I mean, other than the emotional aspect, why is it worse to take a child's life than, say, mine?
DuPage County State's Attorney Joe Birkett along with Republican state reps Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst and Randy Ramey of West Chicago have called a news conference for tomorrow at the DuPage County Sheriff’s office.
The lawmakers plan to announce the introduction of a resolution calling on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to lift the informal, eight-year moratorium on executions and the introduction of legislation to expand the death penalty by making those who murder children 16 and under automatically eligible for the death penalty (the current age under the law is 12 and under).
Is it because the child hasn't had time to live a full life? In that case, should we have a sliding scale of punishment based on age? Killing an 87 year-old should get you less time than killing a 30 year-old perhaps, cuz the 87 year-old was just going to die soon anyway?
Is it because children are more "innocent"? Maybe our sliding scale should be based on how many bad things the victim has done in their life.
Or is it because children are less able to defend themselves? Hey, someone walks up and puts a cap into my brain, I'm as defenseless as anyone else.
It makes no sense to me. Of course, this is really just about politics and a very crass way to reintroduce the death penalty by playing on emotions. No politician wants to be "soft" on child killers, so I'm guessing opposition will be light.