Murder Essay

2655 words - 11 pages

Murder
'And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they
were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his
brother, and slew him.' (Genesis 4:8)
Back in those days, murder was pretty clear cut. If you killed someone, it was called murder. Of course, if you had a
        reason, then it was justifiable. Back then, it was an eye
for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Or a life for a life. But in these fast paced and politically correct times, is there justifiable murder?
Webster's Dictionary says that murder is 'the unlawful killing of another human being, especially with premeditated malice.' Unlawful killing of another human being. And most people would tend to agree, that there are circumstances in which killing someone else is just fine, and even desirable. But what are those circumstances? What exactly is justifiable killing? Is abortion OK? How about war? Euthanasia? These are topics that are in hot controversy these days, as civil rights groups battle
        political
standings that have been around for dozens of years.
Capital punishment is among those instances of justified killing that has been debated for years, and continues to be an extremely indecisive and complicated issue. Adversaries of capital punishment point to the Marshalls and the Millgards, while proponents point to the Dahmers and Gacys. Society must be kept safe from the monstrous barbaric acts of these individuals and other killers by taking their ability to function and perform in our society away from them. At the same time, we must insure that innocent people such as Marshall and Millgard are never convicted or sentenced to death for a crime that they did not commit.
In February 1963, Gary McCorkell, a 19 year old sex offender, was scheduled to hang. But just days before his execution, the then Liberal cabinet of Lester Person commuted McCorkell to life in prison. His actual term was only a percentage of that. Less than 20 years later, McCorkell was arrested, tried, and convicted for
        
        the
kidnapping and rape of a 10-year old Tennessee boy. He was sentenced to 63 years in prison. Once again, his term was reduced, and he moved to Canada. Prior to leaving Canada, he was sought by Metro Police in the attempted murder of an 11-year old boy. What has been gained by this? Had McCorkell been executed in 1963, two boys would never have gone through the horror of being sexually abused. He killed two boys, and assaulted two others, leaving one for dead. He knew exactly what he was doing. What right does this man have to live? He ruined the lives of 4 children. What kind of a life would the state have been taking away in this case? An innocent life? A forgiving life? No; a life that was beyond the realm of reform, and did not care to be.
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