And while I’m on the subject of writing my own laws, I thought I’d toss out an idea I had a few years ago that might cut down on violent crime.
I think we ought to have a sliding-scale law that covers the use of guns in crime. The basic idea is that using a gun in a crime will cost you more time behind bars, and the more aggressively you use it, the more it will cost you. This law will only be in addition to other charges, of course — it requires some additional charge to work.
The numbers I was working with were as follows:
Possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony: +1 year
Display of a firearm: +2 years
Aiming a firearm at a person: +3 years
Discharging a firearm: +3 years
Firing at a person: +5 years
Wounding a person: +10 years (per person)
Killing a person: Life or death (depending on the state)
Now, I think these should be state laws, not federal laws — the federal government has enough to worry about, and this is exactly the kind of matter that should be left up to the states. But I think this law (if it’s actually enforced, unlike Massachusetts’ Bartley-Fox law, which is almost never prosecuted) would give criminals an incentive to “tone it down” a bit and, maybe, even save a few lives.