Friday, August 12, 2016 by Mary Wilder
From 1985 until 2007, a man known as the Grim Sleeper terrorized southern Los Angeles, murdering nine women and one teenage girl in a string of attacks before finally being captured.
Surprisingly, the 63-year-old man — whose birth name is Lonnie David Franklin Jr. — was recently sentenced to death in the notoriously liberal state of California.
NBC Los Angeles reports, “Franklin was convicted May 5 of 10 counts of first-degree murder for the killings of nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007. Jurors also found him guilty of the attempted murder of Enietra Washington, who survived being shot in the chest and pushed out of a moving vehicle in November 1988.”
The question now is does the sentence even really matter? While Franklin is an evil monster that genuinely deserves the worst punishment imaginable, the death penalty is only effective if it is actually fulfilled — which is unfortunately quite rare. If history is any indication, the Grim Sleeper will just remain on death row until he dies of old age. At 63, that may not be far off.
It’s incredibly frustrating that us law-abiding citizens are paying for the food, water and shelter of people like Franklin when they — as harsh as this sounds — don’t deserve any of those things. They should be treated like the wild, evil animals that they are. And there’s no point in spending millions upon millions of dollars providing these pieces of scum with better lives when you can buy bullets for a couple bucks.
Our society is notoriously slack on criminals, which is why the Second Amendment is so important. We have to be prepared for the absolute worst because we live in an era when the absolute worst is a common occurrence. You never know when you’re going to come in contact with a Grim Sleeper copycat — and if the time comes, you’ll want and need to be adequately prepared.
It’s time for the federal government to handle the prison problem in our country. There are far too many nonviolent “criminals” that don’t deserve to be incarcerated at all that are forced to live among true evil. We need to lower taxes by expanding the death penalty and dealing with these issues in a proactive, intelligent manner.