the absurd observers

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A response to Seth

No - not balance in the sense of an eye for an eye in every case - i just think there is something to be said about the uniquness and finality of a murder that must be punished... basically in summary all I am saying is that people who commit heinous crimes should be put to death - i think it is a travesty that a Jeffery Dahmer was allowed to live in prison (luckily he was killed in prison).... again I am not condoning killing an insane person or someone who may not have comitted the crime... but in a theoretical instance in which someone is 100% guilty of the crime and the murder they have comitted was sufficiently heinous - that person should be put to death...

I believe that the state has the power because the person committing the crime has lost his right to live by committing the act and furthermore the state is showing its respect for life, by showing that the taking of a life cannot occur without serious consequences (i.e. death)...

I pose this question: If someone tortutred your mom/sister/dad/wife etc. - they had their way with him/her for hours... raped them, pissed on them, and slowly stabbed them and watch their life get sucked away - should that person not be put to death? What gives that person the right to live, while your family member does not have a choice? Your family member will never get to take another breath, will never get to smile, will never get to dream etc... I think the gift of life given to these killers is extremely unfair and unjust... the line btw death and life is so huge that clearly the punishment does not fit the crime if you only put the person in prison...

I can see how from a policy stand point countries may want to appear more "civil" etc by not putting murders to death - in essence saying they are above killing - however "realistically" speaking the country is being dupped by a person who has now elevated themselves above everyone else and gets to play god - the state/country can play god because by comitting this sick sick act the defendant has lost his/her own right to live...

In conclusion, while I am not for the death penalty in all circumstances and I don't think we should try to model ourselves after the countries CB listed - I do think however that the Death Penalty should be kept as an option, a fall back, to be used in extreme cases...

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