Tony, a libertarian, explained why he supports Maryland’s recent repeal of capital punishment. For one, Tony argued capital punishment is inconsistent with the “unalienable” right to life that the Declaration of Independence articulated as follows:
[A]ll men…are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Constitution permits capital punishment if there’s “due process” of law. However, imposing such punishments as life terms with no chance of parole would be more consistent with protecting the Declaration’s “unalienable” right to life than imposing capital punishment.
Tony also argued the following:
[C]apital punishment by a state isn’t necessarily a “just” punishment for murderers. At the very least, as Murray Rothbard argued in The Ethics of Liberty, the victim’s heirs and not the state should decide if the murderer should receive death as punishment.
However, with the following passage, Tony concluded that Maryland has much work to do:
Maryland and other states continue to violate the right to life in other ways, such as with legalized abortion and euthanasia. [Nevertheless,] Maryland’s repeal of capital punishment is a positive step.