I know there is a clear distinction between murder, and drug dealing. There is a HUUUGE world of difference (drug dealing, just by itself, is more a stupid crime than it is malicious), not the least of which the drug dealer's 'victims' bring it upon themselves, to a large extent. A drug addict asks for his drugs; a murder victim doesn't ask to be killed. I certainly didn't ask to find my dad lying in front of our house killed by some unknown assailant. I doubt he did either. My brother on the other hand does ask for his drugs. I hope you see where I am coming from.Joy Division wrote:I didn't say he should get off lightly either. What I’m getting at is how do you determine whether an offence is atrocious enough to warrant the death penalty. By my code of ethics, drug dealing is on par with murder in terms of harm to others and motives behind the actions.
In case you don't then here is a basic summary: drug dealer's principle motivation is profit, while a murderer is a malicious cunt who brutally destroys someone and leaves that person's family completely and utterly shattered (living in fear for yourself and other loved ones, nightmares and sleepless nights, and constant second guessing and "survivor's guilt" is standard). The victim of drugs has to deal with addiction, and their family has to put up with it or isolate themselves from him. A murder victim is taken from this world prematurely, and his family have to cope with that as best they can (in other words, they'll never get over it). From my perspective, murder is about a billion times worse than drug dealing.
I fully support the death penalty for murderers. For drug dealers, I just can't see it being justified. You might as well have cigarette company execs rounded up and shot (and I would think they're much worse than your average heroin dealer, even though heroin is a worse drug it doesn't have as much exposure that cigarettes have, nor does it contribute to as many deaths per annum IIRC), along with alcohol makers.With that in mind, I put the question to you again - would you support the death penalty in this case?