I live in Houston, TX. That is one hour south of Huntsville, TX. What, not familiar with this small town? Well more death row prisoners are put to death there than any other prison in the US.
Do I agree with this? Yes I do. Sometimes I wish they would execute more. Why do I feel this way?
Well… Let’s tell a story:
A known criminal can walk into a donut shop that is full of police “on their breaks”. Pull out a pistol and shoot the single mother of three, behind the counter. Immediately drop his weapon and get tackled by the cops. 911 is called, an ambulance rushes to the aid of the lady with two gun shoots wounds to her chest. Paramedics work to stabilize the victim and then rushes her to hospital. An ER crew works for an hour trying to save her and then loses the fight. There are now three children who will never have a mother grow up with them.
The news reports this awful tragedy. But few people even hear the report. They are more interested in the traffic report for their ride to work, the latest scores on their football team of choice and a funny video of a dog that brings beer to his owner.
Court is scheduled. A jury is chosen. They are paid $6 a day for the six weeks of trial. Taken away from their family and regular job. Shooter is found guilty and sentenced for execution.
This should be a great relief for the family and the public right?
No. For the next ten to twenty years, he sits in prison. Enjoying three meals a day, free college, gym access, free health and dental services, a paying job and free housing. So much more than the average American has.
Meanwhile the three kids have grown up. Married and all have kids by now. Life was tough for them without a mother. Their children never know their grandmother.
The shooter will probably die of health issues or a stabbing before the death penalty is actually carried out.
Thousands of taxpayer dollars were spent on this whole process. Maybe hundreds of thousands. Wouldn’t it have been better if one of the donut shop police men had actually just fired a two dollar bullet at him? Or after such a air tight case, with a dozen law enforcement witnesses, the shooter is just put to death immediately? Maybe using something more simple like a guillotine.
People blame society for this type of crime. Gun companies are blamed for producing the tool that the shooter used. Computer game companies are blamed for creating violent games. Rap singers are blamed for violent lyrics and questionable videos. Movies are blamed for exalting violent lifestyles. Blame, blame, blame…..
Maybe the shooter was just bad. Maybe the single mom cut the shooter off while trying to get her kids to school. Maybe the shooter had nothing to live for and thought that life in prison would be easier.
Hundreds of years ago the man would have been executed quickly and efficiently. But now we are more civilized and think that we can fix them. Or that they have mental issues and don’t really know what they are doing. Are we more civilized? Is the death of an innocent person any different now than it was back then? I don’t think so.
If the case is tight and there is no doubt. Just execute them. This would rid the world of thousands of criminals, save tax payers millions of dollars and there would be less crime.