Phoenix, AZ—I don’t think the people that know me or visit my blog will ever question my Conservative/Libertarian credentials. As a young man growing up I naturally hated criminal violence and wanted to see cruel killers exterminated. Believe me when I say my thinking on this has not changed a bit. Not all, but certainly most murderers do not deserve to live.
I’m also staunch believer in Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws as well as the absolute right of law-abiding Americans to carry guns wherever they wish. The statistics overwhelmingly show that armed citizens save millions of lives every year. In the vast majority of these incidents a gum may have been displayed but no shots were fired.
I never morn the justifiable killing of thugs like Travon Martin, home invaders, armed robbers, rapists or murderers. I also believe that each justifiable homicide prevents as many as a dozen future violent crimes that otherwise would have been committed by the decedent.
The Death Penalty is an entirely different matter. This is a pre-meditated murder of an accused suspect. It is the product of our local, state and federal governments along with their appointed bureaucrats. We all know how unreasonable government can be. We have a criminal justice system that is awash in wrongful convictions, corruption and incompetence.
Our jury system fails when our government’s judges keep evidence from being seen by juries. It fails yet again when jurors are not allowed to consider or even know what punishment the accused defendants faces.
No matter what your political persuasion may be you will see politicians elected or otherwise put in office that you distrust, dislike and even hate. Do you want a government run by what you consider an evil politician to have the ability to have you arrested, tried, convicted and executed? You may like who is in office right now but that can and does change in a heartbeat.
Keeping someone in a cage for life, with crappy food, harsh prison temperatures and abject loneliness is punishment that far exceeds a merciful lethal injection. Just imagine what that would be like.
For taxpayers the Death Penalty is a total disaster. The pst-cnviction litigation must run its course usually through a state court system of appeals and once that happens the Habeas Corpus efforts begin with a federal judge and winds its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. That process can take 30 years to complete and usually costs many millions of dollars. Needless to say you pick up both the prosecution and defense’s legal tab. It’s much cheaper to imprison someone for life.
The Death Penalty has never been a crime deterrent beyond making sure the executed cannot reoffend.
With respect to every government on earth sooner or later history redundantly shows that they go bad and begin to slaughter their own citizens. The Death Penalty is a control tool for Communists, Socialists and every Muslim Nation. It’s a tool for America’s Far Left Wing. You don’t see Obama or his political minions calling for ending this vile practice. Ask yourselves, why not? What’s past is prologue.
Please pass this around to your conservative friends.