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Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?

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  • +46 +118 -72 Student No. 94 Jan. 15, 2016
    "The death penalty is reasonable. After all, we can't just let killers live, because they might escape prison and kill more people. We have to keep the public safe. Safety matters. As ghandi said, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." But we still have one eye left."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Student No. 94 Mar. 23, 2016
      "No offense, Think about it, but you really don't have that strong of a point. Only SOME criminals would rather die, and besides, like I said, they can still escape and do more harm. And having prisoners under high security doesn't really help jobless citizens get a job. The death penalty really is necessary to keep our country a safe place."
    • 0 0 0 girlgirl Apr. 20, 2017
      "that may be true in some way but, killing a murderer won't keep the public safe there is more murderer's out there than you think."
    • 0 +1 -1 Both ways Apr. 14, 2017
      "Alexis S you made that up I know that you did because I've done research on that topic and it is actually 10 out of 100 prisoners escape jail that means that only 100 out of 1000 prisoners escape jail. Also you can't have 0.18 of a person. So I wouldn't say anything unless you know the facts."
    • 0 +4 -4 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
      "Only 0.18 of 1,000 inmates actually successfully escape"
    • -1 0 -1 Matt Jan. 26, 2017
      "Until we retaliate in kind again? I don't think that Ghandi proposed we can all retaliate once then it stops before it gets out of hand"
    • -1 +1 -2 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "That is taken out of context t, and it only takes one death that was an innocent person to override the death sentence! And too many have been put to death that were found to be innocent after death and that is not justice!"
    • -1 +2 -3 tacocat May. 10, 2016
      "anyone think about getting alcatraz up and running again?"
    • -9 +2 -11 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "but you cant have rape for rape can you, and the prisonors would have high sercurity also helping jobless citizens get a job all in all helping the world., the death penalty doesnt stop criminals from commiting crimes, they would rather die than suffer, they dont deserve the choice"
  • +36 +96 -60 Nov. 30, 2015
    "Common sense, people. If you had the chance, would you kill ISIS, or Hitler, or Osama bin Laden? Exactly"
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    • -1 +2 -3 Dak Prescott Feb. 27, 2017
      "but they wold suffer more in a stone cold room with nothing to eat but dirty rice and cold potatoes every 12 hours naked for the rest of there life chained to the wall

    • -3 +1 -4 lololol Apr. 11, 2017
      "Hitler is dead so is Osama and isis is not a person"
    • -3 +1 -4 fish Mar. 15, 2017
      "i agree prescott"
    • -4 0 -4 Ghostfire Apr. 5, 2017
      "they all killed thousands the people we are killing killed 1-5 people their is a big difference"
  • +25 +49 -24 Ashlyn Sep. 19, 2016
    ""The death penalty is necessary because "citizens should fear our justice system"
    Also, as said in the Bible, an eye for an eye. If one has killed someone, then he shall be killed, too. The death penalty is necessary in the United States, and it should not be banned.""It is by exacting the highest toll for the taking of a human life that we affirm the value of that life. With the Death Penalty we affirm to criminals everywhere, that if you are willing to destroy a life, then you must be willing to forfeit yours in turn.

    Criminals should fear our justice system.
    Lawful citizens should be able to depend on it.""I believe that this should only be allowed to protect people from dangerous murderers and thieves, etc. What bothers me the most is that people want to get rid of the death penalty, which only happens to bad people, and yet the are all for abortion, which happens to babies who are not given a chance to even make one mistake and have a bed to sleep on! Inmates shouldn't have those opportunities, especially when they are there for horrific things!"
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  • +22 +39 -17 Amelia Oct. 21, 2016
    "The Death Penalty, like abortion, is kind of a rough topic to discuss.
    For Con I say what if the person who was killed is actually innocent, and the actual criminal has long since fled the country (just an example)?
    How does the death penalty affect families? Relatives of the person put to death may feel the need to seek revenge for what the government did to their loved one. I'm just a student and this is just my opinion.
    For Pro, I say these criminals did horrible things and need to be punished for what they've done. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,..." But putting somebody to death for their crimes is still murder. This is a tough topic and my class and I have to debate on this subject.
    The sixth Commandment is "Thou shall not kill".
    My dad is in the Military and wholeheartedly supports the death penalty."
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  • +20 +37 -17 Shawn Wilcox Jun. 2, 2016
    "If someone kills because of anger, grief, religion, racism, or sexism they shouldn't be able to live. They took the life of A CHILD, A HUSBAND, A BROTHER/SISTER, or A PARENT. Seriously!!!!!!! The reason the world is full of murderers, rapist, sex offenders, Etc.Is because we are afraid to punish someone for the wrongs they have done. Even in the Bible it states in Mathew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.'" This states that he/she who kills shall be killed for their punishment. The Death Penalty is a must in a world that has major criminals running rampant in the streets because a bunch of people thought that they should get a second chance. Think about the victims families. What do you think goes through their heads when they see that the convict who killed or raped their family member is going to be out in 25 years. What if he/she strikes again when he/she gets out??
    Thanks for reading now have a nice day."
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  • +18 +42 -24 Riley Oct. 16, 2016
    "If one taketh then one givith"
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    • 0 +1 -1 hussain Feb. 2, 2017
    • -2 0 -2 Commoon Sense Mar. 23, 2017
      ""Hey, killing is wrong. But if you kill somebody, I'm going to kill you!" ~Hypocrisy, unknown (BC/AD)"
  • +15 +40 -25 Audrey Jan. 15, 2016
    "Death penalty should be allowed because, the consequence of the crime should be equal to the crime the person committed. But, then again all criminals should not receive a death penalty for some crime that doesn't deserve it."
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    • 0 0 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "Exactly, each punishment deserves a crime equal to the crime they did. Doesn't always mean the same thing. Let's just say, your mom got killed. Wouldn't you want the person who killed her dead as well?"
    • 0 0 0 Both ways Apr. 14, 2017
      "no but they should have a punishment equally as severe as raping someone"
    • 0 0 0 raf Mar. 28, 2017
      "so should rapers be raped"
  • +13 +30 -17 Billy Bob Joe Nov. 30, 2016
    "I think that we should do the Death penalty but it would depend on the crime that they did if they die or not."
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  • +13 +26 -13 Jack Nov. 20, 2015
    "Did victims get their choice of a last meal? Did they get told they were going to die soon? Did they get to die in a less painless way?"
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    • -2 0 -2 Erza Scarlet Apr. 18, 2017
      "no offense, but i really dont get what you're implying here..."
  • +11 +22 -11 Anonymous Dec. 1, 2016
    "This was very helpful information when creating a debate points for school. i thought some people had very good points."
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    • +2 +2 0 bob Dec. 9, 2016
      "i am doing that right now in school!!!!!!"
  • +7 +14 -7 SCP: Guardian Sep. 14, 2016
    "Send them to D-class for the SCP."
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  • +7 +23 -16 That Main Chick Mar. 29, 2016
    "Yes, because in jail they get the life of the free, they eat for free, and have a bed to sleep on! Inmates shouldn't have those opportunities, especially when they are there for horrific things! Staying in jails for many years does not do anything, whereas when they get the death penalty they should get destroyed mentally, emotionally, physically, and get all that abuse that they caused to others, to the community, society, and world. Killing them off will make more space for their to be houses and shelter to the ones who are unfortunate. It gives us the right to take their life away for many reasons, our society and future generations have to fear to go to jail thus making them go in the right and only one direction. This will create the government to become in a economical good status. Plus the majority of the people think that sending them off to jail does not solve nothing, so we must agree with our brothers and sisters that feel that the situation they are in isn't justice. We need help from the people ( relatives of the victim) to help us elect our president; when they need help from us to sentence the criminal we must accomplish it. It must be the same, give back to the community and help stop violence."
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  • +7 +20 -13 Okiku Mar. 11, 2016
    "Criminals should fear our justice system.
    Lawful citizens should be able to depend on it."
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  • +4 +20 -16 Anna Jan. 15, 2016
    "We as a society don't have to fear our safety once prisoners are put to death. Another reason why we should use the death penalty is tax payers have to pay for their stay in prison."
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    • +1 +1 0 1004 Mar. 23, 2016
      "Actually, stats say the it costs more to execute someone than to put them in jail for 40 years."
  • +3 +10 -7 Mr. Logic Feb. 16, 2017
    "I believe the death penalty is right, but is only long and expensive because people choose to fight a losing battle, at everyones expense. A person even considered for the death penalty, has no regard for human life, and has nothing to lose in killing again, and again. Their rights ended where their victim's began."
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  • +3 +11 -8 ? Feb. 15, 2017
    "Only for really bad people."
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    • -1 0 -1 sincere Mar. 9, 2017
      "give more evidence"
  • +3 +27 -24 Kasari Dec. 7, 2016
    "They deserve it."
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    • +1 +1 0 jiflyx Feb. 15, 2017
      "thats a deep thought"
    • 0 +1 -1 @****** Mar. 21, 2017
      "Kasari "What if they were innocent." What if he or she was not thinking. what if that was your family member!"
    • 0 +1 -1 Dalton S. Mar. 1, 2017
      "You are right they should deserve It for doing crimes."
  • +3 +12 -9 Charles S. Oct. 31, 2016
    "Many criminals have committed heinous acts of murder that are gruesome and purely awful. Taxpayers should not pay for murderers, serial killers, rapists/murderers to receive good food and excellent medical attention in a good prison to live out their days. They took away something that one's family can not get back - a son, daughter, father mother, sister, brother, friend, and that is irredeemable. The acts these criminals have committed is sickening, it wrecks my day especially when I hear of a family killed of a child killed of malnutrition by an abusive parent. Those awful and wretched people have every right to be killed!"
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  • +3 +21 -18 Marcos Oct. 29, 2016
    "Death penalty provides closure for victims and their families and it would teach other would-be criminals a lesson better sending them to jail."
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    • +1 +1 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "Closure is a myth and never really happens. But forgiveness is divinevitable and if you forgive you must forget, because you CAN NOT get to heaven with hate in your heart!"
    • -1 0 -1 Matt Jan. 26, 2017
      ""Loved ones, wrenched away from our lives by violent crime, deserve more beautiful, noble and honorable memorials than pre-meditated, state-sanctioned killings. The death penalty only creates more victims and more grieving families. By becoming that which we deplore - people who kill people - we insult the sacred memory of all our precious victims."
      Marietta Jaegar-Lane - mother of Susie who was kidnapped and murdered.

