Today, May 27th at 4:00 pm CT, Nebraska legislatures voted to override Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts' veto to a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the state of Nebraska. Nebraska is the first conservative state in 40 years to abolish the death penalty. Nebraska hasn't executed a prisoner in 1997 when the electric chair was used and has never executed a prisoner by lethal injection. This was a big move coming from a state that has a large Republican majority. The vote came after a month long battle between the Governor, law enforcement, murder victims families whose killers are on death row and Nebraska lawmakers. Many knew that the death penalty would be abolished whether the Governor would pass the bill or the legislature would override the veto. Nebraska's religious leaders have been rallying to abolish the death penalty for decades but to no avail until now. On May 26th Governor Ricketts vetoed the bill, but the veto was shutdown with a 30-19 vote to override it.My Opinion: I myself am a Republican, a Catholic and a supporter of Pro-Life, I believe humans have the right to live from conception until natural end, The Seamless Garment, humans should have the right to live and that only God can judge our actions in the end. One main reason I believe the death penalty should be repealed is that I see the death penalty as a way out of having to be in prison for life, I also don't see the death penalty as a deterrent to major crimes. When criminals commit crimes, they don't think of what will happen after they commit the action, if a criminal is going to kill people, he isn't thinking that he will be put to death as a result of it, he/she is only focused on the objective and not the repercussions of that action. I was very happy to see my home state of Nebraska make a shift to being Pro-Life and to recognize that even though this person committed a horrendous act, they are still a human being.Yes I know some of you have had relatives or friends that have been affected by a murder of some sort. We must find the strength to forgive those who have harmed you or affected you in some sort of way. I know this topic is very sensitive and can get very heated to certain people, so please do not target certain people and also be respectful of anyone who have lost loved ones to violence and be respectful to others view points.What is your opinion to the death penalty, should it stay or should it go, do you believe it deters crime, could we have a better solution to the death penalty or do you see the death penalty as the only was to go for certain criminals?Like I said earlier, please be respectful to others and their viewpoints, the thread was to get the opinion of EMC on this big move by my home state of Nebraska and was not made to target certain players who post on this. please keep this thread to a PG rating. You don't have to post if you don't want to. Also... GO BIG RED!!!!