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"murderers argue that they should have the right to life... whereas while they were committing their crime they did not give their victims the same right. Capital punishment should be in place, since it will lower murder rates. statistics show, while the death penalty was in effect, murder rates were drop."
"The death penalty is not for punishing the prisoner, it it about keeping the populace safe. It is the only surefire way that the prisoner cannot kill again."
"Now if you live in the U.S. death penalty has been removed and probably won't be back in a while. But lets say you live somewhere death penalty is allowed. I think that it really depends what the crime is. For example, people should have death penalty only if they have been a world trouble or have murdered someone. So yes it should be allowed but only in certain circumstances."
"The death penalty is legal in 32 states. It has not "been removed" from the U.S."
"you have two thumbs down, but nice stuff you wrote"
"There's no good for people that kill should be locked up for every like whats the point."
"Bible says though shalt not kill... its telling you not to murder. But when a person kills it also has a law on how to punish the person. Eye for an eye! Even the Bible supports Capital punishment."
"The bible also says that if someone slapped you you should turn the other cheek to be slapped. It also says to treat someone as you would want to be treated. It also says love your neighbor. If you want to say that the bible encourages murdering your enemies, fine by me. Have you considered that sentencing the death penalty is also a form of murder? And that by supporting it you are also breaking the law to not kill?"
"The bible is a book. Not something to base our laws off."
"Its a bible, does everyone in the world base there life off of it? not at all some may but not everyone does."
"what kind of bible do you read??!!"
"The whole country doesnt have to believe in the bible"
"If someone commits mass homicide, all people are going to want this "person's" life to end, as payment for all the pain and suffering that he/she caused. Or if someone rapes/murders a child, people will want this person dead.If Osama bin Laden were caught alive, would you want him to be alive? Think this through please."
"Yes! Bring back the rope and trap door. It's not about retribution, revenge or deterrence. It's about getting rid of undesirables."
"That would save a lot of taxpayer dollars! Executions only cost a lot because of the appeals and expensive equipment and drugs. This country has too many lawyers that need something to do????"
"I believe the death penalty needs to be allowed to secure order in a world filled with chaos. Criminals realize that the justice system can and will take their lives if death is a just punishment for the crime. The only way the death penalty shouldn't be allowed is when there is no crime."
"I'm pro because i think the death penalty should be used more often ecpecially the rope you can buy it and use it over and over again and save a hole lot of money"
"I think the death penalty should be allowed but with very strict limits: Only for child rapers, child killers,and the persons who are a real danger for the society, because they destroyed the lives of the victim and their relatives, and what they did can't be fixed. Moreover the death penalty allows the family to mourn and it's a sort of justice. It makes people sure the criminals won't do it again."
"God gave govt. authority for it (Genesis 9:6, Romans 13:1-7)Jesus came to fulfill the law, part of which was the death penalty at that time.I believe that as a Christian, one can support the death penalty."
"Do you realize that in most of the prison videos that you see, prisoners kill each other. They don't even get punished really for it. If you assault someone on the yard you get like 18 days added to your sentence. The reason the death penalty costs so much is because it isn't enforced and it takes like 50 myears for you to be executed. Fix the system, don't just cancel it."
"Get your facts straight. Murder in a prison is automatic life"
"Yes, because the amount of crimes/ or murder a person has done should predict his punishment. Life in prison, which would cost lots of tax payers money. The death penalty should save money and to have a harsh punishment on a murderer or cereal killer."
"When a dog attacks someone it is put to sleep, but when a person takes away someone else's life they're put in prison. I don't understand."
"I agree with death penalty ! Because I think a murderer, doesn't deserve to live,when he destroyed a life..."
"When you say thatyou are murdering someone elseusing the death penalty"
"Killing a child is the most horrible, despicable, heinous crime that exists. This is unforgettable, those criminals do not deserve a life.To me, death penalty is not just another murder. It is what a killer, torturer deserves...."
"When a person is so incompetent toward another person and threatens another person's life, there is no place for them on this Earth."
"In the past year, support for the death sentence has dwindled drastically; people no longer supporting it as fervently, for new technology has allowed investigators to declare suspected murderers innocent, and in turn, exonerate them. I believe that the death sentence should be present because it deters would-be criminals from acting, and it serves as a just punishment for those who have truly done wrong. Of course, there's always the question of morals, and religion, and if the eath sentence is constitutional, or not, but without it, crime rates would be higher, for with the current jail system, prisoners are treated with much more leniency than they deserve, thus making jail a place of sanctuary, even luxury for some. So I ask you, should we be spending countless of tax payer dollars to protect, clothe, feed, and provide excercise for murderers and rapists? It's all fine and dandy to stand on the sidelines and shout for inmate rights, but what if it's you, or your family member who was the victim? Would you want to pay for the murderer's well being, while you or your loved one(s) are left behind to pick up the pieces? The death sentence deters such cases from happening."
"The debate over capital punishment often involves comparing the financial costs associated with capital punishment and life imprisonment. Supporters of the death penalty maintain that the cost of supporting inmates for a lifetime in already overcrowded prisons makes capital punishment more economical than life imprisonment. Indeed, there is scientific evidence to support this pro-death penalty argument. The Treasury Comptroller of Tennessee (2004) estimated that executing an inmate saves the state $773,736 in incarceration costs compared to imprisoning an inmate for life without parole. Furthermore, there is a concern over the cost of supporting the ever-growing U.S. inmate population, which doubled between 1999 and 2009 (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2010). Overall, it is clear that capital punishment costs less than life imprisonment."
"The debate over capital punishment often involves arguments over whether or not capital punishment deters murder. Supporters of the death penalty maintain that the high cost (i.e., the criminal's own life) of committing a violent crime discourages would-be murderers. Indeed, there is scientific evidence to support this pro-death penalty argument. After analyzing historical data of executions and criminal activity that occurred in the U.S. between 1977 and 1997, Mocan and Gittings (2003) concluded that each execution resulted in five fewer homicides and each commutation (i.e., changing a capital punishment sentence to a less severe penalty) resulted in five more homicides. Similarly, Cloninger and Marchesini (2006) examined the homicide rate in Illinois after a moratorium on executions was instated in 2000 and the death sentences of all individuals on death row were commuted in 2003. They found evidence to suggest that an additional 150 homicides were committed during the four years after the moratorium was imposed. Overall, it is clear that capital punishment does deter violent crime."
"The debate over capital punishment often involves arguments over the morality of capital punishment. Supporters of the death penalty maintain that it is society's moral obligation to administer the worst punishment available in our legal system (i.e., the death penalty) to a murderer. While some argue that capital punishment is murder, they are *not* equivalent. While a murder involves the death of an innocent person undeserving of such a fate, an execution involves the death of a guilty person facing the consequence of his/her choice to commit a cruel and heinous crime. Retribution mandates that the death penalty is the appropriate punishment for such cruel/heinous crimes against innocent victims (especially children or elderly). Indeed, capital punishment sends a clear message that killing is not tolerated in our society. Furthermore, knowing that the murderer is on death row and will receive the punishment he/she deserves undoubtedly brings comfort and closure to the victim's family. Overall, it is clear that the death penalty is moral and just."
"The debate over capital punishment often involves arguments over recidivism (i.e., repeating a crime). Supporters of the death penalty maintain that individuals who have committed murder cannot be rehabilitated and continue to be a danger to society. Indeed, there are data supporting this pro-death penalty argument. Langan and Levin (2002) tracked 272,111 former inmates, including 4,443 homicide offenders, for 3 years following their discharge from prisons in 15 states in 1996. They found that 40.7% (1,808) of previous homicide offenders were rearrested during this period for a new offense, 41.0% of which were classified as violent (i.e., rape, assault or robbery - including 1.2% being repeat homicides). Similarly, based on data from 1,089 male homicide offenders in Finland, Eronen, Hakola, and Tiihonen (1996) determined that men who had previously committed homicide are 10 times more likely to engage in homicidal behavior than the general male population. Overall, it is clear that those who previously committed murder will continue to be a serious threat to society."