      The death penalty does not provide closure, it is instead a disservice to victims."
  • +3 +21 -18 A Politics Follower Jun. 11, 2016
    "The death penalty is necessary because "citizens should fear our justice system". With this fear, potential criminals would think twice about committing a capital crime such as murder, and thus it can control murder rates and keep them low. It is also cheaper to use the death penalty for a capital crime as opposed to life in prison with no chance of parole.
    Also, as said in the Bible, an eye for an eye. If one has killed someone, then he shall be killed, too. Also, it would make up for having terminated the innocent victim's life, and their grieving family would feel as if justice has been brought to them. The death penalty is necessary in the United States, and it should not be banned."
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    • 0 0 0 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "America is a country made for freedom, and free speech. It also was founded for people who don't want to live in fear of their own government [with some fear of course though] and with eye for eye with some things is difficult. who are they going to hire to.....assault sexual predators"
  • +3 +10 -7 Izabelle Campos May. 23, 2016
    "If people think that is okay to kill peoples loved ones for no legit reason then they should face the same consequence. Even the murderer should be grateful that those who do the death penalty don't kill them the way the murderer killed the other person. I get that violence doesn't solve this situation, because people hold grudges, but if they didn't want this as their "fate" then they shouldn't have done what they did. Murder is against the laws for a reason. They should have thought about that before they took someone else's life. (Take note that i am not talking about every crime because i do not think that someone who robbed a store should face the death penalty, Just those who took someones life.)"
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  • +3 +15 -12 Billy Mar. 16, 2016
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  • +3 +14 -11 kai Ralston Mar. 14, 2016
    "Yes most deffinetly because when a person take away somebody's life. Since he had stolen other's life, he had robbed away the victim everything. He'd should be prepared to receive the Death Penalty when he kill someone. He need to know his own sin.I totally agree with you. Death penalty is a killing, and this person have no rights to take somebody's life. It's a great sin. i don't know how would i live if I would have taken someone's life"
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    • +1 +1 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "yes but the criminal PREPARED for the death peanlty meaning he/she wants to die, the criminal shall not get what he wants he deserves the opposite and if he already thought about being kiiled for a consequence of murder that means the death penalty isnt changeing anything when it comes to crimes, which states that criminals rather die for a consequence. the death penalty dooesn't deterr anything (stop anything)"
  • +2 +2 0 Hugh Mungus Apr. 18, 2017
    "Some of you cons are telling us that if you were wrongly accused then you'd be dead. Yes this can happen but remember without the death penalty you can still be wrongly accused and as many other of you cons have stated, in prison the justice is not only life but also isolation, rape, and maybe murder. So basically you'd rather live a long life in prison with all of these punishments that I have stated above than rather die?"
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  • +2 +2 0 Hugh Mann Apr. 18, 2017
    "If we wish to make them suffer than we should just put them in a room give them a gun and make them shoot their own self. This will inflict mental pain on them and surely they will regret what they've done. That's suffering for you even if it's the last minutes of their pathetic life, it'll be more suffering than years of prison in my opinion."
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  • +2 +2 0 Enter Clever Name Apr. 18, 2017
    "Does no one on the con side understand the difference between a murderer and a killer?! Everyone is saying "Oh if you kill the murderer than you are the murderer.". The executioner is not murdering someone when he/she does their job. The executioner is simply killing not murdering. Killing is taking ones life.
    Murdering is taking ones life without a lawful cause.
    People read what you are typing. If you're telling me that killing is wrong then I want to see what you do when an intruder breaks into your homes and threatens to hurt your family. Are you guys just going to go "Welp, killings bad yeh, so better take our lives so we can go fly to heaven and be all jolly there." Think people."
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  • +2 +2 0 Vance Apr. 14, 2017
    "I think yes"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Both ways Apr. 12, 2017
    "I go both ways here."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Emily Apr. 3, 2017
    "I personally think it depends on the reason for the murder. If it's for protection, it's understandable and the death penalty shouldn't be argued or considered. If someone is murdered out of cold blood, it's a different story. The families and friends that have lost someone dear to them because of a murder, I feel your pain and I understand what that's like. My dad was shot when I was just two years old by a gang member. Now, the actual shooter wasn't arrested, but the one who ordered the shooting was. Maybe the murderer is behind bars now for some other crime, I don't know. But I do know that the man was not put on death row. I wish more than anything that he was. He deserved the same punishment that he bestowed on someone else. My dad's death wasn't an accident, those bullets were meant for him. He wasn't shot just once either, he had multiple gunshot wounds. They really wanted him dead obviously. I miss him so much and even though I barely knew him, I do still have some memories of him so vivid it could have been yesterday instead of 14 years ago. Any of the people who haven't had a loved one murdered don't understand, they have no idea what it's like to lose someone like that. I can only hope he finally gets what he deserves."
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  • +2 +2 0 Kylee wolfe Mar. 11, 2017
    "I think lives matter do you. okay imagine a serial killer killed like 20 people. And the police put them in jail and he/she escaped and killed even more people. Then the police put them back in jail. Would you want them to be punished just think what if they escaped again would you want them to be electrocuted or deathly injected or would you want them to go escape again and go kill one of your family members. YOU DECIDE"
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    • 0 0 0 autumn Apr. 7, 2017
      "well i mean in today's world you have rapist running the streets and the law enforcement is more worried about drugies"
  • +2 +11 -9 Meg Jul. 25, 2016
    "Yes, however in my opinion, the system for its use needs to be reviewed and revised. So many death row inmates sit in prison for years and years after being sentenced to death, some pretty much serve "Life sentences" anyways. I feel that they waste just as much money as life sentence offenders anyways, therefore the execution date should be set a week after their trial, there should be no doubt this person committed the crime he was tried for, and he/she should be executed within 30-90 days of prosecution. Capital punishments are only applied to various types of murder, espionage, treason, and genocide. But I feel that serious sexual offenses should be added to this list as well. (rape and molestation of a child, serial rapists, etc.)"
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  • +2 +12 -10 Your real thoughts Jun. 12, 2016
    "Well most people that comment have not experienced the outcome of having someone close to them murdered. Although they think they have the right to talk about it. Why should some animal have any rights, at all? Because they are human? No they are not. They gave that up. So I should pay taxes to keep them alive? HAH! Why in the F should I? They are scum just like the people on the side of the criminal. Which you should be put in the woodchipper along with them. Do you have any idea of how much money this crap costs the country? Lets protect the monsters...yay! Or even lets put them in jail for life, eating the food the victims should eat and staying warm. Great justice you have there. We need to put these scum out in public and just beat them to death. Use them as fertilizer and help things grow, something productive at least. They aren't people, what is wrong with you? You bring up god all the time with this and that is just a crutch, oh they will be punished by god, so we should pay for it here and now? Forever? NO! It does not say that anywhere in bible you liars. Why do monsters have rights? They DO NOT! Period,"
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  • +2 +7 -5 Catherine Person May. 9, 2016
    "The death penalty, when looked at it from a legal standard, is not right or wrong, but just. Nobody is saying that sentencing someone to death is right, but it may be the right thing at the time. For example, a man rapes, murders, and disemboweles his victim. Who is to say that he doesn't deserve to die. Is his victim's life not worth his? What the legal enforcement is trying to get across is that; it's not right or wrong, it's just."
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  • +2 +10 -8 Kitties Apr. 28, 2016
    "Death penalty is an example of deterrence. Knowing of death penalty made prevent the crime from being done in the first place."
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  • +2 +10 -8 Jake Apr. 21, 2016
    "The death penalty should be allowed. What will the victim's family think when the murderer is alive and their beloved family member is six feet underground? These murderers should not be allowed to live. Corporal punishment is good for the people and their families. Once the killer is dead, they can't harm anyone else. If they get a life in prison sentence, they can break out and they probably will kill more people. No one wants to die and the death penalty deters people from killing others. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth."
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  • +2 +9 -7 mike pittman Apr. 20, 2016
    "look at it this way its rape what if your kid got raped wouldn't you want him or her dead or they killed your kid wouldn't you want that person dead am i right or am i wrong"
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  • +2 +13 -11 Buggy lane Apr. 19, 2016
    "if we let them go, murdering might happen more often, and the people who murder might be let out of jail, or ascape, it more safe to just punsh them for what they did"
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  • +2 +10 -8 Suspicious Guy Apr. 17, 2016
    "The Death Penalty is something that sets communities straight. By knowing that we will see death if we cause crime, this sets a great example to others, and that it reduces the amount of crime committed. We don't want to die, so therefore we deter from performing illicit acts.
    If this means reducing the amount of crime committed by accepting the death penalty, then I'm in."
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  • +2 +7 -5 Walter Apr. 11, 2016
    "I think prisons should be 100% separate for violent and non-violent offenders. The "violent" prisons should be design so that no inmate can ever see, hear, or communicate with any other inmate. They should have 24 hr access to a specially design computer system (indestructible and hack proof) with a massive amount of educational material and things like "Ted Talks".
    The death penalty should be applied to hyper-violent crimes even if they don't result in a death. Like a 230 pound, 6 ft 2 inch 16 year old that stomps an 80 year old's face to mush just because they were bored or to get into a gang. For people like that they should dig a 20ft pit, 3ft wide, put lots of lighting and cameras in it along with a fresh air fan so the person doesn't suffocate. Then cut the bottom out of a port-a-potty and place over it. Then invite anyone and everyone to use the potty and put it on a new "Exterminating Vermin" cable channel. The death sentence should be completed in a few days."
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  • +2 +9 -7 Walter LeSaulnier Apr. 9, 2016
    "I believe that judges, prosecutors, police detectives and forensic experts that partially or fully withhold evidence that would have resulted in a not guilty or lesser verdict of a person that was executed should be executed. I also believe that waiting 10- 20 years to carry out the death sentence is absurd. The defendant should be in a special booth in the court room and when the death sentence is pronounced, the bailiff should walk over to the convicted and shoot him then and there. I also think that the death penalty should be used for MANY violent crimes and not just special circumstance murder. Just being a member of a violent gang should be a death penalty offense."
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  • +2 +13 -11 kole Apr. 7, 2016
    "death penalty should be allowed"
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  • +2 +12 -10 Spencer Kitzel Mar. 16, 2016
    "There sould be death penalty because if we have the law and someone goes into a building fully aware of the law. Then that person shots 41 people than he sould be punished"
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  • +2 +22 -20 shawn Feb. 11, 2016
    "yes they should pay their life for taking someone elses"
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    • 0 0 0 Tyler Feb. 7, 2017
      "But it would be cheaper to just send them to jail and they can live knowing what they have done"
    • -1 0 -1 Student No. 94 Mar. 31, 2016
      "If they take someone's life, then they should lose theirs. It's only fair, and if you leave someone locked up, they could escape to do more harm!"
    • -1 +1 -2 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "exactly but not with they death penalty they need to suffer for crime to think about what theyve done"
  • +2 +13 -11 Ella C Jan. 15, 2016
    "I believe that if a person has committed an extremely bad crime, death penalty should be taken into consideration. However, death penalty should be taken very seriously and not used often. It would make the most sense to penalize a person by death if they had committed serious crimes multiple times."
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  • +2 +17 -15 Kira J. Jan. 15, 2016
    "Valuable resources are being put to use by criminals. Thousand of people in the US are dying of hunger and other things and US is giving criminals food, water, shelter, ect. The US is also using tax dollars unwisely and spending money on criminals. Death Penalty or be good."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Audrey C. Jan. 26, 2016
      "I agree, but the US is not wasting our tax money on them. They are trying to prove a point to the criminals that there crime has a punishment."
  • +2 +16 -14 OG Jan. 5, 2016
    "An eye for an eye. The better justice in the world. When you rape, kidnapp, kill or doing terrorism, you destroys lives. And the best equity for it. Being put to death. So once it's done, the asshole who did it can't move his ass to do it again anymore. No problems for the guards, no problems for the society and victims family are satisfied (not chicken families)"
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  • +2 +20 -18 Jude Clark Dec. 14, 2015
    "Death Penalty Shouldn't Only Be Allowed, It Should Be Supported Buy Even More People."
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    • -1 0 -1 true Apr. 7, 2016
      "how would you feel if you condemned someone to death, only to discover later on that he was innocent?"
  • +2 +15 -13 Person Nov. 23, 2015
    "I believe that the death penalty should be aloud to be done to a certain degree. I think this because criminals like El Chapo have token so many lives and yet he still managed to escape while this could of been avoided if he had got the death penalty."
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  • +2 +18 -16 Sam Nov. 10, 2015
    "To me I was very indecisive about if death penalty is good or not. I happen to be writing an argumentative essay for school about death penalty. I think it's good because it's almost like an "eye for an eye" situation. For example, their was a story about a father that threw his child off of a bridge and then jumped. The father survived but not the child. The father went to prison and didn't get put on death row. Is that fair? That child was not even one and the father lived while the innocent child died. Death Penalty is important to have because if you kill someone on purpose, then why should you still live if you had killed one of the innocents?"
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "Oh he did not get off, he must always live with the nightmares that God will inflick on him even if we do not think so."
  • +2 +21 -19 Chandra Oct. 28, 2015
    "Death penalty should be given for : 1. Planned murders 2. Sexual abuse to children 3. Killing after raping 4. Killing through thorough harm 5. Killing parents Major dealing of harmful drugs

    The incidents stated above will be reduced largely because the fear of death is the most severe fear.

