Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Pro-Death Penalty

Update on the Pro-Death Penalty post :

N.C. Council Of State Approves New Execution Procedure !

Extracted from the article:
“While the council's vote should meet the requirements of the 1909 law, the new execution procedure appears to increase the role of a doctor. Instead of tasking a nurse and medical technician with monitoring an inmate's vital signs, it requires a physician to monitor "the essential body functions of the condemned inmate" and notify the warden if the inmate shows signs of "undue pain and suffering."

For the entire article go here:

End of Update. See previous article below:


It will probably come as no surprise to you, if you are a regular to IoF, that I support the Death Penalty.

North Carolina is a Death Penalty state. Although there are forces gathering here to try to make a strong push to have the Death Penalty overturned in this state. I hope they do not succeed. Currently there is the Death Penalty moratorium group, and there is the debate over physicians attending at an actual execution. Both, in my opinion are simply steps in the escalation of the anti-death penalty crowd to ultimately do away with the death penalty in North Carolina.

Currently we have two prisoners awaiting execution in early February. It’s anybody’s guess whether they will go forward, or not.

I don’t get it. Seems to me that if you take the life of another you forfeit your life. I don’t tie myself in knots worrying about becoming as bad as the murderer when my state takes the life of that murderer for what he has done. I simply doesn’t make sense to me.

I don’t worry about the death penalty’s effect upon recidivism. I, frankly, don’t know if the death penalty has any effect, at all, on recidivism. But, I do know that the executed convict certainly will not repeat the offense again!

Is the death Penalty a deterrence to crime? Well, here is what John Adams of Marquette University/Department of Political Science had to say about it:

"If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call."

In fact, the Supreme Court of the US has said:

"Indeed, the decision that capital punishment may be the appropriate sanction in extreme cases is an expression of the community's belief that certain crimes are themselves so grievous an affront to humanity that the only adequate response may be the penalty of death."

Death penalty advocates do not see the death penalty as a solution to violent crime, as we are often accused of. No. The simple fact is we believe, as the Supreme Court has rightly said, that there are some crimes so grievous that only the death penalty is an acceptable response.

Then… there is evil. Whether we choose to believe it, or not, pure raw evil stalks the earth. It really doesn’t matter whether you believe there is such a thing as evil, it still exists… and it wreaks havoc in a civilized society. As long as evil stalks the earth heinous crimes will be committed. A civilized society cannot remain civilized if we allow the perpetrators of evil to continue to live among us.

Why do I broach this subject now? I believe there will be a strong push in the next few months to have the death penalty repealed in the US. We can’t allow that to happen.

Look, already we are having a running debate over punishing the enemies of our country…those who would kill us by the hundreds, even thousands. That movement springs from a form of guilt the liberal movement feels. Yes, it is based on emotion as is the anti-death penalty movement. An adult must be able to overcome his, or her emotions and do what must be done at any given moment. Unfortunately we are plagued with a host of leaders in this country who have not yet reached adulthood. And… they have a multitude of followers. And, I might mention, that quite often, the “leaders”, themselves, are led by those with stronger constitutions than they. Unfortunately, it is a curse this country must bear.

The bottom line is, if we wish to remain a civilized society then we must be ready to execute those who break our laws, and nature’s law, by murdering another human being or bringing massive amounts of pain upon that society by some action short of murder. If we cannot screw up enough courage to do what is necessary we will become like that part of the world, which today, feels they are above such things and rely upon the people of the United States to do their dirty work for them. I ask you, if we become like them, then who will WE depend upon?


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KurtP said...

The anti-death penalty lobby, more of the p*ssification of America.

Frank said...

As always conservatives are more caught up with crime and punishment than they seem to be with actual justice. I am pro life and will just say that this argument as the one about when life begins is one that is not decided by forcing pieces of legislation down each others' throats but more by winning one mind (or soul) at a time.... Am I pro-choice, personally NO, I would never get one, nor would anyone I choose to marry, do I need to tell someonelse they can't, again NO. Outlawing the death penalty would do no good, you have to "win over" the minds of people just the same. Debate is so much better than legislation anyway, that's why I come here.

Frank said...

The anti-death penalty lobby, more of the p*ssification of America.
Wow Kurt, can you say "Duh I'm a twuck dwiver" too?

Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie said...

The only issue I fail to understand is leaving the prisoner on death row for 10 – 15 years. Surely justice must be swift to help those close to the victim to move on with their lives. I fail to see what purpose numerous appeals achieve, besides lining the pockets of lawyers.

In a recent UK MORI poll, 75% of the population said they believe the death penalty is “suitable in some circumstances” and that lethal injection would be the preferred method. From 1965 to 1970 when the death penalty was suspended statistics show that capital murder went up 125%. It is such a shame that the politicians will not go for it.

If you can save a life by having a death penalty, regardless of what methods used are ... then I would maintain that there is an argument to be made.