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Death penalty questionable as a deterrent to mass killing

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for new death penalty legislation as an answer to hate crimes and mass killings. But whether that would deter shooters is questionable — especially since most don’t live to face trial.
More than half the perpetrators of mass shootings since 2006 have ended up dead at the scene of their crimes, either killed by others or dying by suicide, according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.
Death penalty scholars and psychologists say killers motivated by ideology are unlikely to be deterred by punishment. Most of them are willing to die or understand the risk and prepare for it. Some want the fame that an execution could potentially bring to their cause.
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“In fact, in the case of terrorism, it might be worse than that because you have the very real possibility of creating martyrs,” said Gary LaFree, head of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the…

Iran: 18-year-old boy hanged in public

Public hanging of an 18-year-old boy
in Ghaemshahr, Iran, Sept. 14, 2013
Iran Human Rights, September 14: An 18-year-old boy was hanged in public in the town of Ghaemshahr (northern Iran) this morning.

According to the state run Iranian news agencies the 18-year-old boy was identified as Erfan Gholinejad and was convicted of a rape committed in April 2013. He was arrested in June 2013 according to the reports.

Depending on Erfan’s exact date of birth, there is a possibility that he was under 18 years of age at the time of committing the alleged crime. Iran Human Rights is currently investigating this matter.

Source: Iran Human Rights, Sept. 14, 2013

Photos of the execution (Warning: Graphic Content) - Source: HRA News














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