"The debate over capital punishment often involves arguments over whether or not capital punishment is imposed accurately. Supporters of the death penalty maintain the appeals process is thorough and effective in identifying and correcting errors made in the original capital trial. Indeed, there is scientific evidence to support this pro-death penalty argument. For example, in the state of Alabama (2011), the appeals process involves three tiers of appeals. Each appeal tier may involve up to three state and federal court reviews of the case, which means there are potentially nine opportunities for the death sentence to be overturned. In fact, Latzer and Cauthen (2001) re-analyzed the data collected by Liebman, Fagan and West (2000) in their review of 4,578 capital appeals and found that 52% of the death sentences were commuted (i.e., reduced) and 4% of the murder convictions were reversed (i.e., individual exonerated), which demonstrates that the appeals process successful in safeguarding against the execution of innocent individuals. Overall, it is clear that there are adequate measures to ensure that capital punishment is administered accurately."
"The debate over capital punishment often involves arguments over whether capital punishment is imposed fairly, without regard to race. Supporters of the death penalty maintain that race does not play a role in sentencing. Indeed, there are scientific data supporting this pro-death penalty argument. The U.S. Justice Department (2000) reviewed 973 federal capital cases and concluded that there was no evidence of racial bias against minority defendants. Similarly, using different analytic methods, three research teams independently examined 312 federal capital cases that involved 652 defendants. All three teams concluded that the heinousness of the crime, rather than the race of the defendant, influenced the Attorney General's decision to seek the death penalty (Klein, Berk & Hickman, 2006). Overall, it is clear that capital punishment is administered fairly and unbiasedly."
"it is not "playing god" as the cons call it but it is instead preventing more than just one wrong to happen. murderers will not get out of wherever the dead go to kill again"
"yes it will ensure the families of the victim that the criminal will never make that mistake ever again. also it ensure them that the victim has been avenged and can now be at peace"
"If your family member was killed, don't tell me you wouldn't want the killer to not kill again"
"if the death penalty is inforced the amount of crime will decrease as well as the amount of money will increase due the the decrease in prisoners"
"i think you should kill the killers"
"death penalty should be allowed to lower crime rates"
"Some people lost their right to live because they took away somebody else's chance to live."
"What if Osama Bin Laden had been able to live? Murder and rape is just terrorism on a smaller scale. It terrorizes the victims and their friends and family. For this reason I am pro."
"if they want to kill then they need to get thir payback and be killed."
"The choice to die should be given but also enforced people die everyday but to forgive someone for killing someone is not the same killing people is bad ut we shouldn't give the death penatly they get a easy way out some fear the death penatly and some don't care if they died or not so what would be the point of kiling them if they don't care about and for the most, people who have killed mutiple people should not be killed just because thats what is seen fit how do we know whats on the other side hevan, hell or darkness forever we will never truly know. how do we not know what is the whole world of it I am neither pro nor con I can't be for that reason I post on pro because I don't feel like posting twice don't have enough time."
""I believe that there are some people who have committed such unconscionable, heinous crimes that only removing them from the face of the earth will suffice. For that reason, I do believe there are times when nothing but the death penalty will do."-billy bob"
"Did you know that over 10 thousand people are killed a year. Prison over flows with convicted criminals and they are just let out. 65% are back in jail within a year. With the death penalty it keed them off the street for good. If your family is killed wouldn't u want them to suffer knowing they r on death row."
"That is a very well thought out thought."
"Not only the electric chair, but whatever force they used on the victims should be used on them(hanging,stabbing,shooting,etc.....whatever it takes)"
"I am pro for Death penalty because you know why? we spend Alot Tax dollars on these murderers and these are no soul human beings and sha'll suffer the same way what they did to the victims family. they shouldn't have a roof to live under and food and water and every necessity should be taken away from them from our tax dollers. death penalty has been with civilization since the dawn of the human race.once they have committed it they can't go back and i will always remember them as a murderer whatsoever punished for there crimes and justice has been served. i find it ironic how these murderer's argue about how dangerous the death penalty procedures are oh and you have the gut's to take another person's life on this planet, a loved one now. no sympathy for these murderers and they should suffer the cruel way of being put to death."
"We would spend more money killing them."
"Not having the death penalty actually devalues human life !,it sends a message to people that it's no different than squashing a bug on the sidewalk , we are special unlike animals we are made in Gods image Gen 1 :27 when you don't take the life of someone who took a life you send the message that that person wasn't of value or important , again like killing an animal etc! like a rat , mouse etc! and the death penalty would deter murder if it is swiftly carried out and even publically ,it would surely put fear into people not to replicate the act again Eccl 8 :11."
"Some crimes are so heinous, that they warrant the highest punishment possible. I am for it, when the evidence is substantial. Individuals like John Wayne Gacy should have gotten the death penalty, because there is no justice in keeping him behind bars where he will never be redeemed. People act like someone like John Wayne Gacy suffer in jail, and regret what they did, when he stacked bodies after he killed him and never once regretted what he did. This idea that we would be no be better than the killer is so inarticulate. If we give the death penalty to someone who unjustly murdered someone we are on the same line as they are? Even though their victim never committed a crime, never put on trial in front of their peers, and never found guilty unanimously by a jury of their peers, and sentenced to death? While the criminal sentenced to death has gone through that checklist I stated? Its like saying why should we arrest people for kidnapping someone, if we are taking the criminal against his or her will are we any better than them? Its a pointless argument."
"It may be wrong to kill a person. Would you rather them be tortured to serve out their life sentence? Yes, it is horrible that we have to kill them, but you have to remember what they did. Say the person on death row was a murderer who killed dozens of people."
"If no one committed any bad crimes in the first place, then there wouldn't have to be any death penalty. I believe that if someone decides to commit a crime, then they are also deciding to commit to the punishment for their actions. The death penalty isn't about revenge, its just making sure that bad people cant get back into the world and harm more innocent people."
"depending on the crime for example murder, rape, torture, kidnapping to name a few then there is no reason why the person committing the crime shouldnt face the death penalty. if you take or ruin someones life yours should have to go through the same pain."
"I am for the Death Penalty, but only in EXTREME situations. For example, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, BTK Killer, etc. Those people who are BEYOND REHAB! Also, if a killer is released, then comits a crime again....shame on the judicial system! And no endless appeals!"
"Death penalty is necessary who cares about a killers family, he killed someone he shouldn't get away with it. The murderer knew what they did and they should know there are consequences for your actions."
"Eye for an eye life for a life, justice will be served."
"If we have the death penality, the people out there will know the consequences and will not commit murder, rape and all of that. It might stop most of them but not all."
"Everything is done by gods word. He shaped the world the way it is and what will happen next. I say if someone will die, its decided by god. Because god creates the outcomes and the incomes of life. I agree with the execution because It will destroy the devils that haunt this world."
"Think about it, they are sentenced for life right? 24 hours a day, for life, right? Is that enough? Let's say they typically get 8 hours of sleep, plus that one hour break (which is more than what most high school students get on their lunch break), plus 3 cheap meals a day, a bed to sleep in..time flies! Are they really paying for what they've done? Sure they get locked into a really small room, and it seems like they are being "punished", but are they really? It sounds like a really cheap hotel and free rent. If your loved one was killed by a murderer, would you want them to be walking around in that cell, resting, reading, eating, stretching their legs? Are they really paying for what they did? What if he killed more than one person? What if he raped dozens of people? It's disgusting knowing killers are still alive. They should be dead, that's their punishment. They kill, they deserve to be killed. I will never understand the Con side, Pro makes a lot more sense."
"If you were locked in your bedroom, without a clock, a good pillow, books, pens pencils, notebooks, posters, extra stuff, carpet, or rugs for 23-21 hours a day, would you enjoy yourself? Wouldn't feel maddening and sorrowful to not feel like there is any hope the world? Have ever wondered if the murderer feels bad for they've done? I could never kill someone. I could wish death upon anyone. Aren't you just as bad as that person if you decided to make them die? That person is loved too by their family. It is disgusting to wish death someone. Rethink what you have written, because you sound just as bad as they are."
