Do Not Execute Boston Marathon Bomber


Target: Ms. Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the United States

Goal: Do not execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for bombing the Boston Marathon.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers that bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, has been convicted of all 30 charges brought against him and is facing the possibility of execution. This absolutely cannot be allowed to happen. This is not about pardoning him for the atrocities that he committed, nor is it about trying to lessen the punishment he should face, it is about simple humanity and not giving in to the urge to punch the bully back.

There can be no doubt that Tsarnaev is guilty and needs to be punished accordingly, but executing him sends the wrong signal. If he is executed, it tells those whose first response to violence is more violence that, not only is it permissible to kill people we disagree with and who have wronged us, but it’s legal. It also tells those who view the United States as a violent bully that they are indeed correct, but most importantly, it shows terrorists that terrorism works.

There is no such thing as a global scoreboard of right and wrong that is meticulously kept and updated with every tragedy or murder; there is only violence and peace. Murdering Tsarnaev would not bring back those who were lost or even make the world a better place, it would only mean more violence and more reason for those who already dislike the United States to dislike it even more.

There are myriad reasons why the death penalty is wrong, but in this case especially, it cannot be used to punish Tsarnaev. Please sign here to urge the U.S. Attorney General to stop seeking the death penalty against this man and find another adequate punishment for him.


Dear Attorney General Lynch,

The Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been convicted of all 30 charges brought against him and is facing execution thanks to your office. I am writing to beg that you stop seeking this punishment immediately for the sake of every person living in the United States.

I would first like to clarify that I am not asking that he be pardoned in any way. He is clearly guilty and he must certainly be punished accordingly. This is an issue of simply humanity and simple logic. When the bully on the playground punches you, the correct response is not to punch him back. To do so would only justify his actions and make the schoolyard that much more violent. Executing Tsarnaev would be the global equivalent of punching the bully back.

There is no scoreboard that tallies global rights and wrongs, Ms. Lynch. There is no score for that matter. To kill Tsarnaev would not bring back those who were lost, nor would it balance the imaginary scales of right and wrong. It would simply bring more violence into a world that is in desperate need of some peace. Please stop seeking the death penalty against Tsarnaev immediately and find a more fitting punishment.


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