Monday, February 28, 2005

Kill the children

There is a FOX article today about the upcoming decision in the Supreme Court regarding the death penalty for teenagers.

According to the article, "the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association, among others, have argued that 16- and 17-year-olds are, in a sense, physically incapable of making judgments as well as adults, and are therefore not as culpable."

Well, if that is the case, what about 18 or 19 year olds? Is there some sort of physiological change that occurs at 18? When, exactly, is a person capable of being culpable? And, what does "in a sense" mean?

I don't see the point in making a clear demarcation like that. How many of them are going to feel differently about the murder they committed at age 15 when they are 21?

I'd say that if you know the difference between right and wrong, then you know that killing is wrong. If you plan a murder, commit a murder, then take actions to conceal yourself as the perpetrator, you know you are wrong and you deserve to die....regardless of your age.

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