. There was no restriction to ownership due to his history.

    I have no doubt people with axes will fire up their grinders on both sides of any number of arguments that can be made when tragedies like this strike.

    Urban black culture warriors, gun control activists, right-to-bear activists, drug warriors, law and order types, athletes are kids with too much of this and not enough that…, and all the rest.

    There is always more to the story than most of us are willing to seek out.

    If only we would. There might be a few less axes to grind.

    And the beat goes on.

  • Loudoun lady says:

    Maybe I got my facts wrong but I wasn’t firing anything up, just mentioning the reason I thought he couldn’t have a gun.

    Do you have your Senator Warner tribute yet?

  • Check back on that thread later in the week for the Warner tribute…

  • JMU Duke says:


    I’m dismayed that your proposal to fix crime in our country is to lock more people away. Few countries in the world do a better job of it than we do, and still things like this happen every single day. Perhaps if we spent sometime considering what causes individuals to turn to crime instead of picking out floor patterns for new prisons you want to fill we could get somewhere. Locking away every criminal without focusing on causation (education, poverty, culture) is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube; you can spend a lot of time and effort doing it, but it’s not going to get you very far.

    My sincere condolences to Taylor’s family and the community that is feeling this loss. There are few players that I have enjoyed watching more.

  • JMU Duke, of coourse we need to work on the underlying issues, but that cannot be an excuse for not locking up violent criminals who are habitual re-offenders. I’m certain there is a certain level of crime by economic neccesity, but the bulk of our violent crime is committed by a permanent cadre of violent thugs who are too quickly recycled through the system. Those bastards need to go away permanently.

  • Loudoun Moderate says:

    I’m shocked and saddened at the senseless murder of this talented young athlete. But as I watched his funeral service, I couldn’t help thinking about all the young service men and women who arrive at Dover AFB in pine boxes without national recognition or fanfare. Let us not forget these brave young Americans and those who are severely wounded and facing adversity as a result. God bless them all.

  • LM, I thought the very same thing. Our perspectives could use a good and thorough tune-up.

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