Georgia killer executed after lethal injection moratorium
I used to be a supporter of the death penalty, a rather vocal one in fact. Over the past year or so my views have changed on the subject... I am... conflicted, I guess. There is a part of me that rails against paying for the incarceration of someone for decades who has in some way... forfeited their right to live, by taking the life of another. But there is a part of me that now asks if then in effect I believe that two wrongs make a right? Does taking the life of someone because they themselves have taken the life of another human being really "fix" anything, or does it ultimately only serve to propagate more hatred, more aggression, more dissatisfaction because the execution of a killer does not bring the closure one had hoped to obtain in the process?
I have never lost someone close to me through an act of murder, so I cannot profess to fully understand what thoughts and emotions torment those who have gone through such an experience. The loss of someone close due to old age, sickness or pure accident is traumatic enough - the loss of someone close through an intentional act of violence is beyond my ability to conceive. Yet I wonder if the trauma of such a loss is ever truly salved by the taking of the life of the murderer through execution, revenge or vigilante justice?
Am I advocating that murders simply be set free? No, of course not. Do I believe that everyone who has committed a crime of violence (i.e., murder, rape, abuse) can be rehabilitated and returned to normal society? No, not really. But right now I don't believe that the "solution" (if there is such a thing) is to take a life as punishment for taking a life. I don't have much in the way of alternatives at the moment, but violence in answer to violence only seems to perpetuate negative karma, and deep down inside I want to believe that there is a better answer.