Sunday, April 19, 2009
Gun Penalty Enhancements On Prison Sentences Are Misdirected
In most states if a firearm is used in a crime laws require serious additional punishment. So if instead a criminal uses gasoline, knives, bats or a 3,000 pound car to injure or kill someone that somehow deserves lesser punishment.
The real key is injury or death. If a criminal in the course of a crime injures, kills or threatens anyone with any dangerous item the enhancement should be uniform.
Violent criminals will use whatever they get their hands on at the moment. It’s the violence itself and not the instrument used that causes harm.
Keeping all violent all offenders off our streets is a much better answer than gun penalty enhancements.
Remember America’s most prolific serial killers Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy or Jeffrey Dahmer had no history of using firearms. The two largest mass murders in American history were accomplished with fertilizer and gasoline. The Oklahoma bombing and the Happyland Social Club in New York arson holocaust did not involve the use of firearms.