My views on the death penalty are nuanced and complicated. If it came to a vote, and I think that's how the state should handle it, I would vote against it. Michael Ross was the last prisoner executed in Connecticut in 2005. Being against the death penalty, I did a cartoon about it that implied Connecticut was like Texas.
However, after the Cheshire home invasion killers (I won't even say their names) destroyed the Petit family, I find that I don't care what the state does to those men. They obviously will never see freedom again, and If the state wants to inject em, hang em, shoot em, or put em in prison for life, I don't care, which tells me that apparently, my view of the death penalty is, like so many other people, situational.
I'm not proud of it, and like I said, if they ever put it to a vote, I'll vote against the death penalty. Fact is though, we as a society have decided that some people are fit to be killed. The enemy in a time of war, terrorists wherever we can find them, and in many states, those people who commit certain crimes.
Some people are saying that the death penalty has nothing to do with justice and is only used for revenge. Hey...works for me...sometimes.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times