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Tangential Baltimore question: Why are murder and attempted murder treated differently? : This may be a stupid question, but why do we have separate charges for attempted murder and murder? It seems that once you've pulled the trigger, you've displayed a full-on dedication to ending a life. By offering a lesser charge for attempted, aren't we simply rewarding the person for either being bad at what they're trying to accomplish, or giving them a break thanks to the actions of those who work to mitigate the impact of their action (first responders, doctors, the hospital, etc)? Saying we had 347 homicides seems like it's under-representing the scope of our violence problem. Wouldn't treating every shooting like a homicide be a more equitable, just and effective way to punish bad actors and actions? Full Article
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