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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 12:50 PM
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117. by definition, maybe not
but in reality? yes, serial killers are insane. there is something wrong upstairs. it probably can never be fixed, and they should never see a sunset again.

the death penalty made a lot of sense in communities that had to make a choice between giving resources to society and spending them on prisoners. if you only have a one cell jail, you can't keep someone there for long. and then is was spectacle. we have the resources to keep the BTK killer in jail for his natural lifespan, easy, so we should. we no longer use executions as spectacle or for political purposes, we do them in the dark, quietly. so they no longer serve any purpose.

I will support the death penalty when it is evenly applied. the penalty for first degree murder should be death. public death. one appeal to the state supreme court, one to the feds. execution within a year of sentencing. meanwhile, abolish 'life in prison' sentences. taking a human life is either justified (no sentence) an accident (manslaughter, five years) or intentional (death) no exceptions. make juries make that choice: do you want this person back on the streets in five years, now, or dead? and then kill them publically. use the same pool for jury duty to determine who pulls the lever to kill the condemmned. let's stop trying to make this secret and sanitary. society wants to kill people? fine, let US do it. make us do it. penalty for not responding to your execution summons? mandatory five years.

so let's enforce it, fairly. go free or die. and make one of us pull the hangman's lever. in public, on TV. let's see how much people support the death penalty then.
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