By Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation, Austin, Texas
I am opposed to the death penalty because I believe it creates more victims than it helps. There is no closure after a loved one is murdered. The criminal who is executed leaves behind relatives and friends of their own. These families not only have to live with the anguish of knowing their loved one was a murderer, but they then live a lifetime of grief after the execution. Tragedy begets tragedy, like a snowball rolling downhill.