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  1. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 2 years ago

    Turns out that the OK supreme court was correct. Which is why the Republicans threatened to impeach them. Some states have more trouble with “the rule of law” than others.

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 2 years ago

    It still baffles me how the Old Testament morality of “an eye for an eye” is considered appropriate for the same people who claim to be Christians. After all, by orthodox Christian belief, Christ sacrificed himself so that we no longer needed to sacrifice any other living creature. (Right to Life, Inc., the largest organization of its kind, is at least consistent: it is against abortion, euthanasia, AND capital punishment. So is the Catholic Church.)
    Or for that matter why the state killing someone is any more “moral” than an individual killing someone.
    We’re one the only so-called “civilized” nation in the G7 that executes people. In fact, we are fifth-ranked for most executions from 2007-2012. Here’s the top ten:
    1. China
    2. Iran
    3. Saudi Arabia
    4. Iraq
    5. USA
    6. Pakistan
    7. Yemen
    8. North Korea
    9. Vietnam
    10. Libya

    If you favor capital punishment for some reason, you might want to ask yourself about the company we keep.

  3. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 2 years ago

    This argues against having the world’s largest population of jailed individuals. I would submit that it does not argue for capital punishment for one reason only: juries and judges are not always correct. Thanks to DNA, many convicted felons have been set free; even those who confessed to the crimes have been exonerated. As we know, police interrogations can be long, tedious, and stressful; more than one person has confessed to a crime he/she did not commit as a result of the rigors of interrogation.

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    While I opposed the death penalty, in large part because it costs too much with all the appeals, etc., and life without parole IS cheaper, especially if that life sentence excludes any medical treatment such as transplants, that prolongs beyond “natural life”. They also should get the same space, and "comfort items, like tv, they’re victims can enjoy.


    But the real ender might be this: if they shot they’re victim, they get a firings squad, strangled victim, they hang-slowly, cutting weapon: guillotine, blunt weapon: their head goes in a commercial stamping machine. Make that “eye for an eye” more exact in cause and effect, and the public might be repelled enough. I found it interesting that Washington state did away with hanging because an obese guy feared hanging might pop his head off. If he wanted quick and “painless”, there it is!!

  5. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, about 2 years ago

    I’ve struggled with the thought of execution all my life. I still have not fully decided.

    In the first “Lord of the Rings” movie,(and the book) Frodo tells Gandalf that something is following them (in the mines of Moria). Gandalf tells him that it is Gollum, who he knows has been following for the past three days. Frodo replied that “it’s a pity that Bilbo didn’t kill him years before, when he had the chance!” “Pity!” Gandalf replied, “It was pity that stayed his hand, not to strike without need. Certainly Gollum deserves death. Many that live deserve death. And many who die deserve life! Can you give that to them? Do not be so eager to deal out death in judgement. Even the Wise cannot see all ends.”

    Still, as I read this morning what he did to that 19-year old young woman, I find it difficult to feel any pity for him.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Both. Many politicians still fear being labeled as “soft on drugs” so they continue to propose stiff penalties for otherwise minor drug convictions.

  7. mnsmkd

    mnsmkd said, about 2 years ago

    @MangeyMoose

    thanks for remembering what the victim went through! Being buried alive seems a bit worse than having an IV infiltrate…..

  8. Government Is Not The Enemy

    Government Is Not The Enemy said, about 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    An eye for an eye actually goes back further and was a limiting factor. Back in the day, if someone took your eye, you and your family would take out their whole clan. The eye for an eye code meant you could only take an eye. But your point is well taken. The death penalty is barbaric and unproductive.

  9. Government Is Not The Enemy

    Government Is Not The Enemy said, about 2 years ago

    I am unequivocally against the death penalty, but this whole drug cocktail thing is cruel and unusual punishment. If we are to do this, we should do it painlessly and efficiently. Having studied this somewhat (I read every death penalty case in Louisiana and Oregon between 2000 and 2010 and a bunch in Arizona), it seems that the most humane, despite the dramatic appearance otherwise, is the firing squad. It’s just about instantaneous and there’s not question of success. However, we should rethink the death penalty altogether. We get the wrong person too often, it’s not a deterrent, and it’s way too expensive. And it’s just wrong to kill.

  10. hmofo813

    hmofo813 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    It costs two to five times as much to execute someone as to imprison him for life. There is no way to reduce that cost without grave risk of executing even more innocent people than we already do. If cost is your concern, then you’re for abolishing the death penalty.

  11. crabbyrino

    crabbyrino GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    This may sound sophomoric but … DON’T DO THE CRIME IF YOU CAN’T DO THE TIME. Frankly, that “time” could be “eternity” in some cases. Murderers made their choice. Victims did not.

  12. algurka

    algurka said, about 2 years ago

    What about the guillotine? Wasn’t it simple and effective? Just need to keep the blade sharpened and the tracks greased. It was pretty quick, too.

  13. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, about 2 years ago

    @crabbyrino

    Amen.

  14. butlerlow

    butlerlow said, about 2 years ago

    You would be very comfortable with Hudud law — you know, amputating the hands of thieves.

  15. gammaguy

    gammaguy said, about 2 years ago

    This high-tech stuff has nothing to do with the death penalty itself. It has to do with the politicians — of all stripes — lining the pockets of those who provide the chemicals and theater (yes, the actually real reality show of killing someone, made even more entertaining by the suspense of wondering what might go wrong THIS time).

    There is and always has been a simple, inexpensive, proven, and “humane” (in case that’s considered important) method… carbon monoxide. Proven not just in the lab but in “regular” use every year in both accidents and deliberate suicides, carbon monoxide painlessly renders its victims unconscious before eventually killing them. And if for some reason it fails to do the job the first time, it can be tried again, with no more suffering in the meantime (as has been reported by survivors) than one would get from an alcoholic hangover.

    Yet I’ve never heard of this method being discussed by law enforcement, politicians, or the media. Why not?

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