The death penalty, a reason to kill, do two wrongs make a right? Blind Justice?
Is it justice or murder?
Is it right or wrong? Whose hands are truly dirty?
I am a mother of a very beautiful four year old girl. I consider myself open to all views most of the time, however in some circumstances I feel you have to make a stance. I do not support the death penalty in any situation. I have seen some of and researched some of the most horrific crimes in American as well as English History. From Jack the Ripper, to Ted Bundy, from Susan Smith to Carla Ray Tucker.
Each case had its own distinct players and circumstances. From the serial killer, who kills targets certain distinctive people, to random individuals, causing countless destruction to so many and their families. To the young mother who decides to end the lives of her children to gain a fresh start in her life as well as teens who commit murder as a way of fitting in. The stories are endless to say the least. One common thread is the fact that each individual has either killed literally or been convicted of killing.
My question is in killing this person that our society has deemed as less than human, a barbarian, a murderer, a psychopath, etc.; are we then saying that it is ok for our justice system to commit murder because they murdered? That does not sit well with me one bit. I am trying to teach my daughter that there are consequences for your actions; however I do not say that to say that if someone kills that the only justice is murdering them. I think that makes the situation worse. When someone is murdered or killed that person does not suffer alone.
Murder may be committed with a group or in a lonely fashion, but the consequences of murder are communal. We did not come on this earth by ourselves and we do not leave without their being a communal response and grievance no matter who we are. There was great effort into our births from doctors, nurses, parents, family members, etc., it takes a village. So why would we isolate the village in the act of executing someone, does not the village matter anymore, because of one debatably self-act? I ask you does killing someone for murdering your love one bring you healing.
The simple answer for me is no. It may make you feel relief that they are going to never hurt another living soul, but it does not give you true healing. We are momentary creatures of habit and what satisfies us one moment will not sustain us the next. You may feel a sense of justice, but your true healing with be much harder and take a lot more soul searching and limitless time.
Can we live with communal killing?
Can we as a humankind community live with murder for murder? There are some that think, you reap what you sow, an eye for an eye, but who are you as an equal member of society to decide when someone gets it? Who are we to become literally the judge, jury, and executioner/murder of another, because we feel it is just? Is there such a thing as a just killing, hanging, murder, shooting, etc.? My argument is not that we do not deserve to be punished as I stated with consequences for our actions, but isn't that enough with one life.
I do not say that to say that I value the life of the murderer over the victim on the contrary. I just believe that we as a free thinking, technologically sound and forward thinking society can handle this issue better. We have those that are placed on death row through the "just court proceedings" such as Troy Davis and proclaim their innocence, and because a jury of their peers or a judge says they should die, we kill them. Should Troy Davis's cries as well as others who proclaim their innocent on death row cries be unheard, because of the guilty verdict? There have been cases where the death convictions have been overturned because of evidence or whatever the situation may be.
Not to say that everyone is innocent that says so I am not that naive. How many more individuals do we have to inject, shock, etc. before we come to the realization that it is wrong? I struggled with my stance on this issue for many years and when I had my daughter in 2008, I said I do not support the death penalty in any case except for pedophiles. That was my thought and fear kicking in, but I have concluded in my own time that its wrong no matter whom it is?
There is no one life greater than the other. There is such thing as innocence, that I believe wholeheartedly, but with the death penalty its divides more than it supposedly accomplishes. Why can’t we allow people to live with what they have done, no we have to SEE them PAY! I WILL HAVE MY DAY IN COURT! What is really at stake for us? If we truly believe in KARMA or you will reap what you sow what will we reap for committing their murder or what karma lies ahead for us?
Struggling with Justice
Case Gone Wrong? You decide.