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Does Compassion Demand we Outlaw Executions?

This week a new wave of outrage against capital punishment was given rise when the execution of Oklahoma killer Clayton Lockett was botched, taking three quarters of an hour to complete. This is the epitome of incompetence, I will admit, but it’s nothing more than a byproduct of this new society of ours – this kinder, gentler, ultimately idiotic society we now live in. They had to issue the man a “cocktail” of three different drugs at three different times to do this, then they screwed up the amounts – what absolute liberal idiocy! I’m going to tell you right now, anyone who has had a serious surgery knows all this is so much bison excrement. Anyone who has had surgery has watched the nurse inject that stuff into your IV while you’re lying on the table and heard the doctor say “count backwards from ten” – nobody makes it to five. We don’t need three different drugs to do the job. Just give them a double shot of that and the final hit of belladonna, and let everyone go home. It’s more than they deserve, especially in the two cases at hand.

Clayton Lockett, 38, was convicted of killing 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman when she and a friend arrived at a home Lockett and his men were robbing. A four-time felon, Lockett was found guilty of shooting Neiman with a sawed-off shotgun then watching as his two accomplices buried her while she was still alive.

gurneyWorse still, the planned execution of murderer Charles Warner two hours later was postponed until a full investigation into the injection protocol could be conducted. Warner, 46, a human monster, was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend’s 11-month-old daughter in 1997. (An 11-month-old child…)
Immediately The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty put out a statement, saying, “This night will be a catalyst for those aggrieved and outraged to continue to fight to abolish the death penalty in Oklahoma and every other state in America.” CNN noted that Adam Leathers, co-chairman of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, accused the state of having “tortured a human being in an unconstitutional experimental act of evil.”

Don’t you dare talk to me about torture and evil when we’re dealing with people who rape babies and cold-bloodedly murder young girls.

Death and compassion seem to be two of the high topics in this society of ours. Personally, I think compassion is often over-exercised and death is just plain over-rated.

Compassion is like a paintbrush – it works really well in some circumstances and it’s near to useless in others. Compassion is a wonderful thing until you find yourself in a situation where it just doesn’t work – all the love and understanding in the world won’t stop a violent mugger, or cure a vicious sociopath.

The great argument about compassion and death is capital punishment. The debate about whether capital punishment should be used at all has raged continuously since it was re-instituted in the United States in 1976. Now, the new great debate is on lethal injection, and whether it is “cruel and unusual punishment.” To me, this is the paintbrush syndrome at it’s best – the radical progressive’s perfect dream.

Just so we have some perspective here – this type of punishment is only used in the most heinous of crimes – premeditated murder, brutal murder, murder without conscience or compassion, then, you’re basically put to sleep, then they stop your heart. If only the people they slaughtered had been given such compassion…

The argument is, of course, do we have the right to kill another human being? The truth is, innocent people are killed every day by very bad people here in this country. We can catch the bad ones and we can all pay for their incarceration for generations (or eventually let them go after reduced sentences), or we can put them out of our misery and make the world a safer, less costly place for all of us.

We all seemed to be so concerned about judgement, and having to make it, but when I see creatures like Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner I believe it becomes the responsibility of society to cleanse itself. While I haven’t read all of The Bible, there are parts I like. “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is one of them.

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Michael Reisig

Michael Reisig

Michael Reisig has been writing professionally for 15 years. He is an award-winning newspaper columnist and a best-selling novelist. Be sure to check out his latest 2-part best-sellers, "Caribbean Gold - The Treasure of Tortuga and The Treasure of Time" -- "If you have enjoyed Michael Reisig’s best-selling “Road To Key West” novels, you will love his new “Caribbean Gold” series, which begins with “The Treasure of Tortuga."

  • Jack Laurie

    I believe we SHOULD have an ultimate penalty…some crimes are SO heinous the perp criminal should be executed swiftly and justly…I like the hanging in town square punishment

  • Gene

    how about we start considering how much “compassion” the criminal showed the victim and return the “compassion” to them? I say get a short rope and tall tree. Set an example.

