“If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call.”

John McAdams – Marquette University/Department of Political Science, on deterrence

I agree.

Sam tells me he is in favor of abolishing the death penalty, because there are countless people on death row that may be innocent, and lack only the means to prove it.

While I agree with the fact that there may be innocent people on death row, I cannot ignore the fact that there are guilty people as well.

I am for the penalizing of people guilty of heinous crimes. I am for sending to death row ANY man who has been found guilty of raping his own daughter, raping a child, raping and killing any woman, whatever social stature she may have been in.

First, fix the system. Fix the system, find a bunch of people who actually care about the people in jail. Take note that I do not say “criminals in jail” as we all know there are a lot of people in our jails who are as innocent as the person beside you on the bus. Take that pork barrel and use it to put up agencies to aid and assist NGOs who are working towards bringing innocent people and children out of our prisons.

Do you think that repealing the death penalty has put these people’s fears to rest? NO! They are still in prison, they are still in jails. Nothing in the abolishing of the death penalty has changed their situation. Courts that are lazy, lawyers and lawmen who can be bought will still make a travesty of justice whether the death penalty exists or not.

On the other hand, the number of victims of crimes, heinous or otherwise, can only rise, as criminals no longer have to fear death at the end of a sentence.

To those who think that the death penalty has no place in this country, put yourself in this scenario. Imagine that someone had come in to your house, raped your daughter or your wife or your sister or your mother. Imagine that someone had waited for your unsuspecting son on a dark street and stabbed him several times and left him there to die, for no apparent reason.

Now ask yourself this: can you sleep while the criminal who did this is still alive?

Who is counting the victims?

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2 thoughts on “Who is counting the victims?

  1. I agree with you, Bambit (death to rapists!), but you made one statement that, to me, was the most important: Fix the system. Much as I hate innocent people being murdered (but I oftentimes think that being murdered is better than being raped where the victim is “sentenced” to suffer the trauma for the rest of her life), I also do not want to send an innocent man to the gallows.

  2. bugz, the thing is it usually takes a lot longer to fix the system than to come up with a stopgap solution. And everytime I realize this I wonder if I’m expecting too much of society and government.

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