Quotation by Alphonse Karr

If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers.
Alphonse Karr (1808–1890), French journalist, novelist. Les Guêpes (Paris, Jan. 31, 1849).

An alternative source attributes these words to a voice from the hall in the French Chamber, during a debate on the death penalty, when a speech proposing abolition was being tumultuously applauded.
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