Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How Necessary Are New Laws Compared to the Old?

What if, instead of imposing more control, we actually enforced the laws already in place? This concept along with the actual numbers haven't been touched much in this debate. Yes, we have had some pretty shocking tragedies, that no one thought would ever occur. But, is that really a good reason to start a panic?

According to a study done by Syracruse University, the gun crime prosecution rate was down 40% in 2011 compared to their record high point in 2004. Why are so many crimes going unpunished? First, the Attorney General's office has limited resources. Secondly because the crimes wouldn't hold a jury's attention.

Ok, here are my problems with those statements. 1. If the resources are limited, then why don't they create jobs and increase their resources? 2. Who cares if it wouldn't hold a jury's attention?!? They have come up with different ways to prosecute crimes that aren't jury 'worthy'.

I know, there are other 'government issues' to be concerned with. But if around 6 million people applied for guns and only 2% of those were denied??? Well, you do the math......

I think of it this way. If I got had 2 puppies and both were needing to be potty trained, what would happen if I only took one puppy outside? Of course the answer is simple there, only one puppy would get potty trained and the other would only know how to continue exhibiting the bad behavior.

As you can see, the connection here is pretty clear. If we only show some of the criminals that there is punishment for committing an illegal act, then only some of them are going to listen. Adding another policy is going to be useless unless we enforce the laws we have already enacted in order to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

For more information on this perspective and more interesting numbers please view Fox News.

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