This shows ignorance of science. As a person ages their propensity for violence decreases. Further, If an individual is convicted of capital murder in Texas, the jury has three choices: death, life without parole and life, which has a minimum of 40 years. Parole Boards rarely let out dangerous criminals - ones who have acted out within the prison walls or are in prison for particularly heinous murders. We should spend our tax dollars on rehabilitative programs instead of warehousing convicts. Look at what northern Europe does.
All good ideas, Mr. Kristof. Also let's make sure that mental health records are included in the federal database for background checks, and let's make sure that people with restraining orders issued against them are not allowed to possess guns.But sadly, there's this fact too: If you want a gun, you can get one. There are more guns than anyone could ever need already out there. If you know who to talk to, and you have the cash, you can walk away with pretty much anything you want. That's not going to change.So a discussion about stricter enforcement of existing laws must be had. There are already some pretty harsh penalties already on the books for crimes committed with guns. These laws should be enforced without exception.I would even suggest that the existing penalties be ramped up to what some would consider draconian levels. For example: Shoot somebody while committing a robbery, even if you don't kill him or her? Life without parole. Convicted of gun trafficking? Thirty years, no parole. Aim a gun at a BLM employee? Thirty years, no parole. And so on. No plea deals, no judicial discretion.If we make it too costly, in terms of freedom, for all but the insane to commit crimes with guns, would some regular criminals resort to knives and baseball bats and such? Sure. And a lot fewer people would die. Now... How do we make room in an already overburdened prison system for all these new gun criminals? Simple, really. Let the pot smokers out!
I really like this idea. Along with genuine coast-to-coast passenger lines and moving public transport into suburban areas,this could be part of a solution. Taking interstate trucking off of the interstate would immeasurably improve both safety and the condition of the roads themselves.
In this part of the country additions to the intrastate and interstate railroads are needed. For example it is no longer possible to organize a 'cold train' to carry produce to Chicago. That means tens of thousands of extra truck loafs on the interstate with higher prices at the receiving end.