Bisexual killer* Luka Magnotta has allegedly filmed himself committing atrocities against another man as he murdered him. He also, reportedly, sent human body parts to certain government officials in Ottawa. Read the account at the National Post if you have a strong stomach.
Since Magnotta lives in Canada, he needn’t worry about being executed; Canada is too “humane” for that. Instead, he’ll be locked up with a bunch of other men to languish away the rest of his days. Hmmm… I’m not so sure this would be considered “punishment” for somebody like that. I certainly would not want to be one of his cell-mates.
Gay/bisexual criminals should be segregated from other men in prison – unless being sexually preyed upon is part of the other prisoners’ sentence. But is it more humane to lock a young man up, in solitary confinement, for the remaining 50 or so years of his life than to execute him? Personally, I’d rather be executed than have to endure such torture. I think most people would feel the same way. If decades of solitary confinement is not “cruel and unusual”, I don’t know what is.
What it boils down to, in my opinion, is what the Jewish sages said long ago: “He who is kind to the cruel will end up being cruel to the kind.” We should reserve our kindness and compassion for those who deserve it. Any attempt to treat sadists and sociopaths with kid-gloves will end up backfiring and harming innocent people.
If Magnotta is guilty of the things he is accused of, the only compassionate punishment would be a bullet to his head.
* This sorry excuse for a human being has filmed himself killing kittens.