The Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty has a page devoted to a man named Richard Allen Davis. On the page you can view Davis’ art and woodwork that he made in his spare time. You can read all about his childhood in journals he wrote. He welcomes the reader to “write to me and express your thoughts and feelings.”

Richard Allen Davis kidnapped, committed a lewd act, and murdered 12-year-old Polly Klass in 1993. He’s on death row in San Quentin, Calif.

Those behind proposition 34, the proposition to do away with California’s death penalty, are fighting to dispose of the only method citizens have to ensure this monster’s influence in the world ends. The proposition’s proponents have been extremely practical in their campaign. They aren’t morally opposed to executing murderers, or at least that isn’t their driving force. They say the system doesn’t serve a purpose, it’s expensive and it’s “broken beyond repair.”

They have a point.

Davis was convicted of his crime in 1996. He wasn’t appointed an attorney until 2001 to represent him in his first appeal in front of the California Supreme Court in 2009. Meanwhile, Davis is lounging around on death row answering fan mail sent to him from young girls. He’s carving wood art to showcase on his website. He’s overdosing on opium. All on our tab.

Davis still has a state habeas corpus appeal and a federal habeas corpus appeal. This is how we carry out executions. We walk on eggshells to ensure that murderers go out years after their murderous rampages with a multimillion-dollar taxpayer funded boom. Davis and others like him aren’t fighting for their innocence. He admitted on camera to his crimes, and led the police to Polly Klass’ dead body. Why are we funding his vacation?

Federal judges have stalled the process even more since 2006 when California’s three-drug combo was called into question as perhaps inflicting unnecessary pain. Many states use only one drug for matters of simplicity. (I don’t know if the children raped and murdered had a choice of the least painful way to die.) So why has California only executed 13 of its over-700 death row inmates since 1992? The process is terrible. Liberals can muck up any process and then claim it’s broken and they have the only solution.

They do it with capitalism: “What Community Reinvestment Act? The free market caused the housing bubble! Let’s try socialism!”

They do it with healthcare: “You mean to tell me that healthcare prices increase when we make insurers cover everything and forbid shopping out of state? Let’s nationalize it!”

Enough is enough. The death penalty serves a purpose. Ideally it is a main deterrent of violent crime. But even in its sorry state today, the death penalty is a tool of the citizenry to promote justice and give appropriate consequences for extreme actions.

When threatened with death, many inmates opt for a plea bargain in exchange for admitting to their heinous acts. John Gardner made a deal with authorities and not only confessed to the murder and attempted rape of 17-year-old Chelsea King, but led them to her bones. Jared Loughner was faced with the death penalty and confessed to the shooting of seven in Tucson last year, including Gabrielle Giffords.

As Debra J. Saunders explained: “Even when it doesn’t work, the death penalty works.”

We can kiss this goodbye if proposition 34 passes. “You take the death penalty off the table,” says Marc Klass, father of the murdered Polly Klass, “Crimes will not be solved. Victims will not be recovered.”

In a state where it’s difficult to find someone who’s not on welfare or the recipient of a gigantic public sector pension, it’s mind numbing to think that the answer to California’s money problems lay in abolishing capital punishment. One of the few things in the not-so-golden state that isn’t completely worthless or harmful is the death penalty. Let’s not lose that one to progressivism too.

Keith Fierro | California State University | @kjfierro