D&C 42:19 And again, I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall
die.___________________________________And they durst not steal, for
fear of the law, for such were punished; neither durst they rob, nor murder, for
he that murdered was punished unto death.Alma 1:18
D&C 42:19 And again, I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall
Liberal;How do you explain Alma 1:18?And they
durst not steal, for fear of the law, for such were punished; neither durst they
rob, nor murder, for he that murdered was punished unto death.
Ronnie is in Heaven along with the lawyers that he killed. We will all
experience the good and the evil that we have done once we pass this veil of
life. And, all of us are guilty of sin.
I think the Death Penelty is okay, what I don't think is okay is the jubilation
people acted out. I don't think a 25 year wait is okay. I think that Ronnie Lee
left alot of victims in his wake, victim family and friends, his family and
friends, the people who had to carry out the order. All are Mr Gardners victims.
I think when something like this is done, it should be done with proffesionalism
and respect...I believe this happened. I think it is a somber event, and all of
should act as such. I think no matter what, Ronnie Lee is Gods child, and Ronnie
Lee has family somewhere. I think that for us, we need to carry this out as we
would a birth, or a baptism, because crossing over is a big ordinance in
everyones life. God will judge whom he will judge. We just need to love
everyone. So as wierd as this seems, love needs to be allowed to be present,
even if he is executed.
Killing sinners is not the christian way. This man had repented and had family
he was having a good influence on. All this can do is make his innocent family
wonder how the rest of society can be such cruel and completly thought out
killers.If you support the death penalty you are a killer.
I agree 100 percent with Peter @ 7:08 a.m. June 18th.His comments says it
all. The truth about our legal system.
Man against man, brother against brother. This is what it all comes down to in
these days. And we haven't even begun yet.
The worst thing about this whole thing is that IF this was going to be the
outcome WHY does it take 25 yrs to figure it out. Do the families of the victims
have to carry this burden so that the criminal can have his rights exercised?
OUr laws are SO stupid sometimes. The victims remain the victims and the
criminals are protected.
It's over and done with....at this point you all need to put it to rest and move
Sorry Papal3ear... not much of anything you said makes sense. There is no truth
GOOD, but he should have been executed 25 years ago. He was and still is a
Gardner started his life being severely abused, he moved to huffing gasoline.Who is to say he was even mentally competent? Or coherent.Spent most of
his life institutionalized.At the time of the murders his mentality was
little more then a caged animal.Now obviously we can not release him into
society, but would it really have been bad to leave him in prison, where he
could live the only kind of life he has ever known.To most of us prison
would be hell, to him it was home.And all these arguments about him
getting out; when was the last time someone escaped from prison?Sometimes
from a work crew, Or at a hospital when the officer does not follow rules
and regulations.People do not escape from prison.No one but God is
God, and only he and Gardner know if he had the mentality to commit a sin (or
crime)Makes as much sense as executing a mentally challenged person.
typo for "ignorant"Sorry!
you know, he will have a chance to be redeemed, even though he is in spirit
prison right now, jesus has set up a plan for missionaries from paradise to go
and teach those in teh spirit prison to give them a second chance if they wish
to take it. i was awake at the time of the execution and i felt the feeling when
he passed. he now has 1000 years of judgment, and i have a feeling he will be
saved while in judgement
@ LDS Liberal | 2:37 p.m.You are the one making all the ognorant,
outlandish statements (such as the one above), and I am the nutcake?You want to remove God and His doctrines from the equation, and I am the
nutcake?"Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me
are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was
temporal..." (D&C 29:34)There are none so blind as he who will not
see; none so deaf as he who will not hear.Your mind is made up. You
do not want to be confused with facts.I am finished with you.
James Madison | 1:46 p.m.Please, study, ponder, and pray over Alma
42. Pay particular attention to example Alm used in verse 19.=================== I will, on Sundays in Sunday School,
Priesthood, and Gospel Doctine -- even daily in my own home.But here
is where I stand up against you and others -- Everytime you nutcakes
drag forgiveness, sin, and God into this - I get upset.This is a
STATE issue,and I for one refuse to live in UTAH-iban!!!
From the Church's office web site, Newsroom, "Public Issues, Captial
Punishment":"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regards
the question of whether and in what circumstances the state should impose
capital punishment as a matter to be decided solely by the prescribed processes
of civil law. We neither promote nor oppose capital punishment."
@ VIDAR | 2:21 p.m.Simply put, sir, you do not know what you are
re: James MadisonYou are an embarrassment to your religon, read the
official statement which was released yesterday.Your beliefs are in
conflict with the offical lds church statement.Which one should be
listened to?You or your church?
