19 April, 2012
To Kill or Not: A Death Penalty Debate
Capital punishment has always been a a debate involving morality, legality, and even religion.
Currently 34 of the 50 states hold on to the death penalty held to few of those committing intentional murders. Many find taking life away from human being to be immoral. In the end, capital punishment has proven to be beneficial towards the general society. Due to its natural intent, the death penalty offers justice toward the victims that have been brutally murdered. The safety of the community is only improved if the threat of future murders is put to rest. While that can also be solved through ...view middle of the document...
Many believe that the death penalty is actually unjust and a risk of murder towards someone that is actually innocent. An eye for an eye is the general picture that justice implements. It should make no difference in terms of murder. While it may provide zero effect to the deceased victims, their friends and families happen hold on to the need for “justice.” In an article, The Temporal Diffusion of Morality Policy by Christopher 2. Mooney and Mei-Hsien Lee, majority of family members favor the death penalty “even if it had no deterrent effects” (Vidmart & Ellsworth 18). Provides provides satisfaction towards those victims that justice has been served. According to the Death Penalty Statistics From the U.S., there has been zero executed inmates that have been proven innocent. The best way to prevent such a mishap is to carry death sentences under concrete cases. Weak cases against convicts given the death sentence has provided release of these inmates.
Beyond justice, capital punishment provides a benefit towards the entire community. It may be easy to view killing someone under possibility pretense as immoral. The purpose of Court Trials is to convict based on what has already happened not on what will/may happen. However the death sentence of a convicted murderer can result in zero future killings from him/her. Safety of the community is the basis of what the government should provide. A news article from MSNBC depicts a man named James Ealy killing a Burger King employee after released from his conviction in slaying a pregnant woman and three children. Being that it was a wrongful arrest for the first case this proves that future murders from the same person are definitely possible. Life sentence provides a decent opportunity for the criminal to be released under the pretense that he/she is no longer a threat to society. Public Opinion and the Death Penalty by Neil Vidmart and Phoebe Ellsworth includes a statement, “If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. -John McAdams” (Vidmart & Ellsworth 9). The Death Penalty Statistics also show how capital crime results in small but evident decline. Society has only improved with the help of the death penalty. It is shown how the numbers of executions correlates to the decrease in murders, meaning both have declined. Keeping the death penalty legal will eventually lead to even fewer executions toward the future.
The usual alternative to...