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Death penalty discussion necessary


SEAN ST CLAIR FIELDS

Death penalty discussion necessary

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The loss of a loved one as a result of an accident or a medical condition is heart-rending to say the least. But the anguish that accompanies the murder of a relative, I cannot begin to imagine what that would feel like.

With a heavy heart I wish to express condolences to the families of those whose lives have been taken by individuals who can best be described as soulless monsters.

I never thought the day would come when Barbadians would be advised to exercise caution when going about our normal day to day activity. When are we going to take these killings seriously as a nation? Will it take divine intervention?

I continue to hold the view that if a person wilfully, maliciously and callously takes the life of another, they have lost their right to live. I can appreciate the many variables and motives that must be considered when dealing with those accused of murder.

Once the evidence (DNA) and otherwise proves that the accused has committed a murder so heinous, so unnecessary, that it sent a very cold chill down the backbone of our psyche, a murder so brutal that Barbadians are compelled to live in fear, in my opinion that individual should no longer benefit from, or be rehabilitated at, tax payers’ expense.

 We can ill afford the spin-offs of inaction as we have seen the repercussions in other places when serious issues like murder are allowed to fester. My fellow Barbadians, we must never cower in our agitation for a safe society and we must never allow ourselves to be scared into inaction. Again I make an urgent appeal for national dialogue on the topic of capital punishment. I look forward to having conversations with anyone who wishes to do so; feel free to email me at [email protected] Let us come together Barbados and ventilate our respective positions and viewpoints. Let us weigh the pros and the cons.  Let us decide as a nation what our best interest is and let us return our country to the status it once held.

 – Sean St Clair Fields

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