Originally Posted by mlyonsd
I assumed we were talking about violent crimes committed with a gun, hence the title of the thread and that seems to be the burr in everyone's saddle right now. I agree with the bloated system but I see no value with locking up people that use a gun to commit a crime. Just get rid of them now.
I don't think which particular weapon a violent criminal uses is a valid enough issue to make the call as to whether he lives or dies. In fact it could be argued that killing someone with a crowbar rather than a gun takes a greater commitment to violence and a more enduring will to do evil.