TTailedTiger wrote:usflyer msp wrote:I don't believe in the death penalty. The US justice system is just too problematic for me to be ok with it executing people.
That said, if we are going to bother with executions and believe they act as a deterrent (I don't - it is no coincidence that the states with capital punishment also have the highest violent crime rates) then they should be not be sterile, silent deaths but public spectacles. They should be out there burning folks at the stake, guillotining and garroting, hanging, firing squading, drawing and quartering, crossbowing, and poisoning and the public should be able to witness it - that is they only way capital punishment would ever deter someone. It should be like Game of Thrones in the public square.
Let me get this straight. You believe having the death penalty encourages people to murder?
I didn't say that. I just don't think the death penalty deters people from committing violent crimes at all.