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  •  How about tougher sentencing instead? (1+ / 0-)
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    Instead of punishing law-abiding gun owners, why not change the laws to actually lock up, for many, many years, anyone who uses a gun in a crime?

    No plea bargains, no deals. Right now, if someone does a drive-by and misses...they can be let out again! To illegally obtain and illegally carry another gun, and do it again, and only be put away when they manage to kill someone.

    THAT is the problem.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross" - Sinclair Lewis

    by Loboguara on Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 09:49:21 PM PDT

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    •  Sounds like a start (0+ / 0-)

      But with the prison system we have, to get the money for keeping them longer we would either have to raise taxes (no! teh icky!), alienating another large group of constituents.
      You can't just make the argument that it costs us votes. The people who are co-sponsoring this bill are doing it because they honestly believe it will save lives, is very important and is the right thing to do. Make the argument on the grounds of right/wrong (following the Constitution/not following the Constitution).

      •  Or punish for violent crime, not drug use. (0+ / 0-)

        Most prisons are full of drug USERS who never hurt anyone.

        If we stopped punishing them so harshly and got rehab, we could easily keep the ice-cold remorseless killers locked up.

        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross" - Sinclair Lewis

        by Loboguara on Sun Mar 11, 2007 at 10:15:45 PM PDT

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