The guy obviously has some mental issues. However, it's an example of how the United States deals with mental illness since institutionalization was banned. The perpetrator could be a future shooter, but his record is non-violent. Yet, 15-years is quite a long time for burning a flag. Arson itself is kind of a harsh charge.
At any rate, I find it humorous because the political left wants to have much more Hispanic immigration, a culture that is notoriously religious and family oriented. It kind of makes me wonder if there was a little racism in delivering such a harsh sentence.
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