Nearly three dozen men sit on death row in
Why so many? Why the rush?
The New York Times reports that the unprecedented pace is "brought about by a looming expiration date for a drug used by the state for lethal injections." The drug is midazolam, "which has been used in several botched and gruesome lethal injections in other states in recent years." Because of the controversy surrounding midazolam's use, "a number of pharmaceutical companies have restricted their drugs from use for capital punishment."
Anti-death penalty groups are upset and the state is having difficulty acquiring a sufficient number of witnesses, as required by law.
These are "bad hombres," as President Trump might describe them. Many of them have been on death row for more than 20 years while the appeals process ground on and relatives of their victims have waited for justice to be served.
The list goes on, but this is their common profile.
Now for the innocent.
According to the
Those opposed to capital punishment can certainly gin-up outrage and sympathy for convicted murderers and rapists, but seem to offer very little sympathy to the relatives of their victims and not an ounce of outrage for the innocent unborn who have been aborted.
Is this an unfair comparison? Not at all. Consider this. Many oppose the death penalty because they claim all human life has value. Then is not an innocent unborn human life? How is an unborn baby any less valuable than a convicted rapist or murderer?
For secular-progressives, opposition to the death penalty appears to be based largely on sentiment, not on the intrinsic value of life. Yes, there are reasons to oppose the death penalty. It can often be unequally applied. I get that. But I'm speaking of the larger moral issue.
In the end, capital punishment is a matter of justice and just deserts. It is justice for the dead and his or her relatives and it is just deserts for the murderer. On several occasions I have offered people opposed to the death penalty a deal. I will oppose capital punishment for the guilty, if they will oppose "capital punishment" for the innocent unborn.
I am still waiting to hear from them.