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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Front view of federal mug shot of Jared Lee Loughner taken while in custody of U.S. Marshals in Phoenix, Arizona.

The decision to seek life in prison instead of the death penalty was unquestionably an act of compassion on the part of the prosecution, but the death penalty shouldn’t have even been on the table in the first place. 

Opinion: I never agree that life imprisonment is justice, he is not brought to justice but he will outlived all his victims.

The merits of capital punishment have been championed ad nauseam for years, but never before has its drawbacks been more apparent. An increasing number of states have considered abolishing the death penalty out of financial necessity.

It’s actually tens of millions of dollars cheaper to imprison killers for life than to execute them. The legal costs of execution, namely the trial costs and convoluted appeals process, are a drain on states’ coffers.

In California, where a proposition to outlaw the death penalty was decisively rejected last week, the capital punishment system has cost the state $4 billion since 1978, even though only 13 convicts were executed during that time. No state can afford to spend this much on anything that isn’t an absolute necessity.

Opinion: The reason why it is so expensive because the abolitionists ensure it will be. Eliminating the death penalty will not save any money either, why don’t we get rid of any punishment to save any money.

To find out more about the cost in California, please see this link.

But if the cost of the death penalty doesn’t turn you off, then its moral implication surely will.
Executing someone who took the life of an innocent solves nothing. It may satisfy some repressed desire to exact the ultimate revenge onto those who thumb their nose at the dictates of common decency, but in the end neither the killer nor the victim’s family gain anything meaningful. 

Opinion: No, its moral implication will not turn any death penalty supporters off. There are many other murdered victims’ families want to see justice done and they will not be satisfied as the killer who killed their loved ones can keep their lives. 

The proponents of capital punishment are no better than the killers they are supposedly “bringing to justice.” Taking an eye for an eye is the same as taking an eye, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner the death penalty will be proven useless.

Opinion: The opponents of capital punishment are also to be blamed for keeping their murderers alive, the murderers might harm again, take Steven Mark Pryer for example and many others. Kulwant Ghauri once wrote in the Arab News: Those who often quote Mahatma Gandhi's observation that “an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind” must tell us where it will lead us if such criminals are left unpunished? Beheading murderers and rapists publicly serves as a deterrent to would-be criminals, whatever may be the arguments of the human rights activists against the capital punishment.”

When Loughner opened fire at former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during her Congress on Your Corner constituency meeting, the family members of the victims took solace in the fact that he would be dealt his due comeuppance in the court of law.

They can now rest assured knowing that Loughner will spend his remaining years within the confines of federal prison, where he will have plenty of time to reflect and hopefully make amends.

Opinion: 99% of murderers plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, they prefer life imprisonment. Lee Loughner obviously wants to live; he is too scared to go to the gurney. He most likely is like Amrozi the Smiling Assassin, who was pale and afraid when he faced the firing squad. The Lord Chief Justice Rayner Goddard once said at a Speech in the House of Lords, 10 July 1956: “I should shrink from the very idea of saying that the sentence of murder should be life imprisonment in the full sense.”

I will not be surprised that he will say that, if he was alive today. 

If Jared Lee Loughner committed murder in prison, there will be blood on the abolitionists’ hands, he just enjoys killing!

Christina Taylor Green’s father, John Green was once quoted:

“I think they should execute him,” John Green said through his grief, according to the New York Post.

“It would be a waste of millions of dollars” to do anything other than take the killer’s life, Green added. “They should use the money to help kids in school instead of some idiot.” 

“She was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said, according to the newspaper. “But I’m still very angry. I’m very angry that someone would choose that venue to take out their anger. It is a cowardly way to handle their grievances.”

The fact that the death penalty was not sought in the case against Loughner is proof that the country is continuing to evolve on the issue of capital punishment. Hopefully, there will come a day when we all realize that such a vindictive gesture is neither cost effective nor moral.

Opinion: The abolitionists had succeeded making the capital punishment system slow, that is for all the problems with the death penalty in the country. 

When Leon Czolgosz assassinated President William McKinley on 6 September 1901 (the President died 8 days later) in front of a crowd and was arrested on the spot, he was executed by the electric chair on 29 October 1901, exactly 45 days after his victim's death. If the USA could do that in the past, why can they not do it to a killer whose guilt is beyond any doubt. The 2011 Tuscan Shooting is a reminiscence of the assassination of President William McKinley, both killers were guilty beyond any doubt at all. 

Leon Czolgosz shoots President McKinley with a concealed revolver. Clipping of a wash drawing by T. Dart Walker.

German Philosopher, Friedrich Hegel was quoted in his book, ‘Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1832):

What experience and history teach is this — that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.

Arizona should have taken the lesson from Leon Czolgosz’s speedy execution to destroy evil quickly. 

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