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Letter: Killing to stop killing makes no sense

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Let's abolish capital punishment.

The rich are never executed, only the poor and disproportionately minorities. DNA science has gained release of 123 innocent convicts. So, states are murdering some innocent persons. Unfair!

It's insane that states kill killers to teach that killing is wrong.

We alone of Western industrialized nations legalize state murder. It doesn't reduce murder. The 38 states doing death penalties have the same murder rates as 12 non-death-penalty states. Killing killers doesn't deter killing.

Andy Rooney opposes death penalties saying, "Sometimes I want to throttle them myself with my own hands." Not allowed.

Nowhere does Jesus say, "Kill the killers."

In Matthew 5:38 (TEV), Jesus says, "You have heard, get an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you, 'Do not take revenge on someone who does you wrong … do good to those who hurt you!" So, quit the old "eye for an eye" un-Christian excuse for state vengeance killing.

The "no-parole life sentence" is tougher on killers than death. Forced to endure living with their deeds, some may be reclaimed. And, it is much cheaper than death penalties with all our legal protections against error.

Yet, errors keep happening.

Death penalties are unfair, insane, vengeful and more expensive. SB306 abolishes death penalties. Urge your state legislator's vote.

These churches support SB306: Roman Catholic, United Methodist, United Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Church of Christ, Christian, Unitarian and Montana Association of Churches.

Vern Klingman



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