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Should Child Rapists Be Executed?

As a mom, it sickens me to think anyone would hurt a child, but people do. A debate was waged, with even the presidential candidates weighing in as of late, on whether child rapists should be given the death penalty despite the Supreme Court's recent decision that it is unconstitutional. At the center of the controversy was Louisiana man, Patrick Kennedy who was sentenced to death for raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter in 1998; A crime so brutal that the girl had to undergo surgery.

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sassy_chick sassy_chick 7 years
Wow. I'm surprised, too. I don't think you ever have the right to decide if someone lives or dies, unless there is a situation with extraordinary measures involving life support. Their act is horrific, no doubt about it. But I don't think we have the power to kill them. The sugar websites usually have such logical, rational people on them. I'm really surprised, and sad about this.
sassy_chick sassy_chick 7 years
Wow. I'm surprised, too.I don't think you ever have the right to decide if someone lives or dies, unless there is a situation with extraordinary measures involving life support.Their act is horrific, no doubt about it. But I don't think we have the power to kill them.The sugar websites usually have such logical, rational people on them. I'm really surprised, and sad about this.
Papaver Papaver 7 years
Wow, so many death penalty supporters. I don't support it under any circumstances.I think that living in a small cell and gradually understanding the crime you've commit is worse than death. Death is an easy option.
Papaver Papaver 7 years
Wow, so many death penalty supporters. I don't support it under any circumstances. I think that living in a small cell and gradually understanding the crime you've commit is worse than death. Death is an easy option.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I don't support anyone's life being taken away no matter what the crime. I leave that up to God. People think that these people who commit these horrendous crimes are only insane or something, but they may have been abused when they were young or even older the same way they abused others. Don't just think because it is wrong they should be killed. They aren't in their right mind.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
For me, it's not about revenge. It's about removing a hostile element from society. It's okay for society to self-protect itself. Naturally, our body does this. Our immune system eradicates (destroys) any harmful or hostile elements in our bodies -- for self-preservation. I think it's perfectly moral. Life in prison?? As a tax payer, I don't want to pay for that! I prefer my money to go to more worthy causes like improving public schools, healthcare, etc.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
For me, it's not about revenge. It's about removing a hostile element from society. It's okay for society to self-protect itself.Naturally, our body does this. Our immune system eradicates (destroys) any harmful or hostile elements in our bodies -- for self-preservation. I think it's perfectly moral.Life in prison?? As a tax payer, I don't want to pay for that! I prefer my money to go to more worthy causes like improving public schools, healthcare, etc.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
i am very passionate about this issue there is no remorse or second chances when you hurt a child, one that cannot defend itself, the way i feel is if you wont do this to a grown ass person that is bigger, tougher and stronger than you what gives you the right to do it to a child, that is smaller and weaker than you
yadiet yadiet 7 years
I CAN'T PEOPLE ACTUALLY VOTED THAT PRISON WILL BE A GOOD ENOUGH PUNISHMENT. I DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN OF MY OWN YET BUT I HAVE SMALL NEPHEWS AND NEICES. AND THE THOUGHT OF THIS HAS RAN THREW MY MIND MILLIONS OF TIME. I LIVE IN MIAMI, RAPE IS A VERY LARGE VIOLENCE HERE. IT HAPPENS A LOT AND A LOT TO SMALL CHILDREN. I BELIEVE FOR EVERY 10 HOUSES THEIR IS ABOUT 2 CHILD MOLESTORS. I LIVE INFRONT OF ONE WHILE I GREW UP, HE WAS PROSECUTED AFTER HE MOLESTED MY COUSINS STEPSISTER. IF I WERE PART OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM OR HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. THE PUNISHMENT FOR THE PUNISHER WOULD BE THE SAME THAT WAS DONE TO THIER VICTIM. RATHER ITS CUTTING THEIR FINGERS OFF OR RAPING THEM ETC... ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO CHILDREN, THAT ARE SMALL AND DEFENSIVE. AND CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE SICKOS THAT LIVE IN THIS WORLD. PRISON WOULD NEVER BE AN OPTION IN MY EYES. EXCECUTION IS THE OPTION.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
Wow pinkprincess1101 you took the words out of my mouth - LITERALLY! I really think child rapists & abusers really deserve to FEEL the pain but since that just doesn't seem to be an option I say FRY those MFers!!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
pinkprincess, you are my hero!!!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I say kill them! One of my friends was raped by a repeat child molestor when we were 10 - if they had given the guy what he deserved the first time, he would have never made it to my friend! He ruined her life - she has been in therapy so long, but still can't get past it and will never have a normal life. It infuriates me! If anyone ever touches my child, I will kill them myself rather than wait for the useless justice system to get it together!
