Capital Punishment: Cleaning up Society’s Trash
There are plenty of controversial topics that end up on the docket of social conciseness. One of the top subjects is the death sentence and whether or not it is acceptable. Why is it that a person can excuse a criminal’s actions so easily, no matter how savage the offense? It is because people are willing to let others trample their rights, or the rights of their peers, with less than adequate punishment.
Americans, for many reasons, have grown soft and weak. We no longer do things with conviction, or we do but in the wrong direction. Let me demonstrate to you what I am saying. Say you have a son that is 16 years of age. You also have a dog the family has grown fond of and you all have watched it grow up to be a loyal companion. One day the 16 year old goes to the kitchen and returns with a knife. He then proceeds to plunge the knife deep into the dog’s ribcage 14 times. The savage attack causes instant mortal wounds to the family pet. The horrific incident is witnessed by the family in the living room. How do you think the boy should be dealt with? Since the victim was a dog, you can not justifiably kill the perpetrator however, the punishment should fit the crime. I don’t believe you will look at the deranged youth and say “Oh well, I guess old rover just had it coming.” And you certainly wouldn’t give the boy grounding or take away his driver’s license for a week. The appropriate action needs to be taken when the perpetrator was witnessed committing the crime. The boy should receive a penalty strong enough to keep him from repeating this kind of action. If I were to choose his punishment, it would be a severe beating and then therapy to straighten out his troubled mind. Maybe the looming thought of another fierce, physically detrimental event would teach him the consequences are all too inevitable.
That is the point where all too many of us fall short, the part where we have...