Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | September 4, 2012 | 10:01 AM EDT

Some people would call me callous, but I simply refuse to believe there are people who are so mentally disturbed they don't realize that mass murder or molesting a child are the most heinous crimes a human being can commit. They're not as much demented, as they are evil.

They show no respect for human life and suffering, they ruin the lives of family members and take the last breath of an innocent child with the indifference of swatting a fly and go to court neatly dressed with a fresh haircut and a lawyer and tell the world that they didn't know what they were doing and should not have to face the fullest extent of the law because of something that happened to them in their early lives.

You mean to tell me you have enough sense to obtain an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, get a hold of tactical police SWAT gear, intricately wire an apartment of explosives with the expertise of an al-Qaeda bomb maker, and you don't have sense enough to know that walking into a theater full of people you don't even know and indiscriminately murdering men, women and children is bad wrong?

I don't buy that. I never have and I never will. What James Holmes did in Aurora, CO was not because of insanity, it was because of pure and unadulterated satanic evil and he is just as guilty of the taking of innocent life as Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, Joseph Stalin and the Islamic fanatics who flew planes into the World Trade Center and should have to at least face the death penalty, plea bargains not withstanding.

When someone rapes and kills a three-year-old girl or boy, in my book that person has forfeited their right to live, period.

There are those who don't believe in the death penalty, they say it's not a deterrent. The death penalty is not meant to be a deterrent but a punishment for a crime that is so evil and devastating that there is no other just way to address it.

And before you cherry pickers start salivating on your keyboards, let me say that I do not want to see any innocent person put to death for a crime they didn't commit, but there are persons languishing on the death rows of prisons around the nation who have been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to be guilty of the crimes that put them there decades ago, while the families of their victims wait in vain for justice while hotshot legal maneuvering and politics prolong the agonizing process.

Can somebody possibly tell me what good it has done to keep Charles Manson alive all these years except to let a few bleeding hearts pat each other on the back and feel all warm and fuzzy inside because they're such compassionate human beings?

There was a crime committed in Tennessee a few years ago against a young man and woman by a bunch of young punks that involved every imaginable kind of rape and sodomy, and before the victims were murdered these animals poured acid on them.

The scumbags are still alive, living on the largesse of the people of Tennessee. If that had been your son or your daughter, or if some of your family members were murdered for nothing more than attending a movie or if you had a grandson or granddaughter who was brutally raped and murdered by some worthless piece of tripe would you feel that the persons guilty of the crime had the right to continue living while the innocent ones they destroyed lay in a grave?

There is no doubt about James Holmes being guilty, there are eyewitnesses and he was caught red handed with the weapons that were used in the massacre. Everybody knows that he killed those people and had plans to kill many more and no amount of appeals is going to change that fact.

Does James Holmes deserve the death penalty? That's for a panel of his peers and a judge to decide, but I sure know the way I feel about it.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, and for our country.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

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