Is this column an exercise in sarcastic humor? Has Rachel forgotten the details of the crime giving rise to the current discussion?
Rachel, would you just swallow your pride and sit there while Adam Lanza gunned you and your loved ones down?
Many criminals want far more than your money. They want to rape, beat, torture, and kill. Swallowing one's pride does not work in that situation.
Presuming criminals to be rational human beings who have simply chosen an illegal way to earn a living is VERY dangerous.