Death Penalty Debate Heats up at Local College

By: Paul Wiederholt Email
By: Paul Wiederholt Email

To kill or not to kill?

That was the topic of debate tonight at Bridgewater College. Over 450 students gathered to hear the two sides.

On the pro side, Jeff Jacoby, a columnist for the Boston Globe, was speaking in favor of the death penalty.

On the opposing side, was Bud Welch, a man whose daughter was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing over 17 years ago.

"If you're saying that the worst that could happen to someone who commits a murder is that he spends time in prison, to me, that's like saying, 'Really, we don't consider murder to be that terrible.'" said Jacoby.

Welch, said that the death penalty is actually difficult for the family members who suffered from a murder's crime.

"Killing someone is the reverse of that. It actually makes the murder victim's family member feel re-victimized all over again when the perpetrator is executed," said Welch.

The event was part of an ongoing series of debates at Bridgewater College. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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