Weird Canadian Criminologists think that punishing criminals doesn't deter crime
Great politics, lousy policy.
That's how criminologists and critics are summing up the Conservative push for more penalties after a spate of 18 shootings in British Columbia blamed on gang warfare.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to Vancouver on Thursday to talk up a new bill that, if passed, is expected to deem any gang-related killing a case of first-degree murder.
The Conservatives also promised in the last election to create a new criminal offence, with a mandatory prison term, for drive-by shootings.
It's the government's latest flex of legislative muscle as it renews a crime-fighting agenda that partly died when Harper forced an early election last fall. . . . .