LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Death penalty can’t deter if not used

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At a time when violent crime remains high in Maryland and America’s Second Amendment rights are under attack, Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, has continued to advance his liberal agenda by arguing for the abolishment of capital punishment in our state. He contends that it is costly and ineffective.

Capital punishment has been ineffective in Maryland because it is seldom implemented here. The last execution in Maryland occurred in 2005. Furthermore, it is costly because of the process of appeals and exorbitant rates of trial lawyers. Rather than abolish capital punishment, the tiresome and lengthy process of unnecessary appeals needs to be evaluated so justice can be administered more effectively. How can capital punishment serve as a deterrent if it is seldom used?

Mr. O'Malley is a hypocrite for his staunch efforts to abolish capital punishment for people who deserve to die. A peaceful lethal injection is no comparison to the methods of killing inflicted by these monsters on the innocent men, women and children they slaughtered. To Maryland’s apparently delusional governor, though, the lives of convicted killers are more worthy of respect than the lives of the murdered.

MATTHEW PASALIC

Catonsville, Md.

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