Originally Posted by Buzzard
If you don't care if it is a deterrent, which the link I offered shows it's not, is it just about revenge then?
It's about the punishment fitting the crime.
That link you posted doesn't prove anything anyway. Comparing neighboring states like Illinois and Wisconsin is pointless when you have a major city like Chicago in your state. Or comparing Iowa and Missouri, did they forget about St. Louis? Yeah, it's real dangerous in Des Moines...