In a rare move, I am adding my second entry in the same day. I was discussing my views on crime and punishment with “Andrea” and decided I needed to share them with the world.
First of all, I would like to propose two possible solutions to our rampant crime in America. The first, and probably the simplest, is my “One Punishment Fits All” system. Under this system, all crimes would have the same punishment: Death. How many people do you think would continue to not use their blinker to change lanes if they knew they would be executed if caught? I think that for the first couple of months, there would be a “break-in” period where people got used to the idea. During the initial break-in, there would be massive amounts of executions, which of course would be televised, or played over the Web. People watching the news would hear the statistics, “Today, 564 traffic law violators were executed by lethal injection…” I guarantee, it wouldn’t take long for people to get the idea.
So, if you kill someone, you die. If you molest someone, you die. If you rob someone, you die. If you cross the street outside of the crosswalk or against the light, you die. It’s brilliantly simple, and I think it deserves a serious look.
Now I know that some will oppose my idea for being to “cruel” or “unusual.” But what I say is, if we do it all the time, then it’s “Usual.” It’s just a matter of doing it for a while. As far as cruel goes, yes, it’s cruel to kill someone… it’s also cruel to break the law, and therefore it’s justified.
I have a second alternative, however it presents some difficulties. Under this system, the punishment would be whatever you did, or closely related to what you did. Let me give some examples to help clarify. If you shoot someone, we shoot you. If you stab someone 57 times with a butter knife, we stab you 57 times with a butter knife. If you skin someone alive and eat their liver… you get the idea. If you burn down someone’s house, we burn yours down. If you drive drunk and hurt or maim someone, your family will be put in a car, and a radio-controlled SUV will be smashed into the side of it. Obviously this will require some creativity. For instance, what do we do with sex offenders? We can’t do to them what they did, because they might like it. I think that public removal of the offending body parts would be a good option, but I’m open to anyone’s suggestions.
A difficulty with this system, is that you have to find someone willing to do all of those things to the criminals. I have a feeling that the victims or the victim’s family members would be a good place to start.
All in all, I think that the “One Punishment Fits All” system is much more viable, and easier to understand.
Anyone who disagrees with me had better have a better, cheaper, fairer option. Otherwise, I don’t want to hear it.