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Soul Survivor
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25 posted 08-18-2001 01:53 AM       View Profile for Soul Survivor   Email Soul Survivor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Soul Survivor

Alright

It seems the debate is in full swing and this topic does not allow for fence sitters.

Someone here said (sorry can't remember who it was) that some people are against the death penalty until something happens to them and theirs and they raise the Jolly Rodger.

I would ask this then, to reverse the situation.  Your son or daughter has just committed a heinous crime.  You were all for the death penalty until your child is on the receiving end.  Still feel so adamant about putting that person to death?

Soul Survivor (aka Devil's Advocat)

We know what we are, but not what we may be. - Shakespeare
          

Brad
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26 posted 08-18-2001 07:40 AM       View Profile for Brad   Email Brad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Brad

That reversal isn't bad, but that we want retribution for a family member is precisely why I'm against the death penalty.

In our search for vengeance (satisfaction?), we forget that we all make mistakes and that the government makes mistakes. What if it turns out that we have killed the wrong person? I don't think we think like that when a loved one has been murdered.

Why do we take the chance?

Brad
 
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