Richard S. wrote:
Rwalker wrote:The reason it isnt a deterant is because they sit on death row for 30 years with appeals. If once you were proven guilty, you were drug out to the street and had your head lopped off by a hooded henchman, it would deter crime big time.
I would have to say I'd rather be executed instead of living in a cage for 30 years. Death row inmates stay in their cells and have very little contact with other people. If they weren't nuts when they when in they are now.
You have to ask yourself this:
What you have to ask yourself is what about the numerous people that have been exonerated that have spent decades on death row or are now in the grave. There is a list here of 142 people since 1973, that's a lot. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/innocen ... -death-row
I feel confident enough in todays technology and DNA evidence that I accept the small margin for error. Lets face it, most law abiding good citizens dont end up on death row. Those who do may not have actually committed that crime, but there is a good chance they did a lot of bad sh*t in their lives leading up to being arrested for a murder. I think technology today as compared to 1973 is a lot different. Those who think the death penalty should be abolished have never seen the evil men are capable of first hand.
What is strange is if you, the armed citizen, happens upon a murder/rape/serious assault in progress you are within your rights to pull your sidearm and kill them to protect the victims life. But after the fact the state cannot kill them?
And trust me, death row isnt as bad as you think. Inmates are allowed TVs and radio for good behavior, they get books and magazines, they can talk to one another, write letters to friends and family, and are allowed non-contact visits with family members. If death were such a better option for them, a lot more of them would kill themselves. It isnt hard to tie a bed sheet to a bunk and lean into it. They also get to go outside in an exercise pen for some fresh air if they would like. All on your dime.
Nah. I think a $1.00 bullet would save a lot of money and do the victims family some justice. If there are a few casualties, so be it. Chances are if you are a good citizen, you follow the law, and you stay out of places you have no business being in, you wont be tried and convicted of a murder you did not commit.