    Killing a dangerous person is better than letting him and others harm and kill people

    Mostly murderers and sexual exploiters do their deeds repeatedly.We have noticed they do the same crime after getting released from the prison."
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  • +2 +16 -14 Shell Oct. 5, 2015
    "I do agree our system of punishment is broken. But we have to have some kind of accountability. Is this the answer? Maybe not, but it's what we have right now. I do believe if you are beyond guilty of taking a life or lives, you should pay for it with yours. Remember people...this is supposed to be a deterrent as well as punishment. I do not agree however a person found guilty lingering at tax payers expense for 18+ years. I think the sentence should be swiftly carried out. To let people linger in prison is like saying they were not "really" found guilty so lets tie up the courts for years looking for loopholes and waste tons of time and money. This is not punishment. The people murdered by the people who usually are given a death sentence, were given no chance to linger by their murders. I do believe if our system was changed, and people knew that if you commit a heinous crime that warrants a death penalty, you will die by the end of the week...some may just chose a different path. Is an eye for an eye the answer? Maybe not anymore. I do believe that is because there is no fear of consequence. Most criminals know they will live a lifetime in a prison...eating...working...LIVING. Take that away and the class starts behaving better"
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  • +2 +26 -24 U mad? Jul. 7, 2015
    "If you were told that if you were to commit a crime you would be sent to a death penalty, would you still do so? Sending people to jail will, in a way, make their life worse. They get released, and do crime again. However, the threat of death allows people to be good... unless they're insane."
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    • -5 0 -5 understandable Apr. 7, 2016
      "Ever heard of a life-sentence? It should be paid for by the criminal if possible"
  • +2 +25 -23 Carol May. 20, 2015
    "An eye for an eye, leaves the whole world blind, but you still have another eye."
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    • -2 +1 -3 Alayna Mar. 1, 2016
      "Well, in this case you won't need an eye because your dead! How does this sound to you!?!?"
  • +1 +1 0 Error 404 Apr. 20, 2017
    "People if you want them to suffer why keep them alive in jail? Just kill them off and let them suffer in Hell."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Silver the killer Apr. 11, 2017
    "If one person that killed thousands is killed than you just saved possible victims of the next killing spree"
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  • +1 +3 -2 max Apr. 6, 2017
    "it shows justice"
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  • +1 +2 -1 John Dobres Mar. 21, 2017
    "People kills someone because they don't want to live."
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  • +1 +1 0 becca Mar. 20, 2017
    "I believe that if someone took away the life of another or has done something very bad like a child predator you should have life taken from you because you don't deserve anything but dealth."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Lisa Mar. 18, 2017
    "Absolutely! We waste too many tax dollars on these idiots. Tax dollars should go towards good, law abiding people with morals."
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  • +1 +4 -3 John Dobres Mar. 17, 2017
    "They wanted someone to die so they should get it returned."
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  • +1 +4 -3 odell Mar. 13, 2017
    "If they kill someone they want the person to die so they should die in return"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Austin f. Mar. 10, 2017
    "i beliive in this"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Nyz*** Mar. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty depends on who the person is what they did wrong"
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    • +1 +1 0 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "Absolutely right, like thosewho weren't actually responsible. for example those in cases like an armed robbery, and they were not in the area of the death. Some times the, say getaway driver, is held responsible for another stupid robber dying or killing a guard and they are held responsible and killed."
  • +1 +2 -1 bronson Mar. 8, 2017
    "it is cheaper"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Dalton S. Mar. 3, 2017
    "why would anybody want the death penalty should be allowed for the prisoners?"
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  • +1 +5 -4 jj Mar. 2, 2017
    "Many reasons are for serial killers, and treason if they can get other people to work with the then they could become stronger and stronger and kill more people"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Dalton S. Mar. 1, 2017
    "The Death Penalty should be allowed for one reason and one reason is that it should the people that killed people, rob someone, broke in factories, broke in houses and gave a undercover cop drugs."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Dalton S. Feb. 28, 2017
    "The death penalty should be allowed because the prisoners who did crimes should get hung and who didn't crimes shouldn't get hung."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Jonathon Feb. 23, 2017
    "Depending on the crime should determine the type of death penalty."
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    • 0 0 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "I agree"
  • +1 +3 -2 Catherine Person Feb. 22, 2017
    "This is insane. How barbaric are we to let monsters prey on more victims? It is inhuman to keep monsters in cages, feeding them precious food that could be given to 'less lethal' inmates, or even better, children struggling to keep afloat above the shouting and chaos of life's demand. Are we just as guilty letting some monster live, while an innocent child, maybe even a whole family, awaits six feet underground, hoping for someone to redeem what has been done to them. As said a long time ago, "An eye for an eye." It doesn't mean that rape is answered with rape, but the same thought trails behind it. If I were to be completely honest, this practice is a bit barbaric, but it is something that would be a drain on our economy if removed from today's society. Thank you, and have a wonderful day, everyone!"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Brayden Feb. 16, 2017
    "I believe the death penalty should be allowed, because lets say someone has killed 15 people in one day. They should definitely be put to death after they took so many lives. Some husbands, wives, and children wont have a mom, dad, wife, or husband. Eye for and eye, tooth for a tooth."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Dalton Feb. 16, 2017
    "I think the death penalty should be allowed for the people in prison should get hung."
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  • +1 +3 -2 mark Feb. 14, 2017
    "Yes because if somebody kills another person they should experience the same thing they did to that person."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Brennan Feb. 5, 2017
    "Why would we allow a murder to live? There is no point cause if or when escapes there's going to be more targets for him"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Isabella Jan. 30, 2017
    "The death penalty is something we have to convince ourselves that killing someone is just a penalty. A penalty is something you get when you turn an assignment in late, a ticket you get when you're speeding, a penalty is temporary. But death is permanent. At first I was conflicted about which side I was on: For the death penalty or against. One reason why I was for the death penalty was because some people who commit murder might think of death as a reward and killing them instantly might be letting them off easy and it might be less unfair then letting them spend their life in prison. But if we killed someone then they could never learn their lesson that killing someone was wrong if we just killed them in the end. Another argument that people make for that side is that it is more expensive the kill someone for a couple minutes then to keep them in prison for life, but frankly I rather focus on the more humane arguments to this topic which makes me quite a hypocrite, I know, but I'm undecided so I get a pass."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Silk Jan. 20, 2017
    "Yes, but only for the most gruesome murders and extreme crimes."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Keenen W. Jan. 9, 2017
    "Hell yes the Death Penalty should be allowed. Those bastards kill innocent people and they're allowed to live. Hell in my opinion, they should be given death by torture."
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  • +1 +2 -1 max Jan. 5, 2017
    "To a certain extent. Depending on the degree of the crime, and the amount of evidence used in the conviction. If you have absolutely proven the person to the crime, and it is to the extent of murder, or worse, then yes of course i support. As long as the jury has concreate evidence, instead of a case where a "wrong place, wrong time" instance would be a possibility, i think this would reduce the amount of innocent people being murdered via death row."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Joe Nov. 30, 2016
    "I think that we should because what if they did something bad like horrible then they would just get away with it that makes no sense just to let them get away with murder"
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "God will not let that happen! And that person may still end up in heaven, because we can not say they would not, not out choice!"
  • +1 +11 -10 steve Nov. 29, 2016
    "one killer killing off killers will reduce the numbers of killers in general"
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  • +1 +6 -5 jinjog Oct. 28, 2016
    "Yes, especially under the Federal Death Penalty act where there is heavy burden placed on the gov to prove their case, and in the Boston Bombing case, there simply is no question to his guilt. Our prisons are filled to the rim with murders, of all degrees. But to premediate mass murder and maiming, targeting the young, families, LE and women - and anyone else in the path of bomb says to me very simply that he does not value his place in society, his own life, nor interested in living among U.S. citizens who he so brazenly targeted to kill. Those bombs could have killed many more. No empirical data arguments should be necessary or used, the only argument is justice, rule of law in society. And the idea that the DP will make him more of martyr to some fail too - who he influences are no consequence, his record is forever known in history. It's no revenge or vengeance, but consequences of ones actions. Whatever one thinks about deterrence, we should also think that there is no room, even in prison, for those that decided to destroy lives at will because he believes it will sent a political message of his beliefs. That is revenge and vengeance; the DP is consequence of such behavior, it does not have to have moral grounds."
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "They are also filled with many people who are innocent they just could not prove it! It is like being between a rock and a hard place for real!"
  • +1 +11 -10 Zack Oct. 25, 2016
    "If someone committed murder then they should get it because no matter what there is no way to change someone they will be the same no matter what"
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    • 0 0 0 wyatt Jan. 18, 2017
      "if someone commited murder you don't have to kill them"
  • +1 +8 -7 Raul Valle Oct. 10, 2016
    "I think it is correct to kill someone who kills mostly because they will most likely do it again and it is better to prevent a killing from happening again."
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  • +1 +15 -14 Nick Sep. 19, 2016
    "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, not if we have 2 eyes."
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  • +1 +9 -8 wbrdf5 Sep. 7, 2016
    "from my presprective , the man who have killed someone he deserve to die , because the life is not game ."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Ben Bird Sep. 6, 2016
    "I think that the death penalty should be allowed because if a criminal murders a victim on purpose then they deserve to have their life taken. A Life For A Life."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Josiah Aug. 31, 2016
    "if we didn't have the death penalty we would be spending more of our money to keep criminals alive. AND if someone gets a life sentence it is basically the death penalty anyways."
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  • +1 +20 -19 PumpkinPie59 Aug. 30, 2016
    "I believe that this should only be allowed to protect people from dangerous murderers and thieves, etc. What bothers me the most is that people want to get rid of the death penalty, which only happens to bad people, and yet the are all for abortion, which happens to babies who are not given a chance to even make one mistake."
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    • 0 0 0 BELUGA Feb. 21, 2017
    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "It does not only happen to bad people! Many documented cases of innocent people put to death when it is too late. The worst thing is to arrest someone just because they have no alibi, because if I could predict the future I would make sure I was never home alone resting with the phone off the hook, or heaven forbid I was sleeping that automatically means I could have done. That means I can not live alone, I always have to answer the phone even if I am s ick, etc, etc, etc! Not realistic."
    • 0 0 0 on name Oct. 3, 2016
      "right on"
  • +1 +6 -5 Braxton Santolino Aug. 22, 2016
    "Yes people should be killed for there brutal crimes they commit"
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  • +1 +4 -3 madison May. 24, 2016
    "i think it is a good thing. some people say that they have family. yes they do, but if they wanted to stay with them forever, they wouldn't have gone and did the crime they did"
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  • +1 +11 -10 simran May. 23, 2016
    "important for those who think they destroy the innocent life and nobody harm them.
    Death punishment is a good lesson for those who are not criminal right now."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Creepy Pasta May. 16, 2016
    "Well I don't understand why we think killing a human being that still breaths the same air as we do, hold a spark of life in there chest like we do, and feel the same fear as we do be the right thing. In most religions there is an after life, but other people who choose not to believe in a god think that the death penalty is just letting the person off easy without actual conscience. While letting them rot in prison is like a own personal hell. A small room with the only interaction comes from a person handing you your food is more than enough (for me at least) to drive someone crazy with madness."
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "Well I have always believed in God and know that he is the only one who truly has the to decide!"
  • +1 +8 -7 Benny williamson May. 9, 2016
    "yes the death penalty should be an option because if some innocent person is killed for no reason that person does not deserve to live. Also when people kill, rape, kidnap, or treat people wrong out the blues it is never okay to cheer on their victory for what they have done. So yes we should keep the death penalty for as long as the world is still standing."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Brendan May. 6, 2016
    "Yes, we show some kind of justice in our society and the rightfully sinful are executed for the betterment of our country."
