Sunday, March 26, 2006

How To Guarantee A Tory Majority Next Election

Easy. Show the yellow feather when it comes to getting tough on crime.

Opposition inclined to block gun bill

"The opposition, while willing to deal with the governing party to fight a spate of gun violence in urban centres, say the Conservative penalties could run afoul of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms' guarantee that the punishment must be proportional to the crime."

Proportional to the crime, eh? Oh, good. Does this not mean that the opposition thinks that murders should be executed? Or at least spend a substatial amount of time in prison?

It does not.

"Sue Barnes, the Liberal justice critic, suggested the Conservative penalties are "draconian" measures that would have to be diluted to survive a court challenge."

I have a better idea. Instead of watering down the so-called "justice system" which never sees any justice actually being done, why don't we get rid of the bloody court challenges? Embed the penalties for the crimes right into the Charter itself, so nobody can claim they're being deprived unfairly of their own life and liberty -- right after they have permanently deprived someone else of theirs!

"One factor working in the Conservatives' favour is that no party wants to be seen as opposing a bill on firearms crimes at a time when there is public concern across the country, particularly in such cities as the Liberal bastion of Toronto."

And did not that Liberal Bastion lose a few of its entrenched seats to the Tories in the last election? Does this not tell the Liberals something? Or is it that they're just not listening (why do I even ask -- when did they ever listen?)?

If the government does not take this issue of crime and punishment seriously, I can guarantee that the people will! There are already citizens' groups all over the country, mostly in the bigger cities, who are taking matters into their own hands. Vigilantism is becoming respectable. And the overworked cops aren't really all that concerned (despite the press releases from the police spokesmen) when the body they've just recovered from the river happens to be a well-known drug dealer who has been recycled through the catch-and-release hug-a-thug program several times.

So get with it, citizens. If you are tired of being afraid to walk down the street in your own neighborhood, or if you've put yourself in jail by soldering bars on all your street-level windows and barricaded your doors, get on the horn to your MP and tell him that you want the tougher penalities for crime, and you want it now!

If your MP is a Tory, offer your vocal and virtual support. If your MP is opposition, let him know in no uncertain terms that he should be brushing up on his resume and looking for another profession come next election, unless he backs off the warm-and-fuzzies for the violent offenders.

This is our country. "Take Back The Night" is past its prime.

It's time for Take Back Our Lives.


Blogger Candace said...

I don't understand how the NDP, who want 4 yrs minimum, can find 5 years draconian (ever though it was the Liberal who said that, let's get real here).

How many innocents need to die in drivebys before Canadians get real laws in place, I wonder?

Sunday, March 26, 2006 6:14:00 PM  
Blogger Psychols said...

Chimera, I must disagree.

Mandatory minimum sentences have consistently failed to reduce violent or any other type of crime wherever they are used. They just fill up the prisons and create complex court challenges.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Got news for you, Cycles -- catch and release does nothing to reduce violent crime, either.

So I'm for tougher mandatory sentencing. That will get the criminal-in-question off the street. Now. And for a long time. I don't particularly care if he gets rehabilitated or not, as long as he stays out of society for a long time. If he can't play nicely, he can't live with the rest of us.

I believe I already addressed the issue of those ridiculously endless court challenges in the post.

And not to put too fine a point on things, but what have we got prisons for, if not to fill them up? Matter of fact, I don't think we have enough prisons, but that will be another post...

Please don't mistake me for a social liberal on this -- I'm anything but. It's 'way past time we as a society stopped pampering and mollycoddling all those murderers and thugs and other violent offenders, and started dishing out some of their own back to them.

What are you going to do when somebody rapes your sister at knifepoint or shoots your child because he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and just kinda (oops, sorry, man, but the kid shouldn't'a bin there, y'know?) got in the way?

When it gets personal for you, you will change your mind...

Sunday, March 26, 2006 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Cycles, I personally don't really give a rats ass about whether or not they get rehabilitated, what I do care about is that they are OFF THE STREETS.....for a long time.

Turn a prison back into a prison I say, make them not want to be there.

There aren't very many one handed guys in the middle east....

Sunday, March 26, 2006 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Cycles: Don't take that last comment as a personal attack on you, okay? You're a nice guy -- a very nice guy, who believes in the inherent goodness of his fellow man. It would be totally against everything you believe in to stop trying to find a way to "help" the criminal element, because you think they can be helped, and that they want to be helped.

I've seen my fellow man -- as two teenage boys -- beat a helpless old man to death in the parking lot of one of my local parks, and then laugh their asses off because they knows that the law cannot touch them! They did it for kicks. They will do it again.

I've seen my fellow man -- angry because no one would give him money to buy drugs -- push a complete stranger off the platform into the path of the oncoming Skytrain!

Read your paper, watch the news, and listen to the radio my friend, -- and weep bitter tears for that ideal "fellow man" of yours. If he ever existed, he's on the endangered species list, and on his way to extinction.

Sunday, March 26, 2006 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

*sigh* Make that: Don't take my last comment as a personal attack...

Dino got between my posts (now that sounds naughty! LOL!).

Sunday, March 26, 2006 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger Psychols said...

Chimara, I don't take it personally at all and anticipated that you would reply and disagree.

My position has nothing to do with a belief in the inherent goodness of human beings. While I think that most of us are trying to live decently, I am under no illusion. Selfish impulses, pride and anger can cause some people to do some very bad things.

I am really arguing that we need to find solutions that actually reduce crime. Harsher punishment doesn't work. It just gives society some measure of vengeance but will do nothing to make us any safer.

Rehabilitation, counselling and sometimes prescription drugs do reduce crime. The fact that a life spent as a criminal may turn into a productive and happy life is a bonus that makes it a win-win situation.

Of course, if one of my children or wife was the victim of a violent crime or rape, I would probably react very emotionally. My concern for the criminal would quicly yield to my need for revenge and I can imagine myself wishing castration or death.

Monday, March 27, 2006 6:12:00 PM  
Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Dino got between my posts (now that sounds naughty! LOL!). Blogger....

Tuesday, March 28, 2006 4:29:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Aw, Jeez, Dazz; I was havin' coffee...! LOL!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 5:24:00 AM  

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