Pt. 2" '... and it shall be proved according to the laws of the
land' (D&C 42:19, 79). In a headnote to the published account of this
revelation, the Prophet specified the revelation embraced 'the law of the
Church,' which might indicate that even when capital punishment does not result
from murder the murderer dies as to things pertaining to the Spirit...."In summary, capital punishment is viewed in the doctrines of the Church to be
an appropriate penalty for murder, but that penalty is proper only after the
offender has been found guilty in a lawful public trial by constitutionally
authorized civil authorities." (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1-4 vols., edited by
Daniel H. Ludlow (New York: Macmillan, 1992), p.255)
Clearly the Book of Mormon supports the death penalty."Now, if there
was no law given–if a man murdered he should die–would he be afraid
he would die if he should murder?" Alma 42:19"But the law requireth
the life of him who hath murdered..." Alma 34:12"But if he murdered
he was punished unto death..." Alma 30:10
Pt. 1"Ancient scriptures indicate that capital punishment is an
appropriate penalty for murder. God said to Noah, 'And whoso sheddeth man's
blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for man shall not shed the blood of man'
(JST Gen. 9:12). And to Moses the Lord said: 'He that killeth any man shall
surely be put to death' (Lev. 24:17). Thus it is clear that when the civil and
religious authorities were combined, as in the days of the Old Testament
prophets, capital punishment was the directed result. "In modern
times with the separation of church and state, the power to take physical life
is reserved to the state. Modern revelations do not oppose capital punishment,
but they do not direct its imposition to civil government. In the same
revelation where the Lord instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith, 'And again, I
say, thou shall not kill; but he that killeth shall die,' the Lord made the
application of capital punishment contingent on the laws of civil government:
'And it shall come to pass, that if any persons among you shall kill they shall
be delivered up and dealt with according to the laws of the land…"
"Pay particular attention to example Alma used in verse 19."Please
LDS Liberal, Midwest Mom, et al:Please, study, ponder, and
pray over Alma 42. Pay particular attention to example Alm used in verse 19.Consider, long and hard, the elements of the "law," "sin," "punishment,"
"justice," "repentance," "mercy," and "atonement."
RE: LDS LiberalI know that, Mormons are good people, and from what I
have read today in the newspaper (which you quoted) it appears to me, that your
leadership is not in support of it either.Unfortunately, every church has
a few "wackos" that can create a poor image, and do not represent the religions
beliefs.When people start to quote scripture, to try and prove a point, I
cringe.People’s religious beliefs are their right, and in church
they can discuss scriptures among themselves, but to a God fearing/believing
person like you and I, speech like that of James Madison is blasphemy and
embarrassing.We criticize the Muslims for not speaking out against its
members that commit murder in the name of religion, and skew the religions
beliefs to justify murder.It any different here? To the Taliban, they are
committing justified executions in the name of their God.I do not think
so, anytime someone uses religion to justify murder, you can be assured they do
not represent the religion, but the religions rival (devil)
VIDAR | 12:46 p.m.=======I can assure youWe're not all
like that...but I will agree with your observationswe do seem
to be in the minority - particularly here in Mecca.
@ LDS Liberal | 12:36 p.m.You failed to answer three of my four
questions.Your answer to D&C 42;19 is, without a doubt, the one of
the most inept and convoluted interpretations of scripture I have ever seen.
Everyone will "die" sooner or later! You know, in your heart of hearts, what
that means. You simply refuse to admit your error.
"(Thou shalt not murder"...Requires all lawful endeavors to preserve our own
life, and the life of others.Forbids taking away of our own life, or
the life of our neighbor, UNJUSTLY (Just taking of life includes self-defense,
executions by the magistrate and times of war.); and, anything that tends toward
depriving life. Based on an in depth analysis of the original
Hebrew, Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman concludes that "kill" is too broad but
"murder" is too narrow to reflect tirtsah. The Hebrew refers to all illegal
killing, so it includes what is commonly called "murder" in English, but
"manslaughter" as well. It DID NOT refer to legal killing, such as in war or in
SANCTIONED retribution.In the fullness of the Old Testament Exodus
20:13 is abundantly evidenced as prohibiting unjust killing,
rather than a universal injunction against all killing, as retzach is never used
in reference to the slaying of animals, nor the taking of life in war, while its
most frequent use is in reference to involuntary manslaughter and secondarily
I read the bible to feel closer to God, and to understand his ways.Maybe
Mormons read scriptures a different way.Last night I saw a vigil of many
religious people, who were opposed to the death penalty.I did not see the
same vigil at the lds churches.Why is that?I have talked to members
of the lds religion and always found them to be great people.And then
Mormons like you get on here and try and use your scriptures (which many people
do not believe in) to justify executions.It just seems to me that you are
taking the most sacred and personal thing in your church, and using it in an
evil way.Why is it that the other churches, who only have the bible:
“get it”And the Mormons, that have so much of this so called
“extra scripture” and revelations are so blood thirty for the
execution of men like Gardner?
@ Midwest Mom | 12:25 p.m.I'll say it one more time, forgiving and
holding criminals accountable are two entirely DIFFERENT things. It
never ceases to amaze me how so many members of the Church regard it no more
than a grocery store, moving up and down the aisles selecting what they will and
will not accept.Please, study your scriptures and do some serious
research in to the doctrines and teachings of the Restored Gospel.
