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Get Rid of the Death Penalty, Get Rid of Plea Bargains

Snarkasterous1 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 8:33 AM
Mother- To be clear - I am an ARDENT supporter of the death penalty. However, it's difficult to argue the case FOR the death penalty on the basis that "it's about....preventing criminals from further victimizing other innocent people..." Life in prision, without parole, serves that purpose just fine. I support the death penalty because it's a core belief of mine that commission of some acts constitutes forfeiture of one's right to exist. Period. An example of such an act? Kindnapping, torturing, raping, and murdering a child. Really, now - tell me what purpose can possibly be served by forcing taxpayers to support for decades an animal that would commit such an act... giving him access to "craft workshops" and an...
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 8:42 AM
On the rest of it I agree 100%.

The death penalty is the ultimate assertion of the inestimable value of an innocent, human life.

Any lesser penalty devalues life to the dollar value of a theft which would result in that same sentence.
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 8:41 AM
No, life in prison without parole does not serve that purpose.

Killers still kill inside prison. They kill other prisoners, who were sentenced to confinement away from society not to death at the hands of other criminals. They kill guards. They escape and kill innocents. And they get legally released to kill again anyway since the same people who object to the death penalty also object to the "cruelty" of life without the possibility of parole.
Snarkasterous1 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 8:35 AM
...to get "his message" - whatever on earth that might be - out via a website.

What are people THINKING?

This whole discussion reminds me of a buddy who chose, some years ago, to begin attending a different church with his family. In the church he was leaving the preacher exhorted his flock to pray for the Iraqi soldiers and terrorists. In the church he moved to the preacher encouraged his flock to pray for the American servicemembers who defend our country.

It's about mindset, and a belief that some things are just fundamentally wrong, in my opinion. There's no "relativism" about terrorism, or about acts like the one I described above. They're evil, and warrant death.

- Snark

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