Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR
Sorry dear- i think you misunderstood me a bit on the "eye for an eye" thing.
. I didn't mean that if someone kills my sister per say- i have the right to go out and kill them back. ....I ment that if someone who commits a murder- is given a fair trial and found guilty...and as a result sentenced to death- then the death penality should be carried our according to judicial law. And as far as rapists go- i was visiciously attacked and raped when i was 17....I think he deserves to be casterated and locked up for what he did to me- no person deserves to have that done to them...Ever. Also- the existance of the death penality does not result in more money than say supporting millions of criminals for the rest of their lives. My boyfriend is a cop and we have lots of friends and family that work in the jail system and know first hand what its like.
I don't think I misunderstood. I don't see the difference in you going out and killing them and our government doing it. If anything I'd rather the people actually affected went out and killed the person who did their family harm. Now it's just the government killing by proxy so that society as a whole can have justice, and nobody, not a single person, actually feels better on account of it. There's just another dead body. I guess maybe I don't understand how death can equate to justice, unless you believe that everyone who murders will go to hell, but that shouldn't have anything to do with law.
Please look at the link I provided earlier about the cost of the death penalty. It does cost more. Significantly more.
My point with the rape conviction is that I don't see how we can say that the worst crime there is is murder, and so a murderer deserves to be killed, but then say that the second worst crime is rape (I think to most people that's true, maybe I'm wrong) but they deserve a life sentence in prison. Why don't we give them the same as they gave, if that is what our justice system is supposed to do? I don't think anyone should be raped either (having been, multiple times, when I was 8) but my point is that jail and trials and whatnot are supposed to provide justice and punishment, not retribution and vengeance, and it only seems fair that someone be in prison for life rather than being put out of their misery, also commiting the same crime albeit sanctioned makes us on the same level as them.
What are we saying, "you aren't allowed to murder, unless you're a person who is allowed to kill murderers?". If murder is wrong, it's wrong. Same thing. You wouldn't wish rape on anyone, but you would wish their death? If killing someone is the worst thing to do... maybe I just don't get it. But if murder is so wrong, then that should also be a punishment we wouldn't wish on anybody.
Yes, I do believe murder and killing are wrong. I think that human life is sacred, and nobody
should be permitted to end another. That includes our government. Otherwise, you're just saying that ending another life is wrong unless you're allowed to.