Over the weekend I found myself wondering who would be the first to start baying for Luka Magnotta’s blood. Now I have my answer: Toronto councillor Giorgio Mammoliti and National Post columnist Joe O’Connor. Both of these men are eminent legal sages that we should take very seriously. Mammoliti is an amateur lesbian film-maker, and O’Connor used to be what he calls “a bully, although never the bully-in-chief.” More worrying to me is that other people are no doubt thinking the same thing, and maybe even that the government thinks this tragedy may be a useful opportunity.
First of all, for their own sakes, these clowns need to shut up. If we start saying that Magnotta will be killed, then Germany won’t extradite him back here. Like all civilized countries, they have laws banning extradition to face the death penalty. My country used to care deeply about its own laws on this subject, back when it was civilized. So either way, we wouldn’t get to kill Magnotta.
The more interesting question, though, is why we ought to kill him in the first place. It’s interesting how self-proclaimed conservatives (and Mammoliti is one now, even though he used to be an NDP politician) forget their whole “big government is bad” mantra as soon as they decide they want something they can’t pay for in their much-beloved market using their own private funds. Government should only be large enough to snoop on people’s cell phones, kill prisoners, bomb foreigners, and outlaw protests. Anything larger than that would be a moral travesty!
Judging from the situation to our south, capital punishment doesn’t really have any significant effect on murder rates. Judging from our situation here, we’re far safer than Americans are, despite the fact that in America you can not only execute prisoners, but stock your very own armoury and even, in some states, shoot to kill whenever you feel threatened. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t think I’d feel a great deal safer in such circumstances. And knowing that my murderer may be executed later isn’t going to of much comfort to me, either. Since, you know, I’ll be dead.
Killing a murderer won’t bring his or her victims back and it won’t make the rest of us any safer.Tweet