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Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Ted Cruz: Charleston Attack Shows Need for Death Penalty, Not Gun Control

At a Johnston, Iowa, gun range on June 20 Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston shows the need for the death penalty, not gun control.

He made clear that we should be punishing the individual who commit such crimes, rather than responding with a gun control push that punishes the 100 million law-abiding gun owners who did not.

According to The Des Moines Register, Cruz said, "If you have a violent felon, if you have a fugitive who is illegally trying to buy guns, we should come down on them like a ton of bricks. I want to know if there are murderers and rapists trying to buy guns. We should stop them."

Cruz explained that the death penalty is there as a response to those who commit heinous acts like the one we saw in Charleston.

"Gov. Nikki Haley in South Carolina said this individual who committed the heinous murder in South Carolina should be subject to the death penalty," he said. "I got to say the death penalty was designed for people who commit horrid crimes like this."

Cruz also took issue with Democrats for coming after the Second Amendment every time a high profile crime takes place. He highlighted the way they claim to honor the Second Amendment - all the while attacking it - then made clear that upholding the Second Amendment and enjoying gun rights are "altogether different and unconnected from a horrific murder committed by a sick and deranged individual."

Cruz's words lay down a clear marker - it's time to quit punishing law-abiding society for the actions of one criminal and it's time to make sure the punishment that the 1 criminal receives is severe enough to end his threat to society and to dissuade others who may otherwise want to emulate him.

Source: breitbart.com, June 22, 2015

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