+Confucius' Cat Posted May 22, 2007 Share Posted May 22, 2007 In my humble opinion, we don't need tougher, unenforcable laws against guns or crime, we need tougher judges and police to enforce the existing laws and dole out the proper punishment! A slap on the wrist and back on the street doesn't deter crime. It seems like the criminals have more rights than the law abiding citizens. Hear Hear! The problem is that most jurisdictions are going in the opposite direction- letting criminala out even after they are duly convicted. They usually blame overcrowding. The ACLU types are never far away encouraging flushing the trash back out on the streets. Part of the problem in over crowding of jails and prisons is the fact that we have so many laws for so many silly things. Silly laws or those that have had unintended results could fill a whole forum. An example that has been discussed a lot on XM lately is the disproportionate sentencing for crack cocaine. Allegedly crack users get way higher sentences and more mandatory time than users of other (harder) drugs. The current mindset of "zero tolerance" and mandatory minimum sentences also ties the hands of judges, who now have to put people in jail even if it means kicking someone else loose who perhaps deals in muggings and such. More rights? Yep. Anyone who doesn't care about the rights of others is free to do as heshe pleases. Rights work both ways or they are really non-existent. I reckon the criminals will always pretty much do as they please. The only way to stop a person from doing something anti-social, if the person chooses to be anti-social, is by physical force and restriction. Quote Link to comment
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