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  • +1 +7 -6 KittiesinSpace Apr. 28, 2016
    "Death penalty executes the threat, which may give a feeling of relief to the murder victim's family, so they do not have to think more of this ordeal."
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "The real world it will always be with them! Because you always keep your love ones in your heart!"
  • +1 +10 -9 Zowie Apr. 6, 2016
    "Yes i think it should be allowed but it depends on the crime."
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  • +1 +12 -11 yupp Mar. 21, 2016
    "they deserve to die"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Me Mar. 22, 2016
  • +1 +14 -13 keegan Mar. 21, 2016
    "I'm pro because the death penalty is the ultimate punishment for a deserving crime. It is not cruel or unusual as proven by the fact that it has been there sense the dawn of this country and is still around now."
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    • -1 0 -1 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "That does not make it right!"
    • -1 0 -1 Taylor May. 17, 2016
      "the dawn of this country explicitly says that people have inalienable rights, that of which includes life"
  • +1 +13 -12 Anne Mar. 21, 2016
    ""I think that if I killed someone, I wouldn't want to suffer in jail, therefore, I would like to be killed""
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  • +1 +17 -16 Bobby Bump Mar. 17, 2016
    "They should be allowed, they should have a choice. They shouldn't be forced into it. But instead, have the choice if they will die or not.."
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    • +4 +4 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "criminals dont deserve a choice, they had the choice weather to commit the crime, say you murdered somone you wouldnt want to suffer in jail for life you would want to easy way out with quick death but it wont be fair to anybody if you get what you want when your the criminal"
  • 0 0 0 Opposer Apr. 24, 2017
    "Without the death penalty, all the murderers would need a life sentence. This means that a huge quantity of American tax payers' money will go to feeding and housing the murderers their whole lifetime. Even if the murderers' can shorten their sentence and eventually get out of jail with hard work, reducing one's penalty requires time. In addition, death penalties could exist while having the criminals work to reduce their penalties. If you need food and a place to live in, kill someone! That'll provide you a whole lifetime of food and housing."
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  • 0 0 0 John Dobres Apr. 24, 2017
    "They should die because they took a life away for someone."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Wrong place to be? Apr. 20, 2017
    "Only reason anybody should be a con is if you are a religious freak or you think that innocent lives can be accused. Really only the valid reasons"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Fatoumata Feb. 8, 2017
    "It's hypocritical"
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  • 0 +9 -9 s,ckf nk;snv Jul. 4, 2016
    "yes because they are a waste of space and money"
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  • 0 +5 -5 marissa May. 4, 2016
    "Yes I Definitely think the death penalty should be allowed because innocent people don't deserve to die if they didn't do anything. Like if you were just walking and somebody drove by to and shot you for no reason they should die."
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  • 0 +11 -11 Crystal May. 4, 2016
    "PRO. Why should a person be given the privilege of life when he/she clearly violates the basic moralities?"
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  • 0 +20 -20 Blase Nov. 3, 2015
    "man why kill them if they are already being mad for being in jail for life plus they have to pay 90,000 for each death row inmate that's a lot of $$$$"
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  • -1 +2 -3 tacocat May. 10, 2016
    "i think that it should be allowed because the fact that there going around MURDERING people for no good reason then they should go to the gallows or a death chamber or just give them cyanide make the daeth quick though. a quick death is a kind death and they get what they probably deserve it just depends n the degree of the murder."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Arnold May. 9, 2016
    "If it kills we should kill it"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
      "So if a child kills their parent becasue, let's say, the parent was beating them or the other parent, we should kill the child?"
  • -1 +8 -9 Justin Apr. 13, 2016
    "Death penalty should totally be aloud if someone did a crime that deserves death"
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  • -1 +8 -9 Kobe Jan. 21, 2016
    "The death penalty should be allowed, but before the fact, the murder should have a chance to rot in prison; to think about what they've done."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Josh Donathan Jan. 20, 2016
    "I think that the death penalty should be aloud because people on death row deserve what they have coming for them, I also think they should make hanging the main way to execute the criminals. If they will not use hanging, they should at least bring back the electric chair or use firing squads to execute the criminals."
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    • +2 +2 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "but not all people sent on death row are guilty many innocent citiznes get wrongfully convicted and die for wrong evidence. and the way to kill methods are irrelevant"
  • -1 +9 -10 ShaneHollingsworth Dec. 8, 2015
    "I'm a firm believer in "eye for an eye". The victim deserves a just the has the same effect as the cause."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Audrey C. Jan. 26, 2016
      "Yes I believe an eye for an eye."
  • -1 +12 -13 jenn Nov. 2, 2015
    "It should be allowed if they are a repeated felon."
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  • -1 +14 -15 cotton Oct. 22, 2015
    "I beliv it should be allowed"
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  • -1 +15 -16 Phillip May. 1, 2015
    "I agree with the German Philosopher Immanuel Kant; it is a public safety matter of society that we charge the state to administrate. Even if it has been unjustly administered in the history of mankind in order to maintain some sibilants of order in society."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Anonymous Feb. 16, 2017
    "It works. It deters crime."
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  • -2 +3 -5 luke Jan. 5, 2017
    "it should be allowed because if they kill they should be killed"
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  • -2 +9 -11 Sam Oct. 28, 2016
    "Being merciful toward your enemy is like being merciless toward your family and friends."
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  • -2 +11 -13 new gen Feb. 4, 2016
    "a murderer if not stopped and gets out some how will keep killing and yes i may think more morbidly then most people but i have a ritious mind id kill one murderer to save many unnamed victims so that they can go and live a peaceful life"
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  • -2 +10 -12 Jimmy Jan. 15, 2016
    "Because then the crime rate will drop"
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    • 0 0 0 stats Apr. 7, 2016
      "the crime rate is higher in states with the death penalty"
    • 0 0 0 Audge Mar. 30, 2016
      "But that's the thing it hasn't. So why do we still have the death penalty? Its not helping."
  • -2 +10 -12 Remy boy Dec. 2, 2015
    "It is good because it scares people to not commit crimes"
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  • -2 +10 -12 For Death Penalty Oct. 15, 2015
    "why should someone's family, friend and everyone that knows the victim have to suffer when all that is needed is a gun and bullet?"
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  • -2 +18 -20 Justice. Sep. 27, 2015
    "Look, what if we create a chamber and lock the murderer in. We don't kill him, but we don't supply him with human needs either. That way he'll die on his own and hopefully have the time to reflect on what he did. This way it's not an eye for an eye, because his crime is not repeated."
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  • -2 +10 -12 Anne Cayton Sep. 17, 2015
    "pro all the way if you take someones life then your should be taken"
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  • -2 +14 -16 isaiah Aug. 31, 2015
    "If they killed someone they should be killed for killing another person"
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    • -1 +2 -3 squid Nov. 10, 2015
      "omg yessss. hahaha"
  • -3 +16 -19 Tee Nov. 9, 2015
    "The cost of keeping criminals in prison for life would provide the United States with enough money for everyone to go to college for free. Murderers, rapists, criminals; they're all living off of our tax money."
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  • -3 +11 -14 Toysoldier Sep. 13, 2015
    "I am pro death penalty but, the crime has got to be heinous in nature meaning a mass murderer should be put down like a rabid dog. The most humane way to do this is by firing squad, less pain and actually costs less than other methods. We need to reestablish laws worthy of the death penalty for example treason would still be worthy of a firing squad but a single murder would not, mass murder does, a single murder should be 50 years with no good time and no early release for any reason."
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  • -3 +10 -13 Tina Jul. 28, 2015
    "There is a tremendous amout of controversy over whether the death penalty should continue or be abolished. Why should one who murders, or rapes another individual be spared his/her own life? Most of the individuals that have done such horrific crimes do not have remorse for the victims or the families of the victims. Our tax dollars are paying for these inmates to sit in jail the rest of their lives and they recieve a hot meal, a roof over their heads and TV's to watch. Think of the victim that does not have a chance for anything because they are no longer here. Most of the inmates on death row now are there for murder, rape or kidnapping (Federal Death Row Prisoners). Think about the victims family that have to live the rest of their lives with the fact that their loved one was murdered. Again, why should inmates that commit murder, rape, or kidnapping continue their lives when the victims are no longer here?"
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    • +1 +1 0 unknown Mar. 30, 2017
      "Why should they die its better to let them rot in jail then kill them just like that. Killing people for killing people? That's still murder. So why kill for killing? answer that..."
  • -3 +13 -16 Stuart May. 17, 2015
    "I don't agree that the death penalty should be used as a deterrent. It is not. However I simply view it as a just punishment for the crime. When it is carried out, the person has served their sentence, and they are once again to be considered innocent."
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  • -3 +14 -17 Henners May. 9, 2015
    "There is one argument for the death penalty that no one can ever argue about - it prevents re-offence. Tally up the number of people murdered by released (re)offenders around the world and it makes a compelling argument to support the penalty. All this pontificating about religion, morality et al can be immediately discounted by the news of an innocent victim being murdered by a re-offender. The people who don't support the penalty effectively have the victim's blood on their hands."
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    • +2 +2 0 IDC Dec. 24, 2015
      "Tally up the number of innocent people killed due to the wrong conviction that judges and jurors made in an effort to murder the killer. Those people were innocent and yet they lost their lives because the act of revenge was so appealing they decided to take out whomever they felt was the most guilty."
  • -4 +18 -22 JEFF May. 19, 2015
    "Yes, I totally agree. If someone has no regard for others lives, then they don't deserve to live. Especially if they are repeat offenders."
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  • -6 +15 -21 Charlie Jan. 28, 2016
    "I think a death penalty should be okay...but only for a GOOD REASON not just doing it cause they/the person robbed a bank or stole a car. What im trying to say is not over petty stuff. But yes in some cases like being a repeated offender i highly tolerate it if they cant do anything to stop it."
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  • -10 +9 -19 Blubberboy496 Apr. 30, 2015
    "It should be legal because it is a moral for anyone doing the wrong thing"
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  • -27 +22 -49 Kelsey May. 7, 2015
    "I think yes because i chose to."
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  • +112 +251 -139 Jeff Dec. 14, 2015
    "Why are we killing people to show people that killing people is wrong?"
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    • +14 +17 -3 Stephen Avory Mar. 21, 2016
      "God told us not to kill, so why do we do it?"
    • +3 +7 -4 Christopher L N. Jan. 11, 2017
      "The govment says killing people is wrong but is more deaths
      in the U.S.A. and yet they are still have the death senctes but that is just wrong and i am 15 and says no to the death penalty"
    • 0 +3 -3 absent Feb. 8, 2017
      "true. it does not fit into natural check's and balances."
    • 0 +3 -3 coral Feb. 7, 2017
      "yessssssss!!!!!!! thats so true"
    • -2 +4 -6 Tony Oct. 25, 2016
      "But no matter what you can't change people so there's no point that's why we kill but for good"
    • -10 +6 -16 Y May. 17, 2016
      "To scare them"
    • -19 +8 -27 eddie Mar. 3, 2016
      "because we can"
  • +38 +121 -83 Kyrin Anderson Oct. 23, 2015
    "Our Government says that "killers should be killed" so does that mean that rapist should be raped and arsonist should have their house burned down?"
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    • +3 +6 -3 fred alvarez Jul. 14, 2016
      "yes plain and simple"
    • +1 +2 -1 ~Guns~ Apr. 3, 2017
      "you literally copied that from that from the quotes. ARGUMENT INVALID"
    • +1 +3 -2 Charlee M. Mar. 16, 2017
      "Umm, yeah. They should get those things done to them."
    • 0 0 0 dawn Apr. 19, 2017
    • 0 +1 -1 Drew Knight Apr. 13, 2017
      "Rape is first off a much less serious issue. Don't get me wrong, it's a horrible crime. Would you like to see a terrorist who killed thousands to be living in our jail where he believes he's done absolutely nothing wrong."
    • -2 +2 -4 Komu el Syphorus May. 31, 2016
      "Sure, why not. The only ones who should kill are those prepared to be killed. That same logic would apply to all things. (Referring to harmful crimes, not theft.)"
    • -8 +1 -9 Zachary Jan. 9, 2017
      "That is unlogical. Killing and raping is bad. But, killing is a lot worse than raping someone."
  • +16 +68 -52 Elijah Feb. 2, 2016
    "I'm con because what if you really did not commite the murder. and someone just framed you but you don't know who it was and you don't have enough time to find out who did it."
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    • +1 +1 0 Breanna Apr. 17, 2017
      "but before they give them the death penalty, they need proof"
    • -1 +2 -3 Dalton S. Mar. 1, 2017
      "I'm a pro because it should come back to kill all the people who did so much crimes it should not let the people live in prison."
    • -4 0 -4 lincoln burrows Feb. 8, 2017
      "yes prison break"
    • -4 +1 -5 lesly Mar. 3, 2016
      "prison break"
  • +11 +47 -36 Julio Juliopolis Feb. 29, 2016
    "The question shouldn't say "Should the death penalty be allowed?" but rather "Should the government be given the power to kill people as punishment for crime?".

