Well, I know what my answer is…

…but it’s not the same with everyone:

77 people murdered, many of them teenagers.  If found guilty, the alleged gunman – Anders Behring Breivik – faces a maximum sentence of 21 years.

That’s 100 days for each life he took.  He would become eligible for parole in 10 years.  Does that make any sense?  Is that justice?…

Twenty-one years for mass murder, 100 days for each life taken, or execution – which is less moral?

There are those who will say execution is less moral. They’re pretty much right on the same philosophical plane as those who say that all violence is immoral. And I’ll admit I am in a bit of a quandary over what to think about that other than “those people are wrong and we should do our damnedest to see them kept far away from the levels of power.” They may not be evil in and of themselves, but to varying extents, when they’re put in a position to implement their personal beliefs, they’re certainly put in a position to aid and abet it. I know there are a lot of people whose opposition to capital punishment and violence in general is grounded in religion, but there’s no doubt that there has already been much violence done in the name of religion. Which is wrong, at least according to the basic principles of the Constitution and John Locke’s principles, but at least the practitioners of war and capital punishment seek to punish people who have done objective wrong in most cases. I don’t know why those who oppose violence don’t take that into account more than they do.

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2 Responses to “Well, I know what my answer is…”

  1. mick Says:

    I like the way you acknowledge that people who disagree with you on a tough issue are not necessarily evil.

  2. Sabra Morse Onstott Says:

    For the record, I am at best ambivalent toward the death penalty, and fully in support of lethal self-defense. There’s a good case for there being a moral difference between the two. (Boils down to my old tenet of “it’s immoral to kill something unless a) you’re going to eat it or b) it’s trying to kill you.”)

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