Monday, June 28, 2010

Sentencing Disparity

Two headlines:

Man gets 15 years for fatal club shooting

Man gets 30-year sentence for shooting at cop

I realize there are many variables, one's in Florida, one's in Iowa, not to mention the backgrounds of the offenders. But I couldn't help but notice that the life of a cop is so much more valuable that actually killing someone who is not in law enforcement gets you half as much time as just shooting AT a cop.

What's your opinion? Is something wrong with that? Please leave a comment.


  1. How about the greater disparity with animals?

    Shoot a police dog? You're prosecuted like you shot an officer.

    Police-raid shootings of civilian dogs? Standard operating procedure.

  2. Here's another disparity to ponder:

    Manufacturing and selling multiple handguns where they are banned? 25-30 months.

    Keeping an unloaded antique war trophy revolver that your husband captured while fighting for his country? Five years.

    What was that about gun control affecting law-abiding more than criminals?