You might have heard about Tookie Williams, the 51 year old founder of Los Angeles’s Crips gang and multiple murderer is approaching his execution hour. At this time lines are drawn between those who feel that Mr. Williams should die, and those who feel he has been redeemed (indeed Mr. Williams has become a strong voice against street violence and has penned several books, including a children’s book, decrying the lifestyle that led him to where he is at).
Mr. Williams’s case has also become a cause celeb with many of the movers and shakers of the entertainment industry speaking out on his behalf. To make things even more Hollywood, Arnold Schwarzenegger is holding this man’s fate in his hands as the Governor of California and the only one who can commute his sentence to life rather than death from lethal injection.
Mr. Williams was given the death sentence for the brutal murders of four people back in 1979. He is, first and foremost, a thug and a killer.
Granted he has mellowed with age and seen the error of his ways.
Unfortunately, four people had to die.
Do I think he should put to death?
No. I do not believe in the death penalty – I think it is barbaric and beneath us as a civilized nation to continue in this practice.
Do I think that Mr. Williams was guilty?
Do I think he’s changed his ways?
Possibly; people can change. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse sometimes not at all.
Again: Should he be put to death?
No, it’s not going to bring any of his victims back, and makes us look like a society of blood crazed, vengeful creatures…
…but that’s just my two cents on the matter