    The usual phrasing treats the penalty almost as if it applies itself, completely ignoring that someone has to be given the power to decide to apply it. It is my opinion that the government has shown neither the moral integrity nor the competence to determine guilt or innocence and thus such an extreme power as that of lawful executions should not be given to it."
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  • +8 +46 -38 Collin Apr. 25, 2016
    "When a women or man is committing a crime they are not thinking "Am I going to die after this. Am I going to get caught?". Your thinking about why your going to kill that person, whether it be he threatened me and my family or he took your lollipop. The only problem i have is that everyone wants the other person to die but what happens if or when you kill someone. Are you going to want to die? Are you going to realize that death shouldn't be the answer? Now you more than likely have an incredulous thought in your head or on your face because you don't know the feeling of absolutely knowing you are going to die. Maybe its true some people deserve that fate. Maybe it isn't. Killing them is the simpler and easier choice. Maybe it doesn't matter that now you've stooped to their level. Maybe it doesn't matter that they're family and loved ones will never see them again. They are dead and can't kill anyone anymore. It matters that you had to purge your soul because you wanted this person no longer breathing. Isn't it just better to be empathetic because normally when your choice gets harder you start to realize it the right one. Rotting in prison is worse than death. Why not give them the gift of a nice, cozy cell forever. Thank you."
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    • 0 0 0 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "not only that but in prison people also can get raped or killed easier"
    • 0 0 0 Emily Apr. 3, 2017
      "What if the murderer just shot someone for the hell of it or out of cold blood? People who kill out of defense aren't put on death row anyway, they were just trying to protect themselves or someone else from getting killed first. And people should consider that they might get caught when committing a crime and what the consequences might be for that crime. I'm sure none of your family or friends have ever been murdered right? Take it from someone who knows what it's like to never be able to see or be with someone you love just because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time."
    • 0 0 0 Jeff Mar. 16, 2017
      "if they are in prison then they get to feel remorse and prisons arent very cosy collin"
  • +7 +36 -29 Ethan May. 17, 2016
    "If you kill them, then are you any better?"
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    • +1 +1 0 santa Apr. 13, 2017
    • +1 +2 -1 Replier Nov. 2, 2016
      "There is no such thing as a good sin."
    • 0 0 0 Dre Apr. 19, 2017
      "If someone kidnaps someone, should the government not be allowed to imprison the kidnapper because that would make them no better?"
    • -1 +1 -2 Your Mom Jan. 13, 2017
      "You are protecting the public, your family and friends."
    • -2 +1 -3 Skylar Oct. 25, 2016
      "Yes because u are killing for good"
  • +5 +13 -8 Jeff Mar. 16, 2017
    "#It takes a killer to kill a killer"
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    • +2 +2 0 noah b. Mar. 28, 2017
      "not true"
  • +4 +10 -6 brittiany Mar. 9, 2017
    "You can not be for something & also be against it.
    You can not kill someone for killing someone. We would be no better than they are.
    When murders kill a person they do it because they think what they're doing is right in their mind. Just like when we sentence a person to the death penalty we do it because we think its the right thing to do. The problem is we don't always understand our actions.
    Besides if we really want someone to suffer, we let them rot in prison. Death is an easy way out.
    If your worried about prisoner escapes, the percentage has dropped more than half in the past decade. In Florida there were 10 escapes last year, 9 of which were caught. In the U.S roughly 2% of prisoners escape each year."
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  • +3 +38 -35 TR Mar. 21, 2016
    "why let a criminal have the easiest way out of their consequence when he shold have to suffer for his/her crime"
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  • +3 +79 -76 Justin Time Feb. 10, 2016
    "Not only is the death penalty wrong, it is ineffective. Prisoners can just murder someone with the intention of dying afterwards, and then it would be no punishment at all, maybe even an award in their mind."
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    • +1 +2 -1 tacocat May. 10, 2016
      "good point but still if we do anything else we would be being too cruel or kind and a slow painful death is cruel."
    • -1 0 -1 Zachary Jan. 9, 2017
      "They can also kill someone and then kill themself."
  • +1 +1 0 Jake Apr. 24, 2017
    "Just a little proof that the death penalty does not deter crime, Vermont has the lowest rate of violent crime in the U.S and they have abolished the death penalty. Texas has the fifteenth highest violent crimes rate, and they are the largest users of the death penalty"
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  • 0 0 0 Ken Apr. 26, 2017
    "So if America can justify it for a crime it deems worthy, who are they to condemn it in other countries that deem it worthy for other crimes/offenses.
    I have also long believed that until we know why the Timothy McVeigh's do what they do, we will never be able to prevent it, if at all possible.. QC. Canada"
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  • 0 +2 -2 roy t. Apr. 18, 2017
    "I think that the death penalty should just be removed in general because you're no better for murdering them"
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  • 0 +3 -3 erza scarlet Apr. 18, 2017
    "the death penalty is pretty much like saying " you killed someone so we will kill you" it makes no sense because you're killing someone who murdered someone else, so basically saying you murdered someone so we will murder you..."
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    • 0 0 0 Ken K. Apr. 24, 2017
  • 0 +3 -3 eren j. Apr. 18, 2017
    "we should not kill anyone for treason trust me i was here"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Both ways Apr. 13, 2017
    "I go both ways"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Andrea Apr. 12, 2017
    "If you kill a killer you will be the killer"
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    • +1 +1 0 Alisa Apr. 25, 2017
      "You're right"
    • +1 +2 -1 Anny Apr. 14, 2017
      "That is right"
  • 0 +12 -12 Melina Mar. 1, 2017
    "To be honest, some crimes would make me so angry to not see justice taken account for. There is however, the option of leaving them in jail. Most people say that they will not spend tax money on criminals, and I understand that, but one thing. doesn't killing the killer make killers out of us all? According to the government's logic, killers should be killed. Then, since we have voted to kill the killer, we should all be killed for our crime. Not only that, but with the death penalty, aren't you giving the government power that they need not hold? They now have power to kill people. I believe the Death Penalty should be banned immediately."
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  • -1 +5 -6 ..... Mar. 30, 2017
    "Killing someone for killing is the dumbest thing i ever herd... Answer me this... if i were to be accused of murder but i was innocent and they didnt know that and i was put to death then found out i was innocent i would have died for no reason right?"
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  • -1 +8 -9 Jordan T. Feb. 10, 2017
    "I am personally against the death penalty. It's stupid and immoral! The government should not be allowed to take away human life, no matter how stupid the crime is."
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  • -1 +17 -18 john h. Jan. 11, 2017
    "this is a nice resource"
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  • -1 +23 -24 anonymous Mar. 29, 2016
    "No death penalty shouldn't be allowed because some people are accused for something they didn't do and i don't think it is fair kill someone who didn't do anything. also how are people going to learn or regret it if they are died. i know that some people don't learn so i think the people sentenced death penalty should instead get lifetime in prison. what will you get by killing people, by doing what they did. so if they killed than you kill them than aren't you the same. you will not feel better by killing and knowing you just ended a persons life. therefore the death penalty should not be allowed"
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  • -1 +26 -27 emma Mar. 23, 2016
    "killing is wrong no matter what! in some cases the wrong person has been killed for a crime they didn't do. why should the government pick who lives and who dies?"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Your Mom Jan. 13, 2017
      "That's going too far. If this person drowned your parents, or raped and/or killed little kid would you want them to serve time or want them to die? We should trust our justice system so they don't pick an innocent person. The government picks who lives and dies? Seriously IT'S JUSTICE!!!
      -Your Mom"
  • -1 +13 -14 Anonymous Mar. 20, 2016
    "no one deserves to die, with the death penatly there are many miscalculations/mistakes sending innocent humans to death what if one of your family members was one of them you wouldnt want the death penalty to exist would you, there may be a saying eye for an eye but you cant have rape for rape or kidnap for kidnap can you (not with the death penalty) how are you going to kill someone who killed someone else youde be just like them "thou shall not kill""
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  • -1 +18 -19 Daniel Mar. 10, 2016
    "I am against the death penalty because if your killing someone for killing someone, then you're committing the same exact crime they did. Its hypocritical. I think if someone commits murder, then they should spend their life in prison. Killing people is going too far."
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    • 0 0 0 Unipanda Nov. 2, 2016
      "Two wrongs don't make a right."
    • -2 +1 -3 Gregory Addams Mar. 22, 2016
      "technically its not the same exact crime. Just saying. plz no hate!"
  • -2 +4 -6 Chelsea Mar. 29, 2017
    "my sisters and I was molested a few years back and he got put to death it kinda ticks me off because he didn't really have to pay he just died i wish he had life in jail but its to late now i was to yong to say any thing... P.S. there should not be a death penalty at all."
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    • +1 +2 -1 unknown Mar. 30, 2017
      "soooooooooooooooo....................... true"
    • -1 0 -1 me Apr. 5, 2017
      "But couldn't you say that you feel security that that man won't harm anyone ever again?"
  • -2 +8 -10 rot in jail Mar. 15, 2017
    "it takes a killer to kill a killer then you have to kill the exequitioner because he killed someone"
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    • -1 0 -1 Jeff Mar. 25, 2017
      "I agree so much"
  • -2 +6 -8 NO DEATH PENALTY Mar. 15, 2017
    "You can not have the death penalty. Sure, it costs less than life sentence, but it is very inhumane. Back in the 1800's, we used to hang people, and I think that might be even more humane than injecting them with a death liquid."
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    • 0 +1 -1 jeff Mar. 16, 2017
      "death penatly costs more than a lifetime scentence"
  • -2 +6 -8 Al Aug. 28, 2016
    "Killing people is a bad idea. Even though they do so,etching bad, helping them out will be a way better alternative."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Phil Skermer Aug. 21, 2016
