Written by John DeGroff on May 22, 2015

There was a time in this country when, if you stole another man’s horse, and you were caught, justice was done from the nearest, stout tree limb.  Archaic, vigilante, frontier justice?  Call it whatever you want, but personally I believe it shows that once upon a time this country had the ability to ascertain between right and wrong and act accordingly. 

Can’t you just hear the liberals whine, “…but it was just a horse!”  Well, consider the era.  When the horse was the main mode of transportation, stealing a man’s horse was the equivalent of condemning that man to a death sentence.  Without the horse, he was alone and vulnerable to  bandits, hostile natives and wild animals.  If the horse was saddled when stolen, personal items such as provisions, medicine and weapons would be lost, leaving him defenseless and without sustenance.   So, hanging a horse thief was fitting punishment for the crime. 

Now, however, we live in much more enlightened times.  We’re now more deeply concerned about the actual rights of criminals.  Executions are becoming rare, even for murder, rape, child molesting…let alone horse stealing. 

Since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, consider some of the following stats: 

-since 1976, there have been 1408 executions at the state level 
– 35 executions in 2014 
-14 so far in 2015 
Since reinstating the death penalty at the federal level in 1968, 75 people have been sentenced to death.  Only three–Timothy McVeigh, Juan Raul Garza, and Louis Jones Jr.–have actually been executed.  All were convicted of murder.  On average, it took six years from time of sentencing to the actual execution.  

Given that fact, recently sentenced 21 year old Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will probably be 30 before justice is served. 

Murderers, upon conviction, are definitely deserving of execution. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR), other violent crimes are “…nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.  Violent crimes are defined in the UCR as offenses which involve force or threat of force.” 

Also according  to the FBI, total violent crime stats for 2014 are down 4.4% from 2013, while the nationwide incarceration total was up to 1,574,700 as of December 31, 2013. (These are the latest figures I found.) 

Right now, our Department of Justice is proposing a mass release of felons.  Add to this the thousands of criminal illegals who have already been released, an open border, and GITMO towelheads being let go a few at a time, and I predict we’re in for a long, hot summer. 

Militarily, we’re still the strongest country on earth (…in spite of Obama’s best efforts…), but in every large and even mid-size American city, there are places where our own citizens can’t safely walk the streets, even in broad daylight.   We’ve all heard far too many stories of innocent victims, including children, being caught in gang crossfire in our urban areas. 

Two of the most recent violent places in the country–Baltimore and Ferguson (St. Louis)–are on the list of the ten most unsafe cities in the U.S.  The others are:   Detroit, Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Atlanta, Stockton, Cleveland, and Buffalo. 

Forget the “root cause” of crime being the social issue du jour.   The root cause of crime is that criminals act with impunity because they know they won’t be punished.  Unfettered liberalism has made criminals the victims of “the system”.  Let’s not even discuss concepts like personal choice and personal responsibility.  

The solution?   The only way we’re going to take our country back from lawlessness and make it safe again is to support the death penalty for violent criminal offenders.  We must demand that all state and federal laws be changed to mandate the death penalty for all murderers, rapists and child molesters.  And, personally, I would include all gang members.  It’s the only way to break their hold on our inner cities.  We have to make violent crime not worth the risk. 

We must also never give up our 2nd Amendment right to self protection.  Even our Lord stressed the need for self protection when he told his disciples “…if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”  (Luke 22:36. New International Version).

We have crime because we tolerate it.  We’ve listened too long to the race baiting, anti-law rhetoric of the Obama era.  Until we make the victim of crime the sole focus of the justice system, until we understand that criminals choose to be criminals while victims don’t choose victimhood, and until we start to shut out and shut down the liberal Democrat lie of turning evil to good and good to evil, we will continue to reap what we have right now…chaos, injustice, and institutional evil.   

May God grant us all the strength to do so.  


John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.