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wellstone dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 08:36 AM
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13. thank you for your courage to speak out on this
very personal issue. It is not the same for those who speculate how they would feel, were they the victim.

The most powerful statement that I've heard on this issue came from a member of my church, who stereotypically would support the death penalty--lower middle class, hunter, white man. When asked he said, "I used to support it. But then I heard an executioner speak on TV. He said, "He didn't really feel anything when he pulled the switch." That's when I realized that the worst part of the death penalty, may be what it does to the living. That's when I became a death penalty opponent."

I was stunned, and educated once again about the problems of stereotyping.
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