@Drlee , you said that;
Capital punishment is for small minds.
''Small minds'' like, well, God;
''And surely I will require the life of any man or beast by whose hand your lifeblood is shed. I will demand an accounting from anyone who takes the life of his fellow man: Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood will be shed; for in His own image God has made mankind.''
The evidence that it does not deter crime is clear as a bell.
Personal Responsibility and a standard of Justice is more important than even deterring crime as represented by raw numbers and statistics.
The assertion that it deters the executed criminal from committing crimes is just silly. That argument presents and ever widening set of crimes that get the death penalty.
Calling something ''Silly'' is not a rebuttal.
Proof that crimes historically were punished increasingly with the death penalty?
Ask any prison guard. The murderers are frequently the least dangerous prisoners and the least likely to re-offend.
I know several prison guards, who say different, that most of the murderer prisoners are ''lifers'' and have nothing really to lose by being violent in Prison if they feel they have to.
And the death penalty as it is applied in the US is an absurdity.
I agree. Far too many appeals and special pleading for the lives of people sentenced to death. It shouldn't take 15-20 years to put down one of these scum. It's a joke.
Time to do away with the death penalty because it is the smart thing to do.
Sure, because we all have that guilty conscience that knows almost all of us have wanted to murder someone at one time or another, and gee it would get under one's skin to have to feel that terror that a murderer inflicts on their victims, wouldn't it? Getting rid of the death penalty is only ''smart'' to us because our intellects are quite myopic and diseased when it comes to this issue.
But man is a fickle and disreputable creature and perhaps, like a chess-player, is interested in the process of attaining his goal rather than the goal itself.