posted on Feb, 20 2010 @ 12:25 AM
Well Sdog is right. I did not want to advance forward this way. I have to admit though. This tournament has dragged on for a couple of months now,
and I understand that priorities change for everyone, including myself. I almost did not make an opening post because of time, but regardless, I
understand that things happen. I thank you guys for you congratulations and I hope this next debate is as challenging as it gets. I was expecting to
get knocked down by Intrepid a few times, but most definitely not give away the knockout.
For the record, I believe that children under 14 years old have the capacity to rehabilitate, even if they have committed murder. I believe that
incarcerating a child for life is like telling them what their parents beat into their minds, that they are a lost cause and they have no use to
society. I believe that makes things a lot worse. Even though murdering someone is an mature act, the physiological changes taking place inside a
teenage child must be taken into account. The capacity for change and rehabilitation is much much greater than that of an adult committing the same
The amount of children committing these crimes is not very much, compared to the overall statistics. Our society must not let these young minds go to
waste away in prison. We do have a responsibility of punishing these crimes, but not to set an example for the rest, not at the cost of someone's
life, unjustly done. It is the responsibility of our society not to pollute the minds of these future generations, to help them advance our species
much further into the future, not to prevent them from it.
Good luck Sdog and A-dingbat. Anyway, I will be around.