It is always important to keep in mind that murder and other capital crimes are far less significant problems than mass murder by government. The very last thing any libertarian should support is a government that wants to confiscate firearms being empowered with life and death over its citizens. Moreover, a death penalty ban should also include a ban on the Obama administration's claim of a power of secret president-ordered assassinations.Thanks to the Innocence Project and the overturning of 18 wrongful convictions of death-row inmates with DNA evidence and the exonerations of 16 others charged with capital crimes, the American public is increasingly aware that the system makes terrible mistakes. Since 1973, a total of 142 people have been freed from death row after being exonerated with DNA or other kinds of evidence.All of these factors have led the states to retreat from the death penalty in recent years — in both law and in practice. In 2012, Connecticut became the fifth state in five years to abolish the penalty. Nine states executed inmates, the fewest in two decades. Three-fourths of the 43 executions in 2012 were carried out in only four states. The number of new death sentences remained low at 77 — about one-third the number in 2000 — with just four states accounting for almost two-thirds of those sentences. While 33 states retain the death penalty on their books, 13 of them have not executed anyone for at least five years.
If the federal government cannot execute a citizen with a trial, it bloody well can't assassinate him without one either.