Monday, September 18, 2006

Crime and Punishment

With the recent tragedy at Dawson College in Montreal, there has been a lot of talk on crime and punishment - the gun registry, stiffer penalties. John Gray sums up my feelings on all this discussion [CBC, The revamped law and order debate]:
The theory of law and order is that those who might be tempted to rob or kill will be dissuaded from doing so by the fear of retribution. If you commit a crime, you will be caught and punished. Yet it is hard to believe that such thoughts ever crossed the mind of Kimveer Gill. How do you build a legal system on the threat of retribution if that's never a consideration?

Kimveer Gill didn't care about gun laws, the gun registry, or whether he'd end up in jail for 25 years. How do you protect society from the demented?

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4 comments:

Zorpheous said...

It's a good question James, one worthy of great debate and meaningful discussion.

Unfortinately now is not the time, or at least that is wisdom according to Harper.

Anonymous said...

Police states had/have very little of this type of crime. That may be the Liberal solution, but not the best solution.

Zorpheous said...

Police States tend to control information, or have you never heard of the old saying "We have always been at war with Eur-Asia"

Oh and "Police States" are hardly a "Liberal Solution"

Mike said...

That is the rub jim, and its the rub with suicide terrorists too - no amount of retribution, including the death penaly, works.

People who take advantage of these kinds of tragedies or slime - on both sides of the spectrum.

Even with this and other tragedes included, our crime rate, including the murder rate and the gun crime, has been dropping every year for 16 years. We are safer now than we were 30 years ago. We could do NOTHING in response to this, and we would still be safe.

Knee jerk reactions, whether by Stephen Harper OR Jack Layton, have no place in making policy.