By now, the world knows that Dylan Roof, the Charleston church shooter, has been sentenced to death. Prosecutors argued that he is a calculating cold killer who deserves the death penalty because of his motive, his lack of remorse, and the massive impact the shooting had on the families of the 9 people who were killed. The Jury agreed.
Truthfully however, there is no surprise in this verdict. The facts convict Dylan Roof, they do not need any argument to aid them. Roof scouted the church three different times before striking, he sat in the service for 40 minute before attacking. These alone prove the murder was premeditated. He pulled the trigger 75 times, standing over some targets and shooting them multiple times. In addition, he did not, and has not shown any remorse about his actions, stating in a investigative interview: “somebody had to do it, black people are killing white people every day.” Again, in a journal he kept while in jail, Roof wrote: “I would like to make it crystal clear. I do not regret what I did, I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.” Even more, no mental illnesses were responsible for the crime. During his opening statement, Roof told the jury: “There’s nothing wrong with me psychologically,” and then asked them to forget everything his lawyers had said in his defense.
However, despite all of this, Dylan Roof hoped to be spared, saying: “From what I’ve been told, I have a right to ask you to give me a life sentence, but I’m not sure what good that will do anyway, But what I will say is only one of you has to disagree with the other jurors.”
Dylan Roof deserves to die, not just because he abruptly ended 9 human lives, not just because he did this with no provocation whatsoever, not just because it was a crime of pure unadulterated hate, but because he feels absolutely no remorse or guilt over what he did, he is proud of himself, and given the opportunity, not only would he do it again, he would influence others to follow in his footsteps.
All of this makes Dylan Roof worse than a killer, it makes him inhuman, and when something inhuman dares to leave a scar on humanity, it deserves to be put down.