Parkland gunman pleads guilty

“The View” co-hosts discuss the Parkland school shooter’s guilty plead to all 34 charges in the massacre that killed 17 students and staff.
8:12 | 10/21/21

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In any case, to get to what story that just breaks us all up, yesterday the former student behind the parkland school massacre that claimed 17 lives addressed the victims' families after pleading guilty. Here's what he said. I'm very sorry for what I did I have to live with it every time. If I were to get a second chance I would do everything in my power to help others. I don't care if you don't believe me. I love you. I have to live with this every day and brings it nightmares and I can't live with myself sometimes. Apparently his statement fell on deaf ears from some of the victim' families. He does not deserve life in prison, life in prison is a life, he deserves nothing more than the death penalty. Justice for us is, you know, we want him dead, we want him forten. The question is, what does justice look like in this day and age? I mean, is it something that he should pay for in prison, something that should be a death penalty? Should the families have a say in a what happens? I mean, it has now become a big complicated question. Look, I was watching this live as you know parkland is 30 minutes from my home and it's one of the events that changed my view on gun reform, I always used to think it's somebody else's issue, let other people duke it out, then my cousin's son got killed at pulse and I think it's our issues. No American right now can feel they can't be affected by gun violence. And it was on live yesterday, in south Florida, it was heartbreaking to see those families and to remember, it really angered me, because there were, you know, parkland happened in 2018, 17 dead. Pulse happened in 2016, 49 dead. Sandy hook, we all remember that, happened in 2012, 28 dead. There's been no gun reform since and that's a national shame for this country. It is. The whole idea of, what bothers me, I'm sort of for the death penalty for some cases I know that's what people think I would be for, I don't believe in the afterlife particularly, I think like, they should be taken out if they've done the worst thing and the DNA can show it. We've seen in the past we didn't have DNA evidence. Lot of innocent people were on death row. That's wrong, 100%. Now we have DNA evidence, a lot of times children are harmed, children are molested, children are -- I can't even stand it, I don't know why they need to have a life anywhere. I don't. By the way, not to get light about this, eyewitness accounts don't really do it, because people constantly think I'm Bette midler, that means they can mistake me for somebody else, lot of mistakes that can go on, if you have DNA evidence and you're 100% innocent, look at this guy Sirhan Sirhan should be free, he not only killed Robert Kennedy, he killed somebody who could have changed the koufrs America. Bobby Kennedy's kids have come out and addressed this and ask that he not be free. What does justice look like? Starting out, I think justice looks so different to the actual families because I'm speaking from a place that didn't lose, I can't fathom the grief, but when the one parent said, you know, at least he has a life, I tend to think not for any necessarily moral reason, living a life in prison with no chance of getting out more of a hell than to have a quick out. I tend to think there should be a way to utilize prisoners in levels, again, I can't fathom this loss, this person had done this, to live in a prison is not to be free. I'd rather not to get the death penalty. Fear of the unknown. People held in prisons I cannot imagine that's a good life -- The lives he killed didn't have the option of being afraid of the unknown. Living with themselves every day, seeing the sun but never be able to walk unguarded would be worse to me. Doing something with prisoners -- we have shortages everywhere. Listen, you don't want these folks taking over for the shortages that we have. Not out in community. Bring in, sorting, they did license place at one point. I care more about how the families feel than I feel this guy being trapped or not being trapped. The families Terrell me the way they're going to get closure by him getting to put the death penalty so be it. The families that had those lives stolen from you, to bury your 17-year-old, 18-year-old -- Those little girls at sandy hook, if they didn't do gun control after that, they'll never do it. 6-year-old. The craziness didn't really happen. You know, look, it's -- it's not a tough call, for me it's not a tough call, if you harm a child, you're done. That's it. Because they can't -- they can't really fight you. It's like these people who run across the street and punch old people in the face and knock them to the street and leave them like trash. They don't, you know, they can't fight you. Do it to somebody who will punch you back. Don't do to some 78-year-old, 90-year-old person who's made it this far and here you come punching them, knocking them down, see, to me someone you should put you in jail and punch you every day, every day. . You know, because, they're little old people -- Watch it. When you see them on the news, these are not -- these are not robust young people that are getting punched in the streets. They can't defend themselves. Part of the point of incarceration is rehab. Can you rehab from the crime? There are crimes like killing children that you can never rehab. I'm saying, if you were to torture -- not to torture, they didn't come out right. If there's -- the pain would be in never getting out, they have to stay in. They have a life in prison, they get to read books, talk to their family on the phone. Solitary confinement is thought to be torture. Thought to be torture, but it might be a better solution for some people.

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