Do we really believe that a young teenager from an inner city or from a rural area who had a rough upbringing would receive time at a treatment facility if he/she killed four people after driving drunk? I don't think so, and neither do the majority of us.
What keeps me awake at night these days isn't that these two boys will turn out to be "bad kids" but rather that they'll be just like me -- young and unbearably foolish -- but not nearly as lucky; that the laws of probability will make them answer for their missteps in a way I never had to.
Social interactions and friendly camaraderie play a big role in holiday overindulgence. The idea that everyone is going to overindulge together makes drinking an imagined prerequisite for holiday cheer.
I spent a day in West Palm Beach where I discovered that there are two times when you do not want to be in South Florida. The first is from May through September. The second is whenever you are driving while intoxicated.
It's so easy to say that Ryan Dunn, or anyone who drinks and drives, is personally responsible for whatever damage they do. But every time a drunk driving accident occurs, aren't we all at least a little to blame?