Re: did plaxico burress get a raw deal?
posted at 8/27/2009 12:50 AM EDT
In Response to Re: did plaxico burress get a raw deal?
The problem with you guys is you don't try to see things from the other side. Yeah Plax had an unregistered gun in the club. Yeah he committed a crime, and yeah he deserves to be punished. I get all that. The problem I have is this. Plax didn't go to the club with the gun looking for trouble, so why should he get the same time as someone who did go looking to start trouble with a gun? Have you forgotten what happened to Sean Taylor, Darrent Williams, and numerous other athletes in the past 4 years? Plax is a target.
Posted by N2thaIzzo
I get it. He should be punished, but not to the same degree as a real thug carrying a weapon. To be the devil's advocate, some of those who disagree with this view will point out that a real thug might have received a much stiffer sentence. That is what happens when judges have no discretion to weigh in on such mitigating circumstances. Perhaps if more judges weren't so lenient on real criminals, the need for mandatory sentences would have never arisen.
I hate to think what the murder rate in NYC was before the gun laws. If it is still high now, imagine what it was before. Then again, if you listed the countries with the toughest laws, and then listed the countries with the lowest crime rates, they would not be the same list. Quite contrary to what I believed most of my life, there is not this obvious relationship between the toughness of laws and the crime rate. When I worked in Saudi Arabia, a country where you can get your head and limbs cut off, or whipped in public, there was still crime. There was more than you would think. The fact is, there are many factors besides the strictness of the laws that influence crime rates. I think the strictness of the laws is probably one of the least influencing factors. Heck, when I lived in Germany, their crime rate was very very low, yet they had a very lenient judicial system. Some would say their justice system is a Club Med. Why is their violent crime rate sow low?
I hear all of the posters who say such laws are necessary because of all the crime. However, for every study showing that gun laws reduce crime there is one that shows it doesn't. I guess criminals don't register their guns. Most criminals don't think they will get caught. Therefore, they don't fear the punishment. In a Supreme Court ruling on gun control last year, one of the justices wrote:
At the crudest level, as Justice Breyer wrote, violent crime in Washington has increased since the ban took effect in 1976. “Indeed,” he continued, “a comparison with 49 other major cities reveals that the district’s homicide rate is actually substantially higher relative to these other cities than it was before the handgun restriction went into place.”
We all have our opinions, but this is hardly as cut and dry as we all try to make it.