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The most trite answer is a civil rights protection against the following algorithm: Win a legislative election. Pass any law which disproportionately imprisons the supporters of your opponents. Profit. This is relatively hard to prevent through other constitutional means, since the law doesn't need to be exclusively or primarily politically targeted to ...


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Democracy: Criminals (including those in jail) are affected by the results of the political process. Allowing them to vote gives their an option for their opinions to be heard. If you want to signal criminals that they are not full members of the society, do it coherently: convicted criminals cannot vote, but they get to pay less taxes, too. On the other ...


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They don't. While there are a lot of half-assed arguments (on both sides, to be fair), any serious statistical analysis that actually controls for variables comes down on the side of gun control. A good example of this is a recent meta-analysis of 130 studies from 10 countries which found: Evidence from 130 studies in 10 countries suggests that in ...


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That's a somewhat specious argument, because the ability to illegally obtain weapons is made easier by lax gun laws, and the guns that make it to the illegal market, by and large, start out as firearms that are legally sourced from the manufacturer. The patchwork of gun laws means that states with the least restrictive laws for purchasing guns become the ...


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The real problem with questions like this is in assuming that gun ownership is a cause rather than a symptom. I answered a similar question a year or two ago, but comparing Canada and USA, and mass killings rather than crime in general. But I think the same explanation applies. Why does the USA have mass killings in a seemingly scheduled basis, and ...


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There are actually several points that make it different: The European charter of fundamental rights states in its very first article that human dignity is inviolable. (Just like the German Basic Law btw.) This automatically forbids any action of the state taking the life of any human being as a form of sanction. Also people on death row usually wait for ...


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Here are some actual arguments given in cases around the world, extracted from a paper focusing on the Irish case: Israel: after Yigal Amir assassinated Rabin, there was a court case asking for Amir's voting rights to be curtailed. The Israeli supreme court refused stating that Amir's imprisonment was his punishment and that in denying the right to vote ‘...


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I can answer this from the US angles, which largely mirrors the European thinking. Stats from this Wikipedia entry The justice system sometimes fails. There are people unwilling to accept a system that could execute an innocent person. 157 people sentenced to death in the US have been exonerated since 1973. Death penalty cases largely mirror life sentences ...


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It is very easy to get a gun illegally. Be a non-citizen/resident, minor, felon, or have been adjudicated to be insane Go to Texas Look for "deer stick", "bangs", "outdoor toy" on craigslist. Meet the seller on a gun range with cash and test that the gun works properly Don't tell him that you are 1. I did actually encounter someone who forgot 5) and told ...


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Cocaine Coca leaf is native to South America and grows best there, so that's where the cocaine comes from. Not only does this produce a huge amount of profit for organised crime, the drug itself promotes aggression. Almost all the drug wars are primarily concerned with cocaine and secondly with marijuana which also grows well there. Colonialism, Communism ...


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From the details in the The Violence Project database. The following can be seen. In six incidents, armed civilians were present at the location. (Armed Police were present in 19 Incidents) out of 175 recorded incidents. The average number of people who were killed and injured in these 175 incidents are 7.18 dead and 11.6 injured. For shootings with an ...


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I think you actually asked the wrong question. What you really want to know isn't how hard is it to get an illegal gun in the United States, but how hard is it to get a gun in a country with strict gun control laws. The answer is that buying an illegal handgun in Australia can cost as much as $15,000. So while you can get them, I wouldn't worry about ...


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Unfortunately, statistics based on actual events are not able to answer this question. A working hypothesis is that a higher rate of gun ownership among targets will discourage potential shooters from trying. Similarly, easier access to guns will encourage potential shooters to try. The policy can clearly be counter-productive if only partially implemented, ...


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If you compare the European Union to the United States, the EU has less crime, including crimes that have nothing to do with guns. For example, there are fewer domestic knife assaults. These are crimes that are unlikely to be prevented by guns (unless one spouse would be walking around the house with a gun just in case the other spouse pulls a knife). ...


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Because they're not at war. Referencing this paper, Wikipedia clarifies the methodology: The following 50 cities have the highest murder rates in the world of all cities not at war, with a population of at least 300,000 people If cities within warring nations were including, the rankings would change. For example, in Damascus (population 1.7 million) ...


