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  •  "Felon" today is less about murder (10+ / 0-)

    and more about violations of the new Prohibition, and financial crimes.

    We're carrying-forward the societally-instilled definitions pre-1968.
    While having lowered the bar to felony conviction from a crime of violence (armed bank robbery, rape, assault with a deadly, or homicide); to growing weed for fun and profit, insider stock manipulation, accounting and/or tax crimes, and other disruptions to the rule of law.

    Crimes, not by nature, life-threatening crimes.
    Which was, at one-time, the blanket understanding of "Felon" - a truly dangerous person.

    •  I'm not disagreeing; I know that while (8+ / 0-)

      the overwhelming bulk of homicides are committed by people with prior criminal (esp. felony) convictions, the reverse is not necessarily true - that there are plenty of types of felony convictions that do not necessarily translate into higher rates of criminal violence.

      I agree with your suggestion to refine the prohibition to a narrower class of crimes (while expanding the range of severities that create a prohibition).

      But until that's done, "prior felony record" is the best proxy we have.

      Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

      by Robobagpiper on Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 08:28:18 AM PDT

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