Saturday, December 31, 2011

Common law needs to be more natural

If you can name a crime, can you also name the victim of that crime?

If there is no victim, can there be a crime?

The definition of a crime by Wikipedia is: "...the breach of rules or laws for which some governing authority (via mechanisms such as legal systems) can ultimately prescribe a conviction."

Ok, so no where in this definition does it refer to a victim.

So the simplest way to make this understandable is to ask the simplest question imaginable: "If there is no victim, why is there a crime? How can there be a crime?"

Don't nod your head, and agree...really think about some of the laws you follow everyday. Then think about the ways in which these laws may fall short on their interpretation.

I conclude with a simple example:

While driving at 2am a person comes to a stop light that has just changed red. They adequately check all necessary directions and see no on-coming vehicles, including bikes, pedestrians or motor vehicles. I see no reason to say this person shouldn't be able to proceed before the light turns green again.

If safety is the goal - the goal can be met without adhering to all rules or guidelines set by law. It's 2011 - let's ease up on the restrictions, and let's all start exercising personal responsibility instead.

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