"Yes, when the person convicted is matched with DNA, finger prints or other conclusive science. People like to point to wrongly convicted and I agree, there should be restraint, but when there is no doubt that an individual or a group perpetrated a horrible act the only justifiable punishment is death. I shouldn't have to pay for their jell cell, food, and freedom to breathe. No one can legitimately say someone like John Wayne Gacy was wrongly convicted, was redeemable, no one can say the Son of Sam should have gotten life in prison, he isn't redeemable, he is a psycho who murdered innocent women, as did Ted Bundy. These men do not deserve life in prison, they deserve death. Death Penalty isn't murder, they went through the due process, convicted by a jury of their peers and there is no doubt they committed the crimes they are convicted for."
"I only need to think about a couple of cases whereby innocent children were brutally killed to solidify my support of the death penalty. Let those who object to the death penalty justify their position to the mother of Somer Thompson (her killer got life in prison due to a plea deal..what a shame), Let these objectors face off with those who lost their children to evil ones..I have much more explicative terms for these evil ones...i wish them a speedy death so as to expedite their terrible experience in hell."
"using the example of an animal that brutally rapes and kills another person (especially a child) my belief is rush this kind of animal (yes I am dehumanizing them) to hell as soon as possible. as far as i am concerned they gave up their rights to anything when they perpetrated the atrocity. and screw the drugged way out...bring back old sparky. I really hope these evil bastards suffer a painful death so they know first hand how their victim(s) felt during the evil deed(s). No sympathy, no regret, just send them to their maker for final disposition."
"yes, but we should use the guillotine lot faster drugs sometimes fail and they should have only two appeals we spend to much money on criminals."
"I agree. We shouldn't waste so much time and money on these disgraces to the humanity."
"When we execute someone we are actually doing the criminal a favor because being locked up in a prison for life can be long and torturous so killing them we prevent their pain as they move on to the next world. If criminals are just locked up than they have a chance of escaping and doing it all over again endangering the public. It may also satisfy the families of the victim and feel that the victims death was justified. People do not want to die so if the fear of a possible death hangs over their heads than they will be more likely to not commit a crime. This is why I am pro for the execution for those that deserve it."
"It is true. In no other country of the world murderers and serial killers get away with their atrocities so easily than in the States. Seems like they are allowed endless appeals and die from illnesses and natural causes faster than they are able to face their death penalty. The justice system is full of flaws and it has a lot of room to improve and come up with faster execution process and not dragging the case for over 20 years."
"I say yes, because it takes the most dangerous murderers off the streets. That way they cant escape and do more harm."
"Stated in the bible and passed as a law, it is a universally accepted truth that killing is wrong. However, when the government steps in and kills a murderer, they are contributing to the greater good, which is precisely why laws were created."
"I think that if you take someone's life , on purpose , Justice has to take yours. How many times have we seen murderers and rapers go out of jail and do murders and rapes again ?"
"I have never seen a murderer who regrets of what he/she did. They all get out by insanity plea. It is very easy to go kill someone and plead insanity, isn't it? I am sure they will do the same thing once they are out and free. They deserve to die, but lethal injection or electrocution or firing by a squad are too painless and quick for these devils to perish in hell..."
"I'm for the death penalty because people who did horrible crimes deserve to die, like this they can't do it again. But sometimes I think it's too easy for them to die, they'll not assume their faults."
"The more piece of crap people that die the better. Make them suffer an eye for an eye. The only thing that should change is getting them killed quicker."
"this is not even you should take into consideration if criminals have the balls to commit the crime they should have the balls to deal with the consequences and depending on the crime and how bad it was they should pay the ultimate price by giving their life"
"People should be put through the guillotine for their bad crimes. An eye for an eye, my friend."
"The death penalty if properly administered will or is to put fear into peopled Dt 19 : 20,21[ niv] bible to not commit the act again Ecc 8 :11[ niv] bible and it shows people life is special and not to take it lightly for unlike animals ,insects etc! we are special and made in Gods image Gen 1 : 26,27[ niv] bible"
"I think given the living conditions in maxx security prisons, I am pro death penalty. We treat animals who are suffering by euthanizing, but we lock humans for life in barbaric conditions and don't even allow them to escape the pain by ending their own lives. Many would choose death."
"This topic hits home for me, there is one person that has done terrible things to my family, and others. "Two wrongs, don't make a right", but when it is more personal...it doesn't matter. Sometimes you have to remove the center of the problem, to get rid of the problem completely."
"Blood for Blood. That's how it's always been and that's how it will always be. If you murder then there is only one way for someone to become even. You get your chance to live, if you cut someone else's life short then yours should be too. Also for every convict that is executed, 3-15 murders are prevented. It's not like these are innocent people that are getting executed. These are murderers that have skipped to the end credits on other peoples lives. If they aren't aloud to see the whole thing then neither should the murderers. Blood for Blood."
"It saves space and money. It also stops criminals from re-offending"
"I think that it should be allowed because why would that person do wrong in the first place so Yes IT SHOULD"
"The death penalty is the best and most efficient way to stop a person from causing future harm. Most of the time when you are put in jail, do you think that they will change there ways? Three good meals a day, time to work out, and a place to sleep, yeah I wouldn't want to ever go to jail again. Also if a person brakes a law do you honestly think that 20 or more years in prison will change that? If they broke the law the first time its pretty obvious they will do it again if given that chance. The death penalty is perfectly morale, I would never want to know that people who have murdered walk no further than five feet from me on the street, I also would not want that same scenario with mine or someone else's child. The death penalty keeps the streets safer than letting the criminal back out into the world, more likely than not to repeat the same deed that put them in jail the first time. I'm not saying that everyone in jail should be killed, I'm saying that the severe cases should be eliminated, like everything from rapists to murderers to treason, the scum of the earth."
"I think that bad people deserve bad consequences!"
"I agree. But if you really think about it we are doing the same bad thing. Someone kills someone else and them we go and kill them. Also innocent people are often wrongly convicted. Death is not right no matter what. We are the killers even if we are killing the killers."
"I believe that the death penalty is right, because really, who wants a murderer walking around their city? An eye for an eye."
"yes the death penalty should be around forever they should use the electric chair for evereyone senteced to death it would be cheaper and its eaiser just shock em and its done."
"i would prefer the guillotine to the electric chair, the chair need electricity but the guillotine does not"
"I think the death penalty is a very needed way to clean out the jails because of the cost of keeping people in jail for life sentences....Especialy in the economy today I feel that it is a good Idea. I believe that in a God fearing country like ours that our acts are punishable by what we do for example if someone kills a fellow human being then they should see the pain that they caused people!"
"I'm PRO because I believe victims get justice by felons being executed"
"In the 20 years I spent as an Army Ranger I have killed many people and I can assure you that there are many other people that should be killed. The cost is a breakdown of our justice system. Prisoners have to many rights. I could change my mind if prisoners had conditions like they do in China or India."
"So, without the death penalty prison populations continue to grow and money that might otherwise be spent assisting decent people with legitimate needs instead is spent on maintaining more and more who are nothing but a menace to society. Yet, if we fail to carry out the death sentence in a swift manner and continue to allow repeated appeals the death penalty does not serve the purpose of being a deterrent and reducing the prison population. I vote YES for Death Penalty with no appeal and execution carried out in 30 days."
"The death penalty needs to be carried out within 30 days of conviction by public hanging. That would be a deterrent to thefuture hoods and thugs. No more lounging in prison thinking they are cool and lawyers raking in public funds with "appeals"."
"I think that the death penalty is a really good thing to have - Not executing someone who has committed murder is like making the murder victim's life less valuable. Not only is it the fairest thing to do, but it can save jails millions of dollars for each inmate. One inmate can cost a jail $22,000 a year. It also discourages people from committing crime, because they don't want to be executed."
