Friday, May 2, 2008

Capital Punishment

I am a proponent of capital punishment. Unfortunately, not enough people are euthanized. The ruthless, heartless, unrelenting murderer, for instance, who shot and killed my friend needs to have his life ended. Thankfully, it happened in Texas. Unfortunately, he is afforded too many appeals in the process. I want this not out of spite or anger, but because justice must be done.

I used to read everything I could about the death penalty. Did you know that only 2 percent of those that are given the death sentence actually receive it? Did you know that it usually takes -- at a minimum -- seven years for someone to get killed once they are sentenced? That's about how long it took for Timothy McVeigh, and his was a popular case.

Did you know that some lawyers and human rights activists made a huge cry and complaint when one murderer 'suffered pain' because the person administering the lethal injection missed his vein a few times? Where's the cry for the innocent victims who suffered at that monster's hands? I blame the media for ignoring that angle.

Plainly, there are some crimes in addition to culpable, premeditated murder that are so egregious -- so diabolically Satanistic -- that I believe the only possible redemption, the only plausible and prudent sentence that might in some small way be equal to the crime, is death for those found guilty. Here's one such case: Man held daughter as hostage for 24 years while raping and molesting her, and fathering children by her. There is no way to repair such injury, but requiring the life of the perpetrator is a beginning.

Those who reside in civil societies must know that they cannot get away with murder, literally speaking. If so, the number of those who attempt and succeed at it will rise (as evident in the United States, barring other reasons), particularly when the criminal is given a prison sentence but gets out on 'good behavior' because of prison overcrowding or some minor judicial idiosyncrasy. Sentencing these incarnate devils to "two life sentences, plus 344 years without the possibility of parole", for instance, places an unnecessary burden upon a just and civil society and is an affront to the victims and their families.

And contrary to what the anti-death penalty community says, thinks or feels, civil people and civil societies neither 'become' like the evil killers nor are they immoral persons for requiring the life of him who takes life away.

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