How much is a life worth? Or, how much punishment should one have for taking a life.
Consider a group of four teenagers who break into the house of someone they call a friend, while the friend is out of town on a day trip. After trashing the house they find his baby sister asleep in the house and decide to have some fun. One of them picks up the little girl and puts her in the microwave. Another one switches the microwave on and starts cooking the baby. The baby wakes, screaming. After four minutes of watching the baby screaming in agony, one of the teenagers mentions that perhaps they should take it out. His friends ignore him and he makes no move to stop the torture himself. After ten minutes the child is dead. What sort of punishment should these teenagers get for that action?
The above story is true by the way with only one difference I’ve made to make a point. It wasn’t a baby that these creatures microwaved, it was the family’s cat. Has your estimation of the punishment they should get gone down at all? I hope not. These monsters broke into a house and microwaved the family cat for a laugh. They listened to it screaming for four entire minutes before one decided it wasn’t as much fun anymore. They didn’t bother stopping until ten minutes had passed and the cat had died in the most horrific pain. What kind of punishment do you think these “children” deserve?
Yeah, prepare to be disappointed. The person who put the cat in the microwave got a one year probation where he isn’t allowed to be outside between 9pm and 6am. The person who turned on the microwave got the exact same sentence. The two who stood by and watched both got nine months of the same treatment. Woo, that’ll teach them eh? Anyone else think that the bastards should be microwaved?