Do you agree with the death penalty? Is it ever right to kill? And under what circumstances? Is it worth the risks of being wrong?
Yes, actually, I do.
And my circumstances are extremely specific. I agree with the death penalty for someone who has murdered more than one person.
You may now wonder, but why not for someone who has been proven to have committed murder once? A fair question. I think that there can be a lot of reasons for a one-off killing. A constantly abused wife. Self-preservation. Jealousy. Financial hardship (a gun going off in a robbery, for example). Snapping over because of psychological problems.
I believe these people should be punished if deemed necessary but also be helped so they have the possibility to one day be a valuable member of the community again.
But a person who repeatedly takes the life of another, in my mind does not deserve to have life themselves. They have forfeited that right by their own actions.
To allow them to live puts the public and also other prisoners and prison workers at risk.
Keeping them in prison, at the tax-payers expense, for the rest of their lives, for me, is not the correct answer.
I also think that the families of the murder victims deserve closure.
They deserve to know that what they have to live with, no one else will go through at that perpetrators hands.
A friend of mine was murdered. He went to a concert, happy, free. He left his friends to nip to the loo. He did not return.
He was stabbed by a ‘high’ teenager in an unprovoked attack.
The perpetrator got life imprisonment, which in Scotland means that he could already be out on parole.
I hope that he’s had therapy and has turned his life around. That he’s suffered the consequences of his actions and now wants to make a go of his life.
But were he to kill again, I would want him quite simply, deleted.
*Wherever you are Colin, I hope you have found peace. You may be gone, but you are not forgotten.*