My political leanings are mostly conservative. I say this so you will have a better understanding of my leanings but not because I harbor any basic Ill feelings towards any other political opinions. As much as possible I try to temper my opinions with a willingness to try to understand others opposing views and why they may feel that way.
After the recent mass killings in Colorado I again have taken time to consider my feelings about Capital punishment. As always I again conclude it is a bad solution for dealing with bad criminals. I personally would have no compunction over taking possible fatal action to protect myself or my loved ones. Try to hurt my family and I’ll respond in any way I have to including putting the BG down for good. But: After the fact where protection is no longer an option I’d be the first to ask for life without parole as opposed to a death penalty. I differentiate between killing to protect and killing as a penalty or for revenge. Let me explain why I have come to this point of view: Which I must admit I did not share with my younger self in years gone by.
First: Many/most who commit murder are temporarily or permanently mentally unbalanced. Not saying that this deserves my sympathy but it does add a cloud of grey to any decision to kill the killer.
Second: I agree that it probably costs the state more to execute a criminal than it would to house the same person for life. Not saying this is right but it is what it is.
Fourth: It doesn't seem that the death penalty has served as much of a deterrent to crime. (Probably reflects back to the mentally unbalanced argument)
Third: IMHO long term it has to be more difficult to be in prison for life than to be dead.
Finally: It concerns me as to what executing a BG does to the ones that are involved. This includes the lawyers for the state, the judge, the jury, and especially the person(s) that is/are paid to pull the switch. This has to weigh heavily on all concerned, especially the person(s) involved in the final act of carrying out the execution.
I understand the victims feeling of need for revenge. However, revenge is not a good reason to kill anybody. Revenge belongs to a higher court than we can participate in.
Bottom line is if I was voted King, (not too likely tho) I’d stop all executions and commute all to life without parole.