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covered the McVeigh case and the controversy surrounding the death
penalty. Many readers had strong reactions to this topic -- below are
some of your responses.
I'm neither for
nor against the death penalty. I think it should only be carried out
if they know for a fact that the defendant is guilty. I think it's pathetic
how many executions have been carried out in Texas over the past 19
years, yet, they've found out afterwards that some of those people are
innocent. What can they do about that? Nothing. I think people need
to really investigate the scene, and make sure the person is guilty
before they do anything.
All I would like
to mention here is that whenever I hear the arguments of those who are
against the death penalty I always wonder if any of those people's close
relatives had been murdered or raped. If yes, what is the percentage
of these people who went through that tragedy? If a lot of them experienced
this worst heartache of life then I would seriously consider the reasons
for their fight against death penalty. Also, being a person sensitive
towards lives I would try to somehow understand them.
I don't think that Tim McVeigh should get the death penalty because the death penalty is way too good for him. I think that they should make him suffer. Sure the death penalty will kill him but he needs to suffer just like all those people's families and all those people that didn't die but had some very serious injuries that will effect the rest of their lives. So no, don't kill him, make him suffer badly.
Definitely No to
As an observer of
the U.S. system and society both through the media, people I know from
the States and maybe even entertainment releases, one question continually
comes up: "When are Americans going to stop killing Americans?"
If in the case of Timothy McVeigh and he is eventually put to death,
then 169 Americans will have died as a result of Oklahoma City. Another
martyr created for the next crack pot.
I think that no one should die unless they do something really bad like kill 168 people like Timothy McVeigh.
I think that he should die.
Put him in the Chair, he deserves it.
Thomas, South Carolina
Absolute life in prison, NO PAROLE!!! PERIOD....
The death penalty is wrong. Man should not take a life. Neither should the state.
I support the death penalty and am tired of tax payers dollars paying to keep inmates in prison for life. There is no quality of life being locked up until eternity, so the guilty should be put to death.
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