Disallow Psychiatric Defenses to Murder Charges in Canada!

Disallow Psychiatric Defenses to Murder Charges in Canada!

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Life Party of Canada started this petition to Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Petition Statement (to sign): "We who sign this petition demand the Canadian Government to reform the Canadian criminal justice system to disallow defenses to murder charges which are based on the mental state of the defendant at the time of the act (unless they were drugged or hypnotized against their will).  We must all be responsible for the mental state we choose, and what drugs we choose to take, and for our actions in general.  Deliberate killers of innocent people must always be held criminally responsible in Canada!"

Explanation behind Petition Statement:

Our Canadian criminal justice system has been pitifully weak in punishing the most heinous acts committed in our society.  Killers of innocents who use a psychiatric-based defense are being handed relatively light sentences, or declared not criminally responsible at all, not even for the most undisputed public violence.

Here are some articles as examples in this issue:

1. Woman accused in 2015 fatal PATH stabbing found not criminally responsible

2.  Freedom granted to man who beheaded Greyhound bus passenger

3. Eaton Centre shooter was suffering from PTSD, defence lawyers say

4. Suspect found not criminally responsible in 2018 Fredericton shooting that killed 4

Mental state should not be a defense.  We should not be surprised if killers of innocents were not in an ideal mental state at the time they committed the killings, or they probably wouldn't have done it.

Everyone should be held accountable for the mental state they choose. 

Consciousness includes the ability to choose.  If they cannot choose their own mental state, meaning they have lost the ability to choose, they are unconscious. 

Killers of innocents don't need 'help' because of their mental state.  They need to be punished for choosing it, and the public needs to be protected from them because of it.  Mental state shouldn't reduce someone's punishment for an act, or allow them to avoid punishment entirely, because they can show that they are insane; if anything it should increase the protections society needs from them because it shows that they have the potential to kill again because of their mental state.

To expose the nonsense another way, if no excuses are accepted against speeding tickets or income tax filing mistakes, then no excuses should be accepted for killing innocent people.

Psychiatric defenses for murder are nonsense which needs to stop.  The only moral defenses for a murder charge is either: they didn't do it, they did it in mortal defense of themselves or another innocent person, a legal act of national war against a declared enemy, or it was an accident which they absolutely did not intend.  Otherwise it should always be a criminal responsibility to kill someone.

If Canada can't have laws at least strong enough to punish brazen public murders, we have no worthwhile legal system at all.

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