Town Hall has an article which speaks about the double standard of Joe Paterno being fired with Eric Holder holding onto their jobs, even though they would appear to be similarly situated, in terms of their roles in their respective scandals. I can accept the logic here, and I agree that Holder ought to be fired or step down.
But I suspect the answer is that our society is just a lot more outraged over child rape than they are about gun smuggling. To be honest, I’m fine with that being the case, and I think it’s a good indication society as a whole largely has their priorities straight. I am reluctant to compare the two as roughly equivalent criminals acts. What Paterno covered up was far more heinous than what Holder covered up, even if I think they both deserve the same ultimate treatment.