Troy Davis and Death Penalty
I don’t know if Troy Davis was guilty/innocent. I don’t know all the facts of the case. I don’t know these witnesses who recanted without cross examination. What I do know is that the death penalty shouldn’t exist. I agree that it is constitutional. It is certainly not unusual and cruelty is so subjective that it’s not worth debating.
I just don’t agree that it serves the purposes that people claim that it does. Murderers don’t think about the death penalty when they are plotting a killing. By the very nature of being a murderer, that person doesn’t respect life nor do they care about societal norms. It does not deter criminals. Incarceration can prevent further harm just as well as putting someone to death. It even costs less to keep them in jail for life without possibility of parole.
If you have had close friends and family members pass away, you know that there is nothing that can fill the void of their lack of presence in your life. There is no justice that can we can extract that will ever fill that void. Matter of fact, by executing people we’re creating voids in other innocent people’s lives. Our system of justice is designed to protect the innocent. That is why everyone is presumed innocent and GUILT has to be proven. With the dramatic number of people on death row who had their convictions overturned, we are clearly not protecting the innocent if we’re sentencing them to the only punishment we can’t correct.
It logically does not fit into the ideals of justice of American system. The entirety of Europe and South America has abolished capital punishment (or not had an execution in decades). You know who the United States is keeping company with? Iran, Egypt, North Korea, Cuba, Pakistan, China, Belarus, Vietnam, etc…. all countries either in the Middle East or former Communist countries.
It also disgusts me when pro-life Christians are pro-capital punishment. If the argument for protecting embryos is the sanctity of life, what about the sanctity of life of adults? Doesn’t the bible call followers to forgive and plainly states that only God can provide justice? The 6th Commandment is Thou Shall Not Kill. Is there an execution exception? I read a statistic today that only 27% of white Catholics in the United States are against capital punishment. The Catholic Church has stated time and time again that capital punishment is wrong. Are Catholics just not paying attention?
I’m not squeamish. I feel that it is right to kill when you’re defending yourself and others. If they’ve already done the act, there’s no preventing it. If they’re already incarcerated and separated into super maximum security, they’re not harming anyone else. Why the bloodlust? Why the dramatic need for revenge? What’s the point? We get upset when civilian casualties happen in police gun battles, accidents, and war. Yet, we’re ok with the blood of innocent people on our hands just to execute some guilty people.
Troy Davis was proven guilty. He might have been innocent. Regardless, his punishment should not have been death by our hands. We as a society share that burden.