posted on Jun, 27 2004 @ 12:54 PM
I tend to agree with Tealc, but for different reasons.
The death penalty has been proven not to be a deterrent to crime. In fact, it often times escalates the severity of the crimes commited.
As an example, let's assume you do not use drugs. If the anti-drug laws of your country were eliminated today, would that encourage you to go out
and score some dope? Not likely. Your use of drugs is determined by factors other than the status of the anti-drug laws. Similarly with other
behaviors we discourage and label as crimes.
Then, if the death penalty does not deter others from commiting crime, what is its logical purpose?
Its purpose is to eliminate from the gene pool those cannot live within the established social norms. Anyway you look at it, it is not a pretty
refelction of us.