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Statistical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-24-10 11:55 AM
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75. If criminal doesn't have a gun at the crime they CAN'T shoot a victim
Edited on Mon May-24-10 12:30 PM by Statistical
Having a gun at crime increases the chance the someone will be injured hence a threat of violence is a violent crime.

IF we accept that some amount of crime will occur each year (say 500,000 events) then a way to reduce death and injury is to reduce the frequency that criminals bring weapons to those crimes. Punishing a criminal for turning petty theft into a violent crime is one such way.

Only considering crimes where one actually commits injury as deserving of serious punishment would be like only giving seatbelt tickets to those who died in a car accident without a seatbelt. I mean after all if cop pulls you over for speeding and you aren't wearing your seatbelt you weren't injured by that violation (at least not yet).

While it may be at the "bottom end" of violent crime it is still in the violent crime category.
Decriminalize non-violent drug possession and you would free up sufficient space to punish VIOLENT criminals more severely.

on edit: updated post to more clearly indicate that the criminal weapon at crime increases risk.
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