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A few points not brought up by the other answers: Criminals are not uniformly of one party. In certain cases reformed criminals, or even unreformed criminals, might be much wiser voters who are less easily beguiled than the innocent. For example: Suppose a white collar criminal employs some blue collar criminals to perpetrate some unlawful deed. The blue ...


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The law in Iceland dates from the 1940s, and is modelled on Danish laws of the period. Pre-1940, an adult convicted of a serious crime (one which is "outrageous to public opinion" and leads to a prison sentence of 4 months or more) would lose their "honour". This had various consequences, including losing the right to vote in Althing elections. The 1940 law ...


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As best I can tell, these pardons are meant as rewards for being loyal to Trump, not as protections. They don't actually protect Trump in any way: the contrary, in fact, since pardoning someone implies they can no longer invoke fifth amendment rights, meaning they can be compelled to testify against Trump in the future. But Trump has — as others have pointed ...


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There are several factors that make this a very difficult question to answer definitively. What exactly is a "mass shooting"? What exactly does it mean to stop a mass shooting? How to account for mass shootings that are prevented by armed citizens, or even by the possibility that armed citizens will be present? Should other similar violent crimes ...


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Citizens who are convicted of crimes don't stop being citizens and start being criminals arbitrarily, and voting is not a privilege: it is a civic duty. It makes sense that the default should be preserving an individual's civil liberties so that they can carry out their larger duties as a citizen unless (as in the case of France, Germany and others, where a ...


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Blockchain-based cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin aren't actually that untraceable, because the transfer history of every wallet is public. When cryptocurrencies ever become economically relevant, you can expect law enforcement to put all those currently hyped big data analysis and machine learning technologies to use and data-mine the blockchains for ...


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Yes. This article on the BBC from 2016 states that 13000 Arrest warrants are outstanding, on people who have jumped bail, or as in the words of the article Figures obtained by the BBC show more than 13,000 people are subject to outstanding arrest warrants in England, with the oldest dating back to 1980. The BBC asked for details of arrest warrants issued ...


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It could, but you would need to initiate an extradition process. Extradition processes depend on bilateral treaties (if you don't have one with the country the criminal is in, you can't get him/her extradited) and generally are a long, twisted, problematic burocratic nightmare. The EAW was created to ease that processes. Essentially it assumes that all the ...


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All gun advocates who claim this have not done their research. A recent study done by the CDC (2013) found that there was no significant correlation between gun ownership and violent crimes, which suggests that anyone who makes any claims regarding gun ownership and crime, are wrong. Though they did conclude that guns are probably used to prevent crime far ...


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First and foremost: The question is ill-considered because universal suffrage is considered now a basic human right. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 21 (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. There is the word: "Everyone". A basic human right means ...


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The fuller context of the quote (emphasis on the part the question quoted): Frost: The wave of dissent, occasionally violent, which followed in the wake of the Cambodian incursion, prompted President Nixon to demand better intelligence about the people who were opposing him. To this end, the Deputy White House Counsel, Tom Huston, arranged a series of ...


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Economics is hard The number of factors that can impact supply and demand, and therefore pricing, is essentially incalculable and indeterminable. Certainly if anyone can determine and compute them all, they should become extraordinarily wealthy and powerful as a result, as the market would behave in a wholly deterministic and predictable way to them; their ...


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Under the terms of the extradition treaty, both parties (USA and France) recognise the supremacy of the Constitution over any treaty. This means that the existence of a treaty with the USA can't compel any part of the French Government to break the Constitution of France. Articles 67 and 68 of the French Constitution seem to indicate that the President has ...


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I haven't read the article, but I'm guessing people in prison are more likely to strike a deal and help with an investigation, in return for some favors like early release etc. I don't recall the exact context in which this was said (I think it had something to do with spies cooperating) but it went along the lines of "you'd be surprised what people ...


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Is my understanding of the "more guns less crime" argument correct? Yes. This can be split into 2 subarguments: In areas with high gun ownership, criminals will think twice before victimizing people because they will be afraid of being shot. When an armed person is assaulted, they can defend themselves so the crime attempt is not successful. Is the ...


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