With the tragic resolution of the Wetterling case, we’re starting to see the inevitable flurry of calls for the return of the death penalty to Minnesota; it’s the same flurry we see after every grisly, heart-wrenching crime.
I’ve said it before; I support the death penalty for every reason but one. And it is, unfortunately, an absolutely dispositive reason.
We’ll come back to that.
Walter Hudson, in PJM, attempts to debunk the five most common conservative objections to the death penalty. I’ll list ’em; you can read ’em yourself:
- Government can’t be trusted
- Death is not an adequate punishment
- It’s cheaper to keep them alive
- Death is not a deterrent
- Life is precious.
And he does a good job with those five arguments.
But he – like Dennis Prager before him – misses a sixth argument; the inevitability of executing innocent people.