Nobody is fishing around for a way to let her off the hook because she's a chick.
I like living in a world where women are dangerous. Even better, I like living in a world where people acknowledge that women are dangerous, so they're less likely to fuck with us. By the same token, when women do go on violent rampages, I want them held responsible for their actions and punished the same way men are. That's not p.c. equality. That's the real thing. *
Annalee Newitz is a surly media nerd who has paid for her violent crimes.