To: Buffalo Bob
I am in favor of capital punishment; however, I prefer lethal injection, electrocution and possibly the firing squad.
I know we all like to sit and talk about the "just" punishment for pedophiles and terrorists and other scum, but in reality, stoning and other ancient and medieval methods of execution are the methods of ancient and medieval people. It takes a brutal and bloodthirsty person to throw rocks at someone wrapped in a sheet and buried up to the waist; it takes a brutal and bloodthirsty person to cheer a public beheading--unless you're one of the actual victims, in which case you'd be filled with vengeance.
But as for stoning for pedophiles here in the U.S.? We can all talk and kid around about it because it will never happen, but if it ever did, I wouldn't want any part of it. Maybe I could flip the switch or pull the trigger, but I wouldn't be part of an angry, rock-throwing mob. Either way you're killing someone, but stoning and other "hands on" execution methods have a more brutalizing effect on the executioners.
posted on 12/10/2002 5:49:18 AM PST
A case could be made for applying that method of execution that most closely matches the method that the criminal employed in killing his victims - "let the puniahment fit the crime." For example, those who killed their victims by gunshot would face a firing squad, those who used knives would be beheaded, those who strangled their victims would be hanged, those who poisoned would get lethal injection or cyanide gas, etc.
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