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Here come the bleeding-heart liberals, whining and carrying on about the death penalty again. Christina Gully ("Execution diminishes us," Deseret News Readers' Forum, June 24) complains that man "forgot or conveniently put aside God's edict and society's moral code not to murder, and condemned to death his fellow human beings." Capital punishment is not the same as murder, neither in the law of man nor the law of God.

Robert A. Eder Sr. ("Death penalty is barbaric," Deseret News Readers' Forum, June 27) maintains that the death penalty "deters no one from committing outrageous crimes such as murder," but I guarantee that the death penalty has forever deterred Timothy McVeigh from ever again committing another murder.

Ms. Gully thinks that the death penalty is all about "vengeance," and John Telfer more or less agrees ("Purpose of death penalty is punishment for a crime," Deseret News Readers Forum, June 24). They are both wrong. The death penalty is society's way of protecting itself from a deadly cancer that would destroy it if left unchecked.

The solution proposed by most such bleeding-heart liberals is life in prison, but that is not really a viable solution, since many murders are committed in prison. Fellow inmates and guards alike have been killed by imprisoned murderers, and it is not fair for non-violent criminals to be imprisoned with convicted murderers. Prisons are for non-violent criminals — not for convicted murderers.

Imprisoned murderers do occasionally escape to kill again, as we saw not too long ago in Texas, when a police officer was killed by escaped murderers. That officer would be alive today if those murderers had been put to death. The death penalty is the only sure way of protecting society from those who have demonstrated that they are more than willing to kill when provided with the means, motive and opportunity.

Michael Dalton