""I know death is the harshest thing to deal with but come on,it's not the end for you.The best thing you can do is get over it and allow the person who murdered your loved suffer the same fate and then he'll see what an awful thing he did when it's too late.He'll suffer just like the person made him suffer,everyone deserves justice,but everyone deserves punishment."
"No. Often, the victims of a prolonged kidnapping/murder/multiple rape suffered FAR more than the criminal will get on execution. It's not about revenge."
"There are just some people so evil that in order for society to recover and truly feel safe again they have to be abolished, so they will never again get to walk among normal people."
"We're over populated anyways"
"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."
"Pro, because, it states in the Bible that man who kills man shall be killed himself"
"Gulitine appears to be a great way to put someone to death without linger for an extended period of time. So ... why don't we use the gulitine? I'm not aware of any botched excutions using the gulitine!"
": These individuals who were convicted with the capital punishment had the choice to act in one way or another, so adequate actions should be taken to assure that crimes of such magnitude do not go by unpunished lightly. Yes, it is more costly to condemn someone to the death penalty, but as I stated before, each convicted person can save up to 18 lives of blameless humans. It all comes down to what you believe in, do you value pieces of paper more highly than the lives of our fellow Americans?"
"I just watched a program on ID that has severely upset me about white supremacist radical Chevie Kehoe who murdered a family- for money and guns. Apparently he received 3 life sentences, and I do not understand why they did not give him the death penalty. His crimes against humanity are so offensive, and as a mother of a young child, I find what he did especially heinous. It is beyond my comprehension that the state or federal government would allow someone like this to live, but in fact, would support this person for the rest of their natural life, when they coldly, without humanity, without remorse, without the slightest amount of minimum compassion, murdered a child. I do not think it is acceptable that we as a society should allow a- what word can I use, because after crossing this point this thing has ceased to resemble a person- this thing to continue to live when it has shown no capacity for empathy or compassion for another human being. In ancient Druid society, any person who displayed cruelty to a child or animal was cast out from the tribe, believing that this person by harming something that cannot defend itself is a danger to the society as a whole.Justice was not served here."
"People who kill babies deserve the death penalty but not a death penalty that allows them to die painlessly. They should have to die the most painful, agonizing and horrible death. Why should we give them the pleasure of dyeing painlessly when the poor DEFENSELESS child or Baby didn't get the same pleasure because he or she was raped cut up and tortured."
"Karma comes back"
"How can keeping someone in jail at the cost of approx $100,000 a year be cheaper then lethal injection? Those that finally get on the death penalty roll are really dangerous bad people. I do not want them in my town or my jails inflicting their evilness on other people."
"Yes...it is a real determent"
"Some pros of death penalty are that it takes the most dangerous villains off the streets. That way they can't escape and do more harm. It also deters some criminals from committing crimes because they know that they might die for it. The victim's family will not rest if the killer is still free from death. The only way for them to rest is for the murderer or whatever is out of existence. Otherwise the family will be restless thinking that the criminal is likely to escape and harm them."
"its easier and a lot liberating to make assessments, pass judgements and explore the moralities of a punishment, when you are not at the receiving end of the crime committed, but when its you whose loved one has been killed, abducted or raped or robbed the dynamics of the whole situation change. Show me one victim of such a crime agreeing with the nay sayers & surprisingly even the nay sayers take a u turn when its their back side on the line. Why not its perfectly natural for a victim to seek the highest possible punishment for the offender after all his or her right to leave peacefully has been violated. Infact the the Quantum & Depth of punishment should be decided by the victim & an apathetic Judge mechanically doing his job for a pay, Judgement is God's duty & so be discharged with utmost dignity & fairness to the victim . PeriodYes by all means Death Penalty should be reinstated in every country & infact with the rate of crime going up it should be handed out rather more swiftly to deter all those who find violating others rights to live peacefully entertaining."
"yes because if we dont give capitol punishment we would have alot of people runinning around killing each other, and i say we put all prisioners in a cage throw in knifes and whoevery survives stays in prison. that would help out with jail space too."
"There are predators that prey among our children and women, raping them, toturing them, and then killing them. They are barbaric and we are very kind to give them injections of medications that eventually kill them. They are soulless and deserve a much harsher punishment. You do not hurt children and women. If you do you are very lucky to live in the US where our punishments are slaps on the wrists. The human rights aholes are protecting the wrong side. They will be judged one day too. We protect our children. We protect our families. We don't protect those that prey on them. We don't forgive them. We show then them the same messy hell they showed us. Let them suffer and have no regrets as they showed no mercy when they took a 5yr old girl or a 13 year old boy and did things that only a monster could do. They should suffer as their victims have. And for those that feel bad for those predators that suffer at their execution I only hope you have thought about how much their victims and families suffered. God forbid the next one takes your child away..."
"I have looked into all the possible ways to use the death penalty wisely and I believe that if they choose to kill some one the same death should be given to them they did not care about their victims suffering."
"I am for the death penalty but only in very serious cases such as murders or rapes. I know it is bad to give us the right to decide life or death of a person, but when a person kills another person, he steals this right, then the death penalty is legitimate. We can say we have what we deserve. I know that killing the person doesn't bring back the victim, but at least the families of the victims are relieved because they know it is no longer possible that he attacks and kills again."
"YES BECAUSE SAVES US TAX DOLLARS WHEN IT COULD BE USED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AND NOT BEING USED KEEPING A MURDER ALIVE OR WHATEVER HE IS IN FOR"
"A life for a life"
"Our prisons are overflowing with murderers, most are illegalaliens. Why can't these criminals be deported to their country of origin? Why should U.S. citizens have to pay tokeep these animals locked up?Forget lethal injections, return to the tried and true methodof HANGING. Killers are killers and nothing will change that."
""I believe that there are some people who have committed such unconscionable, heinous crimes that only removing them from the face of the earth will suffice. For that reason, I do believe there are times when nothing but the death penalty will do.""
""Eye for an eye, Tooth for a tooth". Families get closure from certain things when family members die. The death penalty is one when they see the person that killed their loved one is finally off the street and could never hurt anyone ever again"
"teach people lessons for their actions"
"Wouldn;t it be better for them to suffer in jail?"
"one less problem. once dead we dont have to take care of them in prison"
"I think it is good for them to use the death penalty, but they are using it wrong. They need all the evidence to prove the defendant is guilty or not, or they just leave him rot in jail. The type of death penalty they should use is the fire squad because it is easy, and fast."
"Kill all those scumbags."
"Wouldn't you rather have them suffer in prison. Death is a coward's way out..."
"What would happen if it would be you being put on the death penalty?"
"Think of the Bostan Bombing. So many innocent people were murdered or hurt badly by those two terrorists. The one remaining deserves to be tortured and killed."
"Treat others as if you would like to be treated. Its as simple as that. Someone should expect to be killed if they kill another. Why should you be given a life when you took someone else! I see where people go when they say that your just killing another person, but if this person got out of jail because they were accused of rape, whats going to stop them from committing that same crime again because they know they can get away with it? I also disagree with the law that states, " No person shall be put twice in jeopardy." This means that once you get out of jail, you may not be tried for the same crime. For real? This is common sense! All the person has to do is do it again more carefully and they aren't accused!"
"i am a pro because the death penalty doesnt punish people for killing it punishes people for murder. an eye for an eye and life for a life. people who kill shouldnt get a chance to kill again"
"no, but they should get the chance to think about what they did and suffer the consequences... and killers kill with the known fact that they will be caught, sooner or later, and will most likely receive death penalty.. so they get used to the idea.. why should they get what they want? oh wait, they shouldnt"
"I think CHILD MOLESTERS should get the DEATH PENALTY, And also killers. I think the movie Law Abiding Citizen had the right idea."
