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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Is the GOP going soft on death penalty?

Nebraska's Republican-majority Legislature appears to be moving away from the death penalty, according to Fox News. Having always believed in "an eye for an eye," the lawmakers recently voted 30 to 13 to repeal the state's capital punishment law.

Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) said he would veto the bill, but it seems that the tide is turning away from the death penalty to a more sweet and softer side of dealing with murderers.

This change in thinking comes in light of the recent number of executions that had problems in being  carried out properly.

 In some cases, lethal injections caused pain and suffering of convicted murderers of innocent people. That should break our hearts--causing pain and suffering to someone who,  let's say, rapes a child, or kills an innocent person, or blows up a group of innocent people at a sporting event, is being insensitive and cruel.

In other cases, the lethal injection dosages weren't enough to cause death, only impaired brain functioning which resulted in a rash of liberals and MSNBC hosts.

That, in itself, is tragic.

According to Fox News, some Nebraska conservatives feel that capital punishment is unfair to victims' families because they must wait for years to see it carried out. I see this as a valid point, but not an insurmountable one. 

The solution: speed of the repeal process and make it a one-time appeal. If the appeal isn't granted, carry out the punishment. I know that I sound cold and callous to many liberals and others who oppose the death penalty, but I believe that the death penalty works as a deterrent to those that it is imposed upon. They will never repeat the villainous act that got them to be punished.

Some opponents of capital punishment say that it's anti-ethical to their anti-abortion beliefs. 

Since when is an unborn baby guilty of murder? If you are saying that all life is sacred, I respect your opinion but respectfully disagree. Some lives cause misery and suffering to innocent victims, and people like Osama bin Laden, Hitler, Islamic State jihadists, child killers and brutal murderers need to be destroyed for the sake of humanity. There is no moral equivalency of killing an unborn child and ridding society of these barbarians.

Currently, 32 states retain the use of capital punishment while 6 states have abolished it since 2007. Other states have a moratorium on capital punishment and Delaware is considering a bill to abolish it altogether.