A year ago, an Angus Reid poll, the latest poll conducted on the subject, showed that a solid majority of Canadians, 63%, were in favor of re-establishing the death penalty for murderers. In the United States of America, this year, 55% of adult Americans support the death penalty. The U.S. number is actually lower than previous years, but still, most people do prefer murderers being put down. And I consider myself one of those people.
When someone asked me whether I supported the death penalty or not, I thought of this scenario: Someone killed me. Do I forgive the sick person that pulled the trigger of the gun? No. No I don't. The death penalty is about forgiveness. Would you rest easier knowing that a person who took the life of another person was still breathing? No.
I say I support the death penalty. Along with a majority of the people of Canada and the United States. But only for murderers. Murderers do not deserve to live. In other countries, however, people are killed for the silliest reasons. In Africa and Asia, the governments of some countries support killing gays. Killing women who don't kneel to their man. Killing people rapists. Of course, rape is a serious crime and the punishment should absolutely be long and harsh and painful, but death? No.
The point: A majority of Canadians and Americans support the death penalty. For murderers. Kill the killers. Nobody else. Not druggies, not gays, not rapists, not robbers. Kill those who have taken another person's life.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.