yes, I was always opposed to the death penalty, even wrote letters to legislators it being my opinion that the punishment was barbaric and midevil.
However, one day when I was in a bible study, I met a mother of three who told me her husband was a prison guard on death row.
She asked me how would I like to be the person who had to imform her that her husband had been murdered by an inmate who had not been exicuted because of lack of the death penilty.
I know I would not like to be that person.
There were guys in my neighboorhood who died in Vietnam who had commited no crime.
Maybe life is just a crap shoot: if you get the lucky number, you go to the suburbs and get a house, exectutive job, a spouse, and 2.5 kids. If roll a bad number you end up in an alley drinking stero or on death row.