Agree: The Death Penalty Does Thesis

Length: 2 pages Sources: 2 Subject: Criminal Justice Type: Thesis Paper: #76510783 Related Topics: Black Death, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Gun Laws
Excerpt from Thesis :

Disagree: trying to get tough on gun crimes, especially through mandatory prison sentences, will not reduce gun-related crimes

Getting "tough on crime" has become a political code in the United States. The phrase has become a Republican Party platform issue and one used to galvanize citizens, one that signals the righteous intolerance of criminals but is a thinly cloaked measure for social control. Of course, Americans should hope for a society that is as crime-free as possible, one that does not restrict the right of citizens to possess a weapon while at the same time prohibiting criminals from doing the same. Tough on crime laws and mandatory prison sentences are not viable means of reducing gun-related crimes, though.

The way that "tough on crime" laws are phrased garners attention and votes. Voters have a hard time turning anti-gun laws down, but for the wrong reasons. The tough on crime laws fail to address the root causes of the problem: poverty and


Mandatory sentences will not reduce gun-related crimes. The decriminalization of drugs would go a farther way toward reducing gun crimes than the laws intended to be tough on crime. Eliminating the black market of drugs would take power away from criminal organizations that sell guns too.

Furthermore, the true policies that result from "tough on crime" rhetoric are unsavory and un-American. To be tough on crime entails supporting laws like "three strikes" that penalize minor non-violent drug offenders, not necessarily murderers. The victims of gun-related crimes are often people of color: Latino and African-Americans. Impoverished regions of America are besieged by gun-related violence, because guns and related black market commodities are more lucrative than any low-wage job. Gun-related crimes are sometimes connected with drugs, but mandatory prison sentences are a poor, ineffectual, and inhuman means of dealing with preventable crimes in America.

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