"I am pro because God ordained the death penalty to protect the innocent by punishing the Guilty. In Romans 6:23 it is stated "For the wages of sin is death, But the gift of God is Eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." To me this leaves only two options. One: turn your life over to Christ, and be forgiven for your sins, or Two: die the death that awaits you. I do not believe that my life is more valuable than some other persons, because i believe that God created us all. I am a sinner, But i have turned my life over to God. Thus i am forgiven. The only thing that God didn't create was sin. Man did that one, with satans help of course. we are all fallen, we are all sinners, but the only way to avoid the death penalty is to turn your life over to God. You wanna know why? Because if you turn your life over to God your not going to go around murdering, raping, stealing, you are gonna try your hardest to live a life pleasing to God that way you can go to Heaven."
"The death penalty is right, say my dad murdered 15 people. he kills 15 we take 1 life to save many more."
"While I understand the whole idea behind "two wrongs don't make a right", I feel this completely diminishes the actual weight of the issue and the pain felt by the families. The criminal has taken an innocent person's life, has been found guilty through EXTENSIVE casework, and completely deserves death. Why do they deserve to live if they think they have the right to take the lives of completely innocent people? Murder is unforgivable. You can never undo what you did and you can never bring that person back or erase the pain you caused their family. If you think it's ok to kill people, why should you be exempt from your very own rule?"
"According to the society it will benefit more than murderer die because it become a daily bread in Namibia. I think if someone saw a person being discipline in that manner they will be afraid of being killed in the same way hence that everyone wants to be on earth."
"i believe that the death penalty should be enforced to the max although we incarcerate these criminals most of these individuals do not come out rehabilitated and therefore they have been given the chance to prove themselves and they failed . we do not need these people roaming free amongst civilization and we must get rid of these criminals for if they were to spawn offspring they would follow in their parents footsteps "sh** rolls down hill" that quote is from my father"
"If we don't allow the death penalty, all the criminals will be in jail. As Duley Sharp, says, "Many opponents present, as fact, that the cost of the death penalty is so expensive (at least $2 million per case?), that we must choose life without parole ('LWOP') at a cost of $1 million for 50 years. [Justice for All] estimates that LWOP cases will cost $1.2 million-$3.6 million more than equivalent death penalty cases. There is no question that the up front costs of the death penalty are significantly higher than for equivalent LWOP cases." Life Without Parole is also known as life imprisonment. LWOP is worth a lot more than death penalty. With overpopulation, we will have to build more prisons and yet, the government might release criminals sentenced to life in jail after, for example, about 20 years. In the book the wrong number by R.L.Stine, a murderer chases two girls and almost kills them and at the end of the book, he is sentenced to life imprisonment. In the sequel, the girls learn that the murderer gets out of jail and still chases them. He got out because of overpopulation and continues chasing them. This shows that there are still criminals that didn't forget what they did and will seek revenge."
"Life in jail is suffer, you are beaten up at every single moment and if you have life in jail, you would rather die. I hate to see or think about people suffering like so. I know we are not God and we are not allowed to take away someone's life but they already did. And if we allow death penality, the future murderers out there might stop and give up seeing what the consequence is. If not, then too bad for them. Death penality is a serious subject and should not be treeated poorly. Think of all the abused people out there, like a girl that got raped and knew that that person is still alive and might get out of jail and come back for them. If you were that person, would you be scared? Do you agree?"
"I'm pro because there are some people who do not deserve to walk the same streets, and live the normal life after committing a heinous sin. It's an injustice to victims and civilians who desire safety and guarantee."
"Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."
"I am for the death penalty because I think that if someone has committed a terrible crime, like rape or murder, they deserve to die. If they do not feel remorse for what they have done, then putting them in prison will not do any good- they will not be forced to think about their actions and suffer for the rest of their lives. They could also be a danger to other people in prison, and that will only lead to more trouble and bad things. Some people say that by allowing criminals to die, the government is no better than a murder themselves. But when someone is executed in jail, the reason is for justice. With the person dead, they will no longer be able to harm themselves or others, and they will be forced to consider their crime, as it happens to them, and hopefully they will be able to feel remorse."
"I am pro death penalty. While the costs may be higher, the ends justify the means. When a convicted killer is in prison for life, they can still kill someone in prison. I believe that it is morally acceptable to take the life of a convicted murderer. Once you have committed a crime, you are out from under the protection of the bill of rights, so it is not unconstitutional to execute a murderer."
"I believe that the death penalty should be allowed. One reason is that I believe that it does the victims family justice to see the responsible party take consequence for their irresponsible actions. Also, the initial costs for execution is higher than life without parole are higher but in the long term, life without parole is much higher and costs a lot just to maintain the facility as well as maintain the inmates. Some might question the morality of the death penalty, but in all reality, we've been going off the system of an eye for an eye for over 2000 years and it is a fair and just way to settle things once and for all for all parties. Also, we firmly believe in our country in the separation of religion and state so those ideals should be kept separate. Finally, I am a proponent of the death penalty because someone that is brutal enough to be considered for the death penalty isn't safe enough to be in society or in a prison."
"I believe in the death penalty. I believe in this because there are certain crimes where life sentencing without parole just isn't an option. I believe that the punishment must fit the crime. When it comes down to death penalty being an option i think we have to be pretty much sure that this is the correct person we are convicting. I'm not supporting the death penalty for little things, but capital murder and other crimes that fall into play, i believe the death penalty should definitely be an option."
"People need a punishment for what they have done!"
"Yes it should be because think about it, if you mother, father, spouse, sibling, or another family was raped or murdered would you want that man walking around or living life for free in prison."
"Yes it should be used to fit a punishment to the crime. If you take someone's life, why should you get to live in prison forever where you receive free meals everyday and get a free education( if an inmate wants to get their GED or a degree), which costs the taxpayers money. Prisons are overcrowded and more have to be built to accommodate space for more criminals. Why are there serial murders locked up serving over 100 year sentences when they are not going to live 50 years or so depending on age? Criminals like that deserve to have capital punishment upon them and therefore no other crimes can be committed and one less Correctional Officer will be injured or killed for a person who has no remorse and no respect for human life. Exodus 21:12- 14 says, "He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee.But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die." One of the Ten Commandments states, " thou shall not murder," Exodus 20:13. This is why the death penalty most definitley should be put to use."
"some people dont deserve to live after the crimes they committed"
"I'm pro because i think if someone kills someone they should be punished but not by an electric chair... too easy, they should die the way they murder people and if it's way of 2 then they should be blind folded and shot... several times."
"Eye for an eye... that's it."
"I agree a death penalty, but they should be 100% sure that the murder actually murder the victim(s)."
"We can NEVER be 100% sure! All we can do is the weight of the evidence."
"we must sacrifice lives to save lives"
"yes , i do agree with the death penalty... to an extent. if someone does something that is hellacious enough to be prosecuted by the death, they deserve it. a close friend of mine, her father was murdered 17 years ago. was shot in the head and in the neck. then was wrapped in duck tape. now, they will be in prison for the rest of their life. now, she has to pay for them being incaerserated. taxes for scum like that, so they have, food, and water, and medicine. so basically, we are the ones paying for what they did, not them, they still have food and a roof over their head. we are the ones being punished... NOT THEM!"
"i think that the death penalty should be that what people do like shooting someone that perosn should get shot themselves.the same thing with other doings.this my Pro"
"If you have done something inhumane like killing the innocent and committing rape or something even worse than that you deserve to die for it.After all you brought this on yourself now didn't you."
"yes. an eye for and eye/"
"There is a reason why the first law code of this world, the Code of Hammurabi, detailed explicitly the doctrine of "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." This is because that ideal is common knowledge; without laws, there is no society, yet without punishments, there are no laws. We as a people have evolved, but just as we have continued to use fire, we must continue to uphold capital punishment."
"There are certin crimes that nothing but removing the criminal from the face of the earth will serve the victim and there family the justice that they deserve."
