WNEP has reported that the alleged shooter of a Scranton cab driver will not receive the death penalty if convicted. You can read the story HERE.
Even more instructional are some of the comments this story has received on-line. Here are some samples -
"Well this story just proves are country is headed down the sh#ter. He should get the dealth penalty or if they can’t by law (which is a joke) just say he died while in custody from another prisoner. I feel sorry for the victim and his family. This YOUNG MAN IS A PUKE! But truly the sadest part is get ready to pay 80-100k a year in taxes just for this scum bucket to rot as he gets 3meals, roof over his head and still is unproductive since he was getting welfare. This country will never make another 100years if we don’t get back to our ROOTS like our forefathers would want! Well maybe when China takes us over I doubt they will give in to BS like this."
"Just need to kill him. Our state blows the criminals have more rights than us law abiding citizens."
"Fill in some potholes with his body parts"
I think you get the drift.
Now remember, this area is well known for its strong Roman Catholic faith. Wait, now there's a thought: what does the Roman Catholic Church say about the death penalty? Why let's check it out.
As quoted from (now Saint) Pope John Paul II, addressing when the death penalty can be justly applied:
"in cases of absolute necessity, in other words, when it would not be possible otherwise to defend society. Today, however, as a result of steady immprovement in the organization of the penal system, such cases are very rare, if not practically nonexistent."
In other words, outside of someone perhaps like Adolf Hitler, the death penalty can never be justly applied. Note that there is no caveat that says "unless they senselessly killed a nice person".
I often times wonder how many people adamantly oppose abortion but yet are fully supportive of the death penalty? I wonder how many of the individuals who posted rabid comments, such as noted above, gladly proclaim themselves to be "Right to Life"?
Newsflash: You can't be Catholic, "Right to Life" and supportive of the death penalty for this 16 year old. Well you can, but let's call it out for what it is, namely HYPOCRISY.
As for me, well, I don't claim the mantle of being "Right to Life" or even a good, practicing Roman Catholic either for that matter. I do, however, believe that both abortion and the death penalty are tragic things, and both should be legal, all bit it as rare as possible.