QUOTE (vava @ Dec 15 2005, 08:43 AM)
Oh come on?! Where do you draw the line? Next thing you know you'll be wacking the seniors, the sick, the physically/mentally challanged and so forth.
The whole world is FULL of "useless human infestation" are you going to start culling the world of 'gene' superiority too?
You know I am FOR all those things as I have said several times before. I am also for euthanizing terminally ill babies, vegatables that have almost no chance of recovery (as certified by several doctors), and those that actually want to be euthanized. But those are different subjects. I don't think any reasonable person will equate capital punishment with euthanasia, abortion, or assisting in the wishes of sickly elderly. Yah, that's right, I called you unreasonable
Here, we are talking about violent, vicious, and ruthless criminals with a loooooooong track record of comitting VERY heinous crimes against other people. Where do I draw the line? If you have killed 4 people, show absolutely no remorse, never appologize for doing so, create and head a violent gang and are responsible for countless violent criminal acts against other people, then damnit you are on the other side of the line.
Am I saying we send a guy who was caught with a 14 oz of weed in his car to the chair? Of course not. In case of Tookie, did we deserve to be put out of our misery, yes.
The line is not a solid object. One HAS to evaluate the merits of each case. The law provides a basis for cases where death penalty is valid. SEVERAL judges decide whether that law applies. After years and years of appeals, this thing even reached the Supreme court and was turned down. It's also not a haphazard law that will send any guy to the death penalty for no reason. That's why I don't think screaming "oh my oh my where will we ever draw the line" is valid in this case (or most capital punishment cases).
This guy was sooooooooooooo over the line, the line seemed like a dot to him.
Edited by Sip, 15 December 2005 - 02:21 PM.