James Madison | 12:18 p.m. Secondly, yes, you are correct, it isn't murder
when God approves.----I didn't know GOD (spelled with a capital-"G")
was up at the Utah State Capital.When did HE get elected Governor
and sogn RGL's death warrant???And if you are LDS, then
I would admonish you to study your scriptures. ----------- Yes,
please do.It appears you skipped reading or understanding all the parts
about mercy and forgiveness....
James Madison | 11:51 a.m.How do you explain D&C 42:19? D&C
42:19 And again, I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall
die.=====================Frist:This is the State
of Utah, not a Mormondom UTAH-iban,I prefer to seperate Church and
State.but if you insist...."...he that
killeth shall die".Note that it didn't say "...he that killeth shall
be killed."it said "shall die."Dying of natural causes
while sitting in a State prison still conforms 100% to that scripture - nothing
is lost....except maybe your side of the arguement.
@ LDS Liberal | 12:25 p.m.James Madison | 11:51 a.m. Who
are you to judge another? ===========And just what have
you been doing throughout this thread?Please, explain.
@Frustrated in WA:Maybe you're frustrated because you realize killing
someone accomplishes nothing. Neither Utah nor the United States is any safer
today than they were yesterday or would have been as long as Ronnie Lee Gardner
was securely locked up in prison. In my state, the punishment for murder is life
in prison, and guess what? That's a safer alternative. Did you know that Texas
executes far more criminals than any other state, and their murder rate is
nearly double what it is in my state? Did you know that the 10 states with the
highest murder rates in the United States ALL have the death penalty? Did you
know that 6 of the 10 states with the lowest murder rates in the US DON'T have
the death penalty? Did you know that in every year since at least 1990, murder
rates in states with the death penalty have been higher than in states without
it? More than 40% higher in recent years?Moral of the story: Being
"soft" on the offender actually makes society safer. Go figure. So much for your
James Madison | 11:51 a.m. Who are you to judge another?
To James Madison @ 8:03 a.m. Yes, Doctrine & Covenants Section 42:19 says "he
that killeth shall die." It does not say who should do the killing. I prefer
to leave such things to God. The point I was trying to make is that forgiveness
is essential to healing. That was the point of the late President James E.
Faust's talk on "The Healing Power of Forgiveness." Another good source is
Doctrine & Covenants section 64:10 -- "I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will
forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men. and ye ought to say in
your hearts--let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to
they deeds." That's the only way to find that peace of God which passes all
understanding. Since it picks at the wound for decades, I'm afraid that
state-sponsored capital punishment does little to help victims and their
families. In fact, it does the opposite.
If what you seek is executions as a deterant to crimes,why not
impale, behead, crucify, or hang criminals?Let people see what
happens if the break the laws.The deterant argument is lame,
invalid and a moot point.
@ VIDAR | 11:53 a.m."If god approves, then it isn’t murder,
right?"First of all, it's "God" with a capital "G".Secondly, yes, you are correct, it isn't murder when God approves.And if you are LDS, then I would admonish you to study your scriptures.
Dave E | 11:43 a.m.It's all about 100% consistency 100% of the time. ================ I'm so glad to hear that.Now,
show some integrity and stop speeding, texting, and talking on the phone while
driving.RLG killed 2 innocent people in Utah 25 years ago.In the same time; 7,500 innocent people have died on our roads!!!
If the death penalty is justice, then why do we not execute everyone convicted
of murder?If our intention is to teach others not to kill, then why do we
do it hidden away behind walls?Why do we not have public executions? If it
is going to help the victims family so much, then why do we not let them see his
face while he dies?For those who want to argue a scriptural argument
(which I find highly offensive) I think all Mormons that support the death
penalty, should be required to meet in the middle of temple square, and
participate in a public stoning of the convicted.If god approves, then it
isn’t murder, right?I leave out the other religions, because as far
as I could see, they were all at church asking for forgiveness and clemency.
James Madison | 10:27 a.m. June 18, 2010 @ LDS Liberal You're
lack of understanding is mind-boggling. ================ Really, How is that? please explain....================How do you explain D&C 42:19? If the State, e.g.,
government, is in no position to carry out executions, then who is?Do you know how government became responsible for creating and enforcing
laws?Do you understand the difference between "blood atonement" and
what was quoted above by Brigham Young, which is NOT blood atonement?Please, explain.
When Ronnie Lee Gardner pulled the trigger HE CHOSE the PUNISHMENT. If you
speed you know that if caught you will be ticketed. If you cheat on your taxes
you will go to prison (or into politics). Justice is served when the offender
pays his/her dept.People need to stop being soft on the offender and
instead make them a burden to society.
What happens if you ever let a horse do something you don't want it to do?
You'll never have control of that Horse and it'll continue to have it's way.What happens if you raise a child with rules but never or seldom enforce
them? He/she will never obey those rules or take them or you seriously.What happens if you try to govern the people with laws but don't enforce them?
