I’m very disappointed in the death sentence for Tsarnaev

I am against the death penalty. Not only is it not a deterrent, this will create more killers.

But most of all, I would prefer a response of mercy and grace. I felt like this after 9/11. I would prefer to show the world that we are better, or that we can be. After 9/11 I wanted to respond by building hospitals and schools in the areas occupied by terrorists.

I realize gestures like this would be lost on some people, those too far gone, but I genuinely believe that if this is what we’d been doing for the past 14 years, in addition to limited military response to address those too far gone, we would not be in as bad a mess all over the place the way we are now.

Sentencing Tsarnaev to death demonstrates that we’re out for blood, just like they are. To those who would say we are only responding to his acts, he killed first, Tsarnaev and others would say that they are only responding to ours. You can go back and forth forever, like a bunch of global Hatfield and McCoys. Someone has to stop and rise above it.

I bought myself a bunch of lilacs, to celebrate my fabulously clean apartment. And because pictures of flowers can be boring, I got Bleeck and Finney in the shot.

Bleeck and Finney

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “I’m very disappointed in the death sentence for Tsarnaev

  1. I too am against the death penalty. I don’t think the state should be given the right to put its citizens to death. Justice needs to be in the hands of the state to keep people from exacting revenge. But justice does not include putting people to death. That is merely an expedience that states used before they knew better – easier to kill someone than to incarcerate him. But we mature as a species and we come to know better (one of my arguments for being a vegetarian.)

    I agree that someone needs to step up and rise above it.

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