I have a hard time understanding this concept. Everyone that has ever tried to kill someone has “attempted” murder. Some of these people were just more successful than the others. Possibly they were just more competent in the job they were doing.
For instance, when Amy Fisher shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco point blank in the face, she was “attempting” to murder her. Through sheer happenstance, her effort failed. Because of this, she was charged with first degree assault and sentenced to 7 years in jail. What part did I miss? SHE SHOT HER IN THE FACE. How much harder could she have tried to kill her?
To me there is no difference between murder and “attempted” murder. The fact that the assailant is incompetent or the victim lived due to some ethereal reason should have no bearing on the punishment. When you stab someone 20 times or shoot them in the face, I think it is fair to say you are trying your damnedest to end their life. Whether you are successful or not is immaterial.
In fact, now that I think of it, all “attempted” crimes should be treated the same way. Homicide, kidnapping, burglary, skyjacking…whatever. If you try any of this but are too stupid to pull it off, you go to jail for just as long as if you had succeeded.
Next on to do list: Build more jails.