Worst crimes not by gunfire
WITH REGARDS to recent submissions by both Prof George Devenish (“Why the death penalty isn’t the solution”, The Star Letters, November 13) and Marzedt de Beer (“Impose harsher sentences”, Letters, November 18), it is apparent that my point of contention is conveniently being avoided or dismissed.
The death penalty is advocated not for reasons of punishment or retribution and is certainly questionable as an effective deterrent.
No, it is simply advocated as a “no alternative” means to the welcome abolition or removal of the perpetrators guilty of the most unacceptable and disgusting degree of subhuman treatment of their victims.
“Guns, ammunition and explosives are the catalysts to violent crime” – certainly, no doubt, (hang ’em high I say) – but the gutchurningly heinous crimes I am referring to do not involve these elements (or to a lesser degree).
The crimes against the most vulnerable and helpless in our society, the very young and the aged, especially the young, are what concerns us. They are not “gun crimes”, but much worse and destroy lives and our human sensibility as to what constitutes a healthy and robust society and is without doubt the pertinent point to exacting capital punishment as a means to an end, and of course to assuage our sense of grief, impotence and deep anger.
To “impose harsher sentences” means what? To what purpose for the rabid psychopath? Hundred years’ hard labour and/or therapy at the taxpayer’s expense in the vain hope of being “born again” is just a cop out.
We cannot live with that and do not see why we should, notwithstanding Prof Devenish’s argument to the contrary.
There seems to be an intellectual confusion at large about excusable cause or reason for what goes on, usually from the unaffected inhabitants of ivory towers way above the barbed wire and sordid reality below.
“The devil made me do it” is not an uncommon plea.
The support given to the worst criminals and the welfare thereof could even be seen as somewhat inhumane, a little unkind and even barbaric under the very “civil” penalty of dismal prolonged incarceration, and from my point of view, an insult to the victims.
Also, the idea that the justice system, as exacted at present, could misconstrue an “innocent” as guilty is just irrelevant hogwash, as at present the very opposite seems to be the case.
We have had enough.