Poll: Should James Holmes Get the Death Penalty If Convicted in Massacre?

Patch poll in early April found overwhelming support for banishing executions to save money.

James Holmes is now the personification of evil in many people’s minds. Accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 in a Colorado movie theater, he appeared dazed and confused at his first court appearance Monday.  Now it’s up to the local district attorney on whether the former Rancho Penasquitos resident and Westview High School student should face the death penalty.  But an taken by more than 1,000 people on Patch found overwhelming support (76 percent) for abolition of the death sentence in California. Has your view changed in light of the Aurora massacre? 

Michael Ecklund July 31, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Ron Selkovitch: To go just a bit further, would Jesus have the death penalty? As I am picking out spots in the Bible, I would like to draw your attention to Leviticus 20 starting with the 9 verse. 1. Death if you disrespect your parents. 2.Death for adultery. 3.Death for incest. 4. Death for beastiality. 5.Death for homosexuality.(That one is for Doug Curlee that knows more then God.) 6. Death for other sexual sins.. This is Gods judgement, not mine. Do you think he would pass up murder?
Fanny Parker July 31, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I see the debate rages and inevitably God enters the picture. I totally get that. He always does! There has to be a bottom line here, and that is this: if you don't believe in the death penalty then what would you suggest be done? And as you think about that, think of ALL the implications. For instance, if you think counselling is valuable then who is going to do this? And who will pay for it? And who pays for their housing for the rest of their lives whether in prison or a mental institution? I'm not being a smart alec, I'm asking this in all seriousness. And I hope to get some real and thoughtful responses. We all know that state and local governments are claiming there is no extra money so what do you suggest? A special fund that depends on citizens for voluntary contribution? Maybe another tax targeted solely for this purpose? We can debate all we want but there has to be a way to support NOT putting them to death. Bible quotes are great, and speak to the believer in not killing them. But it doesn't address a realistic solution of the expense of all this. That has to be the bottom line, HOW do we make it so these people can live and receive proper counselling and treatment? And if it is successful, training and ongoing counselling to bring them back as functioning members of society. Our prisons are so overcrowded already it's a miracle more don't turn to worse crime! These people would need special housing, away from prisoners who would kill them.
Cara July 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
He deserves to die! Just like the innocent 6 year old girl whos life was taken much too soon by his hands! People are too funny, why would they want him alive? What purpose does he have left to serve? I guarantee if this happened here in SD and your family was affected it would be a different answer from all of you saying, NO he doesnt deserve to die!!! Really, but those 12 people did? The death penalty is there and put into action for people like James Holmes!
Cara July 31, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Oh and the 6 year old girl's mother was 8 weeks pregnant and suffered a miscarriage due to stress, rightfully so. There is another charge for murder he should have!
Fanny Parker August 01, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I happen to agree with you Cara. I have no responses to my earlier question. Is it possible that I'm now reviled because I brought up pertinent question to those who insist we keep him alive?


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