An Ultimate Crime Deserves the Ultimate Punishment

by SPuiesht on September 10, 2015 - 11:25pm

The article entitled “Charleston shootings: Death penalty sought for Dylann Roof”, published on September 4 2015 on BBC News, is about a 21 years old killer, Dylann Roof. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson states that Dylann Roof will get the punishment he deserves to have killed nine innocents black individual, while they were studying in a church. This church which is located in South Carolina is nationally known as an historic black church, which leaded the federal prosecutors to say that Dylann Roof’s behaviour was racially motivated. Moreover, after the shootings, Dylann Roof posted provocative pictures of him with several symbols of slavery. The Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson conclude  saying that some family members of the victims accepted the fact that Dylann Roof is given death penalty as punishment but some families do not believe this is the appropriate punishment for someone who have killed nine innocents people, because it is too easy.

My personal opinion about Dylann Roof’s story is that he deserves to be given the death penalty as a punishment. He could have went to another church but Dylann Roof choose Emanuel African Methodist Church which is a black church, moreover, after he killed nine people from the church, he posted pictures of him with symbols of slavery. This clearly demonstrates that his behaviour was racially motivated and it seem like his own knowledge of the past history motivated him to act this way. As Darren Curnoe states, skin colour is just a feature used for racial classification but for Dylann Roof, black people do not deserve to belong in the society.

 

Charleston shootings: Death penalty sought for Dylann Roof. (2015, September 4). BBC News. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34146798 

Comments

The reason why I chose to comment on this article is because this story was talked a lot in the media and it’s a tragic that it had happened. I had followed this story when it had happened because stories like this really touch my heart and it’s sad to see innocent people die especially because one person did not accept another culture and race. You can clearly see that this had to do with a racial crime because after he had went to a church that was known as a historical black church, he had posted provocative pictures of himself with symbols of slavery. Clearly his motive was to kill as many black people as he can. I don’t agree on the opinion that was talked about in this post because I think that Dylann Roof deserves to go to jail but till death. If he would receive the death penalty, it would be too easy of a way out like people had mentioned, but if he would be sent to jail till death, he would have all his life to think about what he did and he could serve the proper punishment for what he did to all those innocent people. Also, I believe that no matter what you do, no one deserves the death penalty because even though a person would wrongly make a decision, he still has family who cares about them, so if someone would get put through the death penalty, the family of the person would suffer a loss also. In my opinion, the death penalty shouldn’t exist and that Dylann Roof should not get the death penalty but to get sentenced to jail time until death.

The reason I chose to respond to your article is because I was very touched by the subject discussed. By reading it, I realized that what happened that day was very tragic. It was everywhere in the news, in the media and I agree with your opinion. The act of Dylann is not pardonable. Black people are not superior or inferior at us, they are normal people who just want to live their life like everybody. They do not deserve to be treated like this. Hence, maybe the death penalty should be a possibility because it is unbelievable what Dylann Roof did. After all, he does not deserve to live after what he did. He did not only killed one person, he killed nine people for a stupid reason. Many years ago, the death penalty was removed because they killed to many innocents' people. In that case, we know it is him, who did the murder, so the death penalty can be an option.

I chose this article because recently there has been a lot of acts or racism, that has been committed in the past year. I personally believe that Roof's crimes were motivated by racism. "I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me." - Wikipedia. This statement was contained in Dylann Roof's 2444 word manifesto. Its obvious to me that it was racially motivated. I personally believe he should not be given the death penalty, because that is unfair to all of the lives that he took, life in solitary confinement would seem more suiting, because he shouldn't be allowed to roam free in a prison, and he shouldn't be allowed to escape from the crimes that he has committed, he should be feeling the same pain of the victims and the victim's families. I believe that for the crimes of Dylann Roof, the death penalty would be to easy for his crimes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dylann_Roof

This article appealed to me as I used to live in North Carolina in the states and these racist actions that keep happening over there hit home to me. As much as this man's actions are horrible and should never ever be condoned, especially with his motives I believe that the death penalty is not the choice of punishment. The death penalty is not ethical if we look at ethics based on your actions. You have no right to choose to end someone's life. Even if he is a horrible person, everyone's life is valid. I believe life without parole would have been the better choice. By being stuck in jail he is actually getting punished instead of ending his life. On top of it some people wait 20 years or more to be executed. That is already almost all of a life sentence in the American prison system. Yet instead of trying to get rehabilitated since he is on death row he just lives. I believe we should simply let him stay in jail and try to make him feel guilty for his horrible actions, besides we don't know what happens in the afterlife so we don't know if that is truly punishment. He should be given ethical treatment even if he is a murderer and took wrongs do not equal a right. As well as by being so well known for a racist, the prisoners will know who he is once he steps foot in the door. They will do what they want to do to him and most likely he will be killed in jail even if he isn't on death row.