. . . Same story.Utah has the death penalty and the law must be kept
until changed. This law was put in place to maintain order and for the general
well-being of the people. It's all about 100% consistency 100% of
Sorry for the Gardner family.But good riddence to the murderer,
already.The Gardner appeals on the front page have become extremely
Dear Bellyfull,Perhaps you did not read the article about the victims
family, because you stated "they have been suffering for 25 years," in the
article it clearly states, "we forgave him almost immediately after it happened,
and their deceased member would not have wanted that ending for Gardener." As
the article also states: "we need to have forgiveness."
Even if you believe in the death penalty (which I do) you can't help but be sad
when someone is killed. He has a daughter, granddaughter & a brother that
despite his crimes still love him unconditionally. It is a sad time for his
family despite everything else. Hopefully they can help others stay off the path
that led Ronnie to his sad end. I hope this also brings closure to the
victims' families. They did not deserve to be without their loved ones.
slcgramma | 10:45 a.m.BTW, I'm not so sure the LDS Church supports capital
punishment. Whether or not it does, I prefer the life-in-prison option. ==================== It makes me sad the church even has to
make these kinds of statements....so many Utah Mormons will continue to
celebrate State executions....The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this statement Wednesday:In the mid-19th century, when rhetorical, emotional oratory was common, some
church members and leaders used strong language that included notions of people
making restitution for their sins by giving up their own lives.However, so-called "blood atonement," by which individuals would be required
to shed their own blood to pay for their sins, is not a doctrine of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe in and teach the infinite and
all-encompassing atonement of Jesus Christ, which makes forgiveness of sin and
salvation possible for all people.
I only wish they would add people who molest small children and babies to the
death penalty list. The Sloots, I hope they were watching this. I know that
people are thinking 25 years was too long, but if we are going to have the death
penalty we need to be sure that everything possible was done right. It's like he
got 25yrs to death, instead of 25 years to life. I pray for his victims
family, his family, and those who had to personally be affected by the law of
the land. Don't think it was a joyful time on the other side this morning at
12:17. He took his anger with him. He still has a lot to work out. God rest his
soul, but am sure it won't be right away.
24 years too late!24 years of meals and watching the sunrise that
his victim did not have.Execution is not murder.Gardners
execution is much less barbaric than his cold-blooded MURDER of his victim.
I have to admit that I had mixed feeling about this issue. I felt bad for RLG's
family, yet I realized the families of the victims felt that justice was finally
served. I personally don't think the death penalty is the best way
to punish a killer, and I was hoping those who made the decision woud change
their minds. It must have been difficult for those officers involved in the
execution. At the same time, the grandchildren of RLG will grow up knowing
about his crime and execution. BTW, I'm not so sure the LDS Church
supports capital punishment. Whether or not it does, I prefer the life-in-prison
James Madison | 10:27 a.m. June 18, 2010 @ LDS Liberal You're
lack of understanding is mind-boggling. ================ Really, How is that? please explain....
It is sad to see so many celebrating the government killing a person. It doesn't
deter, it isn't less expensive, the families of Gardner's victims don't feel
peace and didn't want this death carried out and his ultimate judge is the same
anyway. For people (generally) who believe in eternity, it seems strange that
Gardner being killed by the state is so important or satisfying. He will
ultimately die anyway and his eternal fate isn't changed. God or religion didn't
kill this man, the state of Utah did.
@ LDS Liberal You're lack of understanding is mind-boggling.
down | 9:43 a.m. It would be nice to see something as large as the prison
set up to help the miss fortune familys who strugle like his did in his early
years, he may never have been in prison to begin with!!! ================ Great idea -- You must be a Liberal
too!That is why we do should do what we do -- to STOP the next
generation from growing up like this!!!
Scarlett | 9:39 a.m. Children must learn consequences of their actions.
============= You want to teach your children?Try
time-out.It's like prison for 2 year olds.All
State Executions teach kids is; if you are bad, and break the rules -- the
Government is big enough and powerful enough to come after you and kill you!I don't ever want ANY form of Government to EVER have have that much
power.But, somehow that's OK with you?!
peacemaker | 9:36 a.m. June 18, 2010 The deathe penalty serves the
following:Ronnie Lee Gardner will not kill againRonnie Lee Gardner
will not escape again.....==================== No - Mr.
Gardner will not kill again.But the State of Utah will....
For Ronnie Lee Gardner, justice has been served to the fullest. It's over. There
is other news to report. Let's move on. Some have written about a movie about
Ronnie life, a book in the making.The man was murder not a hero. It's over
move on to other things in life.
