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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.

  • 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

  • Mental state doesn't reverse the crime

    In most of these arguments against executing the mentally ill, I have concluded that these people are not considering that this may be about holding them fully accountable rather than treating mental illness as a crime. That being said, I fully believe that everyone should be held accountable for their actions, regardless of mental state. If someone's mental illness is bad enough to cause the person to commit murder, then that person cannot be cured and will always be a danger to society as long as (s)he is free. Of course we could lock these people up in mental institutions, but it won't bring back those who were killed. If we don't want those whose mental illnesses drove them to mass shootings to continue to suffer, then executing them for their crimes will end their suffering from such illnesses.

    I'm not advocating for mental illness to be considered as an aggravating circumstance in favor of the death penalty, but rather that mental state should be irrelevant to the case. And as far as the Eighth Amendment, it's subjective and up to interpretation, just like most of the United States Constitution.

  • Murder is still murder.

    If I were to kill a guy, I would most likely be executed, but if I had an IQ under 70 I would be able to get off with a life sentence or less. This kind of favoritism isn't what we should be focusing on, we should either punish everyone, or no one.

  • One's mental state does not erase what they did!

    You can make the argument that ANYONE that kills another person (exception: self-defense) is mentally ill or retarded! Think about it this way: What exactly constitutes "mentally-ill" anyways? The defense and prosecution could hire "experts" that can prove or refute such claims in any case. In the end, both the victim and the family deserve JUSTICE for the crime committed; the state of the offender is irrelevant.

  • The mental state of the offender does not erase what they did!

    You can make the argument that ANYONE that kills another person (exception: self-defense) is mentally ill or retarded! Think about it this way: What exactly constitutes "mentally-ill" anyways? The defense and prosecution could hire "experts" that can prove or refute such claims in any case. In the end, both the victim and the family deserve JUSTICE for the crime committed; the state of the offender is irrelevant.

  • 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.

  • Not every mentally ill person, No mentally retarded people

    There's obviously going to be a few mentally unstable people out there that are dangerous. Does that nessecarily mean that all of them are dangerous? No. The most harm a mentally ill person can do to you is - Wait, never mind, mentally ill people can't harm you.

    TL;DR: , Unless you want to be a Rick Perry, it shouldn't be allowed.


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