I read Ross' piece on Nebraska's decision to repeal the death penalty. It is well worth reading.
At a time when conservatives going from the pro to anti-death penalty column, I have gone in the opposite direction. Given my contrary nature, I suppose that isn't a surprise. More on this later.
Ross begins the article by telling the story of Nebraska GOP State Senator Colby Coash who went from being a supporter to an opponent of the death penalty after attending a gathering outside a prison where an execution was to take place and being turned off by the "tailgate party" atmosphere.
I agree that we ought to avoid celebrating a person's death, even a bad person who has committed evil acts. These occasions call for sobriety and somber reflection. Yet I don't see this as sufficient cause to abrogate the death penalty. The problem in this instance is within us, not with the law itself.