The following editorial appeared in the New Castle News, a CNHI newspaper. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tribune-Democrat.
Should the family of a mass murderer profit from his dark deed?
Common sense would say no. So does Aaron Bernstine.
Last week, the state representative introduced a bill that would limit life insurance payouts of individuals who die committing acts of terrorism. The proposal also calls for a portion of the terrorist’s life insurance benefits to be redirected to victims.
“We shouldn’t allow terrorism to be rewarded,” Bernstine said in a news release, adding, “To me, it’s a no-brainer that victims and their families are the ones who should be getting that money.”
It’s hard to argue with that thinking, and certainly, Bernstine is not the first to suggest it.
In a December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife,