In addition, new restrictions on chemicals will "drastically limit" the public sale of sulphuric acid due to its use in the production of "mother of Satan" - the homemade explosive believed to have been used in the Manchester Arena terror attack and the failed bomb plot at Parsons Green Tube station.
Will it effectively reduce terrorists ability to make bombs or just force them to diversify? Possession of Hydrogen Peroxide (used for bleaching skulls for example) in concentrations over 11% requires a license now, has that reduced terrorism in the UK?
As well intentioned as these things are I'm sceptical that they are given much more thought than "we'd better ban it".
Regarding acid attacks, I'm inclined to say that where a jury is unanimous and where the judge sees fit the offender should receive a punishment proportional to the crime, they should be disfigured with acid. Perhaps this is too permanent though for fear of rare cases of miscarriage of justice and so I'm with Greyman, such a grievous crime requires the maximum punishment our laws allow.
I agree that such a heinous crime should carry maximum punishment, but is there no room to look at prevention? Do longer sentences really help to prevent crime? Did the cash machine lads Greyman mentioned just move on to another form of robbery?
Am I right in saying the US jails more people for longer than any other nation? Many years sometimes for small drug offences & yet their drug problems just keep growing....
I agree with your sentiments regarding American prisons etc, but these are not hardened criminals or drug addicts just plastic gangsters who are happy to serve a short prison sentence to gain higher status in there silly little council estate empires, low risk big jump up the don't f**k with me ladder, much the same as the twats waving starting pistols around in the streets threatening people, they don't have the minerals to shoot anyone but love the big man badge they can wear on the estate after shoving it in someone's face for pulling out on them, then cry to the judge that it was not real please don't give me a long whack in prison, if you burn someone's face off you have f****d there life up and deserve the same, not a slap on the wrist and a couple of gangsta tokens