Regarding the Schenectady men arrested for the savage murder of women and children in Troy: First-degree murder demands equality, i.e. capital punishment. While rarely used, 31 states have death penalty laws.
New York should, too.
While the killers of those people won’t face death, it’s absolutely wrong to equate the victims’ lives with life in prison.
God authorized capital punishment. In Genesis 9:6, God told Noah “If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.” In Exodus 20:13 God commanded “Thou shall not kill”, and “kill” obviously means murder. Romans 13:4 confirms that properly constituted government “….is a servant of God for your good. But if you do evil…. it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoers.”
Since the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment has stood for 226 years, capital punishment is obviously not the prohibited “cruel and unusual punishment.”
The death penalty encourages repentance, relieves the killer of living with his crime, and prevents more crime. In countless cases, convicted murderers have been released or escaped and murdered again.
As Dr. David B. Muhlhausen of the Heritage Foundation testified before Congress in 2007, increasing the risk of punishment deters individuals from committing crime. Criminals “rationally maximize their own self-interest subject to constraints that they face” and “studies consistently demonstrate a strong link between executions and reduced murder incidents.”
A 2012 Vera Institute of Justice study showed the average annual per inmate cost was $60,076 in New York state prisons and $167,731 in New York City. A young killer in state prison for 40 years could cost $2.4 million.
Murderers often escape punishment; victims never do. If I’m morally and legally allowed to deprive a would-be-murderer of his life to save my own, the state is right to take away his life after I’m murdered.