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Death Penalty

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The death penalty debate in the U.S. is dominated by the fraudulent voice of the anti-death penalty movement. The culture of lies and deceit dominates that movement so much that many of the falsehoods are now wrongly accepted as fact, by both advocates and opponents of capital punishment. Every idea contradicts the well-worn frauds presented by the anti-death penalty movement. The anti-death penalty movement specializes in the abolition of truth. Imposition of the death penalty is extraordinarily rare. Since 1967, there has been one execution for every 1600 murders, or 0.06%. There have been approximately 560,000 murders and 358 executions from 1967-2000 FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) & Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Approximately 5900 people have been sentenced to death and 358 executed from 1973-1996. An average of 0.2% of those were executed every year during that time. 56 murderers were executed in 1995, a record number for the modern death penalty. ...read more.

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How absurd. Opponents' flawed logic and moral confusion mirror their "factual" arguments--there is, often, an absence of reality. The moral confusion of some opponents is astounding. Some equate the American death penalty with the Nazi holocaust. Opponents see no moral distinction between the slaughter of 12 million totally innocent men, women, and children and the just execution of society's worst human rights violators. The author, David Sharp, believes the incapacitation effect saves lives--that is, that by executing murderers you prevent them from murdering again and do, thereby, save innocent life. The evidence of this is conclusive and unquestionable. Furthermore, he says that the individual deterrent effect also proves that executions save innocent life. This effect represents those potential murderers who did not murder under specific circumstances because of their fear of execution. He claimed that there are many, perhaps thousands, of such documented cases, representing many innocent lives saved by the fear of execution. ...read more.

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Furthermore, the individual deterrent effect could not exist without the general deterrent effect bring present. The individual deterrent effect is proven. Therefore, even though it may be statistically elusive, the general deterrent effect is proven by individual deterrence. I agree with the author and his opinions, which he impressively supported with facts, about the death penalty controversy in America. The three effects he stated present a strong morale argument for executions. If all murderers are given the death penalty they surely will never have the power to destroy anyone else's life again. And if these executions can show other criminals how murderers are punished, they will think twice about committing such an act. Executions can save the lives of both criminals and the people. The statistics can prove it. Our choice is to spare the lives of the murderers and to, thereby, sacrifice the lives of the innocent or to execute those murderers and to, thereby, spare the lives of the innocent. I suggest we continue using the death penalty since it currently has a positive impact and an effect on society as a whole. ...read more.

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