A hard hit at Philadelpha mayor
In the Philadelphia Bulletin. An excerpt:
"The mayor noted the additional "problems" more police would bring to the city. More police, for instance, would mean more arrests for an already grievously overcrowded prison system. This is already burdening the city with costs it can't afford in addition to more court costs for prosecuting the criminals.
Which means the mayor is not against crime or criminals. He does not want a safer city. He wants to save money. The easy way to do that is with another gun law-- which he will not enforce."
Sandler is wrong about treaties being superior to the constitution. Treaties are superior to state constitutions, not the federal one.
He should have stuck to the point you quoted. His piece is too nutjobby and it detracts from his good points.
Posted by: Beerslurpy at February 2, 2007 05:08 PM
Yep! Street has never really cared about locking up criminals. The sad thing is, that would never sell politically in Philadelphia. Gun control does though, sadly.
Posted by: Sebastian at February 3, 2007 10:33 AM
How could they both save money and reduce crime?
Well, they could impose death penalties for various henious offences with appeals time-limited and sentence once imposed either voided (falling back to life imprisonment) or executed within 180 days.
But since that will never fly they'll probably just find a way to effectively (if not actually) reduce the active police force so that fewer crimes happen (or at least are reported, which is just as good from his point of view)
Posted by: KCSteve at February 5, 2007 02:33 PM