Re: Escaping Planet of the Apes: was [MEDIA] Chicago Suntime's death

Paul Hughes (planetp@aci.net)
Wed, 02 Dec 1998 20:27:06 -0800

"Joe E. Dees" wrote:

> Most death penalty opponents have never had a family member
> murdered; the change in their opinions that occurs when this
> happens is remarkable. And just exactly how would you rehabilitate
> a Ted Bundy, or a Jeffrey Dahmer, or a John Wayne Gacy? Joe
> >

Surprise! I used to be a supporter of the Death Penalty until I read Robert Anton's Wilson's Book "Cosmic Trigger" in which he adamantly opposed the death penalty for the person who killed his daughter. Consequently, one of my closest friends also argued to spare the life of a person convicted of killing his FiancÚ.

However, your observation is *not* remarkable at all. I highly suspect that most people who are against the death penalty will change sides as soon as one of their own is murdered. This is not proof of their rationality, only proof that they are operating on a primitive emotional-terretorial circuit's need for vengeance.

I agree with Michael Lorrey, that a "well armed society is a polite society" - that's why I own two guns myself. Lets be clear about one thing, I am against state sponsored executions, but I strongly support the the right of an individual to defend themselves by any means necessary. One is done for irrational vengeance, the other is done as a matter of immediate survival.

Paul Hughes