I'm absolutely pro death-penalty, for liars, cheaters, and generally unscrupulous people who try to further themselves by taking advantage of others. In fact, I'm not hugely opposed to some of the corporal punishment going on today in Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. It keeps society in check. You'd never have thousands of idiots rioting after the Super Bowl in Philly if such draconian measures were in place.
That being said, based on what's been released about this shooter's life, I'd give him 15-20 years in prison. Without the possibilty of early release.
Both your biological parents die.
Your adoptive father dies of a heart attack.
Your adoptive mother dies of the flu. (seriously?)
Your brother alienates you.
You're working at the local dollar store, making $6/hr.
You have nowhere to live.
Talk about unfortunate.
In no way am I defending him. However, I think any rational human should take the shooter's circumstances into consideration.
Yes, many people have it "much worse" than him and don't go on murderous rampages - I understand. But no one can say with absolute certainty how we would act if put in certain situations (to assume otherwise is quite naive, since we will never really know ourselves, our actions, and reactions).
"He's a broken human being," she said. "He's a broken child." ~ his defense lawyer, today in sentencing.
Let's not forget, that Anders Behring Breivik only received 21 years in a Norwegian prison for killing 80 children. He mowed them down with a machine gun. And that guy was wealthy and had no personal struggles that we know of. He just killed for fun. These people should get the death penalty, without question.