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The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

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The topic of capital punishment is one that is highly debated in our society today. Capital punishment is the ultimate punishment our society can give one for their actions. On the other hand, it is viewed as a denial of human rights that promotes more violence in our society. Religious Tolerance.org states that in the United States, over 13,000 people have been legally executed since colonial times. ("Religious Tolerance") Is capital punishment a moral act? It is not a moral punishment as it denies human rights, and the right to life, while degrading the individual, and serving no true justification of the action at all.

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As of April 2008, since 1976, Texas has had a shockingly high 405 executions. Virginia has had 98, and Oklahoma has had 86. These numbers show that the majority of U.S. believes that the death penalty is fair and right, despite many protesters everywhere. ("Death Penalty")

The death penalty denies the right to human life. The laws of this country restrict and harm one’s life when you have the ability to take it away. Often times people are not awarded a fair trial. This means that they do not have the ability to appeal the conviction. By doing that, you do not allow one to have the right to life.

The death penalty is not needed in our society. There is no social need to kill another for its actions. It does not meet any vital need of society. There is no evidence anywhere that killing a person will deter another from committing the same crime. The same crimes committed by people who are executed are continually done. The death penalty does nothing to prevent or stop these crimes. ("Amnesty International")

The death penalty strongly denies basic human rights. Why is it okay for a criminal to be killed for his or her crimes? Are they really worthy of death? A person can be killed for killing another, but one cannot be punished for other crimes with torture or imprisonment without trial. ("Amnesty International") Some say murder is a crime so evil it requires death, but why does society not punish others severely for lesser crimes? Human rights protect everyone, from the most heavenly people to the evilest scum.

Modern society needs to realize and affirm that the vengeance that the death penalty calls for serves a certain justice, but also is very regressive. Society needs to resist certain urges like these that are destructive. Laws kill people who killed people, but do not condemn arsonists, rapists, or robbers the same way. ("Capital Punishment: The Inevitability of Caprice and Mistake" 54-64) The punishment for the crime should not equate to the crime done. It only affirms the action and calls it right in some situations and wrong in the other situations. An execution cannot be used to condemn murder. Murder is still murder. Such an act by the government just displays the similarity of the criminal killing its victim. Punishment should not be on the same level as the action.

An argument claims that certain people deserve to die. But what authority can exactly call for this. The government can make mistakes, or judge people wrongly. One action does not define the character of the person. The death penalty judges people itself. It calls for some people to be executed while others are spared. This is the same attitude that the crime of murder holds. ("Amnesty International") The death penalty discriminates...

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