The issue of the death penalty was raised again in Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate on NBC Connecticut.
Dan Malloy’s against the death penalty; Tom Foley’s for it.
It is a political issue this year, because Steven Hayes is knocking on the door of the death penalty for the Petit murders. Or not. We’ll know soon enough.
I refrain from comment on political issues because, well, I must. It says so in the “Pro Anchorman’s Handbook.”
But since I witnessed the execution of mass murderer Michael Ross more than five years ago, I can bring a little insight to the issue.
I was always staunchly pro-death penalty. But my big takeaway from that evening was: “This strikes me as a better deal than a sentence of life without parole.” (But hey, that’s just me.)
Since that night, I see “death” as a sentence. I see “life without parole” as torture.
If you’re for the death penalty, I won’t argue with you. If you’re a “lock ’em up and throw away the key” person, that’s fine too.
Take your pick.