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Can I weigh in on this?

I have a lot of thoughts on the death penalty. In my youth, I was for it. Now, I just think it is wrong. For a few reasons.

First and foremost, in order for us to have the death penalty, we have to be sure, 100% that nobody gets put to death for a crime they didn't commit. Period. Even if it happens once, that should be a deal breaker. There are scores of people wrongfully convicted of crimes on death row, some of the stories are heartbreaking, some are infuriating. Over 20 people have been released from death row based on DNA evidence in the last 20 years. Many more just for faulty convictions. The second worst thing we can do as a society is imprison someone and take away their freedom for a crime they didn't commit. But that is a distant second to execution. Just cannot happen, not even once. And it has.

Second, I think it is just a bad philosophy. We say, as a society, the worst thing you can possibly do is kill another person. So if we catch you doing that, we will try you before a jury, get a verdict, convict you, and kill you back. An eye for an eye, so to speak. There is no conclusive evidence that the death penalty is a significant deterrent to violent crime, that is mostly a myth. I personally don't see how we can be outraged by an act of murder and, in turn, commit murder as a punishment. But, I don't think there is a right or wrong stance on this. If someone felt differently, especially the loved one of a victim, I certainly wouldn't argue with them. A relative on my wife's side of the family lost a child in an act of violence. I wouldn't dream to tell her that she is wrong for wanting the death penalty for the criminal. And maybe I would feel differently if I were in their shoes.

All that being said, there are some convicted murderers that I have a hard time getting upset over. The Boston Bomber, or Dylan Roof (the Emanuel church shooter), the Golden State Killer, and many more that didn't make the news because their stories weren't as renowned. I have a hard time mustering up a good argument as to why these people should still be alive. Or what point we, as a society, make by showing them mercy. Other than the principle of it, which quite frankly doesn't worry me too much in their situations. But I have also seen the gut wrenching interviews of family members who forgive these criminals, which boy takes more strength than I could ever muster.
[Post edited by JeffGerardi at 07/21/2021 07:36AM]

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Posted: 07/21/2021 at 07:34AM


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