While many people are celebrating the “beginning of the end” to the sad saga of the pandemic with the arrival of both Christmas and the vaccines, not everyone is feeling in such a charitable mood. At USA Today, retired Army lieutenant colonel Geoffrey S. Corn and retired Air Force lieutenant colonel Rachel E. VanLandingham, both former military attorneys, pose the title question. If exposing others to risk is a crime, why aren’t we prosecuting “reckless” COVID-19 conduct?
In case you’re unsure if they’re talking about what you no doubt already suspect they’re suggesting, don’t worry. That’s exactly what they’re saying. Making a favorable reference to the American student who was locked up in the Cayman islands for violating her quarantine (which Karen wrote about here recently), the authors state that the United States “needs to start treating the reckless exposure of others to such risk as what it is: a crime.”
They also attempt to draw some sort of parallel between the failure to follow social distancing orders with drunken driving. As you might imagine, the wheels come off of that argument pretty quickly.