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  • Mary's story and other stories here on Cowbird have rung my bell so loudly the vibrations are starting to make my eyes flutter, so I'm going to get this out before my head explodes.

    Anyone who has chosen to disregard the sanctity of another human being through a crime of violence deserves to be put to death. Period.

    I'm not talking about the accidental death of a person, or the unintended consequence of poor thinking. People who write crime drama love to throw around terms like "depraved indifference", but the truth of the matter is that sometimes things happen that were never intended.

    But the intentional murder or rape of another human being is a crime so heinous, so horrendous and so final as to render the perpetrator incapable of rehabilitation. You have to decide you are willing to kill. And once you have made that decision, there is no turning back.

    Any combat veteran knows I am speaking the truth. They have decided to live with the consequences of taking human lives for a cause they believe is just. And those consequences are severe for any decent human being. The psychological trauma suffered by combat veterans is well documented, and while some are able to live with their decision, all are affected by it.

    Murder and Rape, however, are untenable actions which cannot be controlled or undone. To murder another human being is to deny civilized behavior in any form. To rape another human being is to say your needs come before another's. Both crimes indicate a behavior that threatens every sane and decent human being on the planet. If they are not avenged in kind, we tell society at large we are willing to tolerate Monsters among us.

    Murder is the taking of a human life for any reason other than self defense. There is no excuse, no defense, and no way to justify it. Rape is the willingness of a man to suborn the rights of a man or woman to the sanctity of their own body in order to satisfy their basest needs.

    I am so tired of people who think allowing such monsters to live under any conditions is somehow humane or civilized.

    And yes, I am the same guy who writes about the Psalms and God's forgiveness and mercy. If I'm wrong, God and I will have a long discussion, I am certain.

    Some people cannot be saved.

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