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Should execution of the severely mentally ill or retarded be legal?

Asked by: Equality2447
  • Why would you do that?

    Before you do this, consider the fact that just because the are different than us, doesn't mean that they are worse or lower than us. After all, your parents gave you a chance didn't they? So give them one. Killing someone who is mentally handicapt is murder. They are living, breathing people just like YOU and just like me. So like i said, give them a chance.

  • These people are dangerous, if you had a appliance that was as potentially wouldn't you rid yourself of the danger?

    These people are potentially or have no life quality, for example with the shooting of new town conecticut were perpetrated by a man of severe mental compromise. If we had executed the new town shooter earlier he would not of usurped the life's of 28 children and several adults. People like him could of been stopped before they reached a boiling point. I'm a former nurse for those of extreme mental retardation and I did not feel this way until I worked with said severe mental retardates but many of my patients were imcampapble of basic motor activity and Layed on a mat miserable, plus there family's were heavily burden and twice a miserable paying the medical bills and caring for a person that was not capable of loving them back. These are not the easy decisions but they are the decisions that must be made to prevent future new town shooting and to liberate those of severe mental retardation from their earthly perils.

  • Only if they are useless or a danger

    Many people, especially ones afflicted with severe mental debilitations, will not be of any use to society. That alone should not warrant their execution, but if they are a drain on society or (even worse) a danger, they should be lined up and shot. It would be cheaper and far safer than leaving them alive to chip away at the foundation of society.

  • They do nothing good

    In my classroom there is a kid who understands mostly nothing and does nothing good. But he hangs out with the "bad boys", to be nice to say, and does a lot of bad things(steals, hurts the others). But he has an iFuckingPhone, which I can only assume uses for games and other sites(selling ones-thats not bad). The fact that he starts to refuse the help of those who want to help hin tells me that these people are a waste of society, a eay to drain a country's economy. This whole thread might look like a nazi one, but if saying that killing mentally ill hunans is what a nazi would do... Then call me Hitler. (I am from Romania, so idk the constitution of US of A)

  • Only if they don't get help

    Mentally ill people are suffering every day, and life in their eyes is always uncontrollable pain. This pain is constantly plaguing their life, and it must be healed with mental or psychological help from others. Forget society's stigma about the mentally ill, a mental illness is still an illness, and it must be healed so that the mentally ill individual and those around them do not face the pain of the illness. Help should be mandatory for mentally ill individuals, otherwise they are going to suffer internally and cause others to suffer as well. Thus, killing these mentally ill individuals is pretty merciful compared to the pain they face every day.

  • Only if they don't get help

    Mentally ill people are suffering every day, and life in their eyes is always uncontrollable pain. This pain is constantly plaguing their life, and it must be healed with mental or psychological help from others. Forget society's stigma about the mentally ill, a mental illness is still an illness, and it must be healed so that the mentally ill individual and those around them do not face the pain of the illness. Help should be mandatory for mentally ill individuals, otherwise they are going to suffer internally and cause others to suffer as well. Thus, killing these mentally ill individuals is pretty merciful compared to the pain they face every day.

  • Can't contribute to society

    Mentally retarded people cannot contribute to society, all they do is waste resources, scare away kids and lower the gdp per capita. They are a burden to all of us. I do not support killing of physically disabled people, as they are still capable of many jobs. Eg author or singer.

  • Equality for All

    Activists for the rights of the mentally ill and retarded often say they are just like everyone else, and that they should be treated like everyone else. However, when they commit a crime, they are not treated like everyone else: they are allowed to, quite literally, get away with murder. If we are truly a nation built on equality, it is necessary to treat the mentally ill and retarded in he same manner we treat all criminals.

  • Those who commit acts of mass shootings, especially the mentally ill should be executed.

    They're in an undeniable state and probably have gone crazy and think its a game. There have been 355 shootings this year alone, and most of the aggressors were possibly mentally challenged. Theyre a threat to society and thus we need to increase background checks before we lease guns to these people.

  • You should not legalize this.

    Executing these people should be illegal because in truth they have little to no understanding of what they are doing sometimes. Others might have compulsive acts that they can not control. We should try our best to treat them rather than cruelly murder them. We should place institutions around the nation for the mentally ill/retarted

  • Completely Unconstitutional to execute those who do not understand the reality of their punishment.