    "Why should we be the deciders of someones life? Why take them out of the world when there is still so much to improve? Force them to earn their way back into society and make the world a better place. Its hard to justify killers being killed rapists being raped and thieves being stolen from."
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  • -2 +13 -15 Erin.Lee Jul. 10, 2016
    "When you kill a murderer, then you're giving them a privilege. You should let them stay in prison and repent on what they have done. Actaeon saw Artemis bathing, and remember what she did? She was going to shoot him, but, since her arrows are as painless as moonbeams, she turned him into a stag and let his own hounds rip him to shreds."
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  • -2 +11 -13 Ian Jun. 3, 2016
    "If people use the death penalty, it won't help make other people rethink about what they should do."
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  • -2 +12 -14 student no.9876 May. 27, 2016
    "why would we kill someone who killed someone just to prove that murder is wrong?"
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  • -2 +13 -15 Dude May. 23, 2016
    "The death penalty should not be legal. The death penalty shows others that it is okay to kills someone when they do something wrong. But it is not. The death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment"
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  • -2 +15 -17 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
    "The death penalty should not be allowed at all. We condemn people like Kim John II for killing their own people, yet, we're doing the same here."
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  • -2 +11 -13 ELA Group Apr. 29, 2016
    "Why do we KILL who KILL people to show that KILLing people is wrong?"
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  • -2 +11 -13 alex romer Apr. 20, 2016
    "maybe it could happen"
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  • -2 +10 -12 hi Apr. 8, 2016
    "I think that we shouldn't have the death penalty because all you are doing is bringing them to Heaven and Heaven is a place for peace and you don't want them in peace. And if they go to jail they get to suffer there instead."
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    • +1 +1 0 Pick Up A Bible Nov. 2, 2016
      "Heaven and Hell are places that are as real as your existence. Anyways, they wouldn't go to Heaven. They would go to Hell, and suffer for eternity."
    • -1 +1 -2 lol May. 2, 2016
      "Heaven isn't real...and even if it was a killer would go to hell."
  • -2 +20 -22 Meghan C Mar. 24, 2016
    "The death penalty should be abolished completely. The 8th amendment states that there should be no cruel and unusual punishment. In my opinion murder is extremely cruel and thus the death penalty should be found unconstitutional. But, I know some believe that it is the only way to have justice for the people that these criminals hurt. Life in prison is a punishment much worse than death. These criminals should spend the rest of their lives in confinement thinking about their actions rather than being killed and having no chance to even feel guilty for what they did. Not only is life in prison a better punishment, it is also much less expensive. The death penalty costs $1.26 million for one criminal, while keeping these criminals imprisoned for their entire lives costs $740,000. This money is coming out of the people’s taxes, and on average cost people $90,000 more per year than keeping these criminals in prison. Life in prison is a much better solution than the death penalty for so many reasons."
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  • -2 +29 -31 Amiah Lenards Mar. 21, 2016
    "" Why would you kill someone, when you know killing is wrong? Why not let them suffer in jail?""
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    • 0 +1 -1 ... Nov. 2, 2016
      "Killing is not right in any way."
    • -2 +1 -3 Anonymous Oct. 17, 2016
      "Killing isn't exactly wrong if someone else has done it. Therefore they deserve it. And like the article says, though i do semi-agree with you, it cost more to keep them alive."
  • -2 +14 -16 Jonathan Schenk Mar. 8, 2016
    "I say No on Death penalty just as long as they get some amount of punishment but not death thats like saying that if some one was killed it means other person imeadete death no it means that person has his or her money all or most of it taken away and put in a rehab or some kind of center so they can be helped if there sick or if they have problems or howthey killed that person"
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  • -2 +20 -22 harry styles Mar. 3, 2016
    "What if you are wrongly accused and the gouvernment. And then they kill you, later on they find out that it wasn't you. You're already dead."
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    • +1 +1 0 Ashley Sep. 21, 2016
      "You don't just kill everyone you'd need 100% certainty you can't be careless."
  • -2 +19 -21 Amirmir Feb. 26, 2016
    "The death penalty will not deter crime. A person doesn't murder thinking of the consequences. A person who will go to such lengths to get whatever they seek was not thinking clearly of the consequences or wasn't thinking at all. Doesn't someone murder out of a spurt of anger? Anger has never been a rational emotion. When somebody is angry enough to murder they won't be thinking that they will get killed as well through the death. Basically, someone won't be thinking of the consequence if they are killed immediately. But they will live in eternal pain and regret when they rot away in prison. Prison will justify the person's crime perfectly fine."
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  • -2 +10 -12 alyssa Feb. 23, 2016
    "no i do not believe that we should have the death penalty"
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  • -2 +23 -25 Alexander Tyrantor Jan. 22, 2016
    "I am against the death penalty because it is specifically addressed in the eighth amendment. There is only one thing more cruel and unusual than death, and that is torture."
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  • -2 +24 -26 Anna Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think that people who have committed crimes that are punishable by the death penalty should not be allowed to get out of trouble so easily. It doesn't really punish the person who has committed the crime it punishes the persons family. I believe that they should be sentence to life in prison."
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  • -2 +57 -59 Macy Jan. 11, 2016
    "If you take someones life for taking someone else's life your just doing what they did, killing someone!"
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    • +4 +4 0 Zachary Jan. 9, 2017
      "Yeah, but when they take a life they are taking an innocent person's life. If their life gets taken by death penalty they are not innocent and don't deserve a life if they take an innocent one."
  • -2 +15 -17 Muk Nov. 8, 2015
    "I don't believe in the Death Penalty as it ends the life of someone because they committed a crime. Now, I am not saying that people who have done horrible things shouldn't die, but we shouldn't kill someone for other things, like drug smuggling. There are other ways to punish people for doing bad things, but I strongly believe the death penalty shouldn't be one of these punishemnts."
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  • -2 +21 -23 Think about it... May. 15, 2015
    "Killing is a bad thing.So why would the government have the right to kill someone.Put yourself in the shoes of the one who is going to get killed.Would you like being LEGALLY killed by your OWN GOVERNMENT!?Please think about it."
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    • +1 +2 -1 U stupid Mar. 16, 2016
      "Of course if you killed people you should have your life taken. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"
  • -2 +13 -15 Me May. 15, 2015
    "More than 138 innocent people have been freed since 1973 and no-one has been able to put a number on how many innocent people have been killed. This needs to stop."
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  • -2 +32 -34 camron May. 7, 2015
    "Why do we kill people who kill people to show killing people is wrong."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Stan Nov. 8, 2015
      "We kill criminals to serve as a lesson from someone taking an innocent life away that there is actually a great consequence from committing such crime what kind of lesson would it be to others if all you got out of it was life in prison."
  • -3 +2 -5 ????????????? Mar. 28, 2017
    "If just go and kill the jail bird for killing a person they should not be put to death because they wont have to suffer the pain of jail."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Bryce C. Mar. 23, 2017
    "I believe that the death penalty should not be allowed Because,You shouldn't do to a criminal what they did, someone could be wrongly convicted, and The government would look desperate if they found someone guilty and induced the death penalty without finding more evidence."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Dave Mar. 21, 2017
    "When people know that there is a death penalty, they will go "Well, since I'm already going to get the dp, i might as well kill more people."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Sense Bringer Mar. 9, 2017
    "Jesus publicly thwarted an execution when he told the people that if they were sinless they could throw the first stone. If you claim to be a Christian and a follower of the Bible, then you have to be against the death penalty because Jesus himself was!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Lets be REAL Mar. 14, 2017
      "Too bad neither one of us are Jesus!
      A man recently brutally raped, beat and murdered an innocent 6 month old baby girl! Your saying that he is innocent in God's eyes and he deserves to live? The bible also says that you shall not kill. If the tables were turned, you "christian" hypocrites would have a lot to say as long as the criminal is put down. Right? Right! People like you always have something to say when it doesn't even involve you and you try to pull the lord and your religious affiliations into the argument. SWEETHEART, everyone knows that when it comes to arguments like these, church and state are always separated!!!! Stop pulling the religion card and present some actual evidence to support your argument!"
    • 0 0 0 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "the bible states an eye for an eye, and thou shall not kill, and frankly is confusing so i don't think religion is a solid argument for this"
    • 0 0 0 c Mar. 14, 2017
      "hypocrite. Separate church and state. your argument is not valid! too bad neither one of us are Jesus!"
    • 0 0 0 p Mar. 14, 2017
      "Separate church and state. Your argument is not valid."
  • -3 +5 -8 A Person Mar. 1, 2017
    "Death is a bad thing."
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    • 0 0 0 sincere Mar. 9, 2017
      "give more reasons and evidence on why death is a bad thing"
  • -3 +23 -26 BELUGA Feb. 1, 2017
    "If we kill we are as bad as they are."
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  • -3 +6 -9 mr. doe Sep. 30, 2016
    "that is wrong to leave rapists to die really fast while there victims suffer."
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  • -3 +7 -10 Rohan Sep. 28, 2016
    "The death penalty is too quick and people then don't have time to think what they did wrong. Also, jail is a lot worse than the death penalty because the death penalty just ends your life there. I think killing people for your job is very bad."
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    • 0 0 0 Amelia Oct. 25, 2016
      "Many people are put to death every day.

