Fewer Death Sentences in US

American juries are awarding the death penalty with decreasing frequency these days.  Good news.

I have vacillated on the death penalty for several years, beginning with witnessing the implosion of the old St. Louis Arena.  (Long story.)  But let’s give credit where it’s due:  the death penalty itself.

Never having been a proponent of the deterrent of the death penalty, I have maintained that capital punishment can be defended on two grounds:

1.  Some crimes deserve elimination of the perpetrator.

2.  Society must, occasionally, demonstrate its abhorrence with an individual by his execution.

I think one of the reasons the death penalty is in decline is because we have already killed a lot of the individuals who fit category 2.  Additionally, the correlation between our large prison population and our 50-year low crime rates is too obvious to miss, except for liberals, who believe that crime is low because of global warming.

UPDATE:  I found this interesting piece from Annie on AA.

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Author: William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party Persuasive design expertLatest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.