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  •  No, the first moral choice (5+ / 0-)

    is realizing that no human system is failsafe. Therefore, no systemic action should be sanctioned that can't be undone.

    If you can construct a perfect system of justice, we can have this conversation. Until then, we will inevitably execute the innocent along with the guilty.

    They're not "assault weapons"; just call them "Freedom Sparklers".

    by MBNYC on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:19:47 AM PST

    •  we can do far, far better (0+ / 0-)

      with a single, federal death penalty with narrow rules and highly trained people, limited costs, etc.

      the number of people who should get the penalty is very small- the current system is effed on all levels

      Out of my cold dead hands

      by bluelaser2 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 11:23:07 AM PST

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        we could just realize that the state should not have the power to put its own citizens to death, because if that power exists, it can and likely will be used unjustly.

        I'm a New Yorker, I watched the 9/11 attacks, and not on television either. I understand the desire for vengeance. But I also see little reason to assume it can be channeled in a way that completely, 100% avoids mistakes.

        They're not "assault weapons"; just call them "Freedom Sparklers".

        by MBNYC on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 11:31:03 AM PST

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