I'm the first one to understand all the studies and statistics that I'm sure exist that argue the death penalty doesn't deter violent crimes. I think there may be a reason that the death penalty is referred to as capital punishment rather than capital deterrence. If someone commits a gun crime with no death resulting, is then arrested tried and convicted and sentenced to 40 years hard labor no appeals might it not deter a few sane would be offenders ? If it were to by happenstance deter another from committing a similar crime would that not be only a fringe benefit as a result of harsh punishment. So then the rewards are two fold. The same with the death penalty. Take a life in the commission of a gun crime the result should be swift execution if caught and convicted. Now an insane person will not be influenced I'm sure. A sane person would give second thoughts to his evil plan. Eric Holder sells guns to the cartels. The result was many lost lives. Why was there no outcry? When a drug deal goes aery and the dealers shoot each other the headlines read "Drug Deal Goes Bad". In my opinion the headline should read "Drug Deal Went Well". Not a single politician or talking head has brought up the subject of Capital Punishment. They won't let the two words pass over their forked tongues. The simple mindedness of our leadership and liberal left is manifesting. Can you imagine complying and joining in with the Lemmings of this ploy. The last time I had my hands on an assault weapon was during the Viet Nam war. My ARs and Glock 34 and my other firearms (I dont consider them really weapons) are mine and will remain mine to defend myself from a tyrannical gov't what ever language it happens to speak up to and including English. I would like to own an M16 but I just don't need one and it makes things too complicated or even an M2 for that matter. An invader of my home would meet a baseball bat before they met gun, maybe. Back on subject does anyone think capital punishment even stands a chance anymore, or are we at the mercy of the scoreless soccer game mentality at large? The lunatic that just gunned down the first responders, the guy that bludgeoned his grandmother to death with a hammer, how stupid to think he should have had the opportunity for rehab. How many lives would have been saved had he received a swift execution. Those who survived his attack will never have another normal day. The survivors will need and deserve re-hab. I would like someone argue against capital punishment and mandatory near life sentences for gun crimes. Spend my tax dollars on a huge federal pen out in the desert somewhere for such offenders lock them up or put them down. Let the punishment fit the crime. I would like to see the NRA get on the Capital Punishment bandwagon. It might take some of the attention off the gun ban crap. The argument can easily be argued. Argue it loudly. It would make a difference.