HARTFORD, Conn. -- The state Senate voted Thursday to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut, a state that has executed only one prisoner in a half-century and is now on track to join a national trend away from capital punishment.
In an early morning vote that followed more than 10 hours of debate, the Senate approved legislation that would set life imprisonment as the maximum punishment for all future cases. The bill, which has the support of the state's Democratic governor, now goes to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, where it's expected to win approval.
In the past five years, four other states have abolished the death penalty - New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey and New York. Connecticut would become the 17th state without a death penalty
Homicides In Connecticut - 1960 - 2010
Only people who believe that upon successfully passing a law they have obtained a "Mission Accomplished Moment" will see the possibility that Connecticut joining the ranks of states that have banned "State Sponsored Executions' as a material advancement.
These same people should be immediately forced to show their plans for engaging the general public, focusing on the population sub-segment - Young Males - that will effectively reduce their commission of murder. This would prove that their "conflict resolution" strategies are effective on people as their laws are effective on government officials.
Admittedly Connecticut is a relatively small state and does not produce the body count of its larger neighbors.
Connecticut's per capita homicide rate is 3.4 per 100,000 people.
Louisiana, Maryland and Missouri lead the nation at 11.2, 7.2 and 7.0 respectively. (MS is also 7.0)
I have little doubt that the Civil Rights Pharisees will cheer the decision of the CT senate to retire the "State Sponsored Executions". They likewise believe that the key to reducing "Street Pirate Sponsored Executions" in the areas of the nation where they are way off of the chart is to legislate "social justice" in these places, providing those who today turn their guns on other members of their community with opportunity which serves as evidence that the greater society cares for them, providing an opening for them to dispense of their "I Don't Give A What" lifestyle and consciousness.
The slight of hand of this line of thinking is that it attempts to shift the burden of murder reduction that the community is suffering from upon the greater community which - like the killer, has shown woeful disregard for the value of their fellow human being. If they do not receive the "social justice" that they desire - then it is the greater society that must accept the blood that is on the hands as the people of prime interests of the "Civil Rights Pharisees" are seen killing each other.
Take this same consciousness and place it into its own nation and please prove that it would have a low homicide rate now that IT must produce its own "social justice" - the very thing that it seeks to outsource today.