This article appealed to me as I used to live in North Carolina in the states and these racist actions that keep happening over there hit home to me. As much as this man's actions are horrible and should never ever be condoned, especially with his motives I believe that the death penalty is not the choice of punishment. The death penalty is not ethical if we look at ethics based on your actions. You have no right to choose to end someone's life. Even if he is a horrible person, everyone's life is valid. I believe life without parole would have been the better choice. By being stuck in jail he is actually getting punished instead of ending his life. On top of it some people wait 20 years or more to be executed. That is already almost all of a life sentence in the American prison system. Yet instead of trying to get rehabilitated since he is on death row he just lives. I believe we should simply let him stay in jail and try to make him feel guilty for his horrible actions, besides we don't know what happens in the afterlife so we don't know if that is truly punishment. He should be given ethical treatment even if he is a murderer and took wrongs do not equal a right. As well as by being so well known for a racist, the prisoners will know who he is once he steps foot in the door. They will do what they want to do to him and most likely he will be killed in jail even if he isn't on death row.

After reading your article, I could not agree more with you. He should deserve the death penalty for what he did but then again even if they do kill him for what he did, there's probably another *Dylann* that will do the exact same thing he did somewhere else. I don't think we can stop killing by killing it never worked in the past I do not see how it would work today. Despite the fact that he killed nine harmless black individuals, he's only 21 years old. He shouldn't be killed but be helped. Most of the time, people who goes on a rampage like what happened at the church of Emanuel African Methodist Church are usually mentally ill and need help. For instance :( Seung-Hui Cho. As a child, Cho was diagnosed with severe anxiety disorder and placed under treatment. On December 13, 2005, he was found "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization. On April 16, 2007, he killed 32 people and wounded 17 others at a University in Virginia/ James Holmes. Between March 16th and June 11, 2012, the psychiatrist who treated Holmes, Dr. Lynn Fenton, wrote in her notes that Holmes "may be shifting insidiously into a frank psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia.” On July 20, 2012 Holmes walked into an Aurora, Colorado movie theater and killed 12 people, injuring 70 others). I am not saying that we should overlooked what he did since it is inhuman to do such a thing, he should get treated first then give him an appropriate punishment.

Here’s a list of people who were mental ill and were the protagonist of the mass shootings.
http://www.newsweek.com/charleston-massacre-mental-illness-common-thread...

I chose this article because of the current racial tensions that are going on in the united states, it's hard to believe that people are still being targeted for the colour of their skin and with all the stories of white males shooting and ultimately killing black people, the Dylan roof story stands out to me because of the way he did it: Dylann went into a church that is an iconic black church that has been there for almost 200 years and shot 9 unarmed and innocent black people during their bible study with hopes of starting a race war. Pictures then surfaced of him posing with a confedarate flag which fuels his true intention even more. In the past 5 years, Dylann roof had become more "racially aware" - (wikipedia) and the Trayon martin shooting made him realize that George Zimmerman was in the right which made him pursue a more white supremacist lifestyle and "An unidentified source said interrogations with Roof after his arrest determined he had been planning the attack for around six months, researched Emanuel AME Church, and targeted it because of its role in African-American history." (wikipedia) .Dylann roof deserves the death penatly for what he has done because there is no room for hate and violence in this world. Him getting the death penalty is going to send a message to all KKK and Racists who justify that killing black people is okay because of the colour of their skin. The punishment fits the crime and in this case, it's the death penatly for Dylann. He's going to be an easy target in prison for what he did.

I chose this article because of the impact that racism has on society. It’s unbelievable how much people have been maltreated for the colour of their skin. He was obviously granted death penalty due to the fact that it is financially beneficial to the economy but i do not think that death penalty is a fit punishment for him. I think it’s an easy way out for him after he killed 9 innocent black individuals. I’m against his punishment not because of sympathy for him but because it doesn’t really reduce crime. I think that he should suffer the way he made his innocent victims suffer. He needs to live each day and realize what he did. Sometimes murderers will kill themselves after committing the crime so they wouldn’t have to face the consequences of what they have done. For most criminals that get sentenced to death penalty they are most likely happy knowing that they don’t have to go to prison and deal with everyone hating on you and trying to kill you. When people do things like murder, rape, etc. they deserve to suffer the penalties alive and feel the pain instead of just being able to die.

To this day, the death penalty has been a very polarizing issue. The case of Dylann Roof is of no exception. One way to approach this situation is by making use of a teleological utilitarian point of view. This consists, essentially, of trying to achieve the summum bonum - the greatest good for the greatest amount of people. In this particular case, no good would be brought to anyone if the killer were to be executed. In that light, this punishment could be considered immoral and excessive given the fact that it has no utilitarian or ethical justification. Not only is a life sentence sufficient to insure public safety, but it also offers the perpetrator an opportunity at redemption. Having his whole life to reflect on his actions creates a greater chance for him to make a positive contribution to society, and therefore to the greater good. In all, Dylann’s evil and horrific actions should not justify further killing and the focus should be brought, instead, on what little good can be made out of such an atrocious event.

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