  • CountryBoy

    How about Compassion for the VICTIMs and THEIR families….

    • seeymour kleerly

      Nice logic!

  • Brenda

    Are you going to be compassionate to the lion that has killed and eaten a loved one? Does your compassion extend to that same pride of lions that threaten you? I think not, survival becomes your first instinct. These killers should be dealt with with the same degree of compassion that showed to their victims. Why should society pray for the premanent housing of people like Manson, whose brutality extended to not only murder, but a fendish enjoyment of his attack?

  • jd1958

    Oh the poor criminals. Yet we slaughter the unborn by the millions and fight for the “right” to kil1 babies. Switch this. Save the children. HANG the criminals.

  • jdbixii

    We can outlaw crime, we can not outlaw punishment for the good of society in the name of justice. Criminals should remember that it is compassionate NOT to commit the crime in the first place. This premise is no more unreasonable than suggesting compassion in the face of capital punishment. It is the thought processes that are flawed, not the law which describes and proscribes a criminal action or the punishment for the violation of it. Liberalism has no consistency with respect to the meaning of law.

  • Spoony

    Compassion belongs to the victim! Not the murderer!

  • t

    Absolutely not if an individual murders another he or she should forfeit his or her own life in exchange for the life they took!

  • rcp11742

    Execute all of the scum on death row now. No more appeals. They are the scum of the earth, and do not deserve any compassion. Where is the compassion for all the victims?? I would love to be the one pulling the trigger or lever, or dropping the pellets for all of them.

    • Devaron Dlh Namsaar

      YOU are a murderer at heart… it is you that needs to be jailed for your insane comments and obviously hateful and venomous reality of life… folks like you are the problem in this world… talk about the scum…look in the mirror!

      • rcp11742

        Are you one of the scumbags sitting on death row? Probably. Screw compassion for the murders. Give compassion to the victims and their families.

  • $104618240

    “You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners”.

    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Is it possible that we might “compassion” our civilization out of existence?

  • KingofBeers

    No one is going to shed a tear for Lockett, he got what he deserved.

    The death penalty cost is, on average, $1.7 million, whereas life imprisonment is apprx. $700,000.

    Statistics show a good 4% of those on death row are innocent.

    We must do away with for profit prisons.

    Based on per capita, we have a higher incarceration rate than nations in the Middle East like Saudia Arabia, and Syria. Not exactly a top 5 list we should be proud of.

    Too many non violent drug offenders locked up in prison simply because they couldn’t afford a high priced attorney.

    • Woody

      Can you tell me where you got the information stating that 4% of death row inmates are innocent? I would like to check this out.

      As far as non-violent drug offenders, too bad they couldn’t afford a high-priced attorney. As Robert Blake said as Beretta, ‘Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.’

      USMC 1970-1974

  • junkmailbin

    compassion should go to the victim not the criminal.
    We need to nationally televise executions. The form needs to be standardized.
    A very strong chair with restraints. A very strong rope loop set on a rotating point.
    Place the criminal in the chair and tighten the restraints.
    Put the loop around his neck and turn the switch to slowly tighten the loop.
    Have the camera in a close up of the face.
    Have a banner at the bottom saying
    ” you will die like this if you are convicted” .

  • Devaron Dlh Namsaar

    You only have to read the hate and the poison embedded in the writers of
    the comments to see the real problem in this world… the people that
    are on death row are only those who were caught doing what the
    commenter’s are wanting to do. Sicko’s!

    • jack_parker

      Go back to enjoying taking it in the butt, anti-American libtard.

    • times two

      Before you comment again about the anger shown here. Place your Daughter or granddaughter in Stephanie’s place.shot with a 12 ga. shotgun at close range, ripping her open to death that would not come till later laying alone in a cold hole where her killer watched his fellow criminal’s buried her alive, her heart pumping blood into the ground leaving her cold, hurt and so alone praying for help and compassion that would never come. She wondered why me ? Am I going to live to see my family. Nobody came to help nobody held her in their arms comforting her. She died horribly alone, just because Locket did not want to get caught committing a crime. If you can’t show any righteous anger for her or if it was a child of yours then you are the problem. Locket was shown a lot of compassion , he was not alone when he died. Stephanie was. Save your compassion for the Stephanie’s of this world. If you really want to know many of us are fed up with criminal’s getting lawyer’s, psychological help and life something that most victim’s don’t get. We are tired of more help and compassion being shown to the criminals than the victims.

