The Supreme Court has ordered all states to put the death penalty on hold as they determine if the injection is cruel punishment. Now, I read this morning the headline that a father threw his five children off a bridge. Honestly, I didn't read the story because I can't handle the thought of the terror these children endured or if they survived. I only know my immediate response was to execute the man slowly and painfully. Then, rational reason took over.
Put the man away in a room with streaming video of his drowned children. Let it run for the rest of his life. Why waste a needle on him.
I've written before about how my view of the death penalty changed. I knew a little seven year old girl who was rapped and murdered and left in a dumpster. The day her killer was executed I felt relief.
Maybe the option to execute should be given to the families of the victim. Maybe the needle should be in their hands and not the Supreme Court. If I sound a little unbalanced here, you understand me. Knowing a victim and seeing her smiling little face framed in blue fur waving happily at me one morning and the next having her lifeless body found in a dumpster does that to me.