...through a glass, darkly
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I'm not sure it's obvious at all, that is, the point you make that crimes of passion are more likely when adultery is not illegal.I find it quite obvious..
I think crimes of passion are just that, crimes of passion.
I have never heard of a study that is able to identify that adultery being unpunished, leads to more gun violence.
That doesn't mean there isn't one.
Or there could have been one that found there was no correlation between the punishability of adultery and later violence.
I'd speculate this: If adultery were punishable, there might be MORE violence:
Kill anybody who could be a witness? Kill the spouse who could sue you?
When divorce was illegal or harder to get, there are at least anecdotal stories about people who felt they had to kill their spouse to end a marriage.
PUNISHING one act led to a worse one.
Allowing divorce didn't lead to more murders.
Now I know your position on divorce is pretty rational, I'm drawing an analogy here.
Also, I think there are just too many people in jail, leading to furloughs and such for violent criminals.
No jail time for adultery, I think that's just foolish, sorry, but I think it is.