Soft on Crime
The U.S. court system has banned capital punishment for people under 18.
Now my position on offing people is complex. I certainly feel there are people who deserve it. I could even volunteer some people if society ran out of criminals. There are, however, only two avenues that society has to accomplish this. The first is an angry mob of the community's lowest common denounciators. The other is the state. There have been a number of cases in Canada and the U.S. where, even when provided with glaring evidence that someone was wrongly convicted, the police and government prosecutors have fallen back on the "he was convicted in a court of law so he is guilty" rational for opposing any investigation or appeal. It does not matter how many witnesses recant, how many revelations of forced confessions come out, how much evidence was fabricated. He was convicted. He is guilty. "I won, damn it!" seems to be some kind of legal principal. In short, I would take my chances with the angry mob.
But if the U.S. stops treating everyone as responsible under the law they may end up with a situation like this. Babies running loose on the streets looting and causing criminal damage. I shudder to think what these kids would have been like if they had been born into the presence of video games and music videos.
Is this the kind of world you want? Well not me. Smaller tables for smaller executions! Use a T.V. tray if you have to. Once they are out of the womb even the pro-life crowd stop caring. If they are old enough to commit crimes against the laws of man, God or nature they should pay the piper. The piper being the nation's police and prosecutors, at least until we can get some torches for that mob. But then I was not taught logic and reason in school, remember?