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10:43 a.m. - 2001-06-11
Final Moments

Justice was served?

Today, June 11th, 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection for the terroristic bombing of a Federal building in Oklahoma City, Ok. He killed 168 men, women, and children. He showed no remorse and welcomed, in some morbid way, his death. There were witnesses, some relieved and some still tormented. It was a day in infamy. The first federal execution since 1963.

People were divided over this death penalty issue, but all in all, the final count outweighed the cruelty issue. Only 200 opponents of the death penalty lay vigil for McVeigh on the eve and morning of his execution. Whereas, thousands or even millions waited anxiously for the moment he would breathe no more.

What about the victims? Are their tormented souls finally at rest? Have their survivors overcome their grief to say their last goodbyes? Hardly. Though this execution might be of historical significance, it surely does not end the grief and sorrow that the survivors, families and the American public might feel regarding this situation. This is a heartbreaking, humanity issue. Can someone decide, legally, the limits of one's life?

I support the death penalty for a number of reasons. First and foremost: severity of crime. Secondly: remorse? or lack thereof. Third: how has this crime affected those who survived? Fourth: How has it affected the American public?

Though my reasons may seem superficial or doused in legality/humanity issues, I still feel that McVeigh felt no remorse, he killed someone's mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, child. For that, there is no perfect punishment. For that, he must replace their lost lives with his own. For the children who shall never know the love of their parent. For the parents who shall never see their child(ren) lose their first tooth, graduation kindergarden, compete in sports or music, graduate high school and college, marry, have children, retire. Empty hearts. That's what he's left.

Hopefully, from this, America shall start anew. We need a fresh start.

God Bless those who were directly and indirectly affected.




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