Volunteers stand with handmade crosses memorializing the victims of a mass shooting at a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, where the shooting took place, on August 5, in El Paso, Texas. The shooting left at least 22 people dead. The crosses were made by retired carpenter Greg Zanis, who has made thousands of crosses for victims of mass shootings and disasters. A 21-year-old white male shooting suspect was taken into custody in the city which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Volunteers stand with handmade crosses memorializing the victims of a mass shooting at a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, where the shooting took place, on August 5, in El Paso, Texas. The shooting left at least 22 people dead. The crosses were made by retired carpenter Greg Zanis, who has made thousands of crosses for victims of mass shootings and disasters. A 21-year-old white male shooting suspect was taken into custody in the city which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Mario Tama/Getty)

The madness of two mass shootings within just 13 hours of one another needs to be dealt with in a decisive manner (“America’s deadly weekend: The guns,” Aug. 5). I hope Congress will pass a law that those who commit domestic terrorism will automatically be charged in federal court for their crimes. If found guilty of a capital offense, then they should be taken to the basement of the courthouse and have the sentence carried out immediately.

No need for appeals, no lengthy stay on death row and no risk of escape. Giving them fifteen minutes to live once they are sentenced is more time than they gave their victims.

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In these desperate times we are well overdue in finally giving criminals the justice they deserve.

Dan Crumpler

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