Posted by: coastcontact | February 9, 2014

Do a crime, get jail time

The NRA is the vocal defender of the second amendment.  That is OK with me.  Their reticence to insist on prosecution of those who commit murder with guns is their undoing.

The latest is the retired policeman in Florida who killed another person in a theater because that man was texting on his smartphone.  The former Tampa police captain has been jailed since he fatally shot the man and was denied bond on Friday.

America’s problem with guns is really an issue of crime.  What we really need is swift justice!

There should be no delays in conducting trials.  That too is in the constitution.  The Speedy Trial Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “[i]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy that right.  The Clause protects the defendant from delay between the presentation of the indictment or similar charging instrument and the beginning of trial.  It also ensures speedy justice to those who are injured.

Do a crime, get jail time. If we all really want justice for everyone, including the NRA, we should be pursuing criminals to mete out swift justice.

Sadly we have a slow moving court system that delays verdicts and the guilty are mildly punished.  It’s a system that has sympathy for the criminals. 

A man went to the movies with his wife.  He sent a text message to the baby sitter.  Now he is dead.  Will the retired policeman be punished for murder?  Like George Zimmerman will he be found innocent?  This is not a Black and White confrontation.  In a country where life is cheap and “stand your ground” laws are prominent I won’t be surprised if the killer is found innocent.



  1. “Their [NRA] reticence to insist on prosecution of those who commit murder with guns is their undoing.”

    Do you lie all the time, or just occasionally as above?



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