While many states and countries have abolished capital punishment, some crimes are so heinous that death seems the only appropriate sentence.
The Aurora killer planned his crime over a period of many months, with brilliant and creative thinking, resulting in the death and permanent injury both mental and physical to many more . He was organized and planned to save himself with protective gear never displaying any disorganization in his thought process. Most mass murderers do society a favor and commit suicide.
The true cause of this crime may never be known, but Holmes failed academically for the first time in his life in graduate school in Denver and he would have been booted from his apartment.
Instead of examining himself for the causes of his failure, he lashed out at Denver, forever punishing those around him.
The suffering of the living will never be over. Mothers and fathers will forevermore mourn the loss of their children. Those who survived the shooting may suffer from post tramatic stress and survivor’s guilt. This shooting altered the lives of many in more ways than could ever be counted.
In addition, the dead have no voice. They cannot explain how or why they are dead, and the person next to them lived.
In a book called “People of the Lie” by M. Scott Peck, he writes:
“Since the evil, deep down, feel themselves to be faultless, it is inevitable that when they are in conflict with the world, they will invariably perceive the conflict as the world’s fault. Since they must deny their own badness, they must perceive others as bad. . . Strangely enough, evil people are often destructive when they are attempting to destroy evil. Instead of destroying others they should destroy the evil within themselves.
Evil cannot be rehabilitated because a choice has already been made, and most will not choose to change. Holmes made a choice and committed premeditated murder. While some are hoping that he will spend the rest of his life in a prison, including the one of his own mind, there is no one more deserving of the death penalty.
Fortunately, Colorado has one and prosecutors seem to be leaving the door open for this sentence.
What if he escapes or murders others in prison? The death penalty will solve that possibility.
This type of crime will happen again, and sadly enough has become common enough in the U.S. By executing Holmes, he will never have the opportunity to kill again.
Karen La Pierre