Capital Punishment- A Matter of Life and Death
Capital Punishment: the penalty of death for the commission of a crime
When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local newspaper, we are bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides, serial killers, and other such tragedies. It is a rare occasion to go through a day in this world and not hear of these things. So what should be done about this crime rate? There are many issues that address the question of Capital Punishment such as religion, the effect on society, restitution being denied, the possible "wrongly accused", and the rights of the convicted. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have been executed in the past years, and in many countries, they still believe that Capital Punishment is the most logical way to punish a person. However, does one person really have the authority to determine the fate of another human being? Too many people are dying; too many lives are being taken unnecessarily and something needs to be done.
The first argument for death penalty is ‘an eye for an eye, a life for a life’. A person who has committed a crime cannot be trusted and has to be killed before any further damage is done. Someone who has taken the
I, myself could never press the button or pull the lever that sent someone else to their death- and if I couldn"tmt bring myself to do it, then I have no right to demand that someone else do it for me. At other times, illegal crimes may stem from drunkenness or a short-term loss of logic thinking due to anger. The Eighth Amendment bars the government from carrying out any "cruel or unusual punishment" to its prisoners. It is an argument against the courts and their unfair system of sentencing. comSocietyIssuesCrime_and_JusticeDeath_Penaltyhttp:www. Even though a criminal has killed a person, should we behave in the same barbaric manner Does Man have the right to take the life of Man to punish him Have we not been taught since childhood that it is only God who has the right to judge us and punish us In my opinion, Capital Punishment is based on justice, revenge, and retaliation, which does nothing other than appease ignorant people, and quite frankly, to base punishment on these aspects is both inane and dangerous. Although Capital Punishment is more humane than life imprisonment, since it is quick and instantaneous, by staying in jail, a criminal gets ample time to think over and over again about his deed and to repent. However there are some exceptions: someone may kill for self-defence or there is a possibility that his intention was not to kill. In fact, if anything, the rate has been slowly increasing. However, anyone could then commit a crime and then simply be given a second chance to "pay-back"tm society. BibliographyBOOKSThe Death Penalty: An American History Stuart BannerHarvard University Press Paperback - March 2003 The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective Roger HoodOxford University Press Paperback - November 2002The Death Penalty as Cruel Treatment and Torture William A. ukNewspapersDaily Mirror,James Whitaker,Nov 22, 2003. There are two basics arguments within the debate over Capital Punishment: First is the question of whether Capital Punishment is moral, or more simply put, whether it is right.