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The application of the punishment must be applied selectively, used only when the nature of the crime is blatant. Regardless of whether the death penalty is an effective deterrent, it does serve the purpose of not making society pay for the maintenance of an individual who has chosen to contemptuously disregard its most important demand; that one must not kill another without justification.
The death penalty is no deterrent. Those committing 1st degree murder do not think rationally. They react irrationally. The question is "Which is cheaper, keeping a person in prison for the rest of their lives or keeping them there while they exhaust their appeals?" I'd advocate giving those convicted of 1st degree murder the opportunity to accept a non-appealable no clemency or early release life sentenance. Those who disdain prison life could choose death. Those who do not, can live out their future existence behind bars. There may be some deterence with the prospect of living in prison. The rest can appeal their convictions and waste a lot of time. But remember, a significant number of those convicted of murder did not committ that crime.
The ultimate crime deserves the ultimate penalty.
After the latest bill failed to pass through the Senate, do you feel there will be any more attempts at mandating more background checks for gun purchases?
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