Death by firing squad
The latest news in the Gary Glitter child sex abuse story is that he could be sentenced to death by firing squad.
I'm not sure what I think about this. On one hand, I have always said I don't believe in capital punishment because I think killing someone for any reason is murder, not to mention cases where innocent people are wrongly convicted. On the other hand, this man is a monster, as are all sex offenders, and he has proved that he can't be rehabilitated.
There doesn't seem to be an easy answer. If he's not to be put to death, what happens to him ? The only way to make sure he can't do anything like this again is to lock him up for the rest of his life, which costs the taxpayer money. The justice system in Britain is completely screwed up when it comes to this type of crime. Sentences can range from probabtion (ha !) to a few years in prison. Very rarely are sex offenders actually given life sentences but even then they are usually released early. Free to go and live next to a school and do it again.
There are people out there who say that paedophiles are ill and that it is a sickness. I disagree completely with that. There is no medical reason that would force someone to act on these feelings. I don't believe any amount of therapy will help. Paedophiles are evil and they cannot be rehabilitated. They will always be a danger to society.
So maybe the Vietnamese have got it right. You can't solve the problem so just take it away. I may not like it but I won't be shedding any tears.