77 lives, mostly very young lives, were ended by Anders Breivik. Another 240 were injured as he bombed and shot innocent people.
He isn't insane. He's an evil human being who committed pre-meditated murder on the basis of his own warped world view. He planned these attacks and carried them out.
And now? 21 years in prison. A prison life where he will no doubt be well fed, clothed, watered and protected by other inmates at a cost to the families who have lost loved ones to his blood lust.
He will need to be separated and kept away from other prisoners. Even those who have committed heinous crimes themselves will want to extinguish the life of a man who targeted children. Taxpayers will pay to keep this beast alive. Why?
This is cut and dry. He committed these crimes. He meant to. It may be all well and good to play the bleeding heart angle but seriously: if your child or mum or father had been shot down by this animal, would you really think justice was him being looked after in an isolated, private part of a prison? I would want him dead in a heartbeat.
The death penalty in cases such as this is not about stooping to his level. It is about a punishment that fits the crime. For Anders Breivik to be kept alive and protected by the state is surely a sick perversion of true human justice.