We should take away peoples guns and lock them up in the same place we lock anyone up that ever attents a protest. You know, because we feel like it's perfectly acceptable to ignore constitutional rights if a few people misuse them in the process of committing violence....
[QUOTE=Deuce;1064740965]But the laws don't stop people from breaking them. Sort of by definition, crimes only exist when the law is broken. So does any law ever prevent any crime? Why do we have laws?[/QUOT
Here in the US, we have the Supreme Law which creates the federal government and defines how it shall act.
We have statutory law to facilitate government operation. As for the criminal law, we have that to allow a supposedly civilized method to punish transgressions. It allows society to punish certain behavior within a legal framework in which, supposedly, all men are equal before the law.
Our nation has not always lived up to its ideals, yet those ideals have never ceased to guide us. They expose our flaws, and lead us to mend them. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the generations before us and it is each generation's responsibility to continue that work. - Laura Bush
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