    • Woody

      Can you blame them after what Locket did to Stephanie? What would you have them do, ignore the crime against a young girl and pretend it never happened? Do you have ANY compassion for the victim?

      USMC 1970-1974

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      I would require that bleeding heart liberals allow the convicted criminals the compassion of allowing them to sit on their laps when the switch on Old Sparky is thrown. They can add to our entertainment by holding a bag of Jiffy Pop in their hands during the show.

  • budman

    The question should be did the perpetrator show any compassion. I think we all know the answer to this and for that reason our penal system has been far too lenient with these criminals.
    Stay of executions through redress have gone on for years and years and the taxpayer bears the burden yet nothing for the families of the victims of the crime.
    It seems the Liberals have their head screwed on wrong as they have more compassion for the guilty than the victims of crime.

    • TAM44

      That’s their voted base.

  • Patrick Thomas

    All the people on death row are Democrats. They are truly evil people.

    • TAM44

      Evil is their passion, just look at obama.

  • adrianvance

    Bring back the guillotine. It works every time.

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  • fideux

    The perps should be shown no more compassion than they showed their victims.

  • Blessings

    ‘Does Compassion Demand we Outlaw Executions’..NO! It Demands we Execute! Mr lockett didn’t suffer..His victim did.. He just received payback… Next time we execute, we should just shoot these criminals in the head, execution style…. That’s compassion & Justice for the Victim!!

  • tom s

    the problem happens when a monster that “needs” to be executed for his crimes is instead sentenced to “life without parole” and then a few years later the victims are forgotten and the monster is suddenly now given “compassion” and given a release, or the monster escapes from his prison and then starts killing again. It’s been proven that when the monster is executed he/she never repeats the killing spree.

  • ForrestHorn

    No, no, no … a thousand times no! Society has not only the right, but the obligation to protect itself from violent criminals … period!

  • USMC 64-68

    Compassion – ought to be for the victims – and it would be
    compassionate for the future victims of these dregs of society to put an
    end to their ability to prey on innocent people.

    Liberalism gets
    everything back asswards. The dignity of human life demands the most
    severe response. Progressives who don’t believe we are made in the
    image of God have no stomach for killing rapists, murderers, child
    abusers, etc., but have absolutely no problem butchering 56 million
    babies in the womb – or even on their mothers’ belly.

    • Ribbey

      When there is failure to execute ( aka what liberals call compassion)
      killers, we dishonor the victims who deserve it the least.

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      AMEN to that!

  • Walt

    Compassion would dictate that we speed up executions. These people have
    been ordered out of society and to let them sit in little cages for
    years on end waiting for frivolous appeals just to enrich attorneys is
    cruel in itself. I am in favor of one expedited appeal, and only if it affects guilt or innocence then swift execution.

  • Shears-of-Atropos

    Compassion is not an issue with violent criminals who kill or maim others. Justice is.

    Let the punishment fit the crime…. often quoted but rarely enforced. If a man willfully kill another and try to hide the crime, wherein should we have to prove over and over and over that he received his fair trial, and that the penalty should be enacted without unreasonable delay? No one should wait 20 years for the executioner’s needle, or a bullet in the brain.

  • jack_parker

    How about a little compassion for the victims of these violent murderers for a change?

    • sanman99

      Un Liberal of you to suggest such a thing!!!

  • Nelson in Texas

    Are these same people against the Death Penalty also against the Death Penalty of the Unborn Children butchered daily in this nation?

  • flagmantexasmarine

    If some people don’t like the injections
    just use a firing squad or have a public hanging

    • sanman99

      Turn them over to the victim families for 1/2 hour.

