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USA shall have death penalty

There are some Americans who want death penalty in India abolished. They do not want to see the evidence that death penalty is a deterrent. They are dogmatic in their opposition to death penalty. Otherwise they would have seen what has happened in Mexico after abolition of death penalty. It is said that you can wake up a person who is asleep but cannot wake up a person who pretends to be asleep. Opponents to death penalty are like the person who pretends to be asleep.
In USA for most crimes death penalty is decided by states. LADP (lobbies against death penalty) had some success in USA. They want to abolish death penalty in all states but have not succeeded.
Chicago is in Illinois. Illinois abolished death penalty in 2011. After that murders in Chicago have gone up. Wolf Blitzer and Jesse Jackson (Sr.) discussed increased shootings in Chicago on CNN.
LADP say death penalty cannot be fairly implemented in USA. In that case efforts should be made to see that it is fairly implemented. When constitutions of USA and India were written, those who wrote them did not expect judges of Supreme Courts to amend constitutions by creative or rather destructive interpretations. When judges amend constitutions it is tyranny of the unelected and unelectable. Congress in USA and Parliament in India should not allow Supreme Courts this tyranny. Congress in USA shall add an article to their constitution that Federal Supreme Court has no right to limit the right of states to make laws on death penalty as it did in 1972 and 1976 and execution of juveniles and people with “severe mental retardation” is not cruel and unusual punishment. Parliament in India should pass similar law or amendment.
LADP say DNA evidence has shown a high level of wrongful convictions. They are wrong. Convictions were right. DNA was wrong. Due to corruption wrong DNA is sent for testing. John commits murder and DNA of James is sent for testing. John will be acquitted. It has happened many times. In Kashmir when it was done for the first time it was easily discovered because the accused or the dead were men and DNA of women was sent. In another case the woman doctor sent her DNA instead of the victim. USA is not a corruption-free country.
LADP say serial killers and terrorist/political killers are unlikely to be deterred by death penalty. The key word here is “unlikely”. They are not sure of what they say or they know death penalty deters but don’t want to admit it. Anyway, a dead serial killer cannot commit more murders and executing terrorist/political killers deters others. Keeping terrorist/political killers alive means there will abductions, kidnappings, and hijackings to secure their release. If they are released they commit more terrorist acts. Besides, death penalty puts an end to contract killers. If terrorist/political killers want martyrdom let them have it. Security persons, policepersons, and ordinary citizens should not become martyrs.
LADP do not say anything about cases where there is no doubt about murder or terrorist act. There is CCTV footage, many witnesses, the criminal is proud of his crime. LADP do not find any excuse to oppose death penalty is such cases and are silent.
Death penalty is necessary to maintain law and order. Otherwise there will be anarchy and criminal gangs will shoot at each other with impunity as happens in Chicago. Sometimes bystanders will get killed. A girl who attended Barack Obama’s inauguration got killed in Chicago. She would have been alive if Illinois had death penalty and murderers were executed.
It is evil to call death penalty mob justice or revenge. Law takes its course. Not to have death penalty is unfair to victims. If death penalty is irrevocable, so also is the evil done by murder.
In USA, Alaska (1957), Connecticut (2012), Hawaii (1957), Illinois (2011), Iowa (1965), Maine (1887), Massachusetts (1984), Michigan (1846), Minnesota (1911), New Jersey (2007), New Mexico (2009), North Dakota (1973), Rhode Island (1984), Vermont (1964), West Virginia (1965), Wisconsin (1853), and Washington DC (1981) should bring back death penalty. New York should lift the partial ban imposed in 2007. In other states where it is not carried out, it should be carried out. States that carry out death penalty should continue to do so. Rick Perry won applause for executions in Texas.
In USA, 43 criminals were executed in 2012, in India only one that too after many years. USA’s population is less than one third of India. If death penalty in India had been a state subject, executions in India in 2012 could have been around 150. LADP had more success in India than in USA. People of India should resist LADP.
Washington DC and every state of USA shall make death penalty mandatory in all cases of murder, attempted murder, abduction, hijacking, kidnapping, acid throwing, piracy and such high crimes. Hanging is the best way to carry out death penalty. Electrocution, firing, and lethal injection have limitations. No need to worry about not getting lethal injections from EU.

Updated: October 26, 2014 — 11:53 am

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