This evening I was watching TV with the wife, and a quote caught my eye; “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” That got me thinking about an old saw I’ve heard for years; “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”, and what a stupid saying that was.
Not once in my entire life have I ever heard that mealy-mouthed platitude come from the victim of violence, not once. Where I’ve heard it spoken like a liturgy during a mass is from people who 1) have never been victimized, 2) are employed in victimizing the victims (i.e. defense attorneys) 3) people attempting to assuage their own conscience after victimizing someone else. What ties every one of these individuals together is their belief that justice can somehow be meted out without consequence.
For every murderer there is a bleeding heart somewhere that will try to convince you that the criminal is not at fault, that somehow society has failed that poor soul and that “they didn’t know any better because mommy didn’t hold them enough.” Horse feathers! What they are attempting to do, is remove the retribution and pain that comes with redemption. Any one that grew up learning discipline and respect knows that killing is wrong. Ask any child on any playground in
and I would bet you wouldn’t find many that didn’t know that killing was wrong.
Anyone that tries to tell you that the death penalty does not reduce recidivism
for violent crime is lying. The death penalty guarantees a zero recidivism
What tends to reduce the effectiveness of the death penalty is its limited use, when enforced it is secreted away, performed in the dark of night away from prying eyes.
Hiding away the dark and ugly side of criminal behavior only serves to glamorize that life, showing criminals only when they are strong, and not when they are the mewling cowards they are in reality will only continue to create more and uglier criminals.