Criminals must live in fear, not their victims

It is my perception that the present regime harbours a great deal of empathy for criminals.

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It is my perception that the present regime harbours a great deal of empathy for criminals. As the previously ­disadvantaged, they too were branded ­criminals. That empathy results in the handling of present-day criminals with kid gloves and overmuch respect. Now, when criminals get hurt they are carefully hospitalised, housed and fed.

Not so their victims. They must sort themselves out; no free hospitalisation, rehabilitation or ­compensation. The consequences of this mindset produces fearful ­law-­abiding citizens facing fearless criminals who enjoy state protection. This situation will endure until hard-core ­criminals fear the consequences.
With a constitution like ours, why all this empathy?
We are all defenceless against the constitutionally protected hard-core criminal element that has no fear of the consequences. They can kill, but cannot themselves be killed! No death penalty for them, while they, effectively, apply multiple death penalties. Our jails don’t frighten them. They refer to them fondly as Sun City and Five-Star!

We have to instil fear of the consequences. Fear is a ­necessary human factor. We are now a nation of possibly 50 million people who live in fear of, possibly, as few as
1 000 really vicious murderers. That equates to 50 000 people living in fear of just one! It is ridiculous. Of those 1 000, catch and hang just five of them and watch the murder rate drop.

It is time to reverse a little of the fear.

Doug Lawson,

WESTDENE

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