Thursday, June 26, 2008
Capital Punishment for Rapists
There is a growing debate regarding capital punishment for child rapists. This is one of those issues where anyone that takes the "no" position gets painted as sympathetic towards the most heinous of crimes. This isn't a statement for or against capital punishment, but given that it exists, people need to realize why rapists are not subject to capital punishment-- because this makes the marginal punishment for murder after rape zero. Would there be more rapes if the punishment were higher? No, that number could only fall (assuming criminals value life in prison over death), but the percentage of rapes that would become murders would rise. Rape is horrible, no doubt-- but the secondary effects of such legislation need to be realized.