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Death Penalty For Tsarnaev? Only One Problem...
With so many horrible crimes committed in recent news, and considering that I work at a news-radio station, I'm often asked my opinion on the issues…then, almost invariably, people are confused by my answers. Well, I’m going to clarify right here and now. First off, people should know that I’m pro-life when it comes to innocent people that have yet to be born. That being said, if you’ve committed atrocities like bombings, slamming airplanes into buildings, violent rapes, etc. you ought to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. So from a moral standpoint, capital punishment should absolutely be on the table. Clear enough?
Life is precious, absolutely. It is for that reason, that I have an extremely low tolerance for terrorists, maniacs, and anyone willing to hurt people who've never done anything to them. Take Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. There’s no good reason to house this dirtbag in our prisons for forty years, feeding him three square meals while he gets to watch re-runs of Green Acres and Barney Miller. A jury of seven women and five men sentenced Tsarnaev to death by execution, after finding him guilty on 30 federal charges for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. I was fine with that... until I started reading the numbers.
For years I assumed that terminating a prisoner was cheaper than keeping them alive for decades on end, so I always thought we that should utilize the death penalty, in instances where guilt was clear. Having said that, from what I've gathered, cases without the death penalty cost about $740,000 to prosecute, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. The disparity is great enough, that for many, it tips the scales financially away from what one would logically think is the quicker, cheaper decision. I understand that. It doesn't and shouldn't however, change one's moral position on the issue.
The world doesn’t need Tsarnev. His attack killed three people and left over 260 others wounded. Screw Tsarnaev. I think if there’s absolute proof that someone is guilty (particularly if there's little remorse as in this case), let’s dispose of them in the cheapest way possible. Sound inhumane? Maybe, but then again, so's blowing up hundreds of innocent people. I still think we should get rid of the villains, and protect the innocent. We’ve just got to find a more cost effective way. Maybe we can get a bulk rate discount if we send all of our death-row inmates to Planned Parenthood for 'extreme late-term abortions'. These bastards have been proven guilty, so I’d be okay with that. It’s simple…get rid of the guilty…the evil, the corrupt. Don’t put to death a baby that hasn’t even had the chance to live and dream and hope. They are the future of our world. We need to embrace them, and give them all the love we can so they don’t grow up to be criminals like Tsarnev... who should die.
I hope I've made myself clear.