Reinstate the death penalty in New Jersey? [Poll]
Kneejerk though it may seem, one Assemblyman wants to bring back the death penalty in certain cases – especially for those who kill cops in the line of duty.
Assemblyman Ron Dancer of Jackson feels that the death of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago might not have happened if there had been a death penalty – in that it would act as a deterrence for those who might kill cops.
Personally, I don’t think the death penalty will ever act as a deterrence. Those who seek to kill cops are on a mission – urban terrorists if you will – hell bent on unraveling society. And like terrorists, they’d willingly sacrifice their lives for what they feel is their greater cause.
A senior law enforcement official told the New York Post that the infamous gang has threatened to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called out.”
An internal Port Authority advisory obtained by The Post warned that some Bloods gang members may be traveling from out of state to target officers in New Jersey.
“New Jersey State Police has received credible information from the Jersey City Police Department about specific threats toward Jersey City police officers and law enforcement,” the advisory read. “The United Blood Nation may take retaliatory action against police officers.”
So instead of thinking about the death penalty as a deterrence – the purpose behind it should be punitive.
It’s a statement that anyone who’d kill a cop while in the line of duty; or, for that matter, just because he (or she) happens to be a cop – as well as those committing acts of terrorism and those who take the lives of persons under the age of 18 – have no right to live among us in a civilized society.
As it is, jails are recruitment venues for gang members. Why allow these miscreants to breed other would be miscreants?
Thinning their numbers via the death penalty – while extreme – would put a dent in those efforts.
Extreme? You be the judge!