I agree--incarceration only--one may justifiably kill only in self (or other) defense,
never as punishment (which is usually just revenge). I see Texas, for example,
as little more than a "legal" (but not ethical) murderer.
It was explained to me, as a kid in school,
that the law asks citizens to restrain themselves from personal vengeance
upon the assurance that GOVERNMENT WILL AVENGE VICTIMS OF CRIMINAL ABUSE
to an appropriate degree
and government has a better apparatus to identify
the perpetrator of an offense. I thought that was reasonable, if thay actually DO
but if government were to default
in those duties: THEN
morally the right to get even reverts
to the injured party.
Tho I was not much impressed by the actor called Mr. T on-the-job,
I must say that I ADMIRED
an auto-biografical comment that he made
to Barbara Walters, during an interview, to wit:
his mother complained of getting mugged in their naborhood;
she mentioned the name of the perp. Mr. T said that he and his brothers
went and found that perp in their naborhood and "you won 't see him no more."
Asked whether thay 'd killed him, he declined comment,
but he re-iterated that: "you won 't see him no more." He sounded confident.
That made me feel good.
I hold him in HIGHER ESTEEM THAN I DID BEFORE