There is a bill being discussed in the Show-Me State that would EXPAND the death penalty. Which crimes would be added to the death penalty, and is this the right thing to do?

According to an article from the Missouri Independent, lawmakers in Missouri are looking to expand the death penalty for people who commit sex crimes against children. Specifically, the bill would add the crimes of sex trafficking and statutory rape against children to the death penalty.

The article goes on to mention that the ages of 14 or younger for rape and 12 or younger for trafficking would be the "child" ages in this new law. Missouri isn't alone on this, the article mentions how Florida passed a similar law to the one Missouri is discussing for rape under 12. To read more about this possible expansion of the death penalty in the Show-Me State, click here!

Do you support this expansion?

Crimes against children are truly the worst of the worst, it makes sense that the penalties for these crimes should be as strict as possible. A lot of the backlash against expanding the health penalty for these crimes is that the death penalty should be reserved for people who kill, an eye for an eye mentality. I will just say this, if this law passes the state of Missouri better do a good job going to the schools and making sure kids know that if you are an 18-year-old senior and you are dating a 14-year-old freshman your actions could lead to the death penalty... I would never suggest letting your kid date anyone with that large of an age difference at that young of an age, a grade above or a grade below that's one thing, but that large of a separation is wrong and the state of Missouri is trying to make sure people know it is wrong.

Do you support adding these crimes to the list of crimes that can get you the death penalty?

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