I made the mistake of getting into a conversation about the death penalty with my mother, who is completely for it.
I explained to her that I oppose it for many reasons.
A - It serves no purpose other than to satisfy the bloodlust of the masses.
B - It is not a deterrent. People will still commit the crimes.
C - Many innocent people have been put on death row in the US in recent years.
D - Lethal injection is ridiculously inhumane, and it was invented by Nazis who knew they were putting people through an excrucionatingly painful death. The US adapting Nazi technology = disgusting.
E - It provides no real closure. Once one person is killed in the name of vengeance, that will only lead to a thirst for more blood in the name of vengeance, and a nasty downward spiral starts.
Her response to this was to tell me my thinking was "too black and white", that I was not "seeing the whole picture", etc.
So, how does she respond when I ask her why she supports the death penalty?
"These people should die, and that's that."
To her, the only problem with the death penalty are that it can be appealed, that people are not executed quickly enough after the sentence is handed out, and that it is not used widely enough. Apparantly, she is willing to execute innocent people, just so long as more of the people she wants to see dead end up dead.
I am now convinced my mother has the morals of a fascist.