I live 45 minutes from Aurora and I've talked to people from there about what happened. This guy deserves to die.
The only way Justice will ever be served is by taking his life. Mentally ill or not, he knew the difference between right and wrong, and his actions were not those of someone who just "snapped". It was premeditated.
Death penalty definitely. He showed no compassion for his victims or just humanity in general. Plus why waste tax dollars feeding this vile fiend
he deserves lethal injection,
He was equipped with tear gas, a rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun. He rigged his apartment with explosives, he had spike strips to have fun in the event of a car chase. He shot and killed innocent people indiscriminately. All of this indicates that he had a CLEAR conscience and intention to kill and harm a mass number of people, and therefore does not deserve a breath of life. The insanity plea is just an excuse to avoid jail time, to say that he didn't know better- yes he DID know better, as he did it in clear conscience and knew EXACTLY what he wanted (wanted to pretend to be the joker, wanted to cause chaos, planned a specific time and location for it).
As good as it would feel being able to kill someone like that, they technically aren't suffering at all, and are therefore not being punished. It would be an "easy-out" for anyone who wished to cause mass harm to people. They'd just be put to sleep after they go on a killing spree.
he's obviously mentally ill he should be punished yes but killing someone not in control of their actions is wrong
It would be a waste of tax dollars for a punishment which is not objectively more severe than the life in prison.
the Death Penalty does nothing to stop people from killing. People should realize this by now, it has also done nothing to lower murder rates. The death penalty only gives people a false feeling of revenge and closure, it does nothing to help people heal from losing their loved ones. The death penalty should only be used in extreme circumstances, like treason and certain cases of when a soldier deserts his post if it causes the death of other troops.
People should understand by now that capital punishment is not efficient at all. The death penalty takes tens of years; usually prisoners are kept on death row for 13-15 years before their execution happens, meanwhile death row prisoners are sucking up state/provincial taxes and are very expensive to keep alive; in fact they are MORE expensive to keep alive than prisoners receiving a life sentence. The death penalty is primitive and expensive, and for what? Saying, "let's treat murder with murder?" What good does that do?
The death penalty is flawed. Yes, he killed many people, but life in prison is worse IMO. Death penalty should be abolished, as it is expensive and not always the smartest option.
The death penalty doesn't work as a deterrent, it is more expensive than imprisonment, it is less of a punishment and I personally oppose murder no matter what.
I believe that killing him won't change a thing, but he is mentally ill and classified with schizophrenia and other mental disorders, we should learn from him. How he behaves, just to prevent this from striking again. Death penalty doesn't even work.
We can't learn anything from dead people. If we kill this person how can we possibly find out what caused him personally to commit the crime? The point of imprisonment is to rehabilitate people not punish. if you want a system of punishment then implement sharia law which chops peoples hands or whips them for disobedience. This just creates a society of fear not a society of love. I think the families of the victims would much rather see the killer sorry and repentant for their crime not dead. Everyone has to die one day but how many people have to live in guilt? Society needs to figure out how to make non-humans (james holmes) into humans so they can live in guilt and repentance. A life of guilt is 10x more effective than non-life. Or else, let's just keep him alive, examine for our own purposes and bash the shit out of him whenever we feel angry. There's no going back after death.
Killing somebody is not justice. If we want to make them suffer for their actions, life in prison is the more logical approach. Plus, couldn't the death penalty fall under the category of "cruel and unusual punishment"? That would violate our eighth amendment.