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The Death Penalty: Anyone Who Muders Should Be Put To Death

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There are many pros to the death penalty. Some claim that there is a preventative effect on potential murderers, although there is a lot of debate about this and just about every other argument for or against capital punishment. Another is the idea of incapacitation. Truthfully, why should someone have the right to live if they have taken that right from another person? The purpose why this writer supports capital punishment is because in observing victims’ families and their grief over murdered loved ones. This writer believes anyone who murders should be put to death. One reason for this is because people should not have the right to live after they have killed a fellow human being. The ...view middle of the document...

There is an obligation to the victims’ family. The justice system basically attempts to allot justice for punishment that fits the crime. Without capital punishment, it could be argued that the justice system makes no condition in response to the crime of murder, and provides no justice for the victim. A just society requires the death penalty for the taking of a life. When someone takes a life, the balance of justice is disturbed. Unless that balance is restored, society yields to a rule of violence. Only the taking of the murderer's life restores the balance and allows society to show convincingly that murder is a pain causing crime which will be punished in like manner. In my opinion; the ones for which the death penalty is applied, murderers deserve the worst punishment under our system of law, and that is the death penalty. Any lesser punishment would weaken the value society places on protecting lives.

Rationale number three would have to be a warning to future murderers. Capital punishment is the ultimate warning against all crimes. If the criminal knows that the justice system will not stop at putting him to death, then the system appears harsher to him. Society has always used punishment to discourage would-be criminals from unlawful action. Since society has the highest interest in preventing murder, it should use the strongest punishment available to prevent murder, and that is the death penalty. If murderers are sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers will think twice before killing for fear of losing their own life. Capital punishment is likely to prevent more than other punishments because people fear death more than anything else. They fear most death deliberately inflicted by law and scheduled by the courts. Whatever people fear most is likely to frighten them more. Therefore, the threat of the death penalty may stop some murderers who might not have been stopped. Surely the death penalty is the only penalty that could stop prisoners already serving a life sentence and tempted to kill a guard, or offenders about to be arrested and facing a life sentence....

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