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Old 02-03-2013, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by BrainGlutton View Post
Aren't the penalties strict enough now, and the law-enforcement vigorous enough?
They would be if the courts actually imposed them. For example, in my state armed robbery has a maximum term of 40 years. The typical sentence can be less than 10% of that, with concurrent terms for multiple offenses. Mandatory minimum sentences have no teeth when a majority of the sentence is served as probation.

What good does it do to add more meaningless laws when we are not making people suffer real consequences for violating the laws we already have? It's like putting braces on false teeth. It doesn't in any way fix the problem, but it looks like we've done something.