We are proud to announce that another prominent political leader has taken a stand against the death penalty. Lawrence W. Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, recently stated, “Are some crimes so heinous as to be worthy of the ultimate earthly punishment? Yes. Are some who commit those crimes capable of remorse, redemption and restitution? Yes, but not if they’re dead. Is government guilty of sloppiness and error in its judgments? Oh my God, yes! Add to that the proven fact that capital punishment in our clunky court system costs more than life without parole and you arrive at an inescapable conclusion: the right alternatives to capital punishment offer more hope, more deterrence and more justice.”
Conservatives Concerned in the media
CCATDP had a breakout month in the media. There are too many to mention, but here are a few of our favorites:
· We were featured on television on Fox’s the Independents, Reason TV, and the Tea Party News Network.
· We were interviewed on more than 20 radio shows including the Steve Deace Radio Show (syndicated in more than 60 cities), Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey Show, StandUp with Pete Domminick on Sirius XM, the Cato Institute’s Libertarianism.org’s podcast, and many more.
· We were also covered by many print media outlets including Reason, US Daily Review, Libertarian Republic, AFP, and many others.
Conservatives Concerned in the field
Earlier this month, CCATDP returned to CPAC with state partners from across the US, and we experienced another tremendous reception. Many conservatives dropped by our booth to express long-held concerns about the death penalty. Others changed their views on capital punishment once they learned about its many failures. One of the most memorable quotes that I heard at CPAC was from an attendee who simply said, “No death penalty. No brainer. Consistent life ethic.”
Former Montana House Majority Leader, Roy Brown, and I presented the conservative case against the death penalty at Georgetown University. The event was organized by the Georgetown University Young Americans for Liberty chapter. The room was filled with politically active students, all of which self-identified as conservatives and libertarians. The debate was lively, and many of the students said they changed their views on capital punishment by the end of the presentation.
Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty will be exhibiting and presenting at the upcoming Life, Peace, and Justice Conference in Philadelphia on March 29. We will also be presenting and exhibiting at several Young Americans for Liberty state conventions: Lexington, Kentucky April 5, San Marcos, Texas April 12, and Los Angeles, California on April 26. We hope you can attend and show your support for Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty.