Originally Posted by Amnorix
I think most people that are against the death penalty hold that position for one of several reasons:
1. it's morally reprehensible for the state to cause death. How can the state say killing is bad when it is itself killing people. THIS is the position that YOU are referring to. I think, actually, that most people who are against the death penalty are not against it for this reason. Typically you find, for example, devout Catholics and the like holding this position.
2. The death penalty is bad because sometimes innocents are convicted, and you cant' undo death.
3. The death penalty is bad because human bias typically results in uneven, unfair and therefore Constitutionally unacceptable unequal application. Studies have supported this (more blacks get the death penalty when killing whites than vice versa, etc. etc.).
I think MOST people who are against the death penalty in principle are against it for the latter two reasons.
Here, you've got a pretty blatant "yeah, this guy needs to die by needle", and only those who are in category 1 are going to give a damn.
"Morally reprehensible" for the state to cause death? Are you ****ing kidding me? I wonder how many millions of innocents have died in the name of United States of America over the centuries. Personally, I think it's morally reprehensible to keep these ****ing vermin alive, and even more morlally reprehensible that MY TAX DOLLARS ****ING PAY FOR IT.
As for can't undo death part, you also can't undo people getting set free who are guilty as hell because there wasn't enough evidence to convict them or because their prosecutors sucked or the defense team was masterful, so I call that a wash.
And we are awash in criminal scum right now. Our prisons are overcrowded, or streets are overrun, our criminal justice system is a sick, pathetic joke. Apparently you just want to pat these turds on the head and say hey, don't gun down any more honor students, that's not nice. Oh, and no more guns, K?
We should be hanging these mother****ers 100 at a time out in front of God and everybody.