”The mother of a schoolgirl who was bludgeoned to death by her ex-boyfriend has called for the return of the death penalty.”
Now how good would that be? In UK’s history there’s be many instances where the death penalty was applied only to discover years later that the person had been wrongly accused. So why bring it back?
No reason, aside from maybe a sense of closure for the victim’s family. However, is that really so?
What do you feel when you’re sitting there behind that glass wall looking on at the last remaining moments of the person who killed someone dear to you?
Maybe you feel pleasure, reassurance that justice has been done, revenge.
Maybe you should look at it another way though, from the point of view of the viewer who is looking both at you watching the killer being executed and the killer being put to death.
The scene is gruesome let me tell you. It awakes in me feelings of disgust and my brain can hardly comprehend how a society that called itself civilized can view this as something to do with civilization at all. It is no wonder that it is all hushed hushed and behind closed doors.
Who wants to be the one actually admitting to have witnessed the death of another human being without doing anything about it to prevent it? At that exact moment of the killer’s death, what is really the difference between that killer and the people watching behind the glass? And what difference does it make to society?
If the state justifies the killing of another human being as proper retribution, what keeps the person in the streets from killing with her/his hands in the name of revenge?