Editorial: Enforcing death penalty saves lives

'Executed murderers never harm again'


By Dudley Sharp
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eighty-one percent supported and 16 percent opposed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's execution for the murder of 168 people, 19 of whom were infants.

Moreover, 80 percent supported Saddam Hussein's execution. Western European nations, save one, also showed majority support.

Polling has consistently found that 80 percent of Americans support the death penalty for some crimes, with only 15 percent opposing the death penalty for all crimes.

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