Because freedom can't protect itself
Victory? These Bastards killed people in cold blood and deserve the death penalty! People like you that fight against the death penalty are the reason there is so much crime. I wonder if you would still be campaigning if it happened to someone you loved?
Victory for criminals they don't deserve
"People like you that fight against the death penalty are the reason there is so much crime."
erm, these two killed in cold blood DESPITE the death penalty. "People like you" make me sick with your ignorance. The death penalty doesn't change anything. In fact, it arguably makes things worse as it reinforces an environment for violence and gives people, particularly young, naive, kids, a sense of oppression and something to rebel against.
A life for a life is so medieval. Everyone is somebody's child, and if you've experienced loss like this then the last thing you should want is to inflict such a punishment on another innocent mother.
and just what if you are wrong? If only 1% of these sentences are later proved false, that becomes 1% too many and then, if that person has been put to death already, then you and the state are now murderers. Does that mean you ought to be on Death Row? You certainly cannot argue you were justified in killing if that person was innocent.
It makes me so mad. I don't understand people who believe the death penalty is a deterrent. That is so naive. Nobody commits a crime thinking they will be caught. They only do it in the first place because they either think they'll get away with it, or it is done on impulse, & in neither situation do consequences have any bearing.
Therefore, the only reason for having the death penalty is to exact revenge, and your final sentence "I wonder if you would still be campaigning if it happened to someone you love" demonstrates that precise point. For a modern, civilised state to be persisting with policies driven solely by revenge is unacceptable. And rather than being protected by such policies, I don't know how anybody can feel safe living under a regime that kills.
The way forward is to reform & believe people can change. Give them something to live for, not fight against. People who commit these crimes usually come from a background where, on some level, they've been neglected and they lash out. Such reactions are especially prevalent in youngsters who, once grown up & with a bit of support, often regret their actions hugely. If you can turn them around, then I see that as a life saved. My interpretation of "a life for a life" is not "take a life for a life taken" but "save a life for a life taken". That is what will improve society.
You will always have the exception. There will always be a bad apple in the bunch which cannot be saved, but the trick is to segregate that apple so that it does not taint the rest. If you pile them all into the same basket, they will all go bad.
Victory? Are you even aware of what these scumbag waste of a fetus did? They took innocent lives of people who just going to work to make money thinking itd be a normal day and at the end go home. But they didnt. The way you have this titled you make it sound like you're on these jerks side. Also when these people sit in prison all these WE have to pay for it. Im a strong supporter of the death penalty and I think YOU need to RETHINK youre priorities.
I am a proud civil libertarian and decidedly opposed to the death penalty, however I find the defiant, celebratory tone of this post both unsettling and obnoxious. The commutations were both proper and in the best interests of American justice, but we should not forget that the guilt of both offenders in this particular case is clear and very well substantiated. While it is fully appropriate to celebrate saving a life, we should simultaneously be mindful of the anguish of the victims. An appropriate degree of deference and gravitas is shamefully absent here. The ACLU can do far better.
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