Capital Punishment (840 words)
Capital PunishmentI believe that the death penalty is the best and fairest punishment for peoplewho have taken other people’s lives. Here are some interesting facts about thedeath penalty. Did you know that 70% of all Americans support the death penalty?Murder rates have also been down since the death penalty was reinforced. Andrehab techniques are so underdeveloped that no one is ever certain that amurderer can be rehabilitated (supporting capital). First of all, if someone hastaken someone else’s life, in most cases their life should be taken also. If aperson is so imcompassionate for human beings and just doesn’t care whathappens to anyone; if they are sick enough to take the life of someone else,their life should be taken also. Second of all, would you rather pay for someoneto be in prison for life in an environment that is most likely better than wherethey were if they weren’t there? You can argue that capital punishment costsmore tax dollars. However, would you rather pay for someone who has brutallytaken the life of someone else to die than have them stay in a prison that isnicer than where they would be on the street if they weren’t in prison? Forexample, Consider crime as a career alternative. It is, you know. Granted it’snot a viable alternative for me or you. The consequences of being caught wouldbe far too great — we have too much to lose. But consider, of all the thingswe’re not willing to risk sacrificing, there are lots and lots of people whodon’t have those things. For someone in that position, consider the advantages:No education requirements. No previous experience needed. No startup capitalrequired in most cases, and minimal capital required in any case. Flexible workhours. Be your own boss. Medical and retirement plans provided free by thegovernment. Low risk. Low risk? Well, yes. The odds of being apprehended at allare very low, and even if you are arrested you’ll get free legal assistance(Savage, Leo). And plus, prisons are becoming more and more crowded. Thegovernment’s solution to overcrowded prisons is to spend billions of taxdollars to make more of them. This is a lot more than it is going to cost thegovernment to execute someone (Stern, Eric). Next, since most inmates receiveparole when they have life in prison for killing someone, the murderer is backon the street in 20-40 years. Would you want them back out there killing moreinnocent people? Since the prisons are becoming more and more crowded, people inthe prisons are more likely to be let out earlier to make room for moreprisoners, putting the original murderers back out on the streets (Stern, Eric).
Lastly, and I believe, most importantly, what if someone were to brutally murderone of your family members. Wouldn’t you want the murderer to die? Why wouldyou want them still in a jail, knowing that he is receiving ample amounts offood and still living his life after killing someone so close to you? Mostpeople who are against the death penalty argue that it is cruel and unusualpunishment (pragmatic arguments). What they don’t think about is what themurderer did was also cruel and unusual. You can also argue that the deathpenalty is not biblically right, but I believe God was addressing the legalcommunity in Leviticus 24:7 when he says, “And he that killeth any man shallsurely be put to death,” and in Numbers 35:31 when he says, “Ye shall takeno satisfaction or ransom for the life of a murderer which is guilty ofdeath:but shall surely be put to death.” Men have never ceased to kill theirown kind. They have killed in war, in anger out of envy or gain, and haveenacted laws authorizing them to kill those who violate God’s laws. In doingthese things, they have violated God’s law which forbids the killing of allmen (Berns, Walter). The solution to the question of “is the death penaltymorally right?” is YES. For someone who has murdered someone else, the deathpenalty, in many cases, is the solution. We do not need these murderers livingin our world any longer. It’s simple: the death penalty is the best solutionto people who have brutally taken the lives of others. Why would you wantsomeone who has killed another person: -to be back on the streets in 20-40