I am absolutely opposed to the death penalty. I find it unbelievable that it
exists in communities like the State of Utah. They still kill people in the name
of justice in an area that prides itself in following the teachings of Jesus
Christ!The death penalty is pure violence, a barbaric and useless
violence. Dangerous even, because it can only lead to other acts of violence--as
all violence does. The supreme punishment ought to be a life sentence, and one
It is sad it took so long to to do what should have been done years ago. The
funds taken from familys who have a hard time making ends meat to begin with. If
it can not be done swiftly, it should not be done at all. But the lawyers drag
these things out to line their pockets and feather their beds. No wonder why
scripture has puts them at the bottom of the food chain as it were.I
just hope Josie Greathouse Fox's killer faces a quicker justice! There is no
room for these forms of life on this planet. I want a world where my children
can travel and live in peace. Not a huge zoo of tyrants who feed off the backs
of people trying to make a better world for everyone. It would be nice to see
something as large as the prison set up to help the miss fortune familys who
strugle like his did in his early years, he may never have been in prison to
I agree with Mulder21. Those are sound principles. Thank you for your insight.
This process is meant to be horrific! Maybe one of our youth who has followed
this and is tempted to go down the same path will think twice before he becomes
a murderer. Children must learn consequences of their actions. It is not okay
and we should never accept it or condone it. When mercy overrides justice we
will have mayham in this country. I see far too many that are blaming others and
excusing themselves from any fault claiming mental illness, bad childhood etc.
I also believe it is the humane thing to do. It is inhumane to keep them locked
up for 25 years and put his family through this. This is a form of torture. It
should have been done long ago while it was fresh in everyone's memory. The
debt needed to be paid and only he could do it. I would have thought much more
of him if he had maned up and given his life for those he has taken.
The deathe penalty serves the following:Ronnie Lee Gardner will not kill
againRonnie Lee Gardner will not escape againRonnie Lee Gardner will
not stab other inmates againThat is the reality of his executionEarly esecution for his first murder would have saved the others.He knew
right from wrong regardless of his upbringing. His acts were his own choice
His death doesn't bring justice. It doesn't bring back those he murdered. What
it DOES do is guarantee that he WON'T kill anyone in the future. Anyone who has
murdered anyone in such a cold blooded heartless way should be put to death.
Not because it makes me feel better but because it keeps our families a little
more safe. If you disagree, then you should seek out the statistics of crimes
committed by repeat offenders....once read, come back and argue with me. There
will be no argument left in you.
I used to be pro-Death Penalty. I did so because I believe there are acts the
disqualify a person to be a member of society and I believed that the threat of
death would deter killing. I no longer believe the Death Penalty is a deterent.
I've decided that Life WITHOUT the POSSIBILITY of Parole
accomplishes my wishes. RLG earned the right to be removed from society for the
duration of his natural life. If 25 years ago (I know it wasn't an option) the
system would have sent him away for the rest of his life and we didn't have to
hear another thing about him, that would have been my preference. For those who
refer to biblical passages, I presume you're Christian. If that's the case, you
should also believe that RLG and others like him will receive the perfect form
of justice. We don't need to let them off easy by killing them. Let them rot
in prison, where they can think about their miserable life for as long as God
leaves them on the earth.To the families of the victims ... I am so
very sorry for your loss
And for those of you keep insisting on projecting religion into the debate - let
me ask one question:WWJD?Do you honest think he would he
have signed that Death Warrant?(sorry, that was 2 questions)...
You people who keep using God and forgiveness for your rationalization of a
STATE execution are no different than the Jews using the Romans.I'm
not saying that Mr. Gardner was Jesus - but this is STATE issue, not a religious
issue!!!Stop living in UTAH-iban!!!
I can't understand how a people who can't trust the State to take the money of a
citizen - happliy empower and trust the State to take the life of
one of it's citizens?Did anyone learn anything from WWII?
Let it go and move on. That is all we can do now unless the law is change. Move
For those of you that think like EliseM,Midwest Mom and others don't get it.If
it was your loved one you'd act like everyone else.But the trouble here is the
the length between conviction and the application of the sentence.Why should the
people foot the bill on the animals that killed our loved ones.These inmates
think they have a country club in prison and once out they're lost dults that
commit crime again because they don't have to support themselves.Well here's the
jist of it,prison was mean't to be hard not a country country club.We now have
the technology when used like its supposed to be(DNA andother techniques)To
convict and on death penalty cases this 25 year should be reduced to the initial
trial and 2 appeals not go over 18 Months in most cases.This would in my opinion
slow down the execution rate becuse the thought of commiting these crimes would
decrease you also take away all the their perks like TV,weight room,current
events and such.
Quick question: Do the five marksman volunteer for this assignment, are they
specifically recruited, does a general email go out to police officers in the
state? I don't know if it is an easy assignment to take but to those 5 who did
as their state asked them to do, thank you.
Gardner’s death did not bring his victims, Michael Burdell or Melvyn John
Otterstrom back; as they were taken from this life 25 years ago. I am sure
their families have suffered. Perhaps Gardner’s death will stop others
from making the same mistake Gardner made in murdering innocence people. People
need to realize there are consequences for actions.
