Are you really against the death penalty?

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Are you REALLY against the death penalty or are you just against the death penalty when someone of your race is put to death?

ODC

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  1. I’m really against the death penalty. I don’t think it’s an effective deterrent. Our judicial system, though better than most, is incredibly flawed both on the non-violent offender end & capital punishment end. If you can afford a good lawyer, you are less likely to get the death penalty & minorities are disproportionately executed.

    On a completely different wavelength, it is more expensive to execute someone than it is to keep them in prison for life.

    At the core, innocent people are executed. I will accept no argument that capital punishment is justice as long as any innocent person is killed by it. “most of the people we execute are guilty” is not & never will be good enough.

  2. I am against the death penalty regardless of the defendant’s race. I don’t believe that the death penalty strengthens the rule of law, which should be the ultimate goal of our criminal justice system.

    I do, however, believe that society must be protected from the most heinous criminals. I’ve heard the argument that putting someone to death is much less expensive than giving them “three hots and a cot” (three hot meals per day and a place to live). My answer is always the same: You can’t put a price on a human life…. any human life. Period.

    • I believe capital punishment is a matter to be decided by our individual states and through the processes of law. I neither promote nor oppose it. For one who has faith in a loving God and life beyond the grave, with a view toward an eternal perspective, I believe there are worse things than dying.

      Despite your “price for a life” argument, in all the recent polls conducted by the likes of Gallup, Rasmussen, Harris and Pew, around two-thirds — or 65% of Americans — continue to support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, while 31% oppose it. More than 30 states have statutes allowing it. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional. Sounds like someone is in the minority.

      One thing is certain, the death penalty will prevent a killer from killing again. And in prison “society” they’re a constant danger to other prisoners, and staff when they know there is nothing to lose. How do you protect these potential victims from your “most heinous criminals”?

    • I believe capital punishment is a matter to be decided by our individual states and through the processes of law. I neither promote nor oppose it. For one who has faith in a loving God and life beyond the grave, with a view toward an eternal perspective, I believe there are worse things than dying.

      Despite your “price for a life” argument, in all the recent polls conducted by the likes of Gallup, Rasmussen, Harris and Pew, around two-thirds — or 65% of Americans — continue to support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, while 31% oppose it. More than 30 states have statutes allowing it. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional. Sounds like someone is in the minority.

      One thing is certain, the death penalty will prevent a killer from killing again. And in prison “society” they’re a constant danger to other prisoners, and staff when they know there is nothing to lose. How do you protect these potential victims from your “most heinous criminals”?

      Rick
      http://rixxblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/death-penalty-emotions-or-fact/

      • Rick you make a great argument. I do have a question about your statistics though. You stated that 65% of Americans are for the Death Penalty. My question would be are they all in the same states. How many states currently have the death penalty and are they the states with the highest population? I think 50% of the U.S. is in 5 states so if those are the states and you have those votes there are still several states missing.

    • I believe it’s ok to take the life of someone who did the same to someone else with the exception of self-defense. But I also believe that there should be strong physical evidence before a sentence of this nature is given.

      As far as changing something for the family, that is entirely a case by case basis. My uncle died as a victim of violent crime, and his killer is still at large and unknown. Would it give me peace to know that SOB was dead? Yes, because he shot my uncle unprovoked and I fear he (or she) has done it again since then.

      • Sorry to hear about your uncle but a killer being on the loose is far different from life in prison and putting to death an innocent person. So let me ask you this. How do you feel knowing there have been over 130 people on Death Row who were found to then be innnocent and could have been put to death in error? Can’t wait to hear your response and while your at it…Are you a Christian?

        ODC

  3. Couldn’t reply below your question directed to me ODC, so here goes. By-the-way sorry for the double post, one without, the other with a link. 🙂

    I am sure the 65% are from a large cross-section of the entire 50 states as would be deemed necessary in procuring an accurate polling as provided by any reputable polling company.

    As I wrote earlier, “More than 30 states have statutes allowing (capital punishment).” 34 or 35 of the 50.

    The top 5 most populated states represnt 36.25% of the nation’s population. Of the ten most populous states, representing 53.3% of the country’s population, seven of them allow the death penalty. The three that don’t are #3 New York, #5 Illinois and #8 Michigan. These three states represent 13.4% of the country’s total population.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population

    • I give the Death Penalty 5-10 years max and it will be done. We can’t keep screaming Christian Family Values and Death Penalty from the same teeth!

      Thanks and see my invitation to come on the radio show on your blog. I do appreciate your delivery.

      ODC

  4. I thought i was a true pro-lifer (against the death penalty and abortion) but then Osama Bin Laden was captured…and executed/murdered and I became conflicted ie I didn’t feel bad about that….on the other hand I definitely felt compassion for Saddam Hussein after seeing the videos of his execution…But bottomline In my core I know that it is wrong to take a life even the life of someone as horrible as Osama Bin Laden…who we could actually compare to Saul before his conversion to Paul… #IJS

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