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Originally posted by Maslo
reply to post by HattoriHanzou
Sorry, age doesn't enter into it. An unthinkable crime should receive the proper punishment, whether the criminal is an eleven year old child, or a mentally retarded person, or insane.
Punishing children and insane people for their crimes is definately wrong. Do you understand that what they did was not their fault, because they do not have mental capacity to understand it? You cannot punish someone who is not responsible for what he does, and children and insane people are not.
We can talk about the exact age when the child is criminaly responsible, but age definately is important, as is mental health of a killer.
A borstal was a type of youth prison in the United Kingdom, run by the Prison Service and intended to reform seriously delinquent young people. The word is sometimes used loosely to apply to other kinds of youth institution or reformatory, such as Approved Schools and Detention Centres. The court sentence was officially called "borstal training". Borstals were originally for offenders under 21, but in the 1930s the age was increased to under 23.
Approved School is a term formerly used in the United Kingdom to mean a particular kind of residential institution to which young people could be sent by a court, usually for committing offences but sometimes because they were deemed to be beyond parental control. In the United States, the term reform school is used.
That's ridiculous and insane. I was raised around guns, and hunted from a young age, as did dozens of my friends and acquaintances. To imply that hunting an animal creates a bloodlust for human life is not just crazy, the facts are stacked against you.
People who are brought up in hunting households, who are taught a proper respect for weapons and life, are in fact far less frequent murderers than the inner city folk who are taught to fear the gun, and who then view it as an object of envy and lust. Just compare murder rates in cities where hunters are rare (such as LA or NYC) with rural areas where hunting is commonGood for the kid's stepdad. Learning where your meat comes from, and having the balls to claim it yourself, is part of being a complete human. Hopefully he won't get too pussified by your bleeding heart.