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1. | Apr 17, 2018
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3. | Dec 9, 2013
. What I dislike are the aruntegms people making against open carry as a reason for keeping it criminalized in states like Florida and Texas. These usually have to do with "scaring the soccer moms" etc...I have a feeling a lot of people who carry openly in these states if they could for one reason besides making a political statement: weather. Some of us who normally carry concealed would most certainly like the option of carrying openly for the sake of comfort during the summer months. Unless you're a skinny guy like me, it's almost impossible to conceal and carry a full-size 1911 effectively, especially if you're not even allowed to print. Concealment in July in a place like Houston requires an unusual fashion sense like a sleveless vest. And on top of that, you're still only likely to carry a subcompact instead of a full-size pistol due to concealment issues.
4. | Dec 7, 2013
contdOf course the death pentlay deters. A review of the debate.Dudley Sharp 1) Anti death pentlay folks say that the burden of proof is on those who say that the death pentlay deters. Untrue. It is a rational truism that all potential negative outcomes deter some - there is no exception. It is the burden of death pentlay opponents to prove that the death pentlay, the most severe of criminal sanctions, is the only prospect of a negative outcome that deters none. They cannot. 2) There have been 28 recent studies finding for death pentlay deterrence. A few of those have been criticized. The criticism has, itself been rebutted and/or the criticism doesn't negate no. 1 or nos. 3-10. 3) No deterrence study finds that the death pentlay deters none. They cannot. Anti death pentlay columnists Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune states, "No one argues that the death pentlay deters none." Yes, some do, But Zorn is correct, the issue is not "Does the death pentlay deter?". It does. The only issue is to what degree. 4) About 99% of those murderers who are subject to the death pentlay do everything they can to receive a lesser sentence, in pre trial, plea bargains, trial, in appeals and in clemency/commutation proceedings. Life is preferred over death. Death is feared more than life. No surprise. Would a more rational group, those who choose not to murder, also share in that overwhelming fear of death and be deterred by the prospects of execution? Of course. 5) There are a number of known cases of individual deterrence, those potential murderers who have stated that they were prevented from committing murder because of their fear of the death pentlay. Individual deterrence exists. 6) General deterrence exists because individual deterrence cannot exist without it. 7) Even the dean of anti death pentlay academics, Hugo Adam Bedau, agrees that the death pentlay deters .. . but he doesn't believe it deters more than a life sentence. Nos. 4-6 and 10 provide anecdotal and rational evidence that the death pentlay is a greater deterrent than a life sentence. In addition, the 28 studies finding for deterrence, find that the death pentlay is an enhanced deterrent over a life sentence. 8) All criminal sanctions deter. If you doubt that, what do you think would happen if we ended all criminal sanctions? No rational person has any doubt. Some would have us, irrationally, believe that the most severe sanction, execution, is the only sanction which doesn't deter. 9) If we execute and there is no deterrence, we have justly punished a murderer and have prevented that murderer from ever harming/murdering, again. If we execute and there is deterrence, we have those benefits, plus we have spared more innocent lives. If we don't execute and there is deterrence, we have spared murderers at the cost of more innocent deaths. 10) Overwhelmingly, people prefer life over death and fear death more than life. "If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call." John McAdams - Marquette University/Department of Political Science