Baldr’s Gate: A new anti-gun blog seeks guidance…

NewTrajectory (a new anti-gun blog) is seeking common ground. Which pretty much means (where do 2nd Amendment advocates see room for compromise).

To which most of us would point to the fact that we’ve compromised plenty enough already. One individual by the name of Heather challenged why they focus all their attention on gun violence, and not reducing all violence.

Baldr said that was a good point, but that Heather had not offered up any solutions. So I have taken the liberty of wastefully expending a few minutes of my life to provide Mr. Baldr with a few solution that would drastically reduce crime in this nation.

Solution #1. End ALL repeat offenders of violent crime. There is absolutely NO reason that after someone has shown themselves to be a violent predator and harmed another and their loved ones – that they should ever be allowed to do it again.

Granted, sometimes criminals escape from prison. But they should NEVER be released – not for a violent predatorial crime.

Doing this would likely eliminate 80%-90% of crime.

First, by directly eliminating the repeat crime which equates to about half of all crime.

Second, by providing an example where predators realize they don’t go to prison and come back out with street cred; they just don’t come back out. It’s like the RAID roach motel commercials. “They go in – they don’t come out!”

So ask yourself, why we are not taking the simplest of actions. The one that is guaranteed to reduce crime astronomically.

Now if you’re answer is that our prisons are too full here are a couple of thought to consider on that matter:

1) You reduce your criminal element with stiffer penalties. Less people will commit crimes. And therefore less people will need to be interned.

2) Outsource – okay, so maybe we don’t outsource American citizens. But many of our prisons are full of illegal aliens. Who when deported to Mexico are immediately set free to cross back over our border and continue their rampage.

We have no obligation to provide internment to these individuals. These are not Americans. They’re foreign nationals. Whom, returning to their homeland is not an option. So why not send them somewhere else that is more economical. Let’s pay China to house, feed, and take care of all of our foreign violent criminals.

This too would reduce crime. It’s one thing to commit your crime and live in a posh U.S. prison with cable TV, Xboxes, gymnasiums and more; or to be sent back to Mexico to be released. It’s an entirely different thing to be sent a prison halfway around the world. And a LOT harder to get back to the U.S.

In fact, statistics from CNN.com (far from a bastion of conservative thought) places the number at 30%. That means this simple policy would free up 30% of our prison space. That’s a pretty significant amount.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/05/30/dobbs.prison/index.html

[World Prison Brief apparently claims 5%, and average of 15%+ is still significant.]

Oh, while we’re at it. We can stop filling up our prisons with harmless elderly gardeners.

http://reason.com/blog/2009/10/05/federal-swat-raid-over-orchids

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It’ll be interesting to see what response Mr. Baldr provides to my suggestions. It would appear that Mr. Baldr take his name from a comic book, I wonder if this is our New Trajectory blogger?

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  1. Hi, Nugun, thanks again for your comments here and on my blog (http://newtrajectory.blogspot.com/2011/01/results-from-my-open-invitation.html).

    Repeat criminality is indeed a serious problem. I don’t know the percentage that repeat, but I have no doubt it is very, very high. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind at the suggestion of life imprisonment, as you suspected, is prison overcrowding.

    I wondered if you were going in the direction of some who commented in suggesting more executions, or a legalization of drugs. But clearly your idea is more unique than that. I guess I wasn’t aware of the percentage of foreign nationals (most likely mostly Mexican) in our prison system. The idea of outsourcing them, so to speak, to some other nation is, I’m sure, very problematic. I think it would be really, really difficult to get some other country to agree to such a thing! Perhaps, though, we ship them to prisons in Mexico, prisons that WE control as part of an international agreement? I would assume it to be cheaper. But all of this is certainly beyond my knowledge, as I am no expert in international affairs.

    I’m generally not a fan of mandatory sentencing, especially one so harsh as 2-strikes-and-your-in-for-life, but maybe you’re on to something there, at least for the worst crimes.

    My name’s a unique one, for sure, but not after a comic book (how cool would that be?!). It’s a Baltic name, and goes way, way back to an ancient god in those cultures (the god of peace, ironically).

  2. “I wondered if you were going in the direction of some who commented in suggesting more executions, or a legalization of drugs”

    While I am definitely not supportive of drug abuse. I must confess in recent years I’ve grown very tired of the war on drugs. And think this would be a better matter for the FDA & IRS.

    Essentially, mandate highly refined drugs (like cocaine, methylaphetamine, etc) be regulated by the FDA and require a prescription and monitoring from a doctor. All sales would be taxed, which would provide a more easily enforced mandate.

    Meanwhile, soften up on unrefined home grown and non-sold product (ie: marijuana, raw cocaine leaves, etc.) This would reduce our prison load, and also reduce incentives for theft for drug money. Probably inspire a lot more to get into gardening as well.

    “I guess I wasn’t aware of the percentage of foreign nationals (most likely mostly Mexican) in our prison system.”

    Sadly it is. I actually am very pro-immigration. I believe our doors should be more open. To any decent individual who wants to move to America and make it their homeland. I think immigration is the lifeblood of America.

    But we have a serious problem with a criminal element that is far worse than our own.

    ” I think it would be really, really difficult to get some other country to agree to such a thing! ”

    I don’t know about that. China probably has some of the most efficient prisons. And would likely handle such a prisoner load for a given price – which would probably be significantly less than what we currently pay to intern a prisoner in the U.S.

    “Perhaps, though, we ship them to prisons in Mexico, prisons that WE control as part of an international agreement? ”

    The problem with that, is the current climate of Mexico. It is extremely unstable. Law enforcement is over-powered and often assasinated by the drug cartels.

    The strict gun laws have done nothing to stem the violence in Mexico as they import the firearms from the Eastern bloc surplusses and even from their military. Nearly 1 in 6 Mexican soldiers defect taking their equipment with them – usually U.S. made M-16s and ARs.

    “I’m generally not a fan of mandatory sentencing, especially one so harsh as 2-strikes-and-your-in-for-life, but maybe you’re on to something there, at least for the worst crimes.”

    I think 2-strikes is stupid for victimless crimes. But those that are predatorial crimes, such as rape, premeditated murder, murder robberies, etc. It’s my personal opinion that those sorts of criminals should not ever get a second chance.

    A second chance for such criminals means a second death, rape, murder of someone’s loved ones.

    Baldr, I wasn’t sure if it was norse. Sounded as if it could be.

  3. Thanks again. Looking forward to further debate on this.


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