True, then they would be the same face.
Yeah, spreading like well targeted fire would be preferable.
"The other just takes money, which is worse?"
Your money is obtained in exchange for your time (*).
Your time is your life.
Therefore, taking your money is taking (a part) of your life.
Theft and murder are different faces of the same die...
(*) Yes, ignoring silverspoons and welfare dependents. However their money still represents a portion of someone's life, just not their own.
Naturally given the needs of society, the death penalty will be applied for only the most major crimes, like excessive traffic tickets.
"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure