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ookoshi said:
kwikrnu said:
If he is not in jail/prison he should have all the rights granted to other persons.
I disagree. I think once you commit a crime that is heinous enough to be a felony, the judicidial system should have the right to restore those rights in whatever manner they see fit. It's ridiculous to for us to be forced to keep someone in jail if we don't want it to be legal for someone who has been convicted of kidnapping from owning a gun.
If a crime is heinous enough to be a felony the person should be incarcerated for the remainder of their life. Rights of men are granted by God, and judges have no place to restore them.
 

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Man has given themselves the ability to take away rights through the rule of law. Since we have given ourselves the authority to take away a thief's freedom for some period of time, a person who physicially injures another for some length of time, why does this authority not extend to rescind such judgement? It seems rather lopsided and nonsensical that a judge should only have power to take away god given rights. It doesn't make sense to make punishment be all or nothing.

What your advocating is either anarchy or the death penalty for every serious offense. Reality lies in the middle.

And I understand that there are certain crimes that are felonies that perhaps are not that bad, but there are many shades of grey between receiving stolen property and murder. Where would you like the line to be drawn?
Free men have rights and judges or laws cannot remove those rights. If a man needs to be prohibited from possessing a handgun the rest of his life the law should lock him in prison the rest of his life. It a man is sent to prison for 5 years his rights are suspended for 5 years. If he is sent to prison for 20 years his rights are suspended for 20 years. The law gives too much power to judges who decide if someone should be pardoned, their records expunged, or rights restored.
 
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