Being Trans Not a Pass From the Death Penalty in MO

farinasfoto /
farinasfoto /

Liberals have been outraged for the trans community over the last few years, and they expect Americans everywhere to bend our way of life to accommodate them. From having to wonder what people like to call themselves, to giving them special considerations, they are under the delusion that they should be exempt from the standards and practices of everyday life.

Now, Missouri has proven to them that whatever gender they want to call themselves, the law is applied equally. Amber McLaughlin, 49, has been found guilty of stalking and then killing a former girlfriend back in 2003. McLaughlin then dumped the body near the Mississippi River in St Louis, MO.

1,558 people have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the mid-1970s. Of that, only 17 were women. McLaughlin makes the first openly transgender person to be put to death.

McLaughlin’s transition began roughly three years ago while at the Potosi state prison. This also may explain why a clemency petition brought up allegations of a traumatic childhood and mental health issues. Per the petition, a foster parent rubbed her face in poop, and her adoptive father reportedly used a stun gun on her. Both claims were not raised in the trial by either side and to bring them up to spare them from death was a last-ditch effort to try and stay alive, much like this transition likely was.

Naturally, gender dysphoria was added to this petition as well. They claimed that the mental anguish and shame between what McLaughlin was born as and how she feels did not line up. Surprisingly, they didn’t use this as the main point, but they still had to put it there.

Back in 2003, McLaughlin had been dating Beverly Guenther, and when the two split up, things got sour. McLaughlin would routinely make the 45-minute drive to Guenther’s office and hide in the building waiting for her. Guenther eventually obtained a restraining order, and occasionally have police officers escort her to her car after work.

Then on November 20, 2003, everything came to a head. The neighbors called the police when Guenther failed to make it home from work. Going to her office building, they found a broken knife handle near her car, as well as a long trail of blood. The next day McLaughlin led the police near the Mississippi River. Authorities discovered she had been raped and stabbed repeatedly with a steak knife.

In 2006, McLaughlin was convicted of murder, but the jury was deadlocked on sentencing. Instead, the judge issued the death sentence. Missouri and Indiana are the only states that allow a judge to issue a death sentence. In 2016 a court ordered a new sentencing hearing, but a federal appeals court upheld the death penalty.

Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO) not only declined the clemency request but also issued a statement after she was put to death. “McLaughlin terrorized Ms. Guenther in the final years of her life, but we hope her family and loved ones may finally have some peace.” This kind of simplicity is exactly what the families of the victim need; closure.

With prisons now being forced to treat gender issues like any other disease or mental defect, the number of transgender inmates has skyrocketed to 3,200. For many, they suddenly lose their minds once in prison, others see it as a way to do easier time by being sent to live in the women’s population. Naturally, some truly have gender dysmorphia, but it is not anywhere nearly as prevalent as the liberals would have you believe.

Good job Missouri. This isn’t about how someone feels, but it’s about doing what’s right and making people pay for the crimes they have committed, regardless of what their gender was at the time.