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Cell Phones Ain’t Guns

Today’s Dai­ly Duh comes to you from Slate via Han­nah Riley, and it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­play of cog­ni­tive dissonance:

In most fed­er­al and state pris­ons and jails, cell phones are a big no-no; get­ting caught with one can add years to your sen­tence. Han­nah Riley thinks that’s got­ta stop, and she actu­al­ly has some pret­ty good points before she cross­es the Duh Coun­ty line:

  • If you’re serv­ing a 6‑month sen­tence for some mis­de­meanor, but get caught with a cell phone, adding 12 years to the sen­tence is insane.
  • Prison erodes and destroys rela­tion­ships with friends and fam­i­ly, which rais­es the recidi­vism rate.
  • A sher­iff in South Car­oli­na bud­get­ed mon­ey to pro­vide jail inmates with cheap cell phones, claim­ing it increas­es safety.
  • Yes, inmates can and do use unmon­i­tored phones for run­ning gangs, smug­gling drugs, extor­tion or arrang­ing murders.
  • But pro­hi­bi­tion is use­less. If you’re in prison and you want a phone, you can get one.
  • Also, cell phones are just amoral tools. It’s sil­ly to blame a tool for bad things peo­ple do with it.
  • To sum up: The pos­i­tive social ben­e­fits of cell phones in prison out­weigh the neg­a­tives. We should seek ways to lever­age the good things and squelch the bad things.

These argu­ments sound an awful lot like 2nd Amend­ment sup­port­ers say­ing guns are just tools, and it’s sil­ly to go after the tools rather than the bad guys, and we can’t abol­ish guns, so let’s find oth­er ways to reduce crime, and by the way: the pos­i­tive ben­e­fits of civil­ian gun own­er­ship far out­weigh their crim­i­nal usage.

So what does Slate have to say about guns? Any­thing pos­i­tive, or even open to dis­cus­sion? It is to laugh. We have now crossed the Duh Coun­ty line.

Relat­ed Articles

Slate loves gun con­trol, and they have a seri­ous hardon for the AR-15. Search for “AR-15” on Slate; I did and found more than 40 arti­cles saying:

(Sor­ry; I mean “Awomen.)

Con­sis­ten­cy, thy name is not Slate.

Duncan Coltrane

Duncan Coltrane is our resident expert on all things that go bang. Duncan's an enthusiastic 2nd Amendment advocate, but he also supports gun control (by using both hands) and background checks (carefully check the background behind your target: You don't want to get blood on your carpet or your nice new sofa).
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