Does this make sense to you?

@dawnald (84148)
Shingle Springs, California
January 9, 2009 4:10pm CST
A guy is on death row for killing several people. He gets hold of something he shouldn't and tries to commit suicide. Heaven and earth is moved to save his life. Does this make sense to you? For me it comes down to what's more important here, revenge or self defense. I'll explain: If revenge is more important, we must be the ones to cause the killer's death, preferably in some sort of public way so that he can be made an example of, the victims' families can have closure, etc. If self defense is more important, we want to make sure that the person is never again in a position to harm anybody. In which case, why not just let him die instead of spending all of our hard earned tax dollars to feed, house and guard him, not to mention the cost of legal appeals and so on? I lean more towards self defense. What about you?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Actually, it costs less to house an inmate for life then it does to try and kill him, because of all the appeals and stuff. Oh, and he has to be perfectly healthy before they can execute him, weird huh?
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jan 09
Very wierd...
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@wheel416 (1019)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
Yes, I actually saw n another show, (not this one Dawn,) where they postponed his execution because they could not get a vien to kill him with... Yes that was a TV show, however there have been cases in the news of " inmate too sick to be executed" let me run the country from my living room! I have all the answers! Not.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jan 09
Yep I've seen cases of 'too sick to be executed' also. Apparently it's inhumane to execute a sick person (huh?)...
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• United States
9 Jan 09
I'm with you on this one. I would want him to suffer and serve his time but I also think that we are wasting time and money on someone who doesn't deserve or appreciate it. That money could go towards children in the schools, healthcare, shelter because they have no where to go. Battered women and childrens homes and this guy is taking that away from the ppl that have harmed no one. To me that is not fair. Plus I also think that if a person wants to take their own life then that is their right. God gave us free will to do what we want with it and I don't think any human has the right to tell another person they have to live on this earth. What if he can't live with what he's done and he's repented and wants to be where he sent the others? Anyway I got off topic. No we should not move heaven and earth to house a killer. They are not really suffering in those places as the should anyway. I know some criminals who prefer to be in the and repeatedly get into trouble because the can't deal with life on the outside and conform to the rules. THey feel taken care of.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jan 09
If I didn't have freedom to go where I wanted and do what I wanted, I'd be suffering, I think.
• United States
9 Jan 09
Yes, maybe.... but people can adapt to almost anything and find some kind of joy out of whatever they have adapted to.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Jan 09
True enough. Some people would suffer more than others in a prison (even if there weren't all kinds of human nastiness to deal with).
@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Jan 09
Why? Because we are not barbarians. We pride ourselves for being humaine and making laws to respect and protect. If we just let people, in any condition or situation, die and kill them ourselves then we are no better they are. The victim's family can and will have closure when things come to their end. I firmly believe that if we start letting things go a foul then we are no better than the people we have sent our young men and women off to fight against. And, if we start letting things go and not move the earth to save lives, no matter how pathetic these people may be, then we are no better than the guy himself.
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@wheel416 (1019)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
In my humble opinion, round and round it goes where it stops nobody knows!
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@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Well, I heard that when we use capital punishment, it actually costs more. I think that anyone who is doing the whole going out in public and shooting people thing, then trying to kill themselves, obviously is not all that well and could use a hand. But let's face it, people like this are never going to live a normal and productive life. I wish they would. All we could do is watch our friends and children and families and make sure everyone is okay. If someone is an outcast and very angry, it's usually pretty obvious. But once they shoot, I don't think there's any hope left for them. I would rather they be put out of their miserable, disturbed life so we can better watch everyone else and prevent this.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jan 09
Believe me, if there were any reliable way to change a person's mind (say a sociopath or a child molestor) so that they were no longer a threat to society, I'd be all for it. But there isn't. Although some people do manage to turn themselves around, most mass murderers are irredeemable imho and I don't see the point in saving their lives so that they can be killed later.