Before I begin this article I am going to tell you I don't know if I am for or against the death penalty. I really don't. When I am reading about heinous crimes people commit and what it does to the families of the victims you will hear me screaming, "Kill him! He must die for his crime!" BUT then, I see a picture of the killer and read about his background and my sorrow takes over for the person the killer could have been and how the the offender was failed and abused and used, and hung out to dry on his own. Mostly, I feel so bad that the killer was so failed as a child that his only recourse to make himself known, feel powerful, and in control is to take the life of another.
We will never truly know why some victims of physical, sexual and mental abuse grow up to be functioning adults, blending in with society and why others take the path of crime, drugs, and torturing, mutilating and terrorizing others.
The defiinition of a revolution is: a fundamental change that takes place in a relatively short time. Do criminals or killers, all of a sudden have a personal revolution that no one else knows about that can violently change the lives of their victims and their families? When one has a violent revolution on their own is killing them the best way to punish them?
Last night the DC sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammed was put to death by lethal injection at 9:11 pm at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Virginia.
Some of the victims families came to watch him die. Muhammad stepped into the death chamber and within seconds was strapped into the gurney. His warms were spread wide with a needle in each. His left foot tapped the side of the gurney. He was injected with three lethal doses, he twitched and he died.
He refused to say any last words leaving the victims families with yet more saddness and no answers at why their loved ones were chosen to die. One of his victims was middle schooler on his way to class. My son is a middle schooler, and oh the pain to think of him dying from a man just shooting randomly for fun would haunt me forever. But would I want him to die?
Muhammed's attorneys said Muhammed was mentally ill. Was he? Can a mentally ill man calmly gun down random people in the DC area for three solid weeks if he is mentally ill?
I think Muhammed's last reign of terror on his victims family was his silence. I am sure the families wanted to hear how sorry he was for killing their loved ones. Or at least an explanation. But they didn't get it, and in my mind walked away with the pain of their loved ones death all over again. Anger was probably brought to the forefront again, for this man Muhammed got the last word by not saying a word!
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