Brigham Young said “‘There are sins that men commit for which
they cannot receive forgiveness in this world, or in that which is to come, and
if they had their eyes open to see their true condition, they would be perfectly
willing to have their blood spilled upon the ground, that the smoke thereof
might ascend to heaven as an offering for their sins; and the smoking incense
would atone for their sins, whereas, if such were not the case, they would stick
to them and remain upon them in the spirit world…
“‘It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins
through the fall and those committed by men, yet, men can commit sins which it
can never remit… There are sins that can be atoned for… [only] by
the blood of the man’” [p. 11, quoting Brigham Young, "The People of
God Disciplined by Trials," "Atonement by the Shedding of Blood etc.," Journal
of Discourses, 4:51, 53, 54, 1856).So the LDS church fully believes
in captivate punishment. Maybe some of you should rethink your positions and
stop saying that it is immoral.
Let's face it. Sympathy must go to the family, but what one must realize is
that the Death Penalty is not the cause of their suffering. Their FATHER's
decision to end other peoples lives is what is causing their pain. RLG not only
hurt the families of those he murdered, but also his own by putting himself in a
situation where the death penalty is fully justified. People, he killed
innocent men! If he had not killed them, then there would have been no death
sentence. He is the one inflicting the pain on his family, not the judicial
system. Let justice be served.
At some point, this is no longer an issue of "justice," but of society's
RESPONSIBILITY to protect itself from those who refuse to observe societal
norms. Had Gardner been put to death immediately following his original murder
conviction, his subsequent victims would have been protected. The same can be
said of WA Tuttle who murdered a good friend of mine without the slightest
provocation. Admittedly, our present application of the death penalty serves
neither justice nor to protect society, but if it were applied within six months
of sentence being passed, having been reviewed by an appointed panel, you would
then see a deterent effect, a sense of "justice" and protection of society.
Presently, murderers want to be on "death row" just because the "perks" are
better and they know the chances of the penalty actually being applied are
remote at best.
Moral of the story, Don't kill anyone. If RLG hadn't killed anyone, we wouldn't
be debating the question of the moral dilemma associated with the death penalty.
@ Midwest Mom | 6:58 a.m.Obviously, you're LDS. I refer you to D&C
42:19. Forgiving someone of a crime does NOT remove the criminal's
accountability and its requirements.If you have a testimony of the
Restored Gospel, then you must have a testimony of the Doctrine & Covenants. If
you have a testimony of the D&C, then you must have a testimony of what the Lord
Himself declared in that passage.Part of learning how to become a
god is learning how to meet out justice, painful as it may be. Remember, mercy
cannot rob justice!
For every story there are three sides. Yours Mine and Gods. Jesus told us to
render unto Ceasar what is Ceasars and render unto God what is Gods.Im truly
thankful that forgiveness abounds in Heaven because you sure don't find to much
of it on earth.We that are left have no idea if Ronnie sought and found
forgiveness, that is between him and God. But regardless of if he did or didn't
the fact still remains that he is dead. 25 years ago his actions brought his
life to an end today. Remember Jesus did not come to argue the letter of the law
but to give us a way to be redeemed because of the law. To me the death penalty
is horrible but non forgiveness is worse. I hope for all involved is you find
the ability to move past this and let old wounds finally heal. And to his kids,
God be with you.I can't imagine being a family member on either side if this
issue.I can say however that I'm tired of all the anger and sadness.
While reading these comments, I realize how distant we are from realizing what
God would expect from us. The Book of Mormon makes clear the justification of a
death penalty. Even civil disobedience where a nation is threatened with
destruction was justification for a death penalty. Justice is a very hard
concept for all of us to comprehend but it is a necessary attribute of Deity.
Mercy alone is not what makes God what He is. He is a God of both mercy and
justice. We as a State have done what God would expect of us. Whatever mercy
Ronnie Lee Gardner deserves is for God to decide now, not the State.
There must be laws to maintain order and peace, and there must be consequences
to serve as a deterrent from committing crimes. Without the fear of
consequences, our society would be chaos.
His parting words to his daughter were, "Don't mourn my death – celebrate
Man knows little of the meaning of true justice. Our judicial system is based
on phoney appeals, profiteering, legal technicalities and loop holes, not
upholding law. Tom Patterson says that our correctional facilities are just
that, incarcerating people to help correct them(whether they want to be
corrected or not). Rotting in prison changes few people and compensates no one
fairly for wrongs committed. Working for the community helps rehab people gone
I think the death penalty is wrong because it turns criminals into a victims and
the victims into angry, revenge-seeking proponents of state-sponsored murder.
The victims' family members who forgave are so much better off. Those who longed
for this execution will not find peace in this killing. They will still hate
Gardner. Hate is a cancer that contaminates ever aspect of life. The only peace
is forgiveness. "If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have
caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and
well-being." (James E. Faust, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, ENSIGN May 2007)
I pity those who make such angry, hateful postings in support of capital
punishment. I also feel for the people who are left to do this hateful job for
the state, both the officials and those who pulled the trigger. Angry Joe
Talk-show can sit comfortably in his home and beat his chest and talk big about
getting the bad guys, but today, 5 people have to deal with what the state asked
them to do last night.
In todays society we make a murderer into a hero and the victims into criminals.
