Application of the death penalty is an issue about which many people have very strong feelings. To many it seems an all-too-appropriate consequence for particularly heinous acts. To others, state-sanctioned killings are morally reprehensible.
I must admit that my position on the death penalty has evolved over the years. As a young man, I believed it to be appropriate punishment, at least in some extreme cases. But the older I got, the less rational this seemed. Perhaps I was always a bit squeamish. Today I adamantly oppose the death penalty. Let me explain why with a story.