Which one is nees more control, Criminals or Guns

@gewcew23 (8010)
United States
May 22, 2008 9:51am CST
Every time there's a highly publicized shooting, out go the cries for stricter gun control laws, and it was no different with the recent murder of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, in a letter to the state congressional delegation demanding reenactment of the federal assault weapon ban, said, "Passing this legislation will go a long way to protecting those who put their lives on the line every day for us. There is no excuse to do otherwise." Will it really or is there something else that can be done? All three murder suspects had extensive criminal records. Levon Warner was sentenced in 1997 to seven and a half to 15 years for robbery, one to five years for possessing an instrument of crime and five to 10 for criminal conspiracy. Howard Cain was convicted in 1996 on four counts of robbery and sentenced to five to 10 years on each count. Eric Floyd was sentenced to five to 10 years in 1995 for robbery, rearrested in 1999 for parole violation and later convicted in 2001 for two robberies. If these criminals had not been released from prison, long before they served out their sentences, officer Liczbinski would be alive today. So what's responsible for his death: guns or a prison and parole system that released these three criminals?
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
23 May 08
Maybe we need to take the hard core prisoners and create a prison colony for them. We have lots of land in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada that would be right for such a place. Fence in a place like they do Area 51 and drop them in there with some basic tools and let them fend for themselves. Build a double fence with land mines between and kill anything that tries to get in or out. You could patrol with a few Apache Helicopters and they have orders to search and destroy anything flying over the area or trying to drive in unless authorized. Hire the Sheriff from Maricopa County AZ to run the place.
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@zeroflashx2 (2489)
• Philippines
22 May 08
It is a hard question. I'd have to go with controlling criminals. There are just too many types of crimes out there. Maybe better consequence management would do. If one is caught stealing and is proven beyond reasonable doubt, a warning. Second time, cut of a finger or the hand. He/she had his chance. Something like that, we can't live peacefully with people like these. Life is unfair but we can influence it somehow and we need everyone's cooperation.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
23 May 08
Many states used to have a 3 strikes rule. If you were convicted or paled guilty to 3 felonies you were sentenced to life in prison. The PC crowd felt that this was discriminatory and cruel and unusual punishment and had the laws repealed in many states. Maybe this needs to be revisited.
@Gesusdid (1681)
• United States
22 May 08
i think its the parole system cause if they were to just lay out their sentence without parole and serve the full amount without that BS reason of good behavior and 85 percent of their time done yeah the officer would be alive today
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