“Something must be done about the killings in our country. Blaming guns is not the answer. Background checks are good, however most people already have guns. There are many ways to kill people without using guns.

“A penalty of life in prison for killing someone is not severe enough. The cost for one person in a federal prison is about $36,299 per year. Why should taxpayers support these murderers? How about hanging anyone convicted of first-degree murder? Maybe even a public hanging, though I doubt many would want to watch.

“Some will say this is too cruel, but isn’t murdering an innocent person even more cruel? Wouldn’t a hanging penalty give these monsters something to think about?

“It’s time to get tough. Out West, years ago, people got hanged just for stealing a horse! Perhaps a stiff hanging penalty would deter murderers and greatly reduce killings.”