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      Life is pretty simple and so is death if liberals don’t try and make it complex.

  • flagmantexasmarine

    I am getting real tired of wimps pi ss ing & moaning
    about killing killers and then celebrate abortions (killing babies)

    • sanman99

      Maybe start using these special beds on democrats, the world would right itself in a short period.

    • Bannorhill

      One kills innocents and the other kills the guilty. Liberals are on the wrong side of both.

      • flagmantexasmarine

        I agree

  • PatCindyCunningham

    Nope! Outlaw Murder. One will take care of the other.

  • LibertyLover1776

    Compassion! How is justice served by handing down a life sentence to an individual that that gave the death sentence to another? I believe comedian Ron White said it best when he commented about Texas and it’s use of the death penalty. “If you kill somebody in Texas, we’re gonna kill you back”. Enough said!

  • sanman99

    If the Libs get their way we will allow rape, murder and pillaging. They will say it’s just misguided frustrations then give the puke tons of money and attention in HOPES of turning the lost soles around.

  • jacki

    compassion is for the victims. yes this did go on for far too long. One 45 bullet to the heart would have saved the tax payers mega bucks.

    • catman

      I’d aim a little more high than the heart. How about between the running lights ??? The perp would see and know what’s coming and the last thing he would see would a very bright light coming from the muzzle.

  • DetroitDom

    I have no compassion for murderers or rapists, especially when the victims are children. But, if the liberals want a compassionate plan, here it is:
    – no 20 years on death row before carrying out the execution.
    – as soon as there is a law-abiding American citizen in need of an organ, the prisoner with the right blood type is put under and his/ her organs are removed.
    – the body can then be used as fuel to run the facility by burning it in the furnace. It seemed an acceptable practice for babies.

    This will save many lives while dispensing of those who deserve the death sentence.

  • mallen11

    Did the rapist or murderer have compasion on their victim? We are far too easy on those who commit crimes punishable for death. We wait too many years to finally give them what they deserve — death — whether painful or not. We have more ways today to know “who did it” and they need quick punishment.

  • gekruckeberg

    Abolishing the death penalty is like voting Democrat — you’re just empowering the bastards to do it to you again!

  • sanman99

    FK allyou Democrat inmates on death row!! Gas em now.

  • mike slaney

    If they are looking for a humane and painless way to execute, the guillotine will serve that purpose. By the way is not the Army storing 3000 mobile guillotines in Kentucky?

    • afanaglenn

      Can you just imagine someone recognizing that their head has been separate from their body, their head rolling around on the ground of in a bucket. Kind of gory but it might get someone to have second thoughts about taking someone’s life, less they too note their head rolling around on the ground. I doubt loss of cognizance would be immediate.

  • hayrake

    Libs idea of compassion is so skewed. There is nothing noble or good about them. Every thing they love and stand for is a perversion of the truth.

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      Impossible to improve on your statement.

  • usmc1063

    Compassion ? Why ? When did the murderer in this case show any compassion for his victim ? He got what he deserved and if he suffered good, just think how 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman may have struggled and suffered before her last breath. Yet what angers me the most are those who are vehemently oppose the death penalty. They bring the idea of victimization to the killer poor, poor pitiful Clayton he suffered so at the hands of the State. They never side with the real victim.
    Yet there is a good side to this because Charles Warner will get to sit in his jail cell and think about how Lockett died until his time comes. Unless he’s mentally deranged It will have to effect him.

  • afanaglenn

    USMC is right on target. How about the compassion they showed to the person whose life they took?No compassion here. Make it a long and stressful dispatch and show it on television. Maybe seeing an execution might save the life of someone.

  • John G Nepa

    With some of the acts these animals commit. The death sentence is what they deserve. The recent case of the criminal that didn’t pass fast enough, well it’s to bad.

    • Rick

      I would like to see all states bring back the electric chair.


    Oklahoma, apparently, was trying to reduce costs by not administering the right amount of the first drug they injected. I believe Oklahoma only used 100mg of the drug, when it should have been around 500mg. Want to save costs, as well as time? Then try a 30 cent bullet at close range. It works. Quit allowing repeated appeals. Maybe, after a final conviction, and the death penalty invoked, one appeal. Then immediately carry out the execution. I once saw a cartoon where two attorneys were talking about the death penalty in Texas. One of the attorneys said “..the death penalty in Texas may be cruel, but it is not unusual…” Those on death row are there for a reason, and they truly deserve to be executed without delay… Victims have rights, too…

    • threeball

      TD,you are on the right track,however if I had my way we would bring back hangings,even the notorious Judge Roy Bean said it was a ghastly way to die,perhaps hangings would deter at least 50% of the murder inclined perps.

      • rileytownsend

        It sure would halt repeat offenders!


    Compassion is doing it right and doing it swiftly. One appeal then a rope.

    • curmudgeon VN Veteran

      Guillotine and public execution.

      • I_RIGHT_I

        Too nasty and too French. Hang ’em on live pay per view TV.

  • Ann Rand

    Let the victim’s relatives have a go at them.. They will get the job done.. P S That pos deserved to suffer… Remember what he did to the girl ?

  • mesaman

    The focus of any judgement should be merciful to the victim and the victim’s family and merciless to the perpetrator. There is nothing humanitarian in extending compassion to a violent murderer.

  • andrew

    Stun em and gun em.

  • Preacher Cruz

    Cruel and unusual punishment? I think it is CRUEL to expect victims and surviving friends and family to pay to support the criminal that killed their loved ones!

    Can you imagine telling a surviving rape survivor that for the next ____ years they were going to be asked to pay taxes to support their rapist?

    This is what we do! More than this we live in a backward society that says kill the innocent baby conceived in rape but DON’T kill the rapist…

    How is it that we have more concern and compassion for the criminals then we do the victims and survivors? Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil…

  • knight2

    Gotta love Texas. They’re putting those evil turds down once and for all. Go to Texas website and see what evil crimes these scum have committed against good people. Nope, don’t feel bad about ridding the earth of evil scum. Send them all to Hell to wait for the final Judgement Day, then they perish forever to be no more.

  • MIKE6080

    im sure there would be plenty of volunteers for a firing squad , probably even supply their own weapons and ammo

    • cherokee1934

      I would help at any time.

  • jb80538

    Let’s go back to the gas chamber, hanging or firing squad. We really should not be concerned for the condemned. They are being executed for a valid reason. Just get the job done. They should suffer some. Their victims certainly felt pain and fear!

  • Redwhiteblu

    No one seems to consider the pain and suffering on the victim and victims family…I personally do not have one ounce of pity on a guilty criminal whose death penalty went awary

  • Allen

    Look we are killing a person, what the hell is all this compassion BS. A bullet in the back of the head or the guillotine. NO pain, instantaneous, its done. Stop with the hearts and flowers you really look and sound very stupid.

  • catman

    Personally, I think the guilty party should be executed in the same manner as he/she subjected the victim to. In that 19 year old girl’s case, the perp should have had his cojones shot off at close range with a shotgun and left hanging there to bleed out and die the slow death that poor girl did.
    One thing the bleeding hearts liberals forget; the perpetrator sentenced to death and that penalty carried out, sure as hell won’t commit another crime !!!!

  • Iceman

    His death was to easy. Maybe he should have been buried alive like the poor girl. These scum bags have it to good. For years the tax payer feeds, clothes, houses them, has security for them ( but not us )and then have nuts ranting to end the death penalty.

  • metheoldsarge

    Bleeding heart liberals are crying about compassion for that cowardly cold blooded killer. Not one word of compassion for his victims. Let me see if I have this right. Lockett is a misunderstood victim of a cruel society. His victims were guilty of being available for him to punish. If they were not where he could find them, he would not have had the opportunity. What happened to him was tragic and we must take precautions to see that it never happens again. In my opinion the suffering he went through in his last minutes of life is more than compassionate when compared to the pain and suffering and torture he put his last victim through. Justice has been served.

    • cherokee1934


  • foxxybey

    You shed blood your blood should be shed, find a strong rope and a tall tree and quit punishing the public for their crimes, and yes, why do we support them for life with better care then the elderly?

  • Ray – God Bless Israel.

    Below Is a Snapshot of the U.S. Economy Under President Obama, As of September 2012

    • 23,136,000 Americans are unemployed, underemployed, or have stopped looking for work.

    • 12,544,000 Americans are unemployed.

    • 8,031,000 Americans are underemployed, working part-time but seeking full-time work.

    • 5,033,000 workers have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer.

    • 1,043,000 construction jobs have been lost since President Obama took office.

    • 582,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost since President Obama took office.

    • The unemployment rate when President Obama took office was7.8%. Under Obama, the country experienced 43 consecutive months of unemployment above 8% (though the administration predicted that the January 2009 passage of the stimulus bill would keep unemployment from ever reaching 8%, and would reduce it to 5.4% by 2012).

    • The nation’s labor-force participation rate is 63.5%, the lowest level since 1981.

    • Had the labor-force participation rate remained steady since President Obama took office, the official unemployment rate would now be 11.2%.

    • The government’s official unemployment rate does not include those unemployed individuals who have entirely given up looking for work (and thus have dropped out of the job market); nor does it include the underemployed—i.e., those with part-time jobs who rare seeking full-time employment. The most significant unemployment-related statistic, known as the U-6 figure, does factor these two important categories of individuals into the equation. When these workers are included, the U-6 un/underemployment rate stood at 14.7% as of September 2012.

    • Between January 2009 and September 2012, median gasoline pricesnationwide more than doubled, from $1.84 per gallon to $3.85 per gallon. (Note: In 2008, Obama’s energy secretary, Steven Chu, advocated steep rises in gasoline prices as a means of coaxing Americans into being more fuel-efficient and purchasing green energy cars: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe”—i.e., approximately $10 per gallon. In March 2011, Chu reiterated his support for high gasoline prices.)

    • Throughout the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama hasclaimed credit for “creating 4.5 million new jobs.” But “jobs created” is only half of the equation; the other half is “jobs lost.” When both figures are considered, the Obama presidency has overseen a net jobs gain of just 325,000. As Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kesslerputs it, “Obama is on track to have the worst jobs record of any president since World War II.”

    • edav38

      Ray, this in NO WAY has Anything to do with the article, What is your Point?

  • Reader

    Liberals want compassion for the guilty and do not care about the innocent.

    For all the cries of ‘cruel and unusual punishment’, these people need to remember one crucial set of facts.

    1. The men that wrote the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment into the Constitution practiced the death penalty by hanging or firing squad.
    2. Those same men practiced justice quickly. It would have been unthinkable to them to have someone sentenced to death, then still imprisoned and awaiting execution years later.
    3. Both firing squad and hanging can be fast or slow, and both can be very painful.

    So, obviously, a prohibition on ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ does not mean that you cannot have the death penalty, it does not mean that the penalty cannot be quickly executed. It does not mean that the penalty must be quick or painless.

    Somehow the protesters always seem to overlook these details.

  • PatriotParatrooper

    I believe in hanging or the firing squad. And they wouldn’t have to wait three quarters of an hour. If the rope breaks, two minutes to retie it and get reset to drop them. If all 5 bullets misfire, 20 seconds to reload and fire again. One rope, 20 bucks, and 5 rounds, 5 bucks. What a deal. I say fast track them. If they didn’t do the crime, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. But I would be nice and give them an alternative. They could choose to be guinea pigs. Give them HIV, ebola, anthrax, or whatever ekka meka death germ we need to cure, and let them give back to society. Or, all these bleeding hearts can sponsor one, and they can live with them and be supported by them. And if they commit a crime, both the sponsor and the inmate are guilty. Bet you have no takers for the last one.

  • J G

    Compassion for who???
    Liberals have successfully brainwashed the world with the immoral, asinine absurdity that we need to have compassion for remorseless, villainous trash like Lockett and Warner.
    What about the compassion and empathy for their victims?

