Bill Tammeus has a great reflection on the death penalty: Killing people to stop people from killing people: 5-18-15. He writes in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receiving a death penalty sentence.
Bill notes that there are several reasons for opposing the death penalty. Most importantly among them is the possibility that the state might sometime execute innocent people.
In this post, he explores the logic of “killing people to stop people from killing people.” To do so, he notes lowers the state to the level of the criminal. He concludes:
Is execution cruel and unusual punishment? Of course, even if the U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t ruled it so yet. But it’s worse than that. It’s absolutely illogical. We can do better. We must.
Thanks Bill for the article. Check it out!
See you along the Trail.