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The Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty. Ben Serajian To kill or not to kill. That is the question. Some people think it is wrong; however, a close look into the matter will show it is the right thing to do. The Bible states "thou shall not kill" but it also states "an eye for eye". The death penalty is the worst and most deserved punishment for those who choose to take a life. There is no excuse for a life to be taken; therefore, the murderer should be punished to the full extent. Imagine a loved one of yours is brutally murdered; how would you feel? How much pain would your family have to go through? How would you be able to sleep at night knowing the murderer has not been given the death penalty, knowing he could walk out of jail any time. This is most definitely an unnerving thought, and one that no-one shouldn't have to deal with this. With no death penalty and only life without parole (LWOP), there is no deterrent for LWOP inmates killing others whilst in prison or after escape. ...read more.

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In American society, the threat of capital punishment stands as the ultimate sentence for a criminal. The moral complications of the taking of another life, whether it is by murder or as legally accepted punishment, remains an unresolved conflict between Americans. Despite the fact that capital punishment, otherwise known as the "death penalty", is legal in only a handful of countries in the world, the majority of Americans regard it as acceptable retribution. In the 1981 Gallup Poll, two-thirds of Americans voted general approval of capital punishment. By 1994, the same poll concluded that a tremendous 80% of Americans approved of capital punishment (Moore, 1994:5). It is no wonder that many of our countries leaders approve of the death penalty. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, believes that mass executions of "27 or 30 or 35 people at a time" would be effective in the reduction of the importation of illegal drugs in to America (Taylor, 1995). In 1972, capital punishment was eradicated in the United States when the Supreme Court declared that under then existing laws "imposition and carrying out of the death penalty... ...read more.

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Of all those convicted on a charge of homicide - only two percent and about one in fifty, are eventually sentenced to death. Most deterrence research has found that the death penalty has virtually the same effect as LWOP on homicide rates. Former New York Police Chief Patrick V. Murphy wrote, "Like the emperor's new clothes, the flimsy notion that the death penalty is an effective law enforcement tool is being exposed as mere political puffery" (Murphy, 1995). The claim that deterrence of crime is an effect of capital punishment is statistically incorrect. The death penalty violates the American constitutional guarantee of the identical protection of the laws. It is applied aimlessly at its best and unjust at its worst. To summarise, I believe that the Death Penalty is morally unjust and that it has no clear or obvious system. Some of the points made by the party against the reinstatement of the Death Penalty are valid and can be dignified, but in my eyes, capital punishment can't be morally justified, and only God has the power to give and take lives, so who are we to meddle with business that isn't ours? ...read more.

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