California governor Newsom to end death penalty in his state

California governor Newsom to end death penalty in his state

California governor Gavin Newsom will sign ’AN executive order’ to get rid of the death penalty in his state. Newsom said he wanted to get rid of the death penalty because he feels to many minorities and people with disabilities are on death row and that it costs the state to much money.

Darth Vader
Darth Vader
Just An Opinion
Just An Opinion 1 year

I agree with abolishing the death penalty, and applaud Newsom for having courage of his convictions. But I want to address a few things here: "Our death penalty ... has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or cannot afford expensive legal representation." That sir, sounds like an accusation without evidence. Evidence of disparity is not evidence of discrimination. “The death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.” False. It strikes at the very heart of what it means to be Gavin Newsom. The Californian people voted to retain the death penalty in 2012, and again in 2016. So I would argue that the death penalty is indeed a bedrock Californian value. The ends don't justify the means, Gav. I oppose the death penalty, but I oppose the subversion of the Democratic will of the people more. Dictarorship is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be an American.

Mr. A
Mr. A 1 year

It's a mixed bag, a thorny issue. On the one hand people who murder, their families have a right to justice. If not blood money than some form of peace from capital punishment. Sadly however our justice system has been imperfect and there have been multiple instances where the wrong person was convicted and penalized with prison time and even the death penalty. Executing the rare innocent, as much I want families to see justice, gives me moment for pause. These instances among other reasons have made it more expensive for the state to execute someone rather than send them to jail for life on average. That combined with (more so) the chance of accidentally murdering an innocent life makes me support this decision despite differences in opinion with Newsom. Innocent lives are important whether a baby in the womb, adults wrongly convicted, or civilians in wartime. Principles must be consistent.

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