California's revolving door
The LA Times notes that, due to prison overcrowding, California is giving early release even to violent inmates. It cites the case of a gang-banger who committed a murder, was then caught with drugs and a sawed-off shotgun, and served six days. A few meditations in extended remarks below.
Why would gun control and revolving door justice be associated, as they so often are? I may have a possible explanation....
I'm working on a book manuscript, which will suggest that political views are fundamentally driven by emotion rather than cold logic. The essence of modern liberalism is that judgment ("judgmentalism") is bad, exclusive, discriminatory. Above all else, one should not reach judgments of good and evil as to other persons, cultures, etc.
But within that view, how does one explain crime? You're not allowed to think "some people are evil" -- how do you explain that people go in for murder, rape, robbery, theft? The one way seems to be to treat it as victimhood of the criminal. Because of poverty, frustration, upbringing, whatever, what would be a decent person (can't judge him otherwise, remember) has been turned into a criminal.
Gun control: (1) if we could just keep him from getting a gun, he would be more likely to become decent; (2) if one of his victims were armed, they might shoot him (which is as judgmental as it gets!) (3) gun owners are ... they don't understand the above, they are inclined to be judgmental, which is the one sin, and so doing things to them is a matter of little consequence.