"I say yes because they want to be all macho man and all that, and they think they're just going to jail, but if you do something bad, you better expect something worse then jail, like killing someone should be on death sentence, stealing a candy bar, or smoking week, not so much"
"people deserve to die for capital punishments"
"i think that the death penalty should be aloud for crimes such as murder, certain amount of drugs theft, rape, torture, treason, kidnapping. i think it would stop crime all together"
"i am pro because i beleive that if u take a persons life u should get ur life taken"
"A person who murders another human being should be killed because he took a human life. Without the Death Penalty, murderers will only be put into prison, and then after a few years, released. Then, they can go murder a few more people! Just kill the murderer now, and then no more innocent people will have to die! God hates murder, and frequently in the New Testament, murderers are killed for rape and murder. That's the way it should be."
"If they were sentence to prison for life, they would probably be released after a few years. This happens often, and this cost a lot of money. Prisoners cost about 1,000,000 per year, and this is a great expense for our nation."
"Is it not possible that they could be imprisoned for life?"
"YES I DO."
"I believe that for anyone taking innocent lives, they should pay with their life. Violent crime in Illinois is very high little children are getting shot and all the criminals get is time in prison even if it's lifetime the expense of feeding them and clothing and providing electricity is mind blowing. Please bring back the death penalty, these people are not afraid of spending time in jail."
"I'm for the death punishment, I think it's a fair solution for people who committed horrible crimes like child killers. I think that theses persons must be severely punish."
"I think that killing a person with intensions besides defending your country or your home and family is a horrid crime and should be treated as such. A person who kills a person maliciously should be put to death because they do not value human life and they are dead weight to society which means it make no sense to waist tax dollars on them . Yes there are people who have been executed that have not committed the crime but for that to happen they have to have some connection to the crime or have a rap sheet. If we take away the death penalty it will increase the murder rate because it its self a deterrent. The system is not perfect but its the only one we've got."
"if your murican enough to kill somebody then you should be murican enough to get killed by somebody."
"So, so much to say about this. I'm hoping to find more support!"
"i believe that if u kill someone u have took their civil liberties then they the us govt has the right to take yours and rapists should be raped"
"The death penalty should be allowed because i killed 29 people and I deserve to die."
"the death penalty is the greatest idea thank god for who came up with the death penalty I mean for real who wants a killer still living they should of thought about what might happen if they killed someone like the bible says do unto others how you want to be treated"
"Its the quickest way to see that someone is tought a lesson not to mention it is much quicker and they don't have to waste our tax dollars sitting in jail for the rest of their useless lives."
"The Death penalty is a controversial topic, as one can see by looking at the top of the page. I stand on both sides of this topic. I agree that is a good way to handle first degree murderers and other law breakers, I also disagree due to the fact that if new evidence shows up that says that the person is innocent after they are executed, all we can say is "oh well". With 876 characters left (why do they limit these things?) i end off my statement here."
"so, how can people teach people killing is wrong when they have to end up executing people themselves? its either right, or wrong.. with death, there is no happy medium. there shouldnt be certain exceptions for killing to be legal."
"So far in the history, there have been no innocent executions."
""If you kill someone you should be killed too. Even if the murderer gets life in prison, there is still a chance that the murderer can get out of prison. the murdered is getting free food, a place to live, free clothes, free water, and a free bed to sleep on. Which we (tax payers) have to pay for. this is unfair to the innocent people who didn"t do anything wrong."
"thats why they should just get life in prison with no chance of parole.. and since they killed someone, they should be killed as well? how is that teaching anyone what is the right thing to do? (which happens to be NOT to kill anyone at all) and i guess, going off of your idea, everyone deserves the act that they committed towards the victim? so, rapists should be raped, and robbers robbed?"
"Sometimes one person needs to give up their life, in order to save millions of others'."
"That is the most disturbing,inconsiderate thing I have ever heard.Not one life should be saved if one life has to be lost!"
"even if they're innocent?"
"No matter which side you choose it doesn't matter. they commited the crime and the government will still sentence them the Death Penalty. They shoud rot in prison for what they did but theyre never gonna regret it. They commited that crime for their own pleasure. I shoud know. One of my distant relatives was a coldblooded killer by the name of Carlo Gambino. I hate him for what he did but did he regret what he did? of course not. No matter if they get the death penalty or rot in prison or a psychward theyre always gonna be happy with their discision."
"An eye for an eye. A person who has killed or raped someone does not deserve to be free n roaming around. The victim of that criminal has deal with that pain and suffering the rest of their life.. So why shouldn't the criminal?"
"I believe the death penalty should be allowed but kept for the most extreme cases. I believe that once a person has committed a crime, a punishment of equal "value" should be given out. For instance, if a person invades your home and pulls a gun on you, it is considered self-defense to kill that person because you equaled the force that was put upon you. Once a person murders another person, he forfeits his own life. There may be extenuating circumstances that justify the matter, but under the coldest and most extreme cases I believe that the death penalty is the correct approach. For instance - serial killers that rape, torture and murder multiple people without just cause has forfeited his life on several occasions and has proven he cannot be a productive member of society, but rather a cruel, heartless menace. Men (and women) like this have committed crimes worthy of death and so the death penalty must be discussed and handed out accordingly."
"I am definitely for death penalty. I read some other articles regarding this topic. One person said that the death penalty is dignifying for the victims and their families. I agree. If they brutally killed someone, they shouldn't be able to live. I read another article stating whether or not the victims families should have an opinion on whether or not the murderer should be killed. I think they should. They shouldnt have COMPLETE control over the decision, but they should at least have a say in what goes. On another article i read that they should have physicians present during the execution, i agree because something might go wrong. And it's always good to have someone there just in case."
"I think that the death penalty is reasonable in some matters but not all. For example, if someone murders somebody else you may think they deserve to die as well but also you can look at it as if we kill someone else that killed someone we become the killer."
"I am pro because if someone kills someone else then it would be a threat to keep them alive and even in prison they could kill others in prison."
"They say killing someone who killed is wrong or immoral. But if they can do it to someone else why cant it be done to them? Im a strict Libertarian but support the death penalty. It is cheaper than taxpayers having to pay for their meals while they sit in prison for their life. And keeps them off the streets to do it again."
"If life in prison MEANT life if prison. I would say to end the death penalty."
"Life is prison is better for some criminals than life in their own homes or environments: they don't have to work, to earn, to provide, to produce. Everything is given to them on a silver plate. They even have the best health care out there at our own expense. And isn't the death penalty life in prison after all?"
"There are few cases in which the death penalty should be permitted: premeditated murder, mass shootings, rape then murder. Only the extreme cases, and even then only if there is more than one undeniable piece of evidence tying them specifically to the crime"
"Some people don't deserve to keep livivng"
""I think it should be aloud because that person killed someone.and the person they killed wont see another day so why should they. we have tried to rehabilitate them but we failed. all they are going to do is kill kill and kill again. so at the end of the day we have saved more lives than we took.""
"I support the death penalty but there should be laws on how it is used. if it is a first offense and depending on how severe it was the murderer should be given say a 10 year sentence. if they commit another murder they should be executed because if they did it a second time they will do it again. If the murder was a mass murder than the murderer should be executed no matter if it was there first offense or not. Furthermore the death penalty helps clean up the prisons if the murderer is executed."
"Amarica must have a moral standered to hold itself up to. That is what this country was built upon; the idea that we could live free from oppression from others, free to choose our personnal destinies without unjust restrictions being set by others. I often worry that this ideal is slipping away. As we move to a more tolerant way of thinking, we lose our intolerance for the evil and the unscrupulous. Based upon a belief in logical boundries, and personal safety from unneccisary pain, the death penalty must be a service provided for by those with the proper authority to judge. We can't base our decisions entirely on emotions. Fact must come into calculation at some the point where there is no longer doulbt, but irrefutable evidence. When a being is broken, to the point where reabilitation is no longer an option, and death and rape is all they know to do, would it not be merciful to release them from their torture? Would it not be just to prevent their future misdeads? Would it not be benificial to prevent future misdeads by others through example? Retribution aside, hatred aside, fear aside, would not the logical response be the correct one when presented with an obvious and heinous evil?I believe so."
