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.
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:
- Obama should have politicized the Sandy Hook and Parkland School shootings the day they happened;
- “Military-style” weapons are far too dangerous for civilians;
- The only reason civilians want them is because they look cool (but it’s ridiculous and unfair to say gun control advocates ban certain weapons because they look scary);
- Gun control is just like abolishing slavery (no, really);
- The only thing an AR-15 can do is murder people, and
- When the military retires any given weapon, that weapon should be expunged from the Earth forever and ever, world without end, Amen.
(Sorry; I mean “Awomen.)
Consistency, thy name is not Slate.