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      “What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?” - William Golding, Lord of the Flies The comments here are sickening. We have proven that we are nothing more than savages. Not humans and definitely not animals. But savages.  First lets start with the facts. It seems that almost all of you don’t know how to read. The article is about two men. Not one. But two very different men. Convicted of two very different crimes. Man #1 aka Lockett aka botched death sentence killed the 19y/o girl and watched his buddies bury her alive. Man #2 aka Warner raped and killed the 11month old child. Those are the facts. So please don’t skew them just to support your believes or thoughts or judgements.  Second. Lets do a little civics lesson with help from our not always so trusty Wikipedia friend. This is an article on our Eight Amendment. Read it. But actually read it and don’t make up things that aren’t really there like most of you have already done with the article. Please pay attention to the cruel and unusual punishment part.  Third. This is an amazing article by Amnesty International about the Death Sentence in the US and world wide. Learn the facts before you speak.  Now for my opinion.  -My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I’m killing somebody.
      Steve Earle -We as Americans believe it’s OK to kill people. We believe it’s OK to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. We think it’s OK to invade a country where we think Osama Bin Laden is and he’s in the other country. So we just go in and we just kill. And we have the death penalty; we sanction it.
      Michael Moore Tomorrow I could die. I could die of natural causes. Of illness. A speeding vehicle. I could be murdered. Tomorrow you and everyone you know and love could die. It will happen to all of us. Some sooner than others.  But if I died tomorrow because I was murdered I wouldn’t want my legacy to be that of murderer by association. Even in death. I wouldn’t want my legacy to be that due to my death (albeit unjustly murdered) I have in turn caused the death of another living being.
      I am not justifying what both these men have done. Their actions are beyond atrocious. They are the actions of savages. Of beings that have yet to learn the distinction between right and wrong. Of beings who have yet to learn how to control their impulses. Their actions. And in their wake they leave victims. But the victims aren’t just the people they killed. But the families of those they killed and most of all their own families. Their parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents, lovers and friends and maybe even their children. They will live the rest of their lives with the legacy of the actions of just one member of their family. They will always be the family who somehow produced a “monster”. No one will comfort them at night when they think to themselves “where did we go wrong”. Because no one cares about them. To the point that one of the commentators below even stated that the mother of Lockett should kill herself for producing such a “monster”. No. This isn’t what I would want my legacy to be. Savages disguising themselves as humans. But who prove to be just as cruel as the murderers of those two innocent victims.  Commentators below are saying “an eye for an eye”, “he got what he deserved”, “sounds like a successful execution to me” and so on. This is my response that: “Mr. GRAHAM: We can argue all we like, but if capital punishment is being inflicted on some man, we are inclined to say: ‘It serves him right.’ That is not the spirit, I believe, in which legislation is enacted. If in this present age we were to go back to the old time of ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ there would be very few hon. gentlemen in this House who would not, metaphorically speaking, be blind and toothless.” -In 1914 in the Canadian House of Parliament a member named Mr. Graham argued against the death penalty.  I know this is just my opinion. But I refuse to have the death of a living being, whether or not any one believes what I believe, to taint my soul. If we are okay with the deaths of one being whether their death is justified or not we get one step closer to being like them. Maybe we wouldn’t become active murderers. But the already tainted blood, and spirit of those deathrow men will seep into our hearts and souls and will soil them. And we will become darker.

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