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Civilized Murder

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By John Pawlak

The death penalty recently topped the daily news headlines. A couple weeks ago, it was “D.M.”, who in 1989 kidnapped, raped, sodomized and murdered 22-year-old Joy Stewart (who was 30 weeks pregnant) by slashing her throat.
The drug which terminated D.M.’s life took more than 15 minutes. This was seen by many people as “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Yeah, I know. I had the same thought.
Recently, headlines have been inundated with “D.T.,” the self-proclaimed jihadist who, with his brother, orchestrated the bombing terrorist attack in Boston on April 15, 2013.
Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard were killed by the blasts. Another 264 people were severely injured.
It is with strong (and usually long) emotion that people debate the death penalty. In fact, I’ve seen people nearly kill each other while arguing it.
Since the United States Supreme Court’s 1976 decision to allow capital punishment, the United States has executed more than 1300 people. Interestingly, only 12 of them were women.
With so many male-dominated arenas being invaded by competitive women, it’s nice to know we men are still better at something, eh?
The arguments for and against capital punishment both have merit. And both are equally without logic at times.


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