This legislative session has been trying to say the least. We have voiced our opinions on many, many controversial topics over the past five months. Perhaps none of them more controversial, or heavy, than today’s vote on overriding the Governor’s veto of the death penalty repeal bill. Throughout the debate, I have been a staunch and outspoken opponent of repealing the death penalty. To me, the death penalty is a very close and personal matter. I truly believe that our state needs to have a death penalty on the books reserved for the most heinous of criminals. Nearly thirteen years after the atrocious murders at the US Bank in Norfolk I remain steadfast in that belief. There are some crimes that are so heinous and inhumane in nature that they require the ultimate punishment. Certainly the murder of five innocent people in our community fits that framework. I am disappointed that we as a body have voted to sustain the lives of those who have taken from so many.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to contact me and share their feelings on the death penalty vote, the overwhelming majority of whom support the death penalty. I want to share with you one of the emails that I received this afternoon:
“I’m watching the live feed of today’s session and I am proud to have you as my senator. Thank you for speaking up and listening to the people who want to keep the death penalty in place. I could hear the passion and compassion in your voice as you spoke of the killers and the families of the victims from the bank in Norfolk. Thank you again for putting victims before convicts!”
I appreciate hearing from you and will continue to listen to your concerns.
The session is not done yet, and we still have more work to do. I welcome everyone in the district to contact me and share your thoughts and opinions as we round out the first session of the 104th Legislature.