It wasn’t surprising that the Kansas Senate decided Monday to send back for more study a bill to repeal the state’s death penalty law, given that lawmakers had questions about its possible impact. But what was surprising was the goofy argument put forward by Sen. Susan Wagle (in photo), R-Wichita, in opposing the bill. Wagle said that abolishing the death penalty would send the message that it is OK to take an innocent human life. “This step we are taking towards repealing the death penalty is just another step toward the devaluation of the unique significance of human life that our culture is driving towards,” she said. Huh? It devalues life to not execute someone? And sentencing someone to life in prison without the possibility of parole sends the message that it is OK to kill?
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