Evil and forgiveness

Change? You want change? So do I. I want to change the way we punish barbaric human behavior. I want to change punishment from doin' time to, an eye for an eye.

A drunk driver smashes his vehicle into another vehicle filled with teenage kids and kills them. The punishment should be, loading the drunk driver (sober him up first) into a car and ramming him with a dump truck.

You shoot someone through the heart with a shotgun (description stolen from another headline in dear old Vermont last week), we shoot you through the heart with a shotgun.

Why not?

Someone physically assaults a child? You fill in the blank. Yup, you're catching on.

I mean if we start using this eye-for-an-eye method of punishment-and when we do it we do it at noon in the middle of town for everyone to see; I'm not a Gol darn law enforcement specialist-I gotta think some folks are going to start holding back a little on raping and stuff.

Or maybe not. And if not, well, we're still getting rid of the barbarians who've done the deed and that's a start.

I know, I know: eye for an eye doesn't work. I know, I know: we can't go back to torturing and publicly humiliating killers. Deep down I know and you know it doesn't work that way. But I can dream can't I?

Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at rustyd@pshift.com. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO or visit his website at www.thelogger.com

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