The heinous Buffalo supermarket massacre screams for the death penalty
By Michael Goodwin
May 17, 202210:01pm
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Politicians, the media and citizens across the nation are united in denouncing the white man who slaughtered 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket. There is also fury at how he was able to buy the rifle he used months after cops ordered a mental-health evaluation following an earlier threat to carry out a shooting.
Yet despite the anger and wall-to-wall media coverage, largely unsaid is what the punishment should be. That’s at least partially because New
York doesn’t allow the obvious answer — the death penalty.
Although the Empire State has not carried out an execution since 1963, it had the law on the books for many years until 2007. So even if a
county district attorney wanted to seek the ultimate punishment in this case, the state legal code doesn’t allow it.
But federal law does. And if President Biden considers the massacre to be as heinous as he claimed in his Tuesday remarks in Buffalo, he will direct Attorney General Merrick Garland to have federal prosecutors take over the case and, if they win a conviction, seek the death penalty.
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I don’t care how “heinous” the crime, and I find this one to be abhorrent, I NEVER want the Gooferment to kill people.
As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy. How often do we find that the Gooferment gets things wrong?
In this particular case, the Gooferment and its “systems” failed to detect and stop this killer.
Personally, I’d like to have an investigation of when drugs, if any, he was taking. SSRIs?
Let’s lock him up forever, but keep him alive to be studied. And, as a constant reminder of the evil that he represents.
Besides capital cases, cost a small fortune and take decades.
I’m only for the death penalty when a “Hannible Lector” type is too dangerous to keep alive.