Daily Devotional for Monday February 17, 2020
Should drug dealers be executed?
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please be with those who are in bondage to drugs this day, as well as those in any type of bondage! Your Word says that you came to set the captives free. Please free those in bondage this day as they look to You for their chains that bind them to be loosed! You oh Lord have defeated EVERY FOE, and on this day, defeat that foe in my life, the lives of my family, and the lives of all who are looking for the victory only YOU can supply. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
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“You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13
Why not make death the penalty for drug dealers? Today is the first time I have ever used the weekly poll question for a Daily Devotional during the week the poll question was live. However, I truly believe this question is not only legitimate, but can’t be simply ignored or sloughed off as barbaric, racist, something we don’t do, or any number of responses to fight back against the notion that we should execute drug dealers.
One reason for the blowback is that this conversation is being initiated by President Trump. To be honest, he could propose the cure for cancer and his political opponents would find arguments to fight him. Look at how the slavish mainstream media and many who oppose the President politically dealt with the death of the evil terrorist Soleimani. Many not only defended this evil person responsible for the killing and maiming of thousands of US soldiers and hundreds of thousands of other innocent people, but literally rebuked the President for taking him out!
Let me ask you a question. If someone walks into a 7-11, pulls a gun, and shoots the clerk in the head and kills him, would you agree there isn’t at least an argument that the person who perpetrated the murder should face the death penalty? Last year apx. 60,000 people in the United Stated died of a drug overdose. Each one of those people purchased the drugs that ultimately killed them from someone.
WHY IS THE PERSON SELLING DRUGS THAT KILL SOMEONE ANY LESS CULPABLE THAN THE PERSON WHO PULLS A GUN AND SHOOTS A 7-11 CLERK DEAD???
Over the past 20+ years I have sat with, consoled, and counseled families who lost a loved one to a drug overdose. YOU tell the mother or father of a dead son or daughter to drugs that the person who sold their child those drugs doesn’t deserve the same punishment ANY murderer should face. I am fully aware of the personal responsibility of the person who is using the drugs, and am in no way mitigating that fact.
However, think about this. You can make the case very easy and legitimately that many drug dealers are mass murders!
History knows the names of purely evil people like John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper to name a few. History does NOT know the names of evil drug dealers who are responsible for the deaths of dozens, hundreds, even thousands of people who died due to the poison they sold them. I submit that very few people would argue that any of these evil men named above are worthy of being put to death.
WHY ARE THOSE WHO SELL DRUGS THAT KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE ANY LESS WORTHY OF BEING PUT TO DEATH FOR THEIR PREMEDITATED CRIMES?
Let me add one other fact most people aren’t aware of unless they are in, around, or part of the criminal justice system. Dealing drugs is NOT a non-violent crime. Please, let me say that again and hear me. DEALING DRUGS IS NOT A NON-VIOLENT CRIME!
To hear the bleeding heart liberals and media tell the story, you have people doing 20, 30, 40 years in prison for selling a few drugs, often to supply their own drug habit. They are just poor misunderstood addicts being unfairly treated by the criminal justice system. COW PIES!!!
Over 95% of state and federal cases are settle with a plea bargain. Here is the FACT about virtually EVERY PERSON in state and federal prison on drug charges. People who are doing lines of coke or meth, smoking a joint, are NOT in prison for 5, 10, 20 years or longer. That is pure propaganda. You don’t get a long prison sentence unless you are selling large amounts of drugs, and in most every case the plea bargain has resolved much more serious and violent charges!
In a typical plea bargain for someone selling drugs, here is what happens that the public never knows about. A drug dealer is caught and looking at 40, 50 years in prison. So they cooperate and tell the prosecutors everything they know about the drug ring they were part of. In return, they get a sentence of 5 years, 7 years, instead of the 40 or 50 they were looking at.
In that process, to get down to the 5-7 year sentence they drop the amount of drugs they were dealing, in almost every case there were firearms involved and those charges are dropped, and there are almost always victims that they are charged with hurting in some way and those charges are dropped. So when it is all finished, to the public it looks like some poor non-violent drug addict, often a minority, doing lots of years in jail due to his addiction.
THE REALITY IS, THESE ARE VIOLENT PEOPLE, INVOLVED IN A VERY VIOLENT WORLD, WHO HAVE HAD THE BULK OF THE SERIOUS CHARGES AGAINST THEM DROPPED IN THEIR PLEA AGREEMENT!
I love you and care about you so much. I will let you and most importantly the politicians fight over the issue of whether drug dealers should be executed. Of course like all criminal penalties, they serve a dual purpose. Most important is punishment. Never forget the first and foremost reason of the penalty for committing a crime is punishment. However, it does serve a secondary purpose and that is as a deterrent for others who are considering committing a similar crime.
You already have many major drug dealers currently serving a life sentence for selling drugs. I would assume many who support the death penalty would not have an issue with those high level, high profile people being executed. This topic though is bringing in drug dealers in general, street level dealers, since it is the actual person who is selling people the drugs they die from who can be argued are no different than the person who kills a 7-11 clerk.
My gut is that there is ZERO political will for such action being taken. In today’s highly partisan political environment it probably won’t even receive a healthy debate. In the meantime, we will continue seeing 60,000 or so people dying each year due to the poison that has enslaved them, and their murderers will never be held accountable!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,