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Slaps on the wrist a joke to thugs

Published: August 28, 2013
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Regarding “DA: Gun laws couldn't save Lane” (News, Aug. 23): Gun laws alone are never going to stop the killing. Criminals will always be capable of obtaining a firearm — with or without laws. What we need are stronger penalties when crimes are committed. The slaps on the wrist that are being handed out now are a joke to these thugs. They'll gladly spend a year or two in jail. It's just more time to hone their skills!

We must stop coddling these people. If they're old enough to obtain a weapon, and use it, then they're old enough to serve the time. Now, there's no threat to these wanna-be gangsters. We have to give them a reason not to commit the crime before it happens. Maybe if they were faced with spending the rest of their lives in prison, they wouldn't be quite as eager to cause harm or take a life.

Sharon Tytgat, Tuttle


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