Oh, how I am so strongly tempted to agree with you. I am not a parent yet, but if my child were molested I could not honestly guarantee that I would not hunt the -——— down and hang him first by his man-parts, then hang him from the highest tree in the country.
However, I always worry about one thing: if the punishment for child rape is death, and the punishment for murder is death, what reason does the rapist have not to go ahead and dispose of the witness? May as well be hung for a goose as a gander, so to speak.
It is a hard question. Child rapists deserve nothing but a swift death. However, what good does it do the children when the rapist now has a better reason than ever to ‘finish the job’?
In an imperfect world, justice cannot always be fully carried out. Once the rapist has died in a prison cell, God will carry out the rest of that justice in a more fitting way than any mortal could devise.
I am genuinely curious to hear what your thoughts are on this line of reasoning. To be honest I haven’t heard many other arguments, and would be interested to hear any that you (or any FReepers) might have.
My reason is simple. The child is ruined for the rest of their life. The rapist might as well killed them.
I speak from personal family experience where I know of a 65 year old woman is still haunted from child abuse.
Additionally these monsters can’t be cured.
As a father of two young sons I can’t even begin to articulate the rage a parent feels when their children are hurt. It’s a primordial rage that drives one to kill the offender with their bare hands. No guns or knives, just raw violent death as a result of the unforgivable.
Like this father:
Sheriff: Father kills man sexually abusing his daughter
Become a parent and you will understand.
Like the saying goes, the most dangerous place in the world is between a mother and her children.