The confusion, sir, is yours. Dr Adams maintains the position that the innocent are not punished for the crimes of the guilty regardless of circumstance. That is what is known as a principled position. It is a line in the sand from which neither he, nor I, nor millions of Americans will retreat from.
Our ethics are not situational they are founded in an absolute and unwavering truth that all innocent life should be spared and all those guilty should be punished.