Courts (especially where the judges are elected) and lawmakers have to be perceived as being "tough on crime", else the right-wing law-and-order types will have a fit.
I think you're referring to the reality where soccer moms have conniption fits if a criminal who should have been in jail rapes and murders their daughter. They don't want to hear about statistics or about how rare it is when it's their daughter and neither would I and neither would you.
Oh, and there's also the infamous school shootings. Nobody, on
No, instead let's get outraged that the courts are doing their jobs of putting people in jail... and then get outraged if they don't.
Look. It's your job to safeguard your life. The cops are there to help, but it's ultimately your job because the cops can only get there five minutes later. That's part of the reason why we have the Second Amendment is so that we can defend ourselves.
Now the self-righteous gun-control crowd can all go ahead and mod me down but it's not going to change reality and it's not going to change the truth.