posted on Mar, 10 2004 @ 09:28 PM
Well, strangely enough, I couldn't find a death penalty thread in existance when I searched...so, here it is.
I, personally, am against the death penalty. I think that murder is murder however you put it (unless in self defense), and that our government
shouldn't be given the right to say who lives and who dies. Put them in jail, whatever, but we don't need to be killing people..
The other main reason, is fairness. There are many people executed all the time, and while we can prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the person
is guilty, I don't think death is a decision to be made on a whim, concerning certain cases where all the facts weren't available...and if
information is found to prove the person innocent later, well, too late, he/she was already killed. And let's not forget the racial issue...down
south there are so many black people executed compared to whites, and the same trend basically anywhere. Black people are executed for crimes when
whites would most likely just get life in prison...biased and biggoted judges and juries have no place when it comes to deciding to kill someone.
This brings me to my final point...I don't believe we can ever pick a group of people who should decide if another man should die. People are never
"fair", death is permanent, and the final decision should not be left up to any people at all. Most people are religious, and murderers can have
the conscience that they will have to deal with their God(s) in the afterlife. And this is the way it should be.
Personally, I don't think anyone in the world has the right to determine if another should die or be killed. This is still murder...the only reason
it can be justified is in immediate defense in order to save someone else's life from the person whom you killed...hell, if someone's family
prosecutes seeking the death penalty, they might as well pick up a gun and shoot that person themself if they really need revenge. I know certain
crimes are so horrendous that it seems killing the criminal will make them feel better, but it won't...some might argue this, and I know I myself
would be very enraged if my family were victimized, but I still don't think I could bring myself to kill the person. This is mainly a personal/moral
issue though, the political issues are whether or not the system is working fairly...blacks sent off to death, while whites live.
Please post your thoughts...