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Published: Monday, May 19 2014 5:35 p.m. MDT

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Unlike firearms, there is no guarantee in the US constitution for citizens to own a vehicle.

So, Lets ban all vehicles from everyone since criminals can use them for weapons to commit mass murder.

South Jordan, UT

Reading the obituary of Susan Madsen, I felt immense sadness at the sudden loss of a wife and mother to five beautiful children who will go through the motions of life without her. Needless, thoughtless, and completely unnecessary. I agree with the charge!

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

He should absolutely be charged with murder. I don't care how impaired someone chooses to make themselves, it is not an excuse to get into your vehicle and begin targeting other human beings. Sorry his life is so pathetic from the choices he has made. Now his pathetic life and choices have permanently took the ability of this woman to make choices of her own. Her children are now motherless, their kids won't be able to spend time with their grandmother and so forth. All because of the stupidity of this man and the fact that Utah (contrary to the critics) does allow the purchase of alcohol to the point to impair people for days. That's not a lack of alcohol flowing. I would argue, that is too much alcohol flowing. If we can save just one life, then why not restrict it?

Cinci Man

My favorite line from movies is when John Wayne responds to Dean Martin's "I'm sorry" after drinking nearly cost them their lives. "Sorry don't get it done, Dude!" This is tragic and senseless. And the arrogance of some drinkers warrants very serious consequences. My heart goes out to all the victims of this very sad excuse for a human being.

Woodland Hills, UT

From the alcohol crowd, we keep hearing how great it is. They always say we need more of it, more availability, more access.
When your drunk you do stupid things, and you should pay the price of taking an innocent life. What a stupid shame!

Springville, UT

Isn't it "Sam" instead of "Sim"?

Salt Lake City, UT

Forty years ago I worked the graveyard shift at the SLC impound lot. Many was the night I was confronted with some drunken slob who had been stopped for DUI and was nevertheless released from jail, still drunk. Evidence of which was graphically evident from the fact that they were barely able to stumble the 40 feet from the fence gate to the office.

I absolutely hated handing the keys to a car to someone who was obviously and seriously impaired. But, after several instances of calling the department to confirm that was required to do so, I eventually acquiesced to the organizational stupidity.

I hope the fact this creep has been charged with murder is evidence that, in Draper at least, the police are more diligent in taking the crime of DUI more seriously than the SLC police did when I worked at the impound lot.

I also hope this guy is imprisoned for the rest of his life.

sandy, ut


do you seriously not understand the difference between a vehicle and a gun? A vehicle is designed to drive. A guns sole purpose is to kill. Yes, other objects can kill, we all know that. But that is what a gun is designed for, so it does it more effectively. So please stop with the ridiculous comparisons. And by the way, I own over 15 guns myself, so I am not for the government taking them away. Have some respect for the person who was killed in this sick act of violence, and stop making it about gun policies when no gun was involved.

My condolences to the family of the victim. This should have never happened and it was senseless.

Sandy, UT


Most people who drink do so responsibly.
Not every drinker is a drunken menace, just as not all Christians are good people.

West Bountiful, UT

I wonder if Thompson's was on a suicide run?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

No, it is Sim - don't know what, or IF, it is short for anything

no, a gun's (possessive apostrophe needed) sole purpose is not to kill. Is that all you use your armory for, to kill? I have used many guns with no intent whatsoever to kill. Doesn't matter anyway. The constitution guarantees the right to bear arms - it does not guarantee the right to own or drive a carriage or any other conveyance.

American Fork, UT

I can't believe how much death, sorrow, destruction, carnage, health problems, etc., etc. are associated with alcohol. When will society finally wake up and learn that is is nothing but trouble. Alcohol abuse is a huge burden on society with many innocent law abiding people paying the price for this evil. Why the government turns a blind eye to the horrific problems associated with alcohol is beyond me.

Tooele, UT

There are no excellent outcomes with alcohol. From a small level to a large level, there are no excellent outcomes. I would say, there are no good outcomes. From health issues, to addiction, to stupid behavior, to hangovers, to property damage, insurance claims, to lost wages, to it's pathway to unemployment, to introduction to harder substances, to homicide, to DV, to injuries from violent behavior, to paralysis, to broken families to a million tears of sorrow and regret... alcohol is a conscious choice one makes. Please make me a list similar to the one above for the pro's of alcohol consumption that can't be experiienced without it. Please help me know what I am missing out on. Yep, tis your decision to do it... but man, does that decision include a lot of other innocent people that are put at risk besides yourself. There is a difference between accidents and accidents that occure because of a decision to consume alcohol. Someone called it the beverage of Hell... Well, maybe there is some truth to that, since alcohol usually raises it.



I had better notify the community organizations and my city that sponsor the turkey shoot where clay pigeons are flung into the air for entrants to shoot with their shotguns for competitive fun and recreation and advise them that they are misusing their shotguns now that you have enlightened us that "the sole reason for owning a firearm is to KILL".

Not to mention the fact that many homeowners have guns for protection from home invasion. A homeowner could just show that he is armed to stop a home invasion, or, shoot a criminal intent on rape, pillaging and plundering in the kneecaps with a shotgun to stop them in their tracks, no killing involved.

Lindon, UT

Samhill: Isn't it possible that when these individuals were released, they were no longer under the influence & they started to drink as soon as they were released, before they got to the impound lot? I do not think any law enforcement officer would knowingly release someone who is still drunk to get his vehicle out of impound while still being intoxicated.

Spanish Fork, Ut

I am loathe to blame only alcohol only for this man's actions but I believe it played a very significant part. We are the dumbest people on earth to allow alcohol sales & consumptions that has killed hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) either through liver poisoning or just plain stupidly...like this story. But then we ban or attempt to ban a whole host of other products because they are potential "harmful" like saccharin, Ackee fruit, raw milk in some states, etc etc. What hypocritical idiots we are as a nation.

Loveland, CO

If the FDA were asked to approve a new drug that had the following effects:

responsible for 50% of all traffic fatalities (20,000 annually)
responsible for 70% of all spousal abuse
responsible for 50% of all campus rapes
kills greater than 500,000 annually from liver disease, cancer, overdose/addiction

would they even debate whether to approve it? Yet we have people on this site who tell us all that there are lots of responsible users, and we should not punish those for the acts of a few. Maybe so, but look at the numbers people. Does it really make our society better? and with regards to comparing it to Christians (some good, some bad), if people of any faith killed 1/100th of the number as alcohol on an yearly basis, there would be a public lynching. This Buds for you

Woodland Hills, UT

Lia from Sandy, I am glad you are responsible! I am simply pointing out that drunks are not. Too much foolish tragedy happens when people get stone drunk, not only behind the wheel. I am simply saying that they need to be held accountable for actions that impact others.

Provo, UT

Lock him up please. Thanks.

sandy, ut

lost in DC, Iron&clay

So you still stand by your argument that a guns specific purpose is not to kill? Were they designed to target shoot? No. Were they designed to intimidate people? No. They were designed to kill. Kill animals, kill people. I never said that is all they CAN do, I am saying that is the primary function of a gun - to kill. I suspect you are both intelligent enough to know that, but that you just want to argue for the fun of it. There are many safer alternatives to guns if you are looking to target shoot. Why not go buy rubber bullets? Right? After all, these guns that fling a ball of lead through the air weren't designed to kill. Good one.

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