"the capital punishment surely help with the in our nation.plus if you kill more than one person you should recieve the death penalty."
"Provided that there is Absolutely No Question that they did take another life, than ABSOLUTLEY the life of this totaly Useless Human must end,, I don't care if it was My 12 (TWELVE YEAR OLD CHILD), intoxicated, that killed someone He should be put to Death on the 18th Birthday, anyone parent that can't say this, should Never be a parent, then Need to Demand consiquence's no matter how Extreem."
"my point is, even if it's your Owne family that did this Horrible thing to another human, there must,, MUST be a end to people like this. we can Not afford to waste good money keeping a life, not worth saving Alive.."
"men or women wil get out of jail for life. one man was able to see who will be let out because there were to many people in jail."
"I think that this punishment is good for the crazy persons, the sicks. Indeed in general these persons are going in jail and that's it. But there is no healing. So after they do the same think, jail is useless. And these persons destroyed lot of live. And for the victims this death penalty could be considers a revenge."
"There can be no moral justification for executing someone for revenge, but ultimately I will not kid myself and say that the death penalty is an ineffective deterrent. Both common sense and statistics say that it overwhelmingly saves lives, so I would lean towards the pro position."
"yes it should be legal because do unto others how u want to be treated kill to be killed"
"I object to the death penalty as it exists because the practice of lethal injection - the ONLY method now legal - uses drugs made in other countries which threaten to embargo them. Is it worth it to doom about 10% of the 2% of the population who have epilepsy which is ONLY treatable by phenobarbital? Hanging, firing squad, gas, or other means are possible - they should be used. AND, those who convicted and sentenced the person should watch, as should others. What sort of deterrent is done in private? Lethal injection is NOT always more humane!"
"yes we should have death penalty cause a body for a body am i right?"
"Some people who comment in the "con" sections really don't understand that not everyone is going to believe in god or the bible. America was supposed to be a place where religion is something you choose to believe in for YOURSELF this does not mean everyone will agree with you. So therefore, in my eyes any argument to do with religion might as well be invalid."
"There are plenty of both pro and con arguments on the death penalty which are purely secular. If religion runs the government, you get something like Afghanistan. The Bible or Koran prescribe the death penalty for everything from being an unruly child to murder. Let's use a 21st century civilized legal code."
"Giving someone a life sentence is actually worse to do then ending their life."
"Whatever someone does to me i would want to do it righg back to make them feel the same pain!"
"I get that killing a person that killed the person has the same affect. But someone that has killed someone (more than some), abducted someone, etc., has no right to live in our world. Life in prison? You are just wasting your tax money for some psychopath. I say legalize it, but only for EXTREME measures. Like Abductions, and Murders, Serial killers. The messed up psychos in this world deserve to die."
"i think it should be legal and verys on the punishent like if you kill a small child i think they should beaten to death by a toy of the childs. but that just me."
"The fact that people are bringing Christianity into this is disgusting. Just because people consider us to be a "Christian Nation", which we are not by the way, doesn't mean that we should base our laws after Christian beliefs. Some crimes are just so heinous that there must be a consequence of death. Any crime where a child is a victim (rape, murder, torture, etc.) should be a crime punishable by death. Mass murders (Sandy Hook, Columbine, Boston Bombings, etc.) should be a nice quick ride to the front of the line. People say "You are trying to play GOD and that is not right." By killing someone, the person decided that they wanted to play GOD. They deserve to die. This person who planted the Boston bombs needs to be put down like a dog."
"Yes it should be allowed because what if that person gets out of jail and does it again."
"im for the death penalty because if the person that committed such a horrible crime, deserves to feel the same way the person or animal, that he did it to."
"Simple : If they feel they can take a life in sane mind. Then they should not be able to live in our society."
"Keep electing Democrats and you can kiss the DP goodbye, child rapist/murderers most definitely deserve to die it is our duty to protect our children."
"Spend rest of life in jail < Die"
"I stand on Both Sides. I Thing that someone Who Murders Someone should Be Given The Option Of life In prison Or Death Because Maybe some One Dont whant To feel Lonely In prison all There life or Dont have long to live And if there say 70 and Dont whant to spend There life In prison Guive Them The Option "Death Is life in prison""
"i agree with you! death is life in prison but just one thing if a person murder charges are so bad the state will not give them the option?"
"the crime ratye was down wen the death p"
"I think the death penalty is really stupid! thanks Mr G!"
"i think it should because if somebody kills a child he should be killed or if he killed a famous person or also if he kills anyone. they should be hung or electricuted"
"I believe all the bleeding hearts who want the serial killers and child molesters to live then they can pay for them to live in prison for life. And when I mean child molesters I don't mean some drunk guy peeing outside or an 18 year old sleeping with a 16 year old."
"I think it should be allowed because if someone kills anyone, they should be killed. They cant put someone back to life. There isnt enough room for prisoners in other prisons."
"I believe that the death penalty should only be offered to those who have serious crimes against them. In instances such as the death of the students and teachers of Newtown Elementary, low lifes such as that should be put to death as soon as possible. But if you are sentensed to death for abusing drugs I would be a little concerned."
"If justice was utilized according to its purpose and our country's application of it wasn't so corrupt through greed, racism, and bribery, the death penalty would serve as God's instrument to preserve a moral society, maintaining the safest environment for us to dwell as humans. What's the purpose of having laws when there's no proper administration of punishment? It is only in ignorance that Christians use the "thou shalt not kill" commandment out of it's intended context. The proper translation is not to commit "murder", when there is no justifiable cause/provocation, which has nothing to do with the government's responsibility to serve as "ministers" of justice when humans behave in a manner worse than animals in killing each other needlessly and without a validated purpose according to our laws. When a dog or any animal turns on it's owner or family and that attack ends in the death of a human, don't we administer the proper response by killing them? However, we have a society where men (and women) have degraded themselves to an even lower standard in their behavior through the brutal and merciless killing of innocent women and children, and all we resolve to do is put them in a cage?"
"When someone gradually goes through the process, of making an individual realize that his/her life is going to be taken away, because of a violent act, then we can only imagine what the victim went through mentally. When the culprit of the killing is sentenced to death, it's not the finalization of death, that balances out the ordeal. It's the time element in leading up to it. In all probability, the mental anguish involved of knowing your final breath is about to be taken, is when vindication and justice takes place. This is why I am totally for capital punishment. However, I do believe that the evidence has to be overwhelming to a certain extent. Have the murderer experience total chaos and worry in his/her head prior to execution. After all, that is what he/she rendered to the victim - a horrific end to one's life."
"I am Neutral I think they should have a choose"
"The death penalty should be allowed for many reasons. One main reason is that if you commit a crime that is worthy of the death penalty, then you deserve it. It's like an eye for an eye. If you kill someone out of hatred, or even due to a mental disabilitie, then you still deserve the death penalty."
"people should pay for there crimes"
"The death penalty can be an effective deterrent to crime, but only if enforced in a timely manner. Criminals sentenced to death now will enjoy years of relatively comfortable living during the, "appeal process". Swift and courageous meting out of a death penalty is the only way to justify its existence. AN appropriate term for appeal, DNA analysis etc. must be in place. The underlying reasoning for all this is human rights. Having been to 21 countries and 28 states, working as a law enforcement officer and consultant/educator, I have seen what works and what fails relative to criminal justice practices and enforcement. Some people, whether by genetics, accident, experiences or other conditions, fail to assimilate to a societal norm and commit acts that cause their most basic human right, the right to life, to be taken away."
"Capital punishment is completely fair and just in most cases depending on the situation. If a person has committed homicide or another crime, they are a threat to society, and by eliminating this threat, we are now making our nation a safer place to live. You may argue that this goes against our constitutional right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but if a person is willing to go against the law that gives them freedom and rights, do they really deserve that right to live?"
