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Hanging not a solution; LETTERS.

IWOULD expect nothing more than George Tyndale to jump on the bandwagon of "hang 'em high" as once again the hanging debate is opened.

Out come all the reasons again why hanging is the silver bullet for murder - but, of course, those in favour of the death penalty have no idea of what they are really calling for, or who they intend to hang.

It starts with police killers, then it's child killers, then it's a killing in a robbery. Before you know it, let's hang all murderers.

And if this is the solution for murder then it will work on other types of crimes, so before long we are hanging everyone from killers to bank robbers, and from terrorists to protesters. With fewer felons locked up, we can reduce the size of prisons, saving the taxpayer a fortune.

The truth is that hanging has never worked. It has never solved a social problem or cured an economic one.

It is barbaric, a futile panacea for all our social ills - but society never learns. Every time it has a problem, the quick fix solution is always seen as the best.

We must never return to believing that justice is at the end of a rope, in an electric chair or by lethal injection.

Let's just look at the Carl Bridgewater case, after which Mr Tyndale would have hanged four innocent men.

Then there's the Birmingham pub bombings where another six innocent men would have gone to the gallows.

So that's ten in Birmingham alone we would have hung for crimes they did not commit.

There can be no excuse for the cold-blooded murder of two woman police officers, but there are also questions as to why they were sent to an incident in an area where known gang activity was taking place.

We also should be asking the Government about its strategy of cutting front line police officers, and the proposal of a lone officer patrolling a beat.

If we are going to open a debate on hanging then we should putting the facts on the table, not arguing the case on emotion and revenge - and certainly not on the argument put forward by a newspaper colummist who hides behind anonymity.

S T VAUGHAN, Yardley Wood

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2012
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