Thursday, December 08, 2005

How to stop crime---Maryland Style!!!!

While taking a break studying for a final I have on Monday, I came across this little gem from the Peoples' Republic of Maryland: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=643119 Once again, the People's Republic Of Maryland has proven they just don't understand how to reduce crime......instead of focusing on the folks actually stealing cars, Prince George's county had decided to start punishing plain, law abiding citizens who let their cars warm up unattended. Our system of law enforcement isn't designed for prevention by stripping law abiding citizens of their rights. Instead, it operates on the concept of deterring criminals because of fear of the punishment. The system breaks down when recidivist criminal behavior is coddled and rewarded by light punishment. Maryland needs to start focusing on apprehending criminals and leave law abiding citizens alone.

6 Comments:

At 12/08/2005 02:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable! Never would have thunk it.

So is it also illegal for me to go to bed at night leaving all my doors and windows unlocked? When did this country outlaw stupidity?

Of course I'd love for the cops to come knocking at my door when my wife's car, which has an electronic remote starter in it, while it's idling in our driveway. Is the violation based on the car running or the keys being in the car? We can start that car and it cannot be driven unless the keys are inserted into the ignition.

They could have at least come up with an environmental excuse, couldn't have they? I mean come on at least tell me I'm getting a ticket because I'm ruining the environment, not because I was attempting to make my life a tad bit more convenient and am fully aware of the risk I'm taking. I'm surprised the PRA (People's Republic of Arlington isn't cracking down).

 
At 12/08/2005 07:29:00 PM, Anonymous The Ghost of Tom Joad said...

It's actually really smart and sensible. I should have to pay more in taxes on law enforcement because you want to be a little warmer in your car when you drive off? They've had a DECREASE in crime when they have done it in previous years. 40% of thefts happen with keys in the car...taking away the temptation takes away the necessity to track down a stolen car.

 
At 12/08/2005 07:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable - you can't leave your car running on your own private property.

Maybe I shouldn't be able to leave my windows of the house open - someone might "break in" and the police would have to find a burglar.

Maybe I shouldn't be able to smoke in my house - I could get cancer, have high medical bills on my group insurance plan, and cost everyone else extra money.

And a point on your license for god's sake .... that makes NO sense at all.

This is a law that won't stand up to a court challenge.

 
At 12/08/2005 10:00:00 PM, Blogger Not Not Jay Hughes said...

Ghost of Tom:

Actually, getting rid of crime isn't hard. Think of all the drug dealers Chat Dotson could put in jail if we did away with that annoying 4th Amendment business.

We serve the interests of justice by punishing the guilty not foisting their guilt on the innocent in the name of feel good, crime prevention that only punishes law abiding folks.

 
At 12/09/2005 06:33:00 AM, Anonymous HD-Wanderer said...

I've moved around a lot over the years, but my favorite move so far was moving out of Maryland. I'm surprised I didn't et a ticket for leaving.

 
At 12/09/2005 06:37:00 AM, Blogger HD_Wanderer said...

Typos, typos... Apparently my spell checker is on the blink. That, of course, was supposed to be: "I'm surprised I didn't get a ticket for leaving."

 

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