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Capital Punishment.

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Capital Punishment A topic, which not only I, but millions of other people feel strongly about, is capital punishment. Unfortunately though, we don't all feel this way for the same reason and this is what I will be exploring in this essay. I'll firstly give sides to support capital punishment and I'll also provide you with some of the opposition before finally stating my own opinion. Firstly, I'll give you some arguments for capital punishment. The most common argument in favour of capital punishment is that it is a deterrent. This is true, because in 1960, there were 56 executions and 9000 murders. By 1975 however, the death penalty had been abolished and there were 20000 murders, more than twice the amount in 1960. ...read more.

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A final, more selfish argument in favour of capital punishment is that it is less costly. Prison costs of keeping and feeding convicted murderers would be substantially reduced if they were all to be killed. I think that when human life is at stake though, this is a petty argument that doesn't bear any relation at all to the issue and the morals involved. On the other side, a lot of people argue that capital punishment is wrong and should not be allowed. One of these arguments is that it leaves no room for error. If the person is later proven to be innocent, unlike a jail sentence from which they can be released, they cannot be brought back to life. ...read more.

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To get rid of social problems, just kill the criminals and murderers, and this is wrong. Considering all of the previous arguments both for and against capital punishment, I believe that, when you look at the statistics, it reduces murder considerably and leads to a safer, more secure society. I think that some of the arguments against are valid but are not as valuable as the ones in favour. Also, if it was my family or I who were wrongly (or even rightly) accused of murder, I wouldn't like the possible threat of being killed for it. Overall though, it is a good support for society and I think that capital punishment should be brought back for murder and inhumane treatment such as rape etc. It would make this country a safer place by ridding it of the animals that are currently roaming the streets, waiting to pounce. By Damien Hendry 4H ...read more.

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