The Death Penalty Is Appropriate for Proven Killers | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Mark Davis during a Newsweek podcast debate about the death penalty. You can listen to the podcast here:

Capital punishment isn't about revenge and retribution. That is not what morally informs death penalty advocates. The purpose is to send the societal statement — no one knows if it's a deterrent or not, and it's impossible to know because you would need apples and apples. If you go to a Louisiana and Texas, the South has a lot of death penalty [cases] and a lot of murders. One would have to hop into a time tunnel, remove the death penalty and see if maybe we would have more.

Electric Chair
FILE - This March 2019, file photo, provided by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the state's electric chair in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina House members may soon debate whether to restart the state's stalled death penalty with the electric chair and whether to add a firing squad to the execution methods. The state's House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday, April 27, 2021, that would let condemned inmates choose death by being shot in the heart by several sharpshooters. Kinard Lisbon/South Carolina Department of Corrections/AP, File

There may be just some states that are a little more murder-prone. Nobody ever guarantees that the death penalty will get rid of your murder rate. We kill people all the time. It's called a just war. It is perfectly permissible, morally, to kill people under certain circumstances. The notion "thou shall not kill" as a blanket statement morally doesn't work. We kill people for self-defense, we kill people very biblically in the death penalty. On the notion of morality, somebody is certainly free to object to the death penalty for whatever grounds they wish. I don't totally know what the moral argument is. It's not biblical.

Mark Davis is Host of The Mark Davis Show on 660AM on "The Answer" KSKY, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.