Death Penalty

FROM A POTENTIAL SUPPORTER: I want to support you but I'd like to know your position on the death penalty.


First, thank you for your support.  You make all the difference.  This is one question that I really had to think deeply about.  As strange as it may sound, when I say I'm pro-life, I mean it with the full weight of the statement. That being said, I can't answer the question without first creating a framework for my answer.  So, here goes.  I have publicly stated my opposition to private prisons.  My concern is that privatized prisons are motivated by dollars... after all they are a for-profit industry and that's not the purpose of a prison.  Prisons should have two purposes and two purposes only... one to punish and two to rehabilitate.

I'm not naive to think that everyone can be rehabilitated and that's not what I'm suggesting.  There are many in prison that are  there for punishment only due to the nature of their crimes.  That being said, the prison system should be operated by either state or federal government authorities.  With respect to the death penalty itself, my biggest concern is the execution of prisoners that are later determined to be innocent.  You can't hit undo or backspace.  If an individual is executed and later on is found to be innocent, an apology to the family just will not do. But, I must add another element to this conundrum; the Word of God, which says that the government, which in this case would include the police, are all ministers of God to us for our good.

Any time a life hangs in the balance, it will represent a challenge for me because I care so deeply for and have such a high regard for life.  So, whether I support the death penalty or not, giving the answer is much more difficult than offering the question.

A study from Newsweek [2014] said, "Since 1973, 144 people on death row have been exonerated. As a percentage of all death sentences, that's just 1.6 percent. But if the innocence rate is 4.1 percent, more than twice the rate of exoneration, the study suggests what most people assumed but dreaded: An untold number of innocent people have been executed."

Therein lies the problem with the system as we know it today.  So, the only way that I would ever say, without hesitation, that I support the death penalty is if the system can absolutely guarantee the guilt of that individual.  If you can without question, offer a one hundred percent guarantee that this person is worthy of death, according to the law, then I would stand in full support of the law.  That's not likely to ever happen. No error percentage is acceptable.  No life taken in error will ever be acceptable to me as president or as a man. Period!



1 "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.