This is entirely pinched from the excellent EU Referendum.
The president of the EU has taken an exception to the death penalty, and sent the following message to the governor of Texas:
“The European Union strongly urges Governor Rick Perry to exercise all powers vested in his office to halt all upcoming executions and to consider the introduction of a moratorium in the state of Texas.”
“There is no evidence to suggest that the use of the death penalty serves as a deterrent against violent crime and the irreversibility of the punishment means that miscarriages of justice, which are inevitable in all legal systems, cannot be redressed.”
To which a spokesman for the Governor of Texas replied:
“Two hundred and thirty years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination.
“Texans long ago decided the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens.
“While we respect our friends in Europe, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.”
The EU president should do the following calculation: compare (murder + war + genocide) deaths over the past 100 years for a) the US and b) Europe. (After all, if you’re a victim, it doesn’t make a lot of difference if you die in an air raid, a concentration camp, or a mugging.)
That makes the murder rate in Europe about 100 times higher than that in the US.
This is not just an academic point, since the EU is storing up another big killing by forcing on Europeans a form of government they detest.