[Ed. – May every one of those readers meet an untimely end at the hands of one of the violent criminals he is so solicitous of.]
When it comes to crime, liberals have long held that “nonviolent” offenses should not be punished with jail time. At first, they told us that it was just about drug users – maybe a teenager with a small amount of pot in his pocket. Then it morphed into the release of cocaine and heroin users, because, you know, it’s a victimless crime, right? And then “nonviolent” became code for releasing drug dealers and drug traffickers as well.
They’re not done. Liberal sentiment is now in favor of minimal jail time for the most violent of offenders, and even releasing them from jail before their sentences are served. The New York Times took a poll asking readers what sentences they favored for four different violent criminals, apparently convicted of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, or being an accessory to felony murder. In three of the four instances, readers were given a choice of sentencing these felons to 1-5 years in jail, 5-10 years, 10-25 years, or life in prison.
More than 80% of readers chose the one-to-five-year option, which means liberals think violent crimes like armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon merit as little as one year in prison.