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Published: Monday, July 7 2014 5:19 p.m. MDT

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RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Tragic.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

This is so tragic. So I ask again, how is a background check on my mother going to keep a mentally ill police officer from killing his family? You notice that Mr. Obama hasn't required all officers to turn in their guns. They already are subject to background checks and gun registration. So how did those efforts help in this case? Could it be that people kill people, not the guns?

Again, this case is as tragic as all cases of senseless killings with guns.

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

Terrible. Why would someone do that?

dwayne
Provo, UT

"He had been abused physically, sexually and emotionally as a child, and was still upset with his mother for not protecting him from the abuse. Josh had writings that indicated he struggled with inappropriate sexual activity as a minor and into his adulthood. They also indicate Josh has a history of drug abuse. The writings seem to corroborate the allegation that he had drugged and raped Kelly," the report states."

What do they mean "inappropriate sexual activity as a minor and into his adulthood." I highly doubt this part of it. It sounds like this man was very troubled and had been led down a road to believe he was narcissistic or had serious problems when he didn't and that this belief is what led him to commit murder. Did this man rape someone as a child? If the answer is no than no sexual activity on his part as a child is inappropriate. Stop being perverted and stop making people feel guilt for sexual thoughts and actions which are completely normal.

As for the comment about pornography addiction. Don't be sick in the head. It's not an addiction. It's a normal healthy human behavior.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Cinci Man: your first sentence makes no sense at all. Obama has not taken your guns; although, if you are that fixated on them, perhaps a background check would be in order?

It sounds to me like the police didn't know what a loser Boren was OR ignored it. Plus, his wife was having an affair AND obviously telling everyone that Boren had drugged and raped her.

Pornography is NOT an addiction; it's a replacement for the healthy sex life that a couple should be able to enjoy. Many couples use pornography in their marital relations. As long as there's no children involved or brutalization, pornography is not the problem.

Mentally-ill people with guns (like Boren) ARE the problem. His wife should have reported the rapes, and he should never have been able to carry weapons.

Downtime
Saint George, UT

These two adults were a couple of real winners. He on drugs; and she sleeping around with the closest roid head. They deserved each other. Unfortunately, two sweet little children suffered as a result. May the adults both rot in wherever they are now.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

@Reasonable Person

Have you not heard President Obama after the school shootings during his administration offer the one solution he can come up with - that of gun control to the extent of removing guns from law-abiding citizens such as you and me and my mother? He believes (political grandstanding only) that the only way to deal with this problem is more background checks, more difficulty for everyone to get guns and ammunition, and more government control and more taxes, and more and more and more of the very things that are not the problem. He's an event organizer that can no more than to schedule an anti-gun tour of the talk shows and rallies near gold courses he wants to play. I am asking a simple question. Please answer it if you can. How will a background check on my mother stop any shootings? If you answer that, you'll have a nice list of all the shootings that background check or any other will prevent. Mental illness, drugs (even recreational), and accountability to those whose guns get into the wrong hands will do far more than bothering my mother or yours.

midvale guy
MIDVALE, UT

So police officers are not being drug tested? Anyone wit a job that requires guns or public safety needs to be tested numerous times per year. I mean a full panel random test too. This is pretty poor and could prevent or address issues before they happen. The government is certainly after gun owners with any kind of history, law enforcement officers should be subjected without question.

portra777
Lacrosse, WI

Again, the issue is mental illness. Until the politicians wake up and effectively communicate with the Mental Health industry, there will be no forward movement. The ignorant liberal anti-gun lobby would have Americans anthropomorphising guns and giving them more power than the hands they are wielded by. Mental health is THE issue, and that's where the progress needs to be made. WHAT people kill others with in inconsequential to the main issue--WHY people choose to commit mass murder. In almost every recent case, mental health has been attached. But as with all liberal agendas, WHO and WHY doesn't matter as much as WHAT. Shameful.

My prayers and thoughts go out to the all those who lost their family at the hands of this truly mentally disturbed individual. May our politicians give you the courtesy of an intelligent response.

wYo8
Rock Springs, WY

Tragic, commenting mostly to see if it gets by the mods

Objectified
Richfield, UT

@ duane and Reasonable Person:

Don't kid yourselves. Pornography can be very addicting. It doesn't take much reading and research to understand how very much so. There are a couple of guys I worked with who have struggled greatly with porno addictions. One lost his job and marriage and the other is still struggling to save his marriage. Both will agree that to some people pornography can be just as addicting as alcohol is to others.
To live in a state of denial about how destructive porno can be is living in some sort of la-la land or in a state of self-rationalization.

duane...

The article said "Josh had writings that indicated he struggled with inappropriate sexual activity as a minor and into his adulthood." Keep in mind a teenage minor and a child are vastly different. An older teenager can get into all sorts of bad and inappropriate sexual issues and situations besides "raping someone" as you put it. To think otherwise would require extremely loose or nearly non-existent moral standards.

The very fact he wrote about it indicates he most likely felt there was some inappropriateness going on.

DistantThunder
Vincentown, NJ

He was willing to drug and rape his wife multiple times. He belonged in jail. She didn't want to ruin his career? She was playing with dynamite, he was a ticking time bomb. Too bad there weren't family members or friends who knew who were strong enough to convince her of a low key way to leave him without all the threats and the affair.

If he were my brother, I would have reported him to the police. To rape an unconscious woman is a sociopathic thing to do. Clearly out of his mind with grief, rage and trauma and very, very dangerous.

mattrick78
Cedar City, UT

When is it ever effective to argue with someone especially one's spouse or soon to be ex-spouse via text message? Clearly after what he did to her, she MUST have known he had some major issues. She should have stopped the texting, grabbed the kids, and ran. That is easy to say now after the tragedy but it is word to the wise to those who are still here.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I have to ask, how much did the Lindon police department/Utah County Sheriff's office know about this guy? If any of this was known, at what point is he either still on the force or somehow forced to get some help or counseling?

Investigation
USA, NY

So Tragic..

Spas
Ivins, UT

Unbelievable that this man was deemed fit to be a policeman.

hockeymom
Highland, UT

I am worried for those who have commented about how harmless pornography is. Anyone who claims that pornography is OK, is obviously deeply steeped in it and is in denial about the damage it is doing to you and everyone around you. It destroys families the same way drugs and alcohol do. In fact, the psychological toll of pornography is probably far worse than the physical toll of substance abuse. Do your research rather than defending it because it makes you feel good temporarily. Look where it led this man - and you think it's perfectly safe? Time you saw a professional.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

The fact that his wife may have had an affair has nothing to do with this tragedy. She is a victim of a very disturbed man. An affair is not an excuse to commit murder.

JD Jones
Salt Lake City, UT

It's absurd to claim that this man's addiction to pornography had anything to do with his murders. It's unfortunate that people are implying that it had anything to do with being rapist and murderer of his own family. Murder and violent crime rates have been plummeting while pornography consumption has increases.

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

"Pornography is NOT an addiction; it's a replacement for the healthy sex life that a couple should be able to enjoy."

Not addictive? A replacement for a healthy sex life? REALLY?

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