      The people who put these criminals to death are still killing, so technically they should be put to death too, and then the person who put the other person to death is killing someone on purpose and, therefore, should also be put to death. Its a chain reaction, and not a good one.

      See what I'm saying?"
  • -3 +10 -13 EMMIE LOU Apr. 29, 2016
    "God told us not to kill.Why do we then. Also why does a killer need to be in peace up in heaven when he/her could be in prisen suffering, desurving the horribleness for what he/she did."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Creeoy Pasta May. 16, 2016
      "Yes I do agree with you that the death penalty is wrong and we should let them sit and rot in there own hell, we shouldn't forget that god only forgives people up to a certain point. For example a person who murdered someone for something stupid is possibly not going to pass the gate and got 'chill' in heaven. Most likely the case is that they are going to spend the rest of there after lives suffering in hell."
    • 0 0 0 jeff Mar. 17, 2017
      "i agree but he would be in hell not heaven"
  • -3 +27 -30 bob Jun. 3, 2015
    "it should not be allowed because the government is killing someone:putting themselves in the same position of the murderer, except for that they are not the ones getting killed"
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  • -3 +44 -47 bob May. 23, 2015
    "it doesn't make sense the government is killing to stop killing"
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  • -4 +2 -6 jimbob Apr. 6, 2017
    "Hitler killed himself so that he would not be captured and humiliated. By killing people we are allowing them to escape the humiliation of being in jail."
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  • -4 +5 -9 Jeff Mar. 17, 2017
    "if someone you loved was killed then you would know the pain and would not want there brothers and/or sisters to go through the same thing you are"
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  • -4 +4 -8 Maddie Weber Mar. 12, 2017
    "It goes against my religion. As a Jew, I hate the death sentence."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Merp Feb. 15, 2017
    "It will be a chain of killers. Because the person that killed the killer is going to be a killer and then another person has to kill the killer that killed the killer and then another person has to kill the killer that killed the killer that killed the killer that killed the killer and so on. So ya"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Mr. Logic Feb. 16, 2017
      "Usually the executor will not be killed as the execution was legal."
    • -1 +1 -2 Melina Mar. 1, 2017
      "That is the best explanation I have ever heard. No joke."
  • -4 +5 -9 Kayla Feb. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because it causes death sometimes towards innocent people."
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  • -4 +4 -8 Sherry Feb. 9, 2017
    "I believe the death penalty is against what God's command is to all of us as humans. If someone does you wrong be the better person and don't kill them but rather sentence them to a lifetime in jail"
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  • -4 +3 -7 coffe Feb. 8, 2017
    "having a death penalty is taking away peoples al the right. It is too strict to just take their life. we should give the second chance than. so the can be a active member of the society again. also there is other ways like rehabilitation.."
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  • -4 +4 -8 samantha Feb. 7, 2017
    "In my opinion the death penalty should not be allowed because imagine all the love ones people lose because of the death penalty. Also i know they did bad stuff to get the death penalty but it is better to keep them locked up in jail instead of killing them because they don't deserve it. Also imagine your son or yourself having to be in death penalty what would you do??"
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  • -4 +7 -11 anonymous Jan. 31, 2017
    "you do not have the right to take a life from someone who is like you!!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "The killer is NOT like me. They are sick minded and murder and rape people."
    • 0 0 0 a person Apr. 25, 2017
      "They are not anything like innocent people. Innocents didn't kill someone like they did, did they? If they were like us they wouldn't do something so cruel and to undeserving people!"
  • -4 +6 -10 Aaron Jan. 30, 2017
    "It's should illegal because it's wasting live.I don't think it shouldn't be the police or judges decision it should be the parents or the prisoners should choose"
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    • +1 +1 0 Hugh Mungus Apr. 13, 2017
      "Wasting a life?! They chose to waste their life when they pulled that trigger at an innocent life. Also prisoners should get to choose if they want to die or not? No. It's a punishment and punishments are not their choices. And the murderers parents should decide? They don't get to decide if their dumb child gets to live for the actions they have done. They shouldn't even want him to live either. They should just mourn for what he has done and deal with the consequences."
  • -4 +15 -19 Cena Jan. 5, 2017
    "Death is not good, yet we still kill. We do not care about other lives, let them all suffer, give them all the your biggest punishments, the death penalty is one of the punishments that is not even that big, as it is common. Murderers get punished, as it is what they deserve"
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  • -4 +6 -10 Larson Dec. 6, 2016
    "If you kill a killer there are the same number of killers in the world"
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  • -4 +10 -14 shubhi Dec. 4, 2016
    "Death penalty will be like giving killers an easy way out for their crime. they deserve to be tortured in cell."
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    • +1 +1 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "While the killers are being tortured in a cell, our taxes are going towards their free food and time for being in there."
  • -4 +3 -7 Rodiac Nov. 17, 2016
    "Instead of ending the life of a person. Is it possible to change someone's life for the better. If you don't treat them like a bad person and they might end up doing good."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Shut up dog Nov. 10, 2016
    "killing is wrong thats it!!!!!!"
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  • -4 +10 -14 Anna Nov. 2, 2016
    "Who am I to judge who lives and dies? The main people who are put on Death Row are murderers and by me putting the person on Death Row I am no better than the person being tried."
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  • -4 +5 -9 NAMELESS Nov. 2, 2016
    "Only kill them if you know they committed the crime, or else you could be killing an innocent"
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  • -4 +9 -13 Alice Oct. 17, 2016
    "no it should not be allowed because why are they killing them maybe they did one thing wrong but what if they did nothing and they still get killed its not right"
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    • +1 +1 0 Amelia Oct. 25, 2016
      "I'm pro death penalty, but I definitely see both sides of the argument.
      What if the wrong man/woman was put to death?
      This is tough, because it isn't like you can just bring 'em back to life, like how you could get someone out of jail when you find the correct criminal. Once they're dead, they're dead, and there is nothing you can do about it."
  • -4 +15 -19 doe Sep. 30, 2016
    "killers and rapists are killed like if they are nothing when victims survive and have to remember everything."
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    • +3 +3 0 noah b. Mar. 28, 2017
      "so what? if i got raped i or somebody i knew and loved was raped or killed, i would personally kill the person that did it. But i wont, because thats illegal. But the death penalty can help those who suffer feel better knowing there is no way in hell that the person who did whatever they did to them could ever escape."
  • -4 +14 -18 casey Apr. 19, 2016
    "I agree with jeff its a vary controversial thing theres no right of killing someone to prove violence is wrong im casey and im 12 this is wrong"
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  • -4 +15 -19 HTML Man Feb. 2, 2016
    "I believe that it should be abolished, because among the 200 students I surveyed at my school, they said they would rather have the criminal spend a crappy life in jail, then die quick and not serve punishment for their actions."
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    • -1 0 -1 Sorry Nov. 2, 2016
      "Their opinion doesn't matter, it's not like the government will lister to them. Just because you want to be rich, doesn't mean you will be."
  • -4 +17 -21 Hannah Rowlett Jan. 18, 2016
    "Because I feel like its an easy way out of being forced to suffer for your crimes. It's another way out of being isolated for a very long time and being forced to think about what you've done for the rest of your life, which is already a great punishment."
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    • +5 +5 0 Hannah Rowlett Feb. 21, 2016
      "@person thanks for replying, now that you mention it, I do have evidence! In our family library we have 3 or 4 autobiographies from murderers with Life imprisonment that feel great remorse for what they did. Most murders are committed by people with mental issues so I don't think they would feel anything about their actions anyways. But it would be worth a try because they have nowhere to go anytime soon you know? I just went to go find one of the autobiographies and it is titled "In For Life" by Jason Richards, great book. Jason received life in prison because during a robbery he and a friend were committing, the resident came home and Jason panicked and shot the resident. In his book he discusses the immense guilt and shame he felt shortly after being given Life in prison and how he has to deal with the guilt until the day of his death. I believe that physical pain is far less hurtful than emotional, mental pain can be. Now that my evidence is out of the way, do you know why you never hear of many murderers feeling remorse for their crimes? because they were put on death row and killed before they had a chance to feel anything. I hope that helps make it seem more valid :)"
    • -2 +1 -3 person Feb. 12, 2016
      "I don't really know any criminal that killed and though to himself ya know maybe that was wrong maybe if you accually got evidence your argument would be valid"
  • -4 +12 -16 Zeke Perrone Jan. 7, 2016
    "I am con because The death penalty has killed innocent people and then it just becomes murder"
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  • -4 +25 -29 John Doe Dec. 1, 2015
    "How do criminals learn that what they did is wrong if we don't give them the chance to rehabilitate? How is it fair that we punish murderers by committing the same act?"
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  • -4 +21 -25 Amber Nov. 12, 2015
    "Its simply a cruel and unusual punishment."
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  • -4 +13 -17 person Nov. 5, 2015
    "I agree with the arguments which say that death penalty is like an eye for an eye, and show examples of situations where applying eye for an eye would sound silly, illogical, or rash.
    "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind""
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  • -4 +18 -22 ruby Nov. 4, 2015
    "i think people can change there ways they should give people 1 year to change there ways if they don't then they can have the death penalty untell then they should be able to change. that is my opinon on the death penalty"
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  • -4 +17 -21 Noobthinker103 Oct. 9, 2015
    "No, because you don't decide if people get to live, not just because The Bible says so, but because it's inhuman."
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    • -1 0 -1 Lewis Lindsey Jan. 24, 2017
      "Correct me if I am wrong and your hypocritical thinking back in the days when Christ was alive walking get the earth I mean and before and eye for an eye tooth for a tooth remember that I don't think you do I think you are like many other liberals out there who are stuck on stupid it's because of liberals like you this country is the way it is today is a reason our rights are taking more and more from us the reason why serial rapist and murderers get out on parole and take another life and ruin other people's lives because I really really like you I do not mean to insult you as a person I'm the speaking honestly and I hope you respect that that is my opinion and I stick by it as I expect you you stick by your opinion that's what makes America great you may not like what I said oh well get over it not ready I hope and I sincerely hope nobody in your family or loved ones in your life by taking from you to a violent crime I honestly believe you would support the murder the rapist the serial killer I pray that never happens to you or your phone"
  • -4 +8 -12 Reign Sep. 14, 2015
    "All religion aside, a murderer is a murderer and he has taken someones life that was not his to take. But killing the murderer will not bring that person back, nor will it truly be called justice. Making that person live with the guilt and pain they have created, behind bars, is justice. Imagine not being able to touch your child or parent again, and only see them through a thick sheet of glass. They get to live with what they've done."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Olgi Sep. 7, 2015
    "There is one thing that everyone should keep in mind:
    miscarrige of justice is something that happened before and is still happening. Capital punishment is irreversible."
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  • -4 +21 -25 Gandhi's apprentice Jun. 2, 2015
    "if it is an eye for an eye, the guy who strikes first is the last to die."
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  • -4 +21 -25 Logical Thinker May. 19, 2015
    "society puts criminals low in acceptance scale. Thinking that only a very evil person would murder, then what does justice do? They murder him back. What do you think? Is that a good roe model for today's children? What does that teach them to do when they are wronged? Murder, that's what, which forces justice to murder again, which repeats the cycle. Stop the death penalty today!"
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  • -4 +11 -15 Abby May. 13, 2015
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because innocent people can be easily instead they can use life in prison."
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  • -4 +10 -14 Keep it...anonymous May. 13, 2015
    "No.It should not be allowed because death is what makes the population go down.And that means that taxes and all those governmental things go haywire!"
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  • -4 +8 -12 bunu May. 3, 2015
    "i dont see any reason for their living what is the point in letting them live if they dont care about others life"
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  • -4 +29 -33 Alex Apr. 27, 2015
    "I believe the death penalty is murder. That is all I can really say for it... Murder is murder no matter who commits it. I really believe that the death penalty is only another form of revenge. You can hide the blood by saying it's justice but it is only annihilation and will only be another death to our nation's population. They say that the penalty deters crime but I see no pause or change in my city. I will not support the death penalty. No man or woman should hold the power to take another's life, no matter how horrible."
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  • -5 +3 -8 Nyz*** Mar. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty has been and remains one of society's most controversial issues"
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  • -5 +3 -8 S Mar. 7, 2017
    "The death penalty shouldn't be allowed because many people who get on death row, sit their for years living on tax payer money while the victim being tax payers pay for it."
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  • -5 +2 -7 Aycona M. Mar. 6, 2017
    "You shouldn't be killing criminals because they took they someone's life away if you take that criminals life away you a murder too and only god decides when it's time to go not you. You will rot in hell with that criminal if you don't ask god for forgiveness."
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  • -5 +4 -9 Mytao Feb. 27, 2017
    "I just want Killers and Rapists to live a long life in prison where they can't tell a fart from a yawn."
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  • -5 +1 -6 Rms student Feb. 22, 2017
    "The death penalty is killing our population"
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    • +1 +1 0 Jeff Mar. 17, 2017
      "true but the planet is overpopulated anyway so that is not the problem"
  • -5 +4 -9 Logan V. Feb. 8, 2017
    "I think the death penalty should not be allowed because every human evil or not has a right to live on and see what they can accomplish in the rest of their life time, And if someone is so evil that they need to be put down, and the prison system can not help them, then i think America should get a better prison system"
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  • -5 +8 -13 Skyler Feb. 7, 2017
    "If a person has committed a crime they would be getting a free ride out of prison instead of sitting and thinking for years on what they have done and how many people they hurt. Death is an escape and if they chose to kill someone they should not be able to escape. They should rot in a cell for years and years."
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    • +1 +1 0 Trey Morgan Mar. 21, 2017
      "why should we let them live we as tax payers pay for that scumbag to live and eat when he took a life of someones father, mother, brother, daughter etc.."
  • -5 +3 -8 lememe Feb. 1, 2017
    "i think that the death penalty is racist at some times"
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  • -5 +2 -7 moist_360_noscoped Feb. 1, 2017
    "this is extremely racist does anybody agree"
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  • -5 +1 -6 Giovanni Pronesti Dec. 5, 2016
    "I think the death penalty should not be allowed because it seems inhumane and unfair to all those people who could get a second chance."
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  • -5 +2 -7 Caden Weisgarber Nov. 29, 2016
    "Why would you kill them, instead put people in prison because they wont get anything from killing them. They would learn from their mistake by dealing with the consequences."
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  • -5 +12 -17 Ryan Schroeder Nov. 11, 2016
    "I did the math it cost 308 million per death pentalty and it only cost $700k so keep someone is jail for their whole life."
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    • +2 +2 0 Jeff Mar. 16, 2017
      "what about lawsuites genuis"
    • +1 +1 0 jeff Mar. 17, 2017
      "it is 1.28 mill and 700k not 308 mill"
    • +1 +3 -2 Xav Feb. 15, 2017
      "Actually the lethal injection used to euthanize someone is $86.08 per shot. Should've done the research not the math."
    • -2 0 -2 caden Nov. 29, 2016
      "I agree."
  • -5 +5 -10 FrinkleBob Oct. 5, 2016
    "If I killed someone then I would be killed

    Does that mean that they are bringing back an eye for an eye?

