You want to insinuate I am part of a mob, meh, so be it whatever. At least when there was capital punishment and the justice was swift (not several
appeals taking years to resolve), there was an outcome that people could expect to receive in due order. If you know the result of your actions are
severe and that you will not easily escape the consequences it kind of acts as a major deterrent for doing such things does it not?
Actually, no, it really does not. Do you honestly believe that the main reason more people aren't out there murdering, is that the penalties are
severe? That's ridiculous. Most people don't murder because they're decent people, for one, and capable of dealing with their problems or emotions in
Second, a majority of the people who do
commit murders (as in, almost all of them) are either:
A- Mentally ill
B- Career Criminals
C- heat-of-the-moment / passion / rage induced killings
The only group harsh penalties has any hope of impacting is the last one. And that is barely, perhaps in a very, very (almost unmentionably) small
percentage. People who are in a rage are, by definition, not thinking clearly and are more likely to act impulsively, without regard for consequence.
The system even recognizes this, by making "second degree" murder distinct from first.
The mentally ill are incapable of comprehending the consequences. Or unable to imagine the consequences applying to them
simply don't care, or a number of other things.
Career criminals, by definition, operate with disregard for the law or the severity of punishment. Those who don't have delusions of grandeur, fully
realize their career will end in the grave, or in prison-- some even seeing prison as a badge of honor.
Rational people? Well, we're
already not killing folks.
If what you say is true, there would have been nearly zero crime back in the days when you could be hung for stealing a pig. But there was tons of it.
In fact, they called it "The wild
west." (Hint: not because it was tame.)
Anyway, severity of punishment has never been a deterrent. Not for murder, at least. Maybe if you get your hands cut off for stealing or something.
But I don't want to live in a society that
unbalanced and unjust, either. I'd rather be at minor risk for theft. But that's aside from the
point. As a society, we need to focus more on rehabilitation, and especially social services
for those mentally ill or unstable people who
have not yet been put through the system. That's how we'll get results.
Instead, the system almost seems set up to do the opposite. To de-stabilize people.
All that being said, I also kind of get where the witch-hunt comment comes from. I see that kind of "burn the witch" mob-mentality every single day
on ATS and other sites. People presumed guilty from moment one, overly emotional knee-jerk reactions, etc. I can easily see how the Witch Trials
PS-- Salem is a beautiful historical city. Do go if you get the chance. Doubly so if you're into spooky, "witchy" stuff, as Salem is one of those
cities that kind of revels in its history.
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