from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

6.27.2006

killing a killer

it seems like just yesterday that the authorities captured the railroad killer. he is connected with at least 15 murders; tonight he was the one murdered - by the government.

okay, so i’m a bit of a moderate with a liberal slant. there are so many problems with the judicial system that it’s often difficult to know if the right person has been incarcerated – or if incarceration is really a good answer -- much less if the right person is being sentenced to death – or if a death penalty is even something we should be so righteous to impose.

it’s cases like these that offer support for a penal system that includes a death penalty. at the same time, it just seems so barbaric.

anyone feeling up to chiming in on the issue?

9 Comments:

Blogger Cindy said...

I'll bite. Aside from the fact that the death penalty is a complete failure as a crime deterant and the cost compared to life imprisonment are unjustifiable, I think that, as human beings, we are too fallable to make a decision for death. We are one of the only remaining Western countries to still have the death penalty. Even as a "Christian" society, we hold to Old Testament principles of "eye for an eye".

Barbaric is true.

6/28/2006 08:38:00 AM

 
Blogger Kiker said...

I find it completely unacceptable that our society deems itself worthy to decide who lives and who dies.

And I, as a Christian, do not understand how other Christians can support the death penalty.

6/28/2006 10:06:00 AM

 
Blogger Sublime said...

My point of view on this issue, which is not an option in Mexico by the way, is that we cannot decided if someone for as bas as he/she is has to die.
I rather see them pay all their guilts spending the rest of their lifes in jail.

6/28/2006 10:36:00 AM

 
Blogger Miss Kris said...

I agree with all of the above comments. I have always opposed the death penalty - I never think it is justified. A lifetime in jail w/o parol is much more appropriate.

6/28/2006 06:00:00 PM

 
Blogger Trista said...

Hmmm. Well, I agree with you all to a point. Barbarism. Miscarriages of justice. People make mistakes. All of that.

And for the most part I completely agree that the death penalty is heinous and wrong.

But.

In cases of violent serial pedophiles? The ones who rape and mutilate and murder children? They're monsters. They never get better. They never do. And while I would be first in line if someone were to offer a viable solution -- something that had these pedophile monsters on death row inmates become lifers who can somehow support themselves, until then, I want them killed. Not as a crime deterrent. As garbage disposal. Of course, I want complete confidence that the person executed (and let's be clear here, I'm only talking about violent, pathological pedophiles -- oh, ok, serial killers of adults, too. Anyone who gets their jollies off sadistically mutilating and killing is a monster) is absolutely the person who did the crimes. Because murdering the wrong person does no one any good. And yes, I call it murder, because that's what it is. I know. I'm troubled by how I feel. It goes against my liberal grain. Even though most of the people who are going to be executed this year I believe should not be. Still, I find myself sanctioning some murder. Good thing I'm not in power.

6/29/2006 12:59:00 PM

 
Anonymous amy said...

amen trista!

6/29/2006 05:33:00 PM

 
Blogger Estelle said...

I personally would rather then all rot in jail. Yes rot. No cable tv. No recreation. No college education. No five star medical care. No visits. No snacks. No cigarettes.
A 6x6 cell with a window and enough food to survive. True punishment. Not a 3 star hotel, 110 channels, a free ride to college, and better medical care than I can afford for myself.
But no, I don't think that anyone has the right to take another life. But we don't have to put them up in style either.

6/29/2006 07:20:00 PM

 
Blogger betsy said...

here. here.

yeah -- there are some people who i truly feel deserve to die -- but who am i to say? who are any of us? let 'em rot? sure... but then we have to pay for them.

6/29/2006 07:46:00 PM

 
Blogger Estelle said...

Ah, yes, we have to pay.

But really... locking them in a 6x6 room, ignoring them besides very basic medical care and basic food (ramen noodles anyone?) and a religious book of their choice... how expensive would that truly be?

But if we ARE gonna kill them, then kill them. One appeal (unless you confess, then nothing) and a bullet to the head in a field. Not 25 years of appeals and a $300k execution.

6/30/2006 11:23:00 AM

 

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