  • Starfire

    If murderers knew what awaited them they might not be so hasty to torture and kill.

  • Average Joe

    NOPE we should expand it to all state’s and include child abuser’s ped’s and muslim’s.

  • worried


  • ChiTownExPat

    I agree that we should have a death penalty, and only used for those cases Mr. Reisig defined; however, I would use a slightly different line of reasoning.

    Mr. Reisig quotes (paraphrases) the Biblical property, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” This is quoted in the Mosaic Law, which specified what vengeance (i.e.justice) would be PERMITTED, but not REQUIRED, for the aggrieved party to take. This was not only a “constitution” for the people of Israel, but it also showed God’s mercy, in a way; one did not NEED to take revenge, but if one chose, it spelled out what to do, so that situations wouldn’t escalate, which is human nature. Also, for specific sins, capital punishment was COMMANDED by God. This was for his people at that time.

    Fast forward to today. In the New Testament, Paul tells us that God has reserved the “power of the sword” for the kings (i.e. leaders), so they have a de facto power of capital punishment whether they enshrine it in law or not. Of course, they will answer for their use of it, just like we will answer for our use as well, but, as our law is designed to only punish “murder-1” and high treason that way, we are certainly more humane than any other nation that practices it. It should serve as a deterrent against those who would do society great harm, so those who are sentenced to it by consequence of due process certainly find no sympathy from me, and nor should they from others.

    This I believe would be a better argument in favor of the ultimate penalty.

  • Simonbarsinister

    Firing Squad, 1 shot 1 kill. Non of these jackass liberals give a damn about the victims. Libs treat the victims like the criminal and paint the criminals as the victim. WTF is going on in this country?

  • Math_Fellow

    The Liberal politicians wish to eliminate the Death Penalty so they won’t have to face it when they are tried and found guilty of Treason.

  • Math_Fellow

    What’s this I hear about a botched Execution? Unless the Dictionary has been rewritten, how can an Execution be botched?

    Bring back Judge Roy Bean, the Hanging Judge! Give him a Courtroom with a huge old oak tree out front, or a grove of oaks! Invite all who wish to watch the convicted swing. Public Executions are the way to go. They are an effective deterrent. A would be criminal might think twice about crossing “that” line after watching a couple executions live and in person and outside. Being present when the weights drop and the crowd gasps is a heck of a lot different than simply “hearing” about it on the news. Between more and more gun owners deciding to conceal carry, coupled with “expedited” Public Hangings on the Courthouse lawn, this ought to become a polite society once again.

    Now, if we can just figure out what to do with the disruptive Liberals and Communists. The ones who say Executions are icky, while endorsing Abortion. You know, the type who insist that Americans should not possess firearms, while being surrounded by armed body guards? The people who are infecting the world with immorality and insisting everyone just accept it and join in the free-for-all? Those people.
    Some of us are not wired that way – we have a full set of wiring.

  • jcherry7

    No, compassion demands we simplify executions, and perform them posthaste after conviction.

  • gwedem5995

    I have no compassion for murderers. They get exactly what they deserve. I get sick of all those people decrying what is happening to them but what about their poor victims.

  • Lon M. Dugan

    Compassion decrees that we do not delay executions for so long! Slow justice is no justice. I have followed posting on this subject. There has not been m6ch sympathy for this killer! Obama even declared this a “botched” execution, but that is a lie! The man is dead! why does an evil person convicted of a capital crime deserve to have a clean, sterile, painless execution? I strongly support highly visible public executions such as firing squads or hangings. They would be a strong deterant to other criminals!

  • D-man

    I believe there would be fewer serial killers,murderers, and murder in general if the killers received the same punishment they gave their victims.Is this cruel and unusual punishment? I’m not sure , why don’t you ask the victims families.As for Mr. Lockett,Karma is a b****.

  • 1776_DejaVu

    this murderer got 10 more years out of life and the young girl whos life he took in a horrific way should have no mercy and should have been executed immediately after his conviction. I dont care how they rid the earth of such trash but just do it in a hurry and I think the killer should have to endure a bit of their own medicine.

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