We Can’t Rely On Old-Time Methods Of Thinking
In the old days execution was an accepted and often used form of punishment. Old days can mean a lot of different times, but as you look throughout history, man has never hesitated to kill another man with the excuse of carrying out justice. From being beheaded, drawn and quartered, and shot by firing squad to modern methods like the electric chair and lethal injection people have killed in the name of the law for centuries. Times have changed though yet methods of punishment have not. Barbaric killings of people done by states and governments still happens to this very day. In fact, just yesterday, a woman was put to death by lethal injection in Texas. This is the year 2014 and we are still punishing as they did so many years ago and it has to stop now… Like today. Actually like yesterday.
A lot of people cite the bible passage of Exodus 21:24 that says “An eye for an eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,” as a religious reason for the death penalty. To those I say know your bible yo! Stop being a fucking douche. Yes, the bible may say that, but it is a hypocritical 2000 year old book. Later on in it after that passage from Exodus, it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:15 “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” and even later in Matthew 5:38-39 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also”. So fuck the bible, it doesn’t even know it own asshole when presented with it. Enough bible quotes though lets move on.
It is moral integrity that calls for the abolishment of the death penalty, but the madness continues and many other reasons and arguments are made in favor of. Some say the death penalty acts as a sort of deterrent towards people who might commit a homicide sometime in the future. Allow me to show you why that’s just not a true statement, and take that silly little argument away from you.
The Death Penalty Does Not Act As A Deterrent
I’d like to admit to you that while growing up and as a young adult, I was totally in favor of the death penalty. To me it made sense. Do bad shit have bad shit happen right back to you. It wasn’t until I was in college and started to really look at and think about it logically that I came to the realization that I was dead wrong. (see what i did there?) I never really looked at it as a deterrent though, but many argue that it is. The fact is however, that it’s not. If you look at murder rates across the United States over the years, they remain almost the same. If it was in fact a deterrent, the numbers would go down. Simple as that. Even good ol Texas, who executes more people than any other state has not seen a decline in murder rates. That really says something in itself. Here is what we know though. People commit the act of murder for four different reasons:
- Profit (Drug Dealers & Hitmen – They just don’t think they’ll get caught)
- Compulsion/Insanity (Serial Killers – It’s an urge they just can’t control)
- Passion (Disgruntled or Jaded Lover – Happens spur of the moment while going nuts)
- Escape/Cover Up (Criminal – A means of hiding evidence like a rapist killing his victim)
There is simply no way to deter any of those four reasons given. If there was, it would have already been found and someone would be wearing a nobel peace prize for it. Those people in those mentioned circumstances are going to commit murder. Nothing you do or say is going to change their minds. With that being said, now that we’ve shown it is not a deterrent what other possible reasons are there to kill someone in the name of the law?
They’re All Guilty & Should Die! Oh Wait, Some Are Innocent?
If you support the death penalty and one innocent person is murdered by it, then you in turn become a murderer yourself, which means under your own rules, you have to die. It’s the paradox of a concept such as the death penalty. But wait you say to me. We don’t execute innocent people. Well, I reply, that’s not an entirely true statement. The Death Penalty Information Center reports that since 1973, 142 people convicted of murder were released because they were declared innocent or the charges against them were dropped. And that is just in America. Look at the world-wide figures. It shows that we are all human, and humans make mistakes. Not only do people make mistakes, but prosecutorial misconduct plays a big part of innocent people sitting on death row as well.
Reports of prosecutors withholding evidence and police investigators falsifying information to win cases is becoming more and more commonplace these days. Let’s face it, a prosecutor who loses isn’t going to remain a prosecutor for long. But that is a fundamental problem with the current justice system. It is often times more a game of numbers then it is about truly obtaining justice. And when someones life is at stake the system needs to be ok with saying it was wrong without punishing the prosecutor. And that number of 142. Those are just the ones they found. You’re fooling yourself if you think everyone who has died by state-sponsored murder is guilty.
Every single day science and technology gets better and better. And this includes the young science known as forensic science. A few decades ago we had no idea about DNA or knew anything about it, let alone knew that DNA could be used in police work, and could more precisely link people to crimes. Imagine what kinds of technology lurks in the future? Technology may improve to a point where forensic science is more accurate and can pinpoint things even more clearly than ever before. We may even get to a point where we can see into people’s minds and read their memories. Who knows what advancements lay in wait around the corner. Wouldn’t it be wise to leave these people around for perhaps just that one day? And speaking of future, wouldn’t one guess that it’s best for law enforcement if bad guys are left alive. You never know what kind of information you may be able to get from them down the line right?
Well At Least We’re Humane With The Way It’s Pulled Off
Are we really though? You can tell yourself that to make yourself feel better, but the business of killing someone is never pretty, and never humane. Ever. Sure, methods of execution have improved over the years, but even todays standard practice of lethal injection is a bit of a fuck job. Just last month, an inmate said “I can feel my whole body burning” while going through a lethal injection according to this report on Fox News. Those were his final words. It then goes on to state that he appeared to be under no duress. You want to know why he said that, but didn’t show any signs of freaking out. It’s because one of the things they inject him with paralyzes him. So he probably felt the whole fucking thing, but couldn’t react to it thereby making the executors feel like they are being humane, but all the while it’s fucking not. Humane my ass. FoxNews is just trying to sugar coat that shit for you. The fact is lethal injection fails to even meet the standards of putting down old, sick, and mortally wounded animals. What the hell is going on here?!? These are human beings for fucks sake!
We teach the children today to respect life yet we turn around and kill in the name of justice. It’s crazy. I will say I have no idea how hard it would be to lose a close relative or son or daughter by way of a violent crime like murder. I can even see how someone would feel that way and stand behind the death penalty as a means of punishment as I once did myself. Vengeance is immediate but law is slow and methodical and there is a reason for this. A group working through something together, analyzing it along the way will always act more wisely than an individual or mob ever could. Personal pain and biblical tradition may be a motivator, but are just not simply enough reason to end another human beings life. Amazingly 63% of Americans are in favor of the death penalty according to a recent gallup poll. But do you know what that really means? It means 37% of Americans are forced to murder someone against their own will. Is that fair?
Now I’m not about letting people get away with horrible crimes. C’mon, do you think I’m crazy? They need to be locked up. But that’s what SuperMax is for. The death penalty is not and never will be the answer. It’s just the government sponsored killing of it’s own citizens and involves psychological terror and torture which climaxes in the form of another human death. It is an inhumane practice no matter what anybody says. Governments should not be in the business of killing people. It demeans that society and is an old school train of thought that needs to go away, and the sooner it does, the better. It may just save an innocent life or two. We as society don’t need to sink down to the criminals level… Leave that to the bad guys. We just need to lock em up and throw away the key.
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