That's the script. When heinous monsters kill people with guns, we tend to talk about the problem of guns. Or rather, people in Washington, New York and other big cities tend to talk about the problem of guns, because they think guns are the problem. There's an irony there, of course, given that such cities tend to have the worst gun-related murder rates -- Chicago these days has the equivalent of an...
Contd: The death penalty is justified in 3 ways that I know of off hand: 1) as a deterrent to committing capital crimes 2) as an appropriate social consequence for capital crimes 3) as a form of revenge by the society for certain kinds of crimes To be an effective deterrent, it must be widely perceived as a likely consequence of committing a capital crime, and the way our courts currenty use it, this is not the case; so the 1st reason is out. I personally don't believe in social revenge, in principle, so I don't agree with that one, but that's a personal opinion. There remains the idea that it is an appropriate consequence for crimes like taking another's life. That argument hasn't been effectively challenged yet.
In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., slaughter, the question went forth on all of the political chatter shows: "Will this reopen the debate over gun control?"
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