Cool Killers And The Death Penalty

The Union Leaders website today has two interesting but contrasting articles.

The first article headline read "Police: Teens said it felt 'cool' to kill" and discussed how the four monsters in Mont Vernon went into that house with murder already on their mind and how they bragged to their friends afterwards that it felt cool to cut that poor woman and her daughter up.

The second article was discussing a bill to expand the NH death penalty to included home invasion murders such as the Mont Vernon murder.  The house under Democrat majority voted 201 to 161 to prevent this by blocking this bill.

Now what's interesting is in the first article describing how they described it as 'cool' to kill 8 of the first 10 comments are all saying they should be put to death.  Another interesting note is that even at the last NH Democratic Party convention, they themselves voted 254 to 251 not to oppose the death penalty yet here they are doing exactly that even when it is clear that the majority of the public and even a slight majority of their own base supports putting known killers to death.

The death penalty is allowed under the 5th amendment which reads:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Once due process of the law has been served out, a criminal can be deprived of their life which is what should be done to those who have proven themselves a danger to society.  And before anyone jump to the argument of cruelty of punishment allow me to quote from the supreme court's say on it:

"Whatever the arguments may be against capital punishment, both on moral grounds and on grounds and in terms of accomplishing the purposes of punishment.... the death penalty has been employed throughout our history, and in a day when it is still widely accepted, it cannot be said to violate the conceptional concept of cruelty". Trop v. Dulles, Chief Justice Earl Warren