    Because I am pretty sure that made the whole world blind

    Surely the executor (who killed the person who killed) should be killed but then the person who killed the person who killed the person who killed should be killed"
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    • +1 +1 0 Charles Oct. 31, 2016
      "That is not true at all. I don't know about you but I don't want my hard earned money going towards some murderer's lunch money. Everyone in this country is given a clean slate at birth and it is up to them what they do with their life."
  • -5 +1 -6 Abolish Deathpenalty Oct. 5, 2016
    "I picked con because a lot of innocent people have been killed from it"
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  • -5 +2 -7 Kiera M. Sep. 27, 2016
    "I don't think the death penalty is a bad way to punish people for their wrongs. Yes, the death penalty is a way to kill bad people. My opinion on the death penalty is only okay to use it if they bombed or killed over 5 people. I know it's most likely weird to read. I know that it's bad that is someone kills less than 5 people then they should not be killed. I know it's bad to say that their lives don't matter but they do. I just feel that if it's more than one family in pain then, they need to have peace. I want to thank you for teaching me more about the death penalty.Thanks and I can't wait to learn more."
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  • -5 +14 -19 AustinBrown Jan. 26, 2016
    "Criminals kill, rape, do things that are not right. But really what is not right is that we kill them for killing. Life is about paying your debts. The criminals make bad decisions and we make worse. Life may be scarce, but if we all just try our best to make the world a better place killing is where it would start. It is not fair that we use our financial recourses on putting these criminals to an end. We are already in debt, spend 10k more to just kill someone, get your point across."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jacob Mar. 3, 2016
      "But they deserve to die, because of what they have done"
  • -5 +11 -16 *Anonymous* Jan. 18, 2016
    "What about the eighth amendment? No cruel and unusual punishment? Also, so many mentally ill people are killed by the death penalty, despite the fact that the eighth amendment also rules that mentally ill people are not eligible for the death penalty. Why is this so? The term "mentally ill" is just so vague. Does anxiety qualify as a mental illness? What about alcoholism? This is why mentally ill people are still killed. The death penalty must be abolished.

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  • -5 +15 -20 F.R.O.G. Oct. 25, 2015
    "The Bible says that Thou shalt not kill or murder. The Death Penalty is killing and murder."
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    • -3 +1 -4 You're Wrong Jan. 26, 2016
      "The Bible also says that God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. So yeah, "thou shalt not kill"."
  • -5 +20 -25 Dee Sep. 13, 2015
    "I'm not for taking a life, but I am for changes in the penal system. Murderers should only be housed with other murderers. Many other felonies, like forgery or drug possession, are not violent. Reform should be paramount for these rather than excessive punishment and exposure to violent criminals. I also think "human rights" should be defined specifically for the penal system. I don't think an xbox or a tv is a human right. It should all be about education, reform, and a good work ethic. Find a way to create some form of self-sustaining work within the system to relieve some of the reliance on tax dollars."
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  • -5 +14 -19 Mikah May. 15, 2015
    "The death penalty should be allowed because it is whats fair. If you can take the life of someone even if you believed that they deserved it you should have to give up yours.People that have absolutely have no soul and can kill for whatever reason does not deserve to live. crazy or not crazy we don't need people like that in our society"
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  • -5 +13 -18 DJ May. 13, 2015
    "If you want to use the death you would most likely killed about 40% of the worlds population including almost all government officials including POTUS because of everyone they are the mass murders stood by and watched our people die in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan. such as the Isis terrorist group killing Americans and not one government official not as long as the belly and pocketbook is full. so therefore the government should all be put on death row . how long do you bet if that happened the POTUS would make an Executive order to put the death penalty then pardon them all"
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  • -5 +10 -15 DJ May. 13, 2015
    "What is the point of killing another person if you think about it they would rather die than stay in prison of their lives. And think about this I seen friends killed on the streets its a way of life its all we know so you want the death penalty that me and everyone in Kalamazoo because I can guarantee everyone their has killed, raped , or seriously assaulted someone else so that me put me in that g*****n chair and elcecute me but you better look me in my eyes as you kill me"
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  • -6 +6 -12 unknown Sep. 16, 2016
    "it is bad"
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    • 0 0 0 unknown Sep. 30, 2016
      "how is it bad"
  • -6 +3 -9 Gabrielle H Sep. 12, 2016
    "4% of those executed are innocent. It may seem insignificant as a percentage, but these are REAL people. Even they're not innocent, they still shouldn't be executed because they're still humans with the ability to feel. "Killing is wrong, so we're now gonna kill you for killing another person!" It doesn't make sense. People can also change and truly regret their actions too, ppl."
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  • -6 0 -6 derryn Sep. 8, 2016
    "the death penalty should not be allowed as we have more than enough killing in the world as it is, and also don't we need to watch our money? our tax's will start going towards people's deaths will it not? i would rather not pay for another dead person in the world."
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  • -6 +5 -11 Ethan May. 19, 2016
    "If you kill a murderer, then you are no better than them, are you?"
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  • -6 +5 -11 san-jae May. 13, 2016
    "i said no because no one needs to die from the hand of another man"
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  • -6 +5 -11 Bruh May. 11, 2016
    "why Would you kill someone to teach people to not kill!!"
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  • -6 +4 -10 Elias Apr. 4, 2016
    "If the accused person is given the death penalty and killed, and then later found innocent that means the federal system caused the death of an innocent person"
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  • -6 +3 -9 AllenBaseball101 Mar. 22, 2016
    "When you kill you don't deserved to die, that's why on your grave they put R.I.P, otherwise known as REST IN PEACE, not suffer in jail and feel your punishment. Those who support don't thing about that. What if someone broke into a school, you or your child's, and started shooting and killed you or youre child/children, you would want the killer dead because its your family and you love them and don't think you deserve to be dead, well, what about the killers family, don't you think they still love them? Think about that the next time you say you like the death penalty and you support the death penalty."
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    • +2 +2 0 Danny man Apr. 18, 2017
      "I'm pretty sure if my son shot up a school I wouldn't love him anymore. All I'd feel is where I went wrong and I'd cry for what he has done. Then I'd hope he dies by the death penalty or if it were legal beat him to death myself. Seriously what is wrong with you people saying "Oh the murderer may have murdered your son but if you want him dead just think about how much his family loves him, and that's why he shouldn't die because he's still loved." Screw that. If someone kills someone you love I hope that's not what you think when that happens. Would love to see your reaction though if you truly would think that "Oh no Billy boy is dead *cries* but his murderers family probably still loves Tommy lad even though he murdered muh boy Billy. Oh well maybe he shouldn't be punished for the death of another so I guess Tommy lad isn't that bad. I didn't even really like Billy boy because he had my genes in him so he had it coming.""
    • +1 +1 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "they deserve to suffer in jail if they cared what there family thought of them they wouldnt of commited that crime"
  • -6 +16 -22 Audge Mar. 21, 2016
    "why do we KILL people
    who KILL people
    to show KILLing people is wrong?"
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    • 0 +2 -2 101Bestie Mar. 22, 2016
      "I KILL for this quote!"
  • -6 +7 -13 Alayna Mar. 1, 2016
    "People say an eye for an eye. But you don't know what could've caused it. Don't kill people if your trying to teach the lesson of not killing. You're actually just showing that it is alright. Stupid!!!"
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  • -6 +8 -14 Ne'mare Feb. 25, 2016
    "I think death penalties shouldn't be allowed because people shouldn't die for there crime that means more graves to dig and a lot more body would be dug and the people who do this would have a lot of work to do!!!!!!!!!"
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    • +1 +2 -1 person Apr. 7, 2016
      "they can get cremated"
  • -6 +4 -10 Devon Feb. 24, 2016
    "Honestly, I believe that Death Penalty should not be allowed because the person is in jail for rape, murder, etc. and you really think that a rapist/murderer deserves to be let off easily? Well, I do not believe this. But, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, remember that when and if you decide to hate upon this comment."
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  • -6 +6 -12 idk Feb. 11, 2016
    "killing is wrong period but doesnt mean you kill them its the same thing they did"
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  • -6 +15 -21 Tahlia Feb. 3, 2016
    "I think the death penalty should NOT be allowed because it is just giving the government a wrong reason to take human life from their families. Even if the person does something wrong they shouldn't have to die for it."
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  • -6 +14 -20 Jennifer Jan. 29, 2016
    "for people that support the death penalty think about this, what if you were the criminal waiting on the death row. How would you feel about this punishment."
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    • +1 +3 -2 alvin Feb. 9, 2016
      "id know i got what i deserved"
  • -6 +15 -21 Charlie Jan. 28, 2016
    "I dont think it is okay for the government to just kill somebody over something petty. They always complain on how our society is going down because we kill eachother and how we are guilty of it. Well, i would say that nobody is perfect. And by the death penaltyhow they are just doing it doesn't make any sense. We all have stuff to work on and so does the government. If they dont want this to be a crappy world they could change it by taking away the death penalty for a start."
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  • -6 +9 -15 AustinBrown Shaw Jan. 26, 2016
    "I hate when people say death penalty lwop cost so much blahh blahh blahh. We do death penalty just because it costs less money. Your using money as an ideal to kill someone, complete insanity. Money has brought shame upon us, we think oh I have so called this and next day I spend so called that. The world would be a better place if we all just remember why we kill because the person we are murdering murdered. DeathPenalty=murder. Murder=Prison."
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    • 0 +1 -1 person Feb. 12, 2016
      "we kill them for the potential of them escaping and commiting more crimes not to mention the fact that most people kill multiple people and don't even get the death penalty"
  • -6 +14 -20 Heinrich Nov. 12, 2015
    ""Tell me. The murderer had no right to take away another's life. But what gives YOU the right to take away a another's life?""
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  • -6 +5 -11 Phillip Thompson May. 13, 2015
    "You left out some important considerations in your arguments regarding capital punishment.

    One important point is what proportion of capital convictions is based primarily on eye witness testimony.

    That should be followed by the poor reliability of eye witness testimony, including the difficulty identifying a person of a different race than the witness.

    That in turn should be followed by the logical conclusion, that due to the lack of reliability of eye witness testimony, innocent people will unavoidably be sentence to death.

    The final conclusion following this line of logic must then be, that even if we conclude that properly administered, capital punishment is morally justified, can it be justified knowing that as a society, we will anavoidably execute some innocent people, in order to be able to kill the truly guilty.

    My conclusion is that it is not acceptable to execute a single innocent person, in order to be able to do so to the truly guilty. It is impossible for us to avoid that inevitability."
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  • -9 +8 -17 me Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think the death penalty is what people use when they over react.Why just give him life in prison or wear a electric collar."
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  • -10 +6 -16 Russell Dec. 8, 2015
    "The death penalty should not be allowed"
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  • -10 +30 -40 Death Penalty = Bad May. 15, 2015
    "Death penalty = MURDER"
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  • -13 +2 -15 Kajshia Dec. 14, 2015
    "I think no because that's just ending their life very early"
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  • -34 +11 -45 davonte Apr. 29, 2015
    "heck no. if you were the murderer would you want your life taken from you"
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    • +1 +1 0 Both ways Apr. 14, 2017
      "I agree with you sal"
    • 0 +2 -2 Sal Nov. 2, 2016
      "It doesn't matter what they want."
    • -1 +1 -2 fish Mar. 15, 2017
      "thats twisted we want them to feel bad"