Postby ladybug93 » Tue Feb 07, 2023 3:58 pm
ChrisinHove wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 07, 2023 3:36 pm
ladybug93 wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 07, 2023 6:16 am
laws serve one purpose: to hold criminals accountable. you could argue that they are meant to prevent crime, but that is false. the fear of accountability can be preventative, but the law can't stop a person from breaking it. furthermore, the mindset that laws prevent crime is how we get laws that are meant only to prevent people from breaking other laws.
it is already illegal to kill, stab, or even threaten someone with a knife. this is universally true. these laws exist to hold criminals accountable, promoting public safety. when you add blade restrictions or carry restrictions in hopes to prevent people from breaking the laws that already exist, the only real effect is an assault on freedom. those laws only exist to limit freedom because they accomplish absolutely nothing when it comes to stoping criminals from being criminals. in fact, they make criminals out of people that are doing nothing to cause harm to anyone.
laws don't prevent crime. laws hold criminals accountable for doing harm to others. if there is a law that exists solely to prevent you from breaking another law, it's only purpose is to limit your freedom.
I respectfully disagree! - at least in part. I am no criminologist, but I cannot conceive there isn’t a deterrent effect, at least on people who aren’t sociopaths.
i said the threat of accountability promotes public safety. this is what i mean by that. the problem though is that the threat of accountability only deters people that are unlikely to commit the crime in the first place, as you pointed out by calling them sociopaths that don't care about the law. a person that wants to commit a murder isn't going to stop to make sure their knife is only 2.5" and non-locking first. according to the evidence, they're far more likely to grab a legal hammer and bash a person's skull in.
the person that isn't a sociopath isn't going to use their knife for harm, so there's no point in restricting their freedom. the person that is a sociopath isn't going to care about the law, so there's no point in restricting law-abiding citizens on their behalf. these restrictions only take away your freedom and serve no purpose other than to neuter you and make you a subject and a victim.
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