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
revenge you are damn right with a vengeance too, there is no way you will hurt my child and only go to prison for a few years to be paroled out eating free meals with no worries in the world, while my kid is hurting sorry maybe for some but not for me, jesus was strong to turn the other cheek sorry i could not when it involves my little innocent child
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
our legal system stopped being about justice a long time ago. is this bursting your bubble that people are sick of criminals getting away with murder?
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 7 years
Yes revenge. If you hurt my child I WOULD want revenge. As for justice, well take a look at the world. Most of these people are habitual offenders. They do this over and over again. And time and time again they are let back out of jail to hurt other children. This baffles me. There are so many cases where someone finally goes to jail because they kill a child and get caught and you read how this person was in jail SEVERAL times for molesting/raping other children. Ask the parents of those children if they believe jail time = justice.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 7 years
Yes revenge. If you hurt my child I WOULD want revenge.As for justice, well take a look at the world. Most of these people are habitual offenders. They do this over and over again. And time and time again they are let back out of jail to hurt other children. This baffles me. There are so many cases where someone finally goes to jail because they kill a child and get caught and you read how this person was in jail SEVERAL times for molesting/raping other children. Ask the parents of those children if they believe jail time = justice.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
oh and i hate child abusers
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
oh and i hate child abusers
Dbtabm Dbtabm 7 years
They should be killed because if they are ever released, Which ALWAYS seems to happen, they will do it again to some other child. People who hurt children will ALWAYS hurt children. It's not something you became rehabilitated from. Child predators will always always strike again.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
i too like the execution but that is the easy way out, i would stone the mother fucker chop his penis off under no sedation after the torture then kill the son of a bitch, by stoning his ass he will not get the easy way out by lethal injection he will suffer the way the child suffered, can you imagine the scarring and pain that child will endure the rest of her life, having trust issues hating men feeling insecure about ones self her body, if that was my child that bastard better hope the police caught him before i did because there is no protection like a mothers, i have two little girls and the thought that some sick fucker can do this to an innocent child boggles my mind, to take my baby's innocence you got me fucked and to know that sick bastard is sitting in jail and laughing smiling with his cell mates while my daughter is in therapy hating the world, you got me fucked, sorry for the rant but thats the way i feel there are two types of people i hate is child molesters/rapists, cheaters/liars/thieves, and that sick fuck falls in all those categories and its hard for me to hate
MaggieLei MaggieLei 7 years
It sounds like some of you are talking about revenge, not justice. I agree that the death penelty is appropriate for a case like this, but not because it will make the families feel better. Families and victims will need to work through their grief and anger and I am not sure the death penelty would really help with that. It would help intill a faith that our governemnt will truly protect other possible victims though.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
Kill the disgusting perverted bastards!
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 7 years
If someone ever hurt one of my children like this I would want the SOB killed. I think the families would probably feel better if THEY were the ones executing the person. I know I probably would. Just the thought of someone doing this to a child makes me shake with anger and disgust.These families have to live with the thought every day knowing that their child was probably terrified and calling for their mother or father to help them. I don't think I could live with that horrible feeling every day. But if I did, I wouldn't be able to let it go until the person suffered for the pain they caused to my child. And for that person to allowed even one day living a 1/2 normal life and being able to laugh and smile (even if it's in jail) does not seem fitting to me.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 7 years
If someone ever hurt one of my children like this I would want the SOB killed. I think the families would probably feel better if THEY were the ones executing the person. I know I probably would. Just the thought of someone doing this to a child makes me shake with anger and disgust. These families have to live with the thought every day knowing that their child was probably terrified and calling for their mother or father to help them. I don't think I could live with that horrible feeling every day. But if I did, I wouldn't be able to let it go until the person suffered for the pain they caused to my child. And for that person to allowed even one day living a 1/2 normal life and being able to laugh and smile (even if it's in jail) does not seem fitting to me.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 7 years
I think the death penatly is fitting when the victim is a child... but only after a prison sentence... equal to the childs age... so 8 years for this man... to live w/and suffer what he will in prison... and then be executed... in a manner chosen by the family of the victim.
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