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What is the reason for the recurrent argument over the merits of capital punishment? I get madder than hell every time I hear it! The death penalty is the will of the American people! Polls continually show that the vast majority of us support the execution of our most heinous criminals! And the arguments against it are simply not supported by facts.

Bleeding-heart liberals like to state that capital punishment is not a deterrent. If that is the case, then neither are prisons! I guess we should close all of them down, too. And just for the record, how can you argue that executions are "cruel and unusual punishment" and therefore unconstitutional, when our founding fathers were executing people left and right - especially Indians?!

I say fire up old sparky! Maybe even bring back gibbets - that would deter a few criminals! Did you know that between 1965 and 1980 the number of murders committed nationally increased from 9,250 to over 23,000? There were virtually no executions during this sorry period in our history. Right now the average sentence served for murder is five years and eleven months! This according to US Department of Justice statistics.

And there is no such thing as "life without parole". Laws change, and so do parole boards. 

The other thing you always hear is "violence doesn't solve anything". What a crock! Violence has settled more issues in history than has any other factor!

When I think of all the sweet, innocent people who suffer extreme pain and who die every day,
the outpouring of sympathy for cold-blooded killers absolutely enrages me! This fixation on murderers is SICK!

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Orville K. Bass, American

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