Killing for the fun of it

An Australian baseball player out for a jog in an Oklahoma neighborhood was shot and killed by three “bored” teenagers who decided to kill someone for fun, police said.

Christopher Lane, who was visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend and her family live, had passed a home where the boys were staying and that apparently led to him being gunned down at random, Police Chief Danny Ford said Monday. A 17-year-old in the group has given a detailed confession to police, but investigators haven’t found the weapon used in last week’s shooting, the chief said.

That teen and the others — ages 15 and 16 — remain in custody, and Ford said the district attorney is expected to file first-degree murder charges Tuesday. It wasn’t known if the three will be charged as adults or juveniles. They are to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

OK, this probably isn’t the most popular position to take, but this merits the death penalty.

The death penalty isn’t to be watered down and explained off as some failed deterrent to warn other people not to kill other people for chucks and giggles.  It is what it is.  It’s a punishment for committing a senseless crime that every kid knows not to do.  I don’t care if teens think differently than adults, they still knew killing people is bad and did it anyway.  They might have learned their lesson now that they are in jail, but that’s too late.  Christopher Lane will never get a chance to enjoy life, there is no reason these kids should either.  This might have been a whim of the kids, or it might have been a failure of the parents to instill proper values.  I really don’t care.  The fact is these kids didn’t see a problem with randomly killing an innocent person.  That gene needs to stop with them.  There is no good reason to putting them in prison with the possibility of passing that gene on to other kids.  We just don’t need it any more.