This new death penalty study we've been hearing about sounds rigged.
Naci Mocan, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, says there is "no question" that capital punishment has a deterrent effect.
A 2003 study he co-authored, and a 2006 study that re-examined the data, found that each execution results in five fewer homicides, and commuting a death sentence means five more homicides.
Missing a trend? The United States has been using the death penalty less and less for 20 years or so, and the murder rate has gone down. So how does this study -- and others -- conclude that, by executing more murderers, the murder rate goes down? I'll have to see the details. I'm keeping an open mind.
I suppose if you studied only 1970 to 1985, you could produce that conclusion. I want to see how the statistics are convincing for any time period.
In any case, I've never argued that capital punishment is not a deterrent. Certainly, if you kill a killer, he's been deterred forever. My principal argument is the death penalty is a barbaric, inhuman and immoral procedure unworthy of a democracy.