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Only a fraction of murderers are executed

Oklahoman Published: May 7, 2014

Less than two-tenths of a percent of murderers are actually put to death in America. I lost my daughter and son-in-law to a murder in Nebraska. I have no doubt that had the state of Nebraska carried out an execution in the killer’s recent memory, it would have given him pause before he killed them. It could very well have saved their lives.

I shed no tears for killers. We need to get our resolve back, get a stomach to put these killers to death. We can try to minimize their suffering because we’re humane, but death isn’t pleasant. We need to be a lot tougher on murderers than we have been. Many of them have personality disorders and are incapable of remorse for their crimes or empathy for their victims. They would kill again if given the chance. If you murder someone in America, there is a 99.84 percent chance that you won’t be put to death for your crime. You will be given a lifetime of food, shelter, clothing, health care, activities, access to a library and exercise.

Not much of a deterrent, is it?

Susan Lee, Missouri Valley, Iowa


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