Seriously guys, what are WE going to do? Here's what we're gonna do next time some clown decides to live out his sick fantasies: FIGHT BACK!
I'm putting together a little essay about prison violence. Some selected points I have so far:
The Justice Fellowship website sumarizes a few points brought up by the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons:
"Inmates in the custody of our prisons have no ability to defend themselves. They are forbidden from having weapons, they cannot choose their neighbors, nor can they leave their area if they feel threatened. Having stripped them of all means of protecting themselves, prison authorities have a responsibility to ensure that they are not subject to predators. No matter what the crime an inmate has committed, their sentence does NOT include being raped, beaten or extorted."
Considering police are not responsible for the average law-abiding citizen getting killed, raped, or robbed, I'd say this is pretty telling.
Among the Commission's key findings:
Violence against prisoners and staff is a problem in too many places, and the lack of standardized, reliable data to measure violence is a serious impediment to enhancing safety.
There is violence in a gun free zone? What?
Poor medical and mental health care inside correctional facilities - the result of inadequate funding - puts prisoners, staff, and the public health at risk.
Individual rights? Pffft.
Expensive, long-term, high-security segregation can actually exacerbate violence in prisons and contribute to recidivism after release.
Translation: Poorly implemented controls are expensive and counter-productive.
Line officers, wardens, and system directors frequently lack the resources and support to meet the extensive demands of the job.
Translation: Properly implemented controls are costly and difficult to maintain.
I'm not sure how I'm going to arrange the information just yet, and I'll probably read the actual report from cover to cover so I know exactly what was said. I'll probaby call the essay, 'Gun Control Advocates Should Go to Prison' or something.