Member Rara Avis
before i make my statement about this issue, i'll say that I didn't read any of anybody's comments... only the question
for some reason, lately, i've lost the will to debate any issue at all
i'm responding to this thread only because i have a very strong adamant opinion about this so here goes....
Plain and simple. The death penalty is archaic, inhumane, and barbaric. If it helps the families of the victims in some way, I don't think it's a healthy way. Revenge does little for the human spirit. The death penalty is murder. It is the state legally murdering a human being. In addition, the death penalty is often carried out in a public setting, meaning the families of the victims can watch and sometimes it is telecast, or at least sensationalized with newscasters keeping the public informed minute by minute up until the act is complete....which is also barbaric, archaic, inhumane and literally disgusts me.
the sensationalist reporting of the recent murder of Tim McVeigh made me physically ill to the point that I thought I would lose my breakfast and lunch, and i literally cried several times, and grieved for days.
No matter the crime, i cannot believe that a country which professes to be civilized can do this type of thing to a human being, no matter how evil and destructive his acts and crime.
There's no justification for murder. None. And absolutely no justification which would make sense to me for murdering a human being in public in retaliation as an act of revenge.
Inhumane, barbaric, disgusting, and sickening.
The same dollars spent for this type of barbarism could be spent to help criminals recover from addictions, learn skills to survive in society and give back to society, and for counseling to help victim families deal with their losses.
There are some people which can never be rehabilitated, true. And some people, i believe, have no conscience and are inherently "evil" which is another topic we have discussed here. To waste tax dollars on this barbaric practice rather than using the funds for more productive programs, only feeds on itself and is not only useless, but can have negative, rather than positive effects on people, communities, and criminals in dire need of help.
I won't be back to debate this. This is my opinion and belief and I thank you all for having a place to state it. Especially, I thank Ron for providing this forum so that these type of issues can be discussed.