Target: Mr. Galen Hadley, Speaker of the Nebraska State Legislature
Goal: Thank Nebraska State lawmakers for abolishing the death penalty.
The death penalty has just been abolished in Nebraska thanks to the tireless efforts of the Nebraska State Legislature and ForceChange activists who signed this recent petition. The debate surrounding the death penalty has experienced a recent resurgence and many are beginning to question the legitimacy of the punishment. This is a huge step in the right direction for the state of Nebraska and the legislators that helped to make their state a safer and fairer place deserve thanks.
This vote is monumental for more than just its subject matter. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts is strongly in favor of capital punishment and swore to veto any attempt to ban it. This meant that the legislators in favor of doing away with state-sanctioned murder had to get a large majority to vote in their favor to override Ricketts’ veto. In the end, 35 of Nebraska’s 47 legislators voted for the measure, effectively turning Ricketts’ threats into hot air and ushering in a new era of rationality. Nebraska now joins 28 other states who have abolished the practice in favor of more humane and effective punishments.
Those who advocate for the death penalty are either truly misguided or lovers of violence. Killing people who kill people to show other people that killing people is wrong is a terribly hypocritical. Beyond that, hundreds of death row inmates have been proven innocent and released from prison while awaiting their executions. How could anyone advocate for the practice in light of statistics that show innocent people have probably been killed by the government?
This ban is nothing short of common sense when the facts are considered and the members of the Nebraska State Legislature that voted for it deserve applause. Sign here to thank the 32 legislators who fought for fairness and listened to the voices of their constituents.
Dear Speaker Hadley,
I am writing to you with the utmost joy at your recent vote to strike down the death penalty in Nebraska. As you well know, there are countless reasons to do away with capital punishment, but many fail to see them. Often this is because they are truly misguided and equate vengeance with justice, but it is wonderful and rare to see cooler, more rational heads prevail in a government chamber.
The benefits of doing away with state-sponsored murder greatly outweigh those of keeping it. For example, your state will save an enormous amount of money moving forward, no innocent people will be executed accidentally, and more just punishments will be handed down to criminals. How could any person advocate for capital punishment when faced with these boons?
In the words of Senator Chambers of Omaha, “Nebraska has a chance to step into history–the right side of history–to take a step that will be beneficial toward the advancement of a civilized society.” I would like to thank you for taking that step and for doing the right thing.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: League of Women Voters