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Death Penalty Opponents are Being
Dishonest in Their Arguments

Townhall, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Toledo, 4/21/2017 11:21:31 AM

The debate over the death penalty can be infuriatingly dishonest. Consider the April 17 broadcast of Fox News Channel´s "Special Report with Bret Baier" (a show on which I am an occasional commentator). Casey Stegall reported on the legal battle in Arkansas, where officials want to execute eight death row inmates in 11 days before their supply of midazolam expires. This is one of the drugs used to carry out lethal injections. Stegall did his legwork. He talked to Susan Khani, the daughter of the woman murdered, execution-style, by Don Davis in 1990. She told Stegall the last quarter century has been agony

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Clinger, 4/21/2017 12:00:18 PM     (No. 11229065)

They claim to be against the death penalty so that they can claim moral superiority. Just like they refuse to acknowledge that at times to preserve human life you have to go to war killing those who are bent on killing others.

They can deny reality and blame conservatives because conservatives protect them. They´d perish or change their tune if they actually got their way.

I want to support the death penalty and will as soon as the crime of fabricating evidence and false testimony in a case that carries the death penalty also has the potential of a death sentence.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 4/21/2017 12:05:04 PM     (No. 11229069)

I´ve always found it odd that those who are against death row are for death roe.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lucky5, 4/21/2017 12:13:40 PM     (No. 11229080)

When Jonah is not being driven by his hatred of PT, he can write a decent article.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: save America, 4/21/2017 12:35:06 PM     (No. 11229106)

There is NEVER any empathy for the poor guy that got killed. NEVER!I thought sympathy for the devil was a song,not a way of life.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 4/21/2017 12:58:51 PM     (No. 11229136)

Nitrogen gas chamber. Absolutely painless, no distress, just go to sleep and never wake up. Low cost. Nitrogen is non-toxic, if you are not breathing pure nitrogen.

78% of air is nitrogen, but without the 21% oxygen in air, you breath fine, feel perfectly normal, but without the oxygen, you will pass out in a minute, then die in a few more minutes.

Cheap, easy, let´s use it for executions.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hotrod, 4/21/2017 12:59:46 PM     (No. 11229137)

How many death penalty opponents favor abortions, to include late-term abortions? I would bet there are many in the ACLU.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: civilservant, 4/21/2017 1:11:54 PM     (No. 11229159)

#2, I stand in awe of your amazing comment.
What you did is frankly Shakespearean in it´s elegance and wit.

Kudos.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 4/21/2017 1:37:52 PM     (No. 11229192)

I echo sentiments here. As soon as corrupted DA´s and PD´s that fabricate evidence, (or who willfully ignore the innocence of a man simply because they value their own ego more) are suitably punished for that also, then it is hard to support the death penalty.

It is needed, but it has to be imposed by HONEST DA´s, not ego driven ones.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bpl40, 4/21/2017 1:40:23 PM     (No. 11229194)

Out of 3000 odd individuals on death row in this country roughly 800 are there for a second homicide conviction. Anyone who opposes the death penalty should first face the families and loved ones of those 800 unnecessary victims. Otherwise shut the hell up!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: sceptic, 4/21/2017 1:45:55 PM     (No. 11229199)

How about using some of the confiscated heroin or other illegal opioids? They are free, lethal, and will never be a shortage.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lavalette, 4/21/2017 2:48:01 PM     (No. 11229268)

Opposition to the death penalty often goes along with opposition to the doctrine of eternal damnation. The finality in temporal term of the death penalty for murder foreshadows the finality of damnation in terms of eternity. IMHO, this is where opposition to the death penalty gets its energy.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/21/2017 2:49:41 PM     (No. 11229270)

1000 likes to #9.

In these days of advanced forensic science, the probability of executing an innocent person is practically nil. Any falsely charged are likely leading a lifestyle that puts them in the position of being the accused.

As #9 said, the deaths of at least 800 people, killed by recidivists, can be laid at the feet of those who oppose capital punishment. Start caring for the victims, you may be one some day.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chumley, 4/21/2017 3:49:18 PM     (No. 11229340)

I´m generally against it unless guilt can be proven to an absolute certainty. That will be tough, as we have seen several stories in recent years about crooked prosecutors and inept forensic labs. Also, public defenders are notorious for doing a half arsed job.
Its easy to say oops later, unless you´re the one getting oopsed.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Maggie2u, 4/21/2017 10:31:42 PM     (No. 11229780)

Poster #7, thank-you.

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