Yesterday, callous lawmakers in the State of Maryland voted to increase the incentives for individuals and groups to commit premeditated murder across their jurisdiction.
By a vote of 82 to 56, in the House of Delegates, the Maryland legislature votedto abolish the death penalty. The Senate had voted in favor of abolition a week earlier. The legislation now resides on the desk of Governor Martin O’Malley, (Democrat) who has a long history of favoring would-be murderers over their potential victims. The bill will surely be signed into law, making Maryland the sixth state in as many years to end capital punishment.
Well, democracies tend to obtain the governments that they deserve, so clearly a decisive voter-set in Maryland embraces an increase in the murder rate. Advanced econometric studies suggest that for every premeditated murderer who does not go to the death chamber, thirteen innocents will be slaughtered. Those studies are cross-state in nature and are carefully controlled for all relevant variables that influence the murder rate (for example, ethnic composition of the population, income distribution, average education achievement, degree of urbanization, etc.)
13 for 1 is a sufficient trade-off to make me an advocate for capital punishment. I am so grateful that I reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia and not in Maryland. No doubt potential murderers are migrating out of Virginia into Maryland in statistically significant numbers.