Suggested by the “I love Jesus (the rapist)” thread in GD, which I am too lazy to link to.
I am not looking for reasoned policy positions. I’ll come out right now and say that there are a boatload of rational reasons not to execute rapists who leave their victims alive, and in fact I agree with most of those reasons.
I am wondering about our visceral reactions.
Should a person who overpowers, assaults, and rapes another person be executed?
My gut says yes. Or it would if it had a mouth. What about yours?
My gut reaction is pretty much what it is for every atrocity. I want the perpetrator to have to experience the exact same situation as their victim. Not that I think s/he should be raped (as that would just add another perpetrator) but should have the “thoughts and feelings” of the victim downloaded into the brain (and removed from the victim, if possible). I feel the only way to get through to these types of people is to let them feel exactly what they did.
Note: this isn’t necessarily futuristic, either. Hypnotherapy can do a heck of a lot. Ordinarily I’m against hypnosis, but I’d make an exception here.
Castration for all rapes (violent or otherwise), and then treat it as other assaults (if I am not mistaken, both up here and down there beating the ever-loving crap out of someone generally elicits a greater punishment than less vicious forms of assault). If it’s completely non-violent rape then castrate and leave it at that.
Yes, I know, rape in many cases is about power and dominance and you can still express power and dominance without that equipment, but it removes one of the important elements from the equation. Keep expressing that power and dominance after castration and the assault laws will deal with it.
You would more than likely change your mind if you were being led to the electric chair, and the door behind curtain 2 was a prison cell, complete with color tv, free food, free medical care, free access to a college degree, etc.
There’s no crying in baseball, and no thinking in this thread!
As I said in the OP, I wasn’t looking for a debate on the appropriateness of capital punishment for rapists; hell, I even conceded that I, personally, would conclude that executing rapists is probably a bad idea. I was wondering about people’s gut reactions.
I think a lot of people should be executed. I’m in favor of mandatory death penalties for murder, for violent rape, and for armed robbery. I’m also in favor of deporting people with multiple felony convictions of any kind to third-world countries permanently, and I am in favor of sterilization for multiple felons as well.
I am absolutely 100% serious about this. There are too many people, in America and in the world in general - anything that reduces the population by culling off people who refuse to live by society’s rules is a positive thing in my opinion.