Matt HealeySaturday,19 January 2013

The Snap:

A while ago I posted that the NRA argument against the assault weapons ban did not make sense. I suspect that the evangelical christian party of god will have a problem with this. The problem is that a ban is only part of the solution. We can talk about mental health, background checks etc., but a more permanent solution is to execute anyone who uses a gun in a crime or possess an unlicensed gun.

The Download:

While the right does not like the concept of bans on weapons, the left does not like the death penalty. There is a thought that it is not effective as a deterrent or that it is cruel and unusual punishment. The death penalty is a deterrent if it is done correctly. All you have to do is look to Singapore to prove this. The penalty for drug offenses is death. The penalty for firing a gun is death. There are no guns and no drugs. The problem with the US approach to executions is there are too many appeals and it takes too long before execution.

If you possessed an illegal gun or used one in a crime and you were assured that you would be executed within a month of getting caught, guns would disappear off the streets. It might take a while and a lot of people would be executed, but it would work in the long run as long as two conditions are met. First, the ban would have to be universally applied. You can not have a situation where the only people who are ever caught and convinced of gun crimes and thus executed are urban minorities. This has to apply to everyone. Second, it has to be national. There can not be a system where the penalties vary by state. For gun violence to dry up, illegal guns need to go away nationally.

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Effect of race in capital punishment, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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