Implementing the death penalty, euphemistically called an execution, is quite simply a murder sanctioned by the state. Cold blooded, barbaric murder.
When politicians exploit public fears by pushing a platform of being 'tough on crime', capital punishment is the ultimate result.
Leaders searching to be perceived as 'strong' would be better served if they followed the lead of Bobby Kennedy when he calmed a very angry crowd in the heart of a black ghetto in Indianapolis on the night that Martin Luther King was assassinated, thereby helping to ensure that that city did not explode into violence as so many others did that night.
He concluded his calming words to the crowd with this:
"Let's dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people."
Simple. Strong. Sincere. Rare.
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind." Gandhi.