Capital punishment: Can we cut it out already?

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December 22, 2016
William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"I'm not saying that there aren't crimes worthy of death. In fact, I heartily support the killing of violent criminals in defense of self or others at the scene of the crime. But once a criminal has been apprehended, disarmed and caged, killing him or her isn't self-defense any more. Execution is just the gratuitous, vengeful taking of a human life for public show. And no matter how much lipstick the practice's supporters put on the pig to try and turn it into something else, that's all it will ever be. Capital punishment is also completely incompatible with the notions of 'limited government' that most libertarians and some conservatives claim to support, not to mention the basic civil liberties that both libertarians and liberals publicly sustain." (12/21/16)  


  • R R Schoettker

    I completely agree. Capital punishment is wrong not only because of the lack of possible restitution for the erroneously convicted and the totally false belief that only the State has the right to respond to agression rather than the victim but also because; for the genuinely guilty, it ends thier suffering. The dead feel nothing and don’t suffer and the truely guilty should not be spared or excused what thier actions have fully justified.

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