People will forget in 25 years what sloops did and we will have some bleeding
heart no nothing on this board defending him.
When you people have a loved one murdered, I'm sure you wouldn't be calling the
death penalty barbaric. It just boggles my mind how you can support abortion
which is the killing of an innocent and not the death penalty. Personally I
don't care either way if we have death penalties or not.
@Attentive: ...RLG "would NOT be where he is today." Please pardon my typo.
@Attentive: This certainly did not have to happen. Had RLG not murdered two
innocent people, he would be where he is now.And those two victims
likely would be alive today enjoying their families.Society has
become filled with people who justify actions as always someone else's fault.
People will continue to kill other people. Consequences will continue to arise
from those actions.
I abhor what this criminal did and my heart literally aches for the victims'
families.Still, I'm pro-life in all my beliefs. I agree with
several posters here who correctly point out that the "eye for an eye" quote has
been taken out of context. The Savior I worship would not kill. I have faith
enough in eternal justice to know that Mr. Gardner will get whatever he
deserves. So will those who killed Mr. Gardner.
Jesus Christ said, "And again, I say, thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth
shall die." (Dcotrine & Covenants 42:19)
I'm glad he worked things through and understands why he was executed. Now he
is truly changed and can no longer harm society.His murders are not
the failure of society. The murders he committed are his failures. There is no
doubt that he committed the murders, which makes the death penalty just. If
there was room for doubt that he didn't commit the murders, then I might be
willing to keep him in for life.So every kid that sniffs glue or has
so called "abuse" in their early child years are prone to murder? I don't think
so. He was grasping at straws.Even Barack supporters claim that
because of his childhood upbringing, is what is causing the "smartest" president
to make every stupid decision he was making. So everyone with a troubled pass
should be put behind bars for life, according to Gardners logic.
It's too bad a movie wasn't made of Mr. Gardner's life so the world could see
everything that went on and how he got where he is. It should then be mandatory
that every person in the country view it.The execution should have
been carried out within the 1st year after his sentence and should also be
broadcast live on TV for everyone to witness what happens.The room
and board for those who take the life of another is way to comfortable. They
have more rights than those who obey the laws and pay taxes.
I am sick of all of the hooplah that surround this execution. The man is a cold
blooded murderer, a MURDERER. He has slaughtered 2 (or 3) innocent men who were
fathers, husbands, brothers, cousins, hard working normal folk, and Gardner just
snuffed them out. Do his supporters think about them at all while they hold
there vigil? The families of the victims have been suffering for 25 years
without the hope that their loved ones will be coming home to them. Capital
Punishment must be used more often and much sooner.
Cynics comments are spot on. Jesus preached that we should be kind. forgiving
and to love one another. He said "That which you do to the least of you, you do
to me."I dont think the state and certainly not the "certified police
offers" who made up the firing squad, should be involved in the killing of
anyone as a form of punishment. Having convicted killers spend the rest of their
life in prison in a restricted enviornment is a better detterent and more
effective punishment. Texas, the assembly line of capital punishment states, has
had an increase in murders since reinstituting capital punishment, so much for
the deterence. Also, those who think criminals are living "comfortably" in
prison are badly misinformed.
And....all of this Bible quoting and contradicting is why there are so many
religions who claim to "know". Grateful for a restoration. There is a fine line
between justice and mercy and you cannot give either one too much weight. You
cannot sacrifice either to satisfy the other. Our Lord and Savior will have the
last say on all of this but we as mortals struggle with what we believe is fair.
We are taught about repentance and change. A man who has murdered 2 and caused
the death of a third cannot change his ways enough to satisfy justice without
forfieting his own life. If we steal, we must return what we stole, if we
murder, the only way to atone for that is to give up our own lives. This
execution was the right thing to do, for him, and for us. If there was
more of this there would be fewer innocent victims everywhere.
You know, it's bad enough when people try to quote the Bible to support capital
punishment, but when they MISQUOTE it, that's really pathetic. Go read Matthew
5:38-39, and you will see that Jesus expressly rejected the "eye for an eye"
mentality. Killing in the name of any religion is bad, but killing in the name
of Jesus demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of everything the Prince of
Peace taught and stood for.
@gregaman:What Jesus REALLY said about "an eye for an eye":"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a
tooth;"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall
smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." (Matthew 5:38-39)Jesus rejected the "eye for an eye" mentality, he didn't endorse it. He
also told his followers to show love and compassion, not anger, hate and
This execution is not Revenge or Retribution. It is simply the protection of
innocent citizens from a violent murderer. By Ronnie Lee Gardner's heart being
stopped by 4 bullets, he is now unable to murder again. It is a shame that he
was not executed 25 years ago. This was not Swift Justice, but it was Certain.
Better Late than never.Peace to All.
