This morning’s drive-time radio was a bit too heavy going for a Monday I thought.
The 8am news done and dusted, presenters put this question to listeners.
Does Senator Jacqui Lambie’s call for the return of the death penalty have any substance?
What do you, the Australian voting public think?
The audience responded and the studio phones rang aplenty.
The answer was a resounding ‘Yes’. ‘Bring back capital punishment!’
“She’s right on the money with this one“, said one caller.
“A life for a life“, stated another.
“Terrorists and child rapists should be shot“, urged the third caller.
There was not one person who rang to put the case for ‘life’ forward. Even the presenters stated their preference for the severe criminal to be put to death rather than having their lives supported by our taxes.
I didn’t have the courage to phone in, so I’ll have my say here.
How can we be so hypocritical to punish a murderer, by taking their life? Can no-one else see the irony?
A life, is a life, is a life. A life in prison is still a life. It is not up to anyone to make the call on whether a life is worth living except the person who is in charge of that life itself.
We do not own any other. We do not have that power. This is not about tit-for-tat.
No-one has the right to take another person’s life. Not the murderer, not the layman, not the taxpayer and definitely not the government.