Does the Law affect our morality?
In my previous posts, I’ve described the basics of law and morality, as well as shown daily examples of how it does affect each other on a daily basis. Here, in my final round of research, I’ll be discussing to what extent does law affect our morality, does it affect each other at all. Laws are universal, define and precise, while morality is variable.  Law increase the quality of life and make surviving more comfortable for us. Law does not always reflect morality. What is “legal” and “illegal” doesn’t translate what’s right or wrong. It is taught from a young age that murder, the killing of oneself, is wrong, bad and evil.  Sometimes if something is legal, it is not always moral, in fact, there are many things in which this is true. For example, if someone wants an abortion, they have a right to because it is legal. However, this doesn’t mean it is the right or moral thing to do. We have the pro-lifers stating it’s immoral to do so, as well as the pro-choicers stating it is moral. It depends upon the individual’s values and opinions of whether or not it is right. Another example, if somebody morally thinks it is okay to steal from other people because their moral values are low, does not make it legal.
But take a look at the Brandon Bernard case that happened just recently. Bernard was convicted along with his fellow gang members in Texas for the murder of Stacie and Todd Bagley, in 1999. The gunman, Christopher Vialva was executed in September. Bernard was only an accomplice, who if didn’t participate would most likely be shot dead by Vialva. During his 21 years in prison, and moments before he was executed on December 10th 2020, he said he had been wanting to apologize to the family of the Bagleys and his own family for the pain he caused.
“I’m sorry … I wish I could take it all back, but I can’t,” “That’s the only words that I can say that completely capture how I feel now and how I felt that day.”
Bernard said to the family of the Bagleys during his three-minute last word. He shows clear signs of transformative rehabilitation in such a young person and where he is contributing to the well-being of his daughter and family. Everyone deserves a second chance. He was the youngest person in the US to receive a death sentence in nearly 70 years for a crime committed when he was just a young adult.  Federal execution is legal, but first-degree murder is considered unlawful, deserves to be punished. Because something is legal does not make it moral. In my opinion, sentencing someone to death is immoral because it allows law to choose who deserves to die and lawfully kill in the name of justice. Death sentences are usually given in response to murder. This enables the “eye for an eye” ideology, and it allows for murder to be acceptable in certain circumstances when it should not be acceptable at all. Also, if the idea is to truly impose a harsh punishment that will equal the amount of suffering the criminal inflicted, then allowing them to live a life in solitude with no hope of freedom would amount to much more than death. In my eyes, law does not necessarily affect our morality.
Morality is not black and white, even though our laws try to paint it as such.  What do you guys think? Do you think law affect our morality? Comment and let me know!