Is murder for murder really retribution?

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009

Is murder for murder or other heinous crime really retribution? This is part of the question at the heart of Rep. Mike Chenault's introduction of a bill reinstating the euphemistic "death penalty."

But how much closure comes from the death of another person or people? It seems that the offering of a grieving heart and prayers would provide more comfort and be a much-needed reminder that there still exists an unbroken connection with others. These are the things that allow people to move forward.

Many years ago, my childhood friend renewed contact with me after more than a decade. Her brother, his new wife and their children had come to a violent end at the point of a gun wielded by her first husband. I knew her brother while we were growing up. He was a big, gawky and sweet-hearted kid buffeted around by circumstance. His passing and her call were on my mind and in my heart for a long time. I don't think another murder, especially one that was state-sanctioned, would have closed the door on the topic once and for all.

Kim Laird


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