The Knoxville News Sentinel published an op-ed written by Drew Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and the founder of the Beacon Center of Tennessee. Johnson outlines how the death penalty cannot coexist with conservative philosophies. Johnson went on to say,
The truth is government is not perfect, far from it, and the death penalty runs a dangerously high probability of killing innocent people, siphons billions of dollars from the public, and gives the government power it cannot be trusted to carry out fairly.
Johnson appeals to Tennesseans to reconsider capital punishment. He states,
It’s time that conservative Tennesseans begin to look at the death penalty to consider whether it’s consistent with our view of the role of government and decide if retribution and revenge is worth sacrificing our principles, freedoms, and liberties.