English 282 AD
March 11, 2014
San Mateo usually Isn’t a very violent place, or so I thought. Two years ago at the St Timothy carnival I was robbed at knifepoint by some punk in a black hoodie. I was walking up to a concession stand to get some cotton candy when I felt a hand on my shoulder and something sharp against my back, I tried turning around to see who it was but he quickly pushed me back around and told me to stand still while he searched my pockets for money. Something he didn’t realize was that I myself had a knife in my jacket that I carried with me all the time, while he wasn’t looking I reached into my pocket and pulled the knife out and turned towards him. As soon as he saw what I was holding he took off running, after that day I never went anywhere unarmed. In “Crime and the cure of the Soul,” Charles Colson explains how he believes that incarcerating criminals is not the solution, he believes that these “criminals” commit illegal offenses due to all of the poverty and oppression in our great nation. I for one agree with what Colson has to say, I don’t think it’s fair to all of our taxpayers to have to pay for these criminals while they live for free in a cell while we work our butts off. Someone who I don’t agree with would be Linda M. Hasselstrom in her article “A peaceful woman explains why she carries a gun,” Hasselstrom argues that everyone should carry a gun or at least own one. I believe that she is mistaken because most of the people in my own community already own guns and I don’t see the crime rate going down like she explains it would. Out of the two articles I believe Charles Colson’s would be the best solution because if criminals were given the opportunity to join a program where they could get help with their problems they would think twice about committing a crime after being released. If you haven’t yet noticed crime rates have been rising rapidly in a lot the community's throughout the bay...
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