The Death Penalty is a widely debated and reviled concept. This Wednesday at 12:21A.M. it reared it's ugly head.
Kelly Gissendaner, a Georgia woman who was sentenced to death in 1998 for convincing her boyfriend to murder her husband, was executed via lethal injection.
We did away with the Death Penalty in a lot of states...but in 1976 under the tutelage of the devil himself, Richard Nixon it came back with a vengeance and now a new generation of people are dealing with the consequences.
Despite three separate pleas for Clemency to the Supreme Court, Georgia board of pardons, and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, video statements from her children, and a letter from the POPE himself, the execution was carried out.
Guess Georgia had something to prove.
Earlier this week, during the great Papal visit of 2015, Pope Francis pleaded with the United States congress to abolish the Death Penalty entirely. A view widely held across the nation by many liberals and moderates alike.
Gissendaner's execution was held off two other times. The first, scheduled for February 25th was put off due to weather concerns. The second, scheduled for March 2nd was delayed because of a concern with the drug administration...citing a "cloudy" look to the injection liquid.
The third time was successful and Gissendaner passed away at 12:21A.M. Wednesday 9/31/15.
Gissendaner was the first woman executed in Georgia for nearly 70 years. It shows how far we've stepped away from the Death Penalty, but brings us back to a fundamental argument:
Is it morally correct to kill people to prove that killing people is wrong?
Seems a bit sad and counter-intuitive right?
The event has sparked massive debate.
The issue is sensitive. There are people involved whose lives have been shattered by the initial crime committed, and now they're coping with another loss. It would be hard to live with the fact that your mother had your father killed...and then, years later to go through a national case involving her execution. Hard stuff.
Most media gets these things twisted up, and they cause pain to the parties involved.
Here, I want to discuss the issue at hand and maybe spark some productive discussion. Yes, the story is newsworthy and sensational...but what is the real issue? It's death. Right? What is the proper course of action regarding crimes? What's the punishment?
I don't believe we should kill people for killing people you know? I think it would be a lot worse to live with your actions, and consequences. It would be a more just form of punishment. Plus, death begets death. These kinds of events can spark more violence. It's just not worth it. Let the person who commits the crime live with it. It's not the country or state's right to choose who lives and who dies in the justice system. It's their right to get justice.