I've been following the insanity that is the botched execution in my state.
I know there are many views about whether or
not we should be concerned about humane executions. Mostly, I approach
it from a constitutional ideal in that, if we allow our government to
violate it's foundational laws, we put ourselves & our own families at risk.
More personally, though...my daughter's grandfather was executed at
that same prison. When I see his photo, I see her face. She actually
looks more like him than she does any other member of her bio family
that I met. When I finally have to tell her about his story, I can only
imagine how much harder it would be for her to know that he went through
something like this.
So, while I understand that this man did
horrible things...almost every person, no matter how awful, has someone
out there who cares about them. Someone that wasn't responsible for the
evil acts done by a monster, but who does time along with them, suffers
from the knowledge that their loved one did something unthinkable &
who goes through another loss when they are put to death...even the
family members who agree with the death sentence. In interviews, many
family members of the victims are often quoted as having very little
satisfaction following the execution.
So, yeah, I may not have
much sympathy for the murderer...but I have tons of empathy for all the
other human beings involved in all sides of all this. And I think
allowing ourselves to willfully torture people, make us no better than
the monsters we are trying to get rid of. I'm not opposed to capital
punishment, but we do need to find a better solution than this.