As a person who has experienced and witnessed several deaths, I don’t think anyone deserves to be murdered not even murderers. Most common law countries uses death penalty as a form of punishment for murderers for instance in Uganda, the penal code Act Cap 120 section 189 provides that, “any person convicted of murder shall be sentenced to death”. Although many people argues that death penalty deters others from committing similar offences and that it is supported by various laws of different countries, I still strongly argue that murderers shouldn’t be murdered.
Jesus Christ was condemned through death penalty of which he died on the cross and marked the end of death penalty (mark 15:6ff). So by Jesus dying, he removed the death penalty sentence. ” In view of all this, what can we say? If God is for us, who can be against us? Certainly not God, who did not even keep his own son, but offered him for us all! … Romans 8:31-34.
Uganda still retains death penalty for ordinary crimes including treason, rape, murder and terrorism. Uganda has been a party to the international covenant on civil and political Rights (ICCPR) since 1995 and has ratified the first optional protocol allowing for the right of individual to petition to the UN Human Rights Committee. However, it has not signed the second optional protocol aiming at the abolition of death penalty. ( http://www.deathpenaltyproject.org/where-we-operate/africa/uganda/death penalty.)
As a Christian, I believe that life is a gift from God and no one should be given the right to take another person’s life. And to add on that, death penalty is an irreversible and final act. Meaning an innocent person may easily be executed due to mistaken identity or due to corruption on injustices during prosecution where the guilty is set free and the innocent convicted and executed. Uganda’s law under article 28 of the 1995 Constitution of The Republic of Ugand provides for presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But I highly doubt if the burden of proving cases beyond reasonable doubt which lies on the prosecution is always perfect.
Furthermore, murdering a murderer more or less achieves nothing since murdering that person will not bring back the life of the one who have been murdered. And I think it’s not proper for government to keep on losing its citizens when actually those murderers could be made to serve long prison sentence and in the long run become useful to the government because once a person dies, he or she becomes useless.
There are only few people in this world who commit murder deliberately while the majority commit murder due to consequences of violent, insanity or even self-defense and I believe it would be unfair for such people to be sentenced to death.
Murder is sometimes committed to save life. In the case of R v Bourne (1939) KB 687, a reputable London surgeon performed the operation of abortion upon a girl, not quite fifteen years of age who was pregnant as a result of rape by a soldier. But he was acquitted so I think we should take it from this case to not always condemned murderers to death.
I was able to read a lot on punishment of criminal offenders from various books and articles and one of the major purpose of punishment that I found was that it is intended to make criminals reform after realising the consequences of their actions. So I really don’t think murdering murderers gives the victims any Chance to reform.
Murdering the murderers is also a sin before God who is the giver of life and the only one who can take it away. King David committed murder by having Uriah killed in battle but he repented and God forgave him instead of killing him like most people think murderers be should treated. 2nd Samuel 11:14-17 and 2nd Samuel 12-13.
The spirit of revenge on the innocent relatives. The family of the criminal that have been executed will find away of revenging against the family that made their relative to be executed and the cycle of revenge will continue as “an eye for a eye” revenge.
And sincerely speaking, two wrongs doesn’t make a single right. The murderer has already killed someone and by condemning him or her the state will be committing another wrong yet there are other options for punishment like life imprisonment with serious torture.
Death penalty is also contrary to the Christian concept of love. “The message you heard from the very beginning is this, we must love one another we must not be like Cain, he belonged to the evil one and murdered his own brother Abel. Why did Cain murder his him? Because the things he himself did were wrong, but the things his brother did were right”. John 3:11-12.
In conclusion, I’m not saying that the various laws that provides for death penalty as away of punishing capital offenders is evil but rather I do think people should find other ways of punishing murderers for instance through life imprisonment. “Shall we then say the law itself is sinful, of course not! …” (Romans 7:7-13).
#Do you still think that murderers be murdered#