Been thinking about this all day so I really wanted to share
Capital punishment also known as THE DEATH PENALTY
is still a widely "moral" political debatable topic.
"Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime, as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty." - Henry Ford
Catholic Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, writes "...the death penalty diminishes all of us, increases disrespect for human life, and
offers the tragic illusion that we can teach that killing is wrong by killing."
Since the dawn of time man has done many a things to execute their criminals to deter other criminals from taking action. Some of these executions
include: (all of these are still done today except the guillotine) crucifiction, stoning, crushing, lethal injection, gun fire, beheading, hanging,
stoning, gas chambers, guillotine, and so on...
Now, think of the Eighth admendment which clearly states the prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments.
Does the list I put above seem somewhat cruel? People argue that it is immoral and unjustified to take a human life away and that killing any
criminal does not deter crime. People also say that at some point innocent blood
will be spilt and that it is a "inveitbility" and
demoralizes the government. Some say its best for the criminal to sit in solitary confinement until they die.
"If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so
would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to
me, is not a tough call."
John McAdams - Marquette University/Department of Political Science, on deterrence
But now we have to think about what the criminals have done...
Rape, torture (which in some cases torture is probably the worst crime imaginable), murder, kidnapping, mutiny-terrorism, etc...
Crimes that led to death row: Constant stabing, suffocating, raping then brutally murdered, man draged behind a truck on gravel road, sacraficing,
cutting out organs for black market, basically horror movie deaths in real life.
This link shows some brutal killings that may have been death row sentenced LINK--> listverse.com...
One of these men named Joseph Duncan raped and murdered many boys, clubbed a family, and said if he ever got the chance he would escape prison and do
as much murders as possible.
The main reason mostly believe that death sentence is "ok" is the fact that it is deterrent and is justified that the criminal got what he deserves.
Advocates also believe some criminals who get let out early have high likes to commit crime again...
Links you may find interesting on this subject
So should the government in the long run continue to ok capital punishment or no?
16 states have outlawed capital punishment.
edit on 4-10-2011 by KingUsbeorn because: (no reason given)