The monster who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School deserved the death penalty. But that wouldn't have happened even if Adam Lanza had lived, now that Connecticut has abolished capital punishment, says a former Republican leader.
"A gunman who kills 20 kids, or one kid, or one person, has forfeited their life. They no longer deserve to live, and should be executed," former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring wrote on Facebook Friday.
"And that's why I'm frustrated to learn that Connecticut abolished the death penalty just eight months ago. In my view this is not so much about deterrence, but about justice. Murderers give up their right to enjoy life, something they deprived the innocent."
In April Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy (D) signed a bill that abolished the death penalty, making his state the 17th in the nation to abandon capital punishment and the fifth in five years to usher in a repeal. It replaced the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of release as the state's highest form of punishment.
After the carnage in Connecticut debate about capital punishment is just academic. Lanza, the gunman, committed suicide as first responders closed in.
Politix reporting and via CNN.