Most people of left-leaning politics are opposed to the death penalty.  I fully understand this position and I don't find it unreasonable, but I myself don't find this cause to be at the front of my mind.  With so many other problems crowding for attention, protecting murderers from being killed as punishment for their crimes is not near the top of my priority list.

I am fully aware of all the arguments against the death penalty and how punishment isn't equally meted, that it disproportionately effects persons of color and low income, etc. and I agree that the system needs some serious attention and reform.  I also agree that we need serious prison reform and to address things like people being in prison for relatively minor offenses, etc. I think marijuana should be legal, for example, and if that were the case there would be a sea change in our justice system, freeing up so many resources. 

However, I think that when a person is a mass-murderer (for example, the man responsible for the most recent school shooting in Florida) and has been proven so beyond any shadow of a doubt, they should be killed.  And not after 30 years in prison.  I just can't bring myself to see the point of keeping someone like Charles Manson alive, in prison and at great expense, for decades.