The CT murderer's mother was apparently trying to have her son committed to a mental institution, but was unable to do so.<quoted text>
Well, that is something we'll never know. They don't all kill themselves. I'd personally rather be dead than rot in a prison for life. It does not prevent a person from committing a crime; that has been proven. The moral issue with the death penalty is this:
If murder is a crime punishable by death, how can the state commit another murder? In addition to the thousands who have been exonerated from death row after the great work by the Innocence Project. What if they're innocent?
Addressing that problem would be far more effective than trying to disarm honest American citizens. Particularly defenseless women.