    Mentally ill people do not always understand what they are doing wrong and some do not understand what they are being told even during trials. The Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that individuals with intellectual disabilities cannot be executed because they are categorically less culpable than other criminals. If a defendant was insane at the time of the crime, he or she can be found not guilty by reason of insanity. There have been several different cases where diagnosed schizophrenic people have been executed, even though they do not understand or show understanding of the trial or punishment.

  • Mentally disabled people in many homicide cases cannot separate reality from hallucinations.

    These people, if they did not consciously commit their crime, should not be punished. They can not help if their brain has a chemical imbalance- they naturally have no good judgement... What disabled people need is not to be demonized... They need help, to be placed a mental illness facility where they can get the care they need in order to make society a better place. To negate their conditions would be to negate human civil rights altogether...
    ALSO @ the guy who said mentally disabled people "don't contribute to society..." what the hell is wrong with you???

  • We can't kill someone who doesn't understand they are being killed

    Some one who is mentally challenged does not know that what they have done is wrong, and do not understand the consequence of their actions. Instead of killing them put them in extreme 24 hour mental care. Their brains do not function like people without mental illnesses do. They don't deserve death.

  • You should not legalize this.

    Executing these people should be illegal because in truth they have little to no understanding of what they are doing sometimes. Others might have compulsive acts that they can not control. We should try our best to treat them rather than cruelly murder them. We should place institutions around the nation for the mentally ill/retarted

  • No you shouldn't kill any of these people.

    You are a fascist and murderer who believes in an extreme form of eugenics. Your kind of beliefs violates human rights and i am surprised you are not in jail for that, but Peter Singer thought like you that severely handicapped people should be euthanased until his mum got alzheimers disease. He changed his ways. Charlie Chaplin's mother ended up severely mentally ill and she was not harming anyone. Veronica Lake had a severe mental illness and even continued her acting career and raised a family with that diagnosis. Clara Bow ended up with a severe mental illness. Brian Wilson from the beach boys has a severe mental illness. Doctors who accidentally kill patients are guilty of manslaughter and punished as fit.. Not all people who kill people are mentally ill. Some of them are terrorists. 2 women are killed each week by men due to domestic violence, and the men aren't necessarily mentally ill. They could be on meth or alcholic or just evil controlling and nasty. Sometimes women kill men but less so. Family violence is prevalent. Anyway those severe rare mentally ill people who do end up killing people are also criminally insane not just mentally insane, and are also punished as fit by being hospitalised in a hospital for the criminally insane, but jails are not the place that any mentally ill people belong. Politicians also are responsible for mass homicide when they orchestrate wars and force their men to fight for their country to distract people from an economic depression. But no one asks them to be killed or jailed.

  • No, it is a slippery slope.

    If someone has not committed a crime but is merely severely mentally ill or retarded, then we need to provide a safe and encouraging space for them to live and function to the best of their ability. We can not be the ones who decide that someone is defective and should not live or we might be deemed that ourselves.

  • Very nasty type of thinking

    Well, equality2447, what if the execution panel decided that the cut off point defining mental retardation is one point above your IQ? Or, let's say your mental illness all of a sudden fits in the "unfit" category. Maybe all adult males under five feet five inches in height would be considered severely handicapped. I'm sure there would be some displeased folks out there.

  • No I don't think so

    The mentally I'll often commit crimes with no knowledge at all that they are doing the wrong thing. There is no malice in their killings, they need treatment for their disease not death.

    Those who are mentally retarded do not have the full mental capacity to distinguish right from wrong.

  • Who would be the judge?

    Being mentally ill or retarded is not a crime. Why should they have to die at all? Because they might need help? That would be incredibly selfish. We are all human beings and deserving of respect. And who would decide who would be executed or not? Someone could claim anyone was too mentally ill to be alive just to get rid of that person. They could find a doctor(s) who could be paid off to say anything. I am extremely saddened to see the rate was 50% on both sides.

  • It is not fair to take away someone's right to life because they have a low IQ.

    We have advanced as a society to the point where we can now recognize prejudice as wrong. However, it seems that we can not yet always recognize prejudice when it appears.

    Any decent deonotological system of ethics will require human beings to care for those with disabilities. To not do so is barbaric and inhumane and flies in the face of nearly every system of morality known to man.


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