My family is filled with passionate people who are deeply interested in politics. We love to talk about current events and debate various topics, mostly by email during the work day. There has been an ongoing debate/discussion between my brother in law and myself for years now, concerning the death penalty. Every time a major death penalty case makes national news, the emails start flying again. Today was no different.
We staked out our respective positions years ago and I don’t foresee them ever changing. On a personal level, it’s just kind of funny but of course, there is nothing truly funny about the death penalty, is there? My brother in law, and the majority of Americans, are in favor of the death penalty.
That’s a really horrifying number to me. As a country, we are in the minority concerning the use of the death penalty.
I’ve never believed that the government should be in the business of killing its citizens, under any circumstance. I find the death penalty to be morally repugnant. It has always seemed to me that the government’s number one job is to keep its citizens as reasonably safe as it can. Life in prison for convicted murderers accomplishes that task.
More importantly and quite obviously, the death penalty is final. There is no coming back and saying, “sorry, we made a mistake”. Can you imagine what it must be like to be on death row for a crime that you truly did not commit? It’s happened all too many times.
I know that I’m in the minority on this issue but I’ll tell you, I’m very proudly part of the minority. I firmly believe that the death penalty will eventually be seen as the archaic monstrosity that it is and outlawed in our great country. I hope it happens sooner rather than later.