I believe the death penalty is a clear form of justice borne by the jurors and
those who passed the laws permitting this type of resolution to violent and
heinous crime and criminal behavior. What makes it problematic is
that it is not distributed evenly across all classes in our society. There are
lots of people who grow up from abusive families who choose not to kill others
to act out their aggressiveness and revenge. The key lies in
something I don't clearly understand, and that is how deception works within the
criminal mind. I think if we had a better understanding of this process, many
would embrace this form of justice as a sure remedy and deterrent to violent and
vicious crime by rejecting the idea that any fantasy, even if life threatening
or life ruining, as in killing/murder, is not sufficient to be considered akin
to mercy. As a society we need to be protected from vicious
criminals and the fantasy that deep down they are really good people. Capital
punishment does this by making their rationalizations and nonsensical pleas come
to an appropriate ending in death.
We are a much less of a cicilized society whenever vengence and revenge are
heeded at the expense of human life and dignity.
@ attentive, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed"
(Genesis 9:6), is what the Lord said to Noah, well before the Law of Moses was
Attentive made my point for me while I was registering. Jesus brought a New Law,
He never said, "An eye for an eye." If you must quote, then please know who and
what you are quoting. I used to believe that capital punishment was
fine, but then I realized that it's impossible to value life and agree with the
state taking it at the same time. I pray for the day when life without parole
replaces state-sanctioned killing. I will never again believe that execution is
acceptable. It's immoral, and all it does is show that Utah and the other states
that practice it think life is cheap. It's not justice--it's just another murder
by a different name. And it diminishes all of us.
My only regret is that it took 25 years for justice to be served. To all those
who feel badly for him, it's really a shame that you can't see what ignoring
justice will do to our society. His victims' blood "cried from the ground to the
Lord for vengeance." A just society needs strict laws. Killing a murderer is not
evil. It's administering justice. Punishing the rest of society by letting them
live comfortably in prison for 25 years is a much greater miscarriage of
"No court has given us a full and fair adjudication," attorney Andrew Parnes
told reporters. Well Mr. Parnes what "full and fair” adjudication did
Gardner give to those he robbed and MURDERED during his escape? You got your
money Mr. Parnes, now go chase another ambulance and tie up the courts so you
can rack up your client's bill. And to "attentive", you'd better go back and
re-read your Bible; Jesus said that he did not come to destroy the law, but to
fulfill it. Just as He told the woman caught in the act of adultery, "I don't
condemn you either, go there for and sin no more." Gardner must have missed that
day in Sunday school.
To all of you who feel the need to keep "quoting" the Bible: 'An eye for an
eye' was the Law of Moses. If you know your Bible, what did Jesus say about the
Law of Moses? Well? This particular execution didn't need to take place; it
The only one who made this difficult was RLG and his attorneys. They stalled it
out 25 years adding enormous cost to the process. In cases such as this, where
the identity of the killer is absolutely certain, the
mistakenly-executing-an-innocent-person argument does not hold up. Furthermore,
exonerations have occurred because of DNA testing. Now that we have DNA
testing, uncertainly can be greatly minimized. The Oklahoma City Bomber was
executed in 6 years from the date of the blast. Shortening the appeals process
is doable. We need to do it and we need to bring back the firing squad. It's
very quick, reliable and humane.
Elise- Teach your children that if they do wrong, they end up like gardner. He
had no remorse until he saw the end. I'm sure if he could have escaped, he would
have and hurt someone in the process.
Ronnie died to pay his debt to society for what he did. We will ll someday die
and will pay our debt for our own sins. No one gets out of here alive and we
will all pay our debt for what we have done, both large and small. Ronnie was
lucky, he was able to leave his burden behind and move forward. We all have to
continue to bear our burdens until our day comes to be releived from them. Rest
in peace RLG.
I wish he could have just been kept, for a very very unbearably long time, until
time ended for him, in prison. It would have cost us UT taxpayers less, it is a
much more effective form of punishment, and it just might have been an
opportunity for this individual to do right. I am so sorry that this person was
killed in Utah tonight.
An eye for an eye,And a tooth for a tooth.A life for a life,And a truth for a truth.
EliseM i guess you have never had a loved one murdered , you cant explain how
you feel , Jesus said and eye for and eye , now get out of this country and go
to Iran where things are so much different, get a life !! better than that take
another murderous monster to the same chair , , i agree with Chuckie , the world
is a better place , end of his story.
M. said it best, "Ronnie Lee Gardner will never kill again, but the state of
Utah will." State-sanctioned, premeditated murder... It lets us know who we
The world may be a better place without him, but it's a worse place because of
what we did to him.
What can one say at such a moment... we should all prepare for eternity.
Ronnie, I hope you and your victims can all now rest in peace.
You know, it's always sad to see someone die, but knowing in this case, that the
world is a better place without him, brings a sense of peace.
I will never understand how anyone can consider the death penalty a form of
justice. Ronnie Lee Gardner's death didn't bring back those he killed 25 years
ago - it served no purpose other than to illustrate that people haven't evolved
beyond barbaric acts of violence and cruelty. How can we teach our children the
difference between right and wrong when our "justice" system doesn't even seem
to be able to distinguish between the two? What Gardner did was wrong, but
killing him didn't negate that wrong - only added to it.