Supports States' Rights

RECEIVED Mon., Oct. 8, 2007

Dear Editor,
    I'm not sure if I'm writing this to you, Austinites, or the world. Are we evolving because we are putting a moratorium on potentially "cruel and unusual" punishment, or are we simply catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to outrage pertaining to this subject? Are we truly concerned with the proper application of the Eighth Amendment, while the 10th takes yet another back seat to the ever-swaying opinions of the masses and a judiciary that continues to overstep the bounds of its own courts? This may not be the Old West, but it is still the state of Texas. If persons are found guilty by a jury of their peers, then a punishment must be handed down. "Stays" and "executions" are two different things. Is lethal injection the "only" method of execution? If it is so cruel, then how about some other method? How about a firing line full of sharpshooters or a good-old-fashioned guillotine?
    Whether or not a person suffers on the way toward the inevitable seems a pointless cause to undertake. If what the opponents of this form of punishment ultimately desire is to see the end of capital punishment, then they should lobby their state's Legislature to do so. Stop monkeying around with courts, because the only true outcome will be the manipulation of states' rights and the process by which we as independent states go about legislating ourselves.
    I personally do not agree with capital punishment. What I do agree with is the 10th Amendment, which protects a state's right to create laws that fall within constitutional guidelines and enforce the laws it creates. If lethal injection is "cruel and unusual," then imagine how "cruel and unusual" the continued suffering of victims is it at the hands of judiciaries they never elected and opinions of masses that do not live in Texas.
Raymond Weaver
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