Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Question Of The Day



I realize that this may be a very uncomfortable question for some to answer but please feel free to leave a comment knowing that you will not be judged no matter what side you're on. That's not what this blog is all about.

I'll start first...

I totally understand why some would support this, especially if they've lost someone to a violent crime. And I'm sure if I lost a loved one that way, my knee jerk reaction would be "hang 'em". But after the initial shock wore off and the grief would become a little more bearable, I'd get off the fence and back to my senses, which is this:

I strongly oppose the death penalty. I don't believe that a court has the right to decide who lives and dies, and I certainly don't support "an eye for an eye" kind of justice. But more importantly, there is always the possibility of a wrongful conviction and an innocent person being put to death. Even one wrong execution is one too many. That is a risk that cannot be taken.

What are your thoughts?

44 comments:

  1. I've been opposed to the death penalty for decades, for the same reasons you state. Luckily here in Canada, it was abolished in the 1980s.

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    1. I'm so happy about that, Debra. There are many things in Canada that I'm really proud of. This is certainly one of them.

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  2. I am opposed to it... Almost a decade ago, I wrote a long post about my "encounters" with people involved with the "ultimate punishment." Here's a link:

    http://sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com/2009/09/personal-thoughts-on-ultimate.html#comment-form

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    1. That was very well thought out. Thanks for sharing it. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  3. I don't support the death penalty either. Taking a life is taking a life, no matter what the rationale. But I DO support hard labour in prison! (Or at least something more punitive than what's currently in place.) What I MOST support, though, is support and education for kids at risk. Now I'll stop. Because I could keep on and on . . .

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    1. It is a very debatable topic with so many issues to deal with. Like you, I think a debt to society should be paid. Maybe labour where wages go to the victims, perhaps a college/university fund set up for children who have lost parents to violence, etc. I could go on and on, too. And like you, I think social issues should be tackled. I truly believe they are the core of most problems.

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  4. I support the death penalty. It seems fair to me that you take a life you lose the right to have one of your own. Only it irks me that those so judged get to live so long before it's enforced.

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    1. That is an interesting thought. Do you have a preferred timeline?
      Thanks for sharing your opinion!

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    2. Yes, a lot sooner than 20/30 years.

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    3. I didn't even realize it took that long, although I imagine it's possible.

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  5. If I was a magically INFALLIBLE ruler of the world then yes I would inforce the death penalty for quite a few crimes (murder, rape, child abuse) but always making allowances for extenuating circumstances and of course never punishing the wrong person because of the infallible thing.

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    1. HAHA! Yes, the infallible thing :) Thanks for the smile, Natalie!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your opinion, Christine!

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  7. You've said it all. I can't add anything.

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    1. This I know about you. We share many views. I'm not sure if you've ever written about this on your blog but it would make for an interesting post.

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  8. I used to joke that it depended on what time of the month it was as to my feelings on this. Now that my hormones are more balanced, I am definitely against it for the reasons you stated.

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    1. HAHA! Yes, I totally understand about hormones :) Thanks for sharing your opinion!

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  9. I support the death penalty. I have some concerns because I am skeptical about the government always being correct about who should be executed and who should not be. But some crimes are too horrendous in my opinion for the perpetrator not to face the ultimate price--especially in cases where there is not a shadow of a doubt who did it.

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    1. Hi Bethany, thanks for taking the time to drop in and share your thoughts. I know how busy you are and appreciate the visit! This is a subject where opinions vary and I enjoy hearing them.

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  10. I don't believe the government should have the right to kill anyone no longer a present danger to others.


    But if one insists, then they should have the Governor of a State be the one who does it. Make it a bit like the "old way" on GOT

    “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's lif you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”

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    1. Oh, that's good, Adam! I really liked that part in GOT. Being the one to carry out that sentence is certainly something to think about!

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  11. I don't support the death penalty, but I do believe life imprisonment should be life and not a few years.

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    1. I've never been able to understand how that works. My definition of life is certainly different from what the law states.

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  12. We stopped it back in the 60s I think. But Personally, I think we should bring it back, especially for rapists, murderers and molestors, and most especially for terrorists. If you have absolutely no care in taking another's life and making them suffer, then you should suffer the same fate and have your life taken. why should a murderer get to live when their victims suffered a horrible death? And it would save billions of tax dollars. Scum doesn't deserve to live.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your views. It's interesting to read different opinions.

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  13. I agree with Martha on this one.

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  14. Hi Martha, I oppose the death penalty too.

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    1. Nice to see you on this side of the fence, Terry :)

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    1. I'm not surprised, Jim! We are aligned on many issues. I'm glad we don't practice this anymore in Canada.

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  16. I used to be neutral, or possibly support it.
    Now I'm vehemently opposed. There are far too many holes in a "justice" system, which is often not just. No humans should decide these things. It's just wrong.

    Take care, friend.

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    1. Sometimes we start off one way and end up changing directions. I know I've done that in my life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, Robyn!

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  17. Always oppose. If a person is not deranged and if they are not mentally challenged in a big way - ...then i think their conscience enough will haunt them and be more of a punishment than the death penalty. So many murders are committed in a moment of loss of control or prolonged mental or emotional torture from someone else that they just lose it. Then there are those who plan it out and take another's life for money, drugs, or violence itself. In that case life in prison but with no "comforts" available except as they get treatment and start responding positively. There's so much to this whole idea of the death penalty that it's just not black and white so I have to oppose it.

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    1. Good points, Sandy. I've no doubt that some are haunted for life afterwards. There are certainly some very deranged people that you cannot fix but I don't support putting someone to death. I don't believe we have that right. But that's my opinion.

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    2. agree - how can we teach love and nonviolence and then support a death penalty. Makes no sense. Actually honestly for the repeat offenders or the ones who appear to have no conscience and an inability to feel sorrow - I say - put them all on an island somewhere and let them fend for themselves - with no way to make a boat or a plane to come back to society to perpetuate their hate.lol

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    3. LOL Well, it's funny that you say that because I've often thought of the exact same thing myself!

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  18. Totally opposed to the death penalty but I am not opposed to a sentence of life-without parole. I know many prisoners have 'come-to-jesus' moments during incarceration and feel remorse. But, it is hell for the people who have testified during the trial being scared the rest of their lives that someone who is capable of murder, rape, kidnap, etc, could be out, looking for revenge. Personal experience speaking, one never knows who is around the next corner and that is a horrible way to live.

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    1. Those are alarming points, Toni. I can only image how frightening it is for victims about someone possibly seeking revenge. There are cases that warrant life without parole. Not everyone can be helped.

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  19. I think it depends on the criminals .

    i will monitor their previous life style and criminal record.
    as if they are victim of sudden emotional decision or are sick minded hard core criminals .

    I f they are hard core criminals who are not familiar with word "humanity" and hurt others just to feel happy i would like to put such trash in dustbin ,they don't have my sympathy .
    i love each innocent heart who loves life and humans equally ,
    who realizes that if he can get hurt by any odd action of others ,his own wrong actions can hurt other ,so he avoids to to do so

    i think such precious souls need protection from habitual hard core sick minded people ,so earth can be place of peace and love

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, Baili. It is a very intense subject. People have strong opinions on this.

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