Originally posted by curme
As for the deterent part, how many crimminals think about the consequences of their actions? Isn't it human nature to think, "Man, I'll
never get caught! Not like everybody else!"
woah if this were true then we'd all being raping killing and robbing, but we arent. are YOU out robbing raping and murdering? didnt think so.
i think its in some people's nature, a by product of ones upbringing. i was taught breaking the law was bad and bad things will happen to you if you
break the law. so i dont break the law. never once does the thought "i'll never get caught" enter my mind. # i'm paranoid i would get caught
and have the book thrown at me and get thrown under, not in the prison.
no thanks. i dont have to steal to get what i want or need. i dont have to rape someone to feel powerful. i dont have to kill someone to get my
"vengeance". i dont have to and i dont want to, i respect myself the law and other people too much to do such things.
only those who do these things think they'll never get caught, but it is NOT human nature in general.
i think you're being a little insulting here or not giving humanity enough credit in terms of doing the right thing.
on to the topic at hand...
i am for the death penalty. i realize that there are those who have been innocent after spending x amount of years on death row and yes i'd feel bad
about an innocent person being put to death for someone else's crime. what is the alternative? locking people away at OUR expense while they have
cable TV and lord knows what else? i dont even have cable for crying out loudl, why should a felon get to watch TV in the first place? make them
work their asses off. teach them the value of HARD work and for those who refuse to work...throw them in a small dark box. i have little sympathy
for felons and violent offenders.
i dont feel just prisons need to be reexamined an revamped but everything needs to be looked at and reconsidered.
its not just the legal system, these problems begin at home. i've seen kids growing in my old neighborhood, a middle class suburb turn into felons,
stealing cars, doing drugs, drinking getting into fights and lord knows what else. and more often than not they came from broken homes or had parents
that simply didnt care what their kids did but never hesitated to show their shame to their children when they #ed up. i saw it first hand how some
of them were treated and i couldnt and still cannot imagine kids are brought up in such an environment. the legal system is only having to react to
the actions of those who grow up with no real guidance and no true concept of right from wrong. we cant blame the legal system or the prisons for
that. prison is just felon school where they learn how to be bigger badder and more effecient criminals. we cant make parents teach their kids right
from wrong and that lying cheating and stealing are bad things and they shouldnt do them. we cant regulate who can and cant breed so pretty much
anyone with a functioning set of sex organs can create a child. so whats the answer? whats going to change this? we can try to encourage people to
think twice before having sex but others shoot down that idea. we can try to encourage parents to teach these things to their kids and spend more
time with them but that requires a restructuring of society as a whole, our careers and how long we spend working each day and how many days per week
month or year along with many other factors i've not brought up yet. first you have to get people to believe that spending more time with their kids
and taking a more active role in their childrens lives is going to help prevent future criminals. in this day and age the TV games and ritalin are
king. those are the parents and baby sitters of our children. we have become more of a job oriented society, where we spend more time at our job,
going to our job thinking about our job, than doing anything else in our lives besides sleeping. i know its becoming harder and harder for parents to
be parents but i dont know what the answer or solution is.
i dont mean to go off on a tangent but in order to look at the death penalty and why people end up in that situation of being put to death we need to
understand what drives them to that point first. i am all for punishing those who dont care about life in general, their own or anyone elses but is
it really their fault? in terms of their own actions yes but there are underlying problems that drove the person there and they usually come from the
home or lack thereof, unfortunately we cannot punish those who raise their children poorly. of course it is also up to the child to "learn" what
they are being taught and if the child simply doesnt want to learn, its hard to hold the parents responsible.
i know lots of points that contradict each other and they're suppose to. we need to give EVERYTHING a deeper examination before looking at it as if
its black and white. the more you examine it the more grey everything becomes.
am i for the death penalty, yes, in theory. in practice...well it is flawed and i wont deny that.