"I do not believe the death penalty is ethical. Every person has the right to live no matter what their crime, even if they don't want to retain that right"
"A singular example: I n the past,Kill a Cop, you got the ultimate: death in 'Old Sparky' (The electric chair in Florida).THAT was a deterrant! Since that 'fear' has been surgically removed, shooting at or killing a cop (and being sent to prison where you receive 'Rock Star' status for your crime) is common-place and really no big deal! Death by electric chair acted as a deterrant, period! Remove the fear and see what we have....."
"They should just find another method. Firing squad is good. It's more of a deterrent if people SEE IT. Televise it!"
"To people who think this is a bad idea, i say think again. here is a question for you. "if Hitler was alive today, will you vote for him to be free once again? or simple put him behinds bars where we citizens will then have to work and pay money to keep him their? where he has a possibility of escaping? or will you kill him and let society move on without seeing his face on news, causing more pain in the family who's life have been change forever because of him? Remember at one point in Bible Even God allow such laws, "a life for a life" So then who are we protecting a killer? once a person kill one human, they are able to rationalize their actions and go on killing more then just one. The only bad part about the death penalty is if a innocent person is killed, then we can blame ourselves, but we have on stand in this cause, but letting a killer free, and killing more people we are then the stupid one."
"The death penalty is an appropriate punishment for serious crimes such as murder and treason. It's appropriate because if you take someone's right to live yours should be taken away too. Why should your right to live be granted to you if you take someone else's right to live? The death penalty preserves law and order, deters crimes, and costs less than life imprisonment."
"I have no say for or against it. Every law should have a punishment and if this is the most lawful and intelligent consequence to give, then so be it."
"I think people should deserve the death penalty because either way your commiting a crime."
"Yes, the death penalty should be allowed. If some psycho freak comes into your house while you are not home and kills your wife/husband and your children, you will want the dead somehow. Whether that way be strangled, burned, shot, electricuted, etc. You would want them dead. That is one of the many reasons I believe in the death penalty."
"We can prevent more murders when we do death penalty. Also, it can help to parents of victims."
"ok seriously im just saying that if you are to kill a person then i think it should be the killer murder for murder. even if i must become one to stop one id say id do it because if someone i loved hell if someone i didnt even know was murdered right before my eyes i wouldnt even think id shoot or fatally injure the person i dont care if i go to jail for it. i beleive killing is wrong unless that person hurt you or is hurting someone right before you. but dont be stupid... at least make shure double and triple cheak that you have the right man. cuz no one wants a inoccent dead person."
"good citizens pay taxes every year and that tax money goes into funding prisons like ones that hold people for life sentences. i am from the south and most possibly could have recieved my beliefs from the way i grew up. i believe that if someone takes another life, which is most likely the reason for a life sentence, your life should be taken from you. no human should be allowed to play the role of god and take someone else's life if it is not their time."
""i believe that if someone takes another life, which is most likely the reason for a life sentence, your life should be taken from you. no human should be allowed to play the role of god and take someone else's life if it is not their time." -> Isn't this totally contradiction? No one should be ablte to take someones life........your life should be taken from you........ which side is this on?"
"The victims of these murders didn't get the opportunity to live in isolation from society. They just got murdered. The murderer shouldn't get off easy. The punishment should reciprocate the crime."
"I agree that killing is wrong and that it is illogical to show people not to kill by killing someone, but at the same time, SOME consequence must come from your actions. It's not right for you to do something awful and then not suffer for it."
"Have you ever heard of an 'Eye for an Eye'?"
"i believe that only in cases where the murderer has killed more than one person , should the death penlty be put it into action"
"I really don't believe that a criminal can understand what he or she has done to his/her victim without being sentenced to death"
"our goverment is spending to much money on keeping bad criminals alive, should be halping the homeless. my law is eye for eye and tooth for tooth,"
""an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind""
"So does your motherIm sorry, it was to good to be true...But I used this quote in an essay so thanks!"
"No an eye for an eye means the punishment must fit the crime the eye is far more important than a tooth is it not ?, in other words you don't give a tooths punishment lesser punishment for an eyes crime, severe crime like murder Dt 19 : 21[ niv] bible Bill"
"Your not taking both eyes from the same person."
"thank you. Someone actually gets me."
"Then why have jails at all? Why have punishments at all? Let people steal, rape or do whatever they want to do with out any consequences. That way we have to make sure we are not doing "an eye for an eye""
"but there is more ways to see then with eyes"
"Murdering a murderer to show that murder is wrong? Does this actually make sense to anyone?"
"it makes all the sense, you just worded it insufficiantly!"
"it does make sense because if we put the murderer in prison we the public are paying for them to live off 3 meals a day have a weight room a library atheltice faciltites. We give them so much at no cost to them. Killing the murders decreases crime as well as our expencense that goes into the prision."
"Uhhhhh......no i guess not..."
"Considering the original murderer killed without a lawful motive, then yes it does make sense. The court isn't murdering the murderer. They are simply taking their life due to his/her horrible actions. That's not murder. What right did the murderer have in the first place to murder another person? They placed themselves in the death penalty situation. Every action should have a rightful consequence.."
"you aren't essentially murdering a murderer.. the difference between killing someone that committed a crime and killing an innocent person is different. if someone is on death row it's most likely because they killed some innocent person or committed some highly illegal act. so putting a murderer to death is different than a murderer killing an innocent person."
"No, it makes really no sence at all."
"That is just wrong.....It does not make any sense at all..."
"I say it shouldn't be allowed Because their will always, always, always, be the possibility of the innocent being convicted of a crime he or she didn't commit. Also by allowing the death penalty we teach others that its ok to seek revenge and kill people that have killed others even if not part of the law. My last reason is "Nobody deserves to die no matter what they did" only God should have the right to take away a life."
"Studies have shown that thousands of people are wrongly convicted in the US each year. With that being said, how can we be certain that we're killing the right person? How does that make us any better? It is also more expensive to have someone on death row than it costs to have them in for life. We're wasting money by putting them on death row. I'm against the Death Penalty because I don't believe it's a moral choice."
"I am against death penalty because I think that killing is never the right thing to do. We can't teach people that killing is not okay by killing them. Death penalty is to me, only a kind of revenge for the victim's family, but the point of justice isn't to get revenge, an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
"I think the death penalty is useless, because even if we kill a mad man, others continue to do their misdeeds. And the death penalty brings nothing to the victims' family."
"Exactly, and it's wrong to be happy over someone's death no matter what. It is bringing the morals of this country down."
"It brings closure to the family and even if there are other mad men out there that one person will not kill again and you save a future life and stop pain from the family"
"death can be a frightening thing to face. It can be a person's worst nightmare, what if a immate was scared of death, but he was condemmed to die? I know on the last day immates have the option of talking to a priest to make them feel more comfortable about what there about to go through? Sometimes it really helps, but what if an immate isn't religous? Yet still fear death? No one really knows what happens when you die, and because of that, it might even be more scarier. I wish that we can bring people back to life, and change the evil in people tro be good. That would be so much better. What if an immate strongley regrets what he did, and he would do anything to forgive the victim's family, except be punished by death? Imagine sitting in the electric chair, or lying on the stretcher of the lethal injection? You are sorry for what you did, you feel completly guilty of what you did? But no one seems to understand. You are surrounded by hate? Now you are about to face death?"
"Death penalty is extremely expensive. California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement."
"Less then having to pay for meals everyday and living places and healthcare and schooling do you with for me to continue?"
"every being deserves a chance to make a change to their behaviour into more positive habits. jail time is bad enough, let alone death."
"When we have successfully eliminated: Police forced confessions, prosecutorial mis-conduct, judges that are looking to be reelected, and court-appointed lawyers who under represent clients, and the percentage of overturned convictions goes down to less than 1%, then the death sentence can be carried out."
"Murder is murder, whether it is the murder of an unborn child or the murder of a killer. You may think I'm crazy to compare the two, but hear me out. We're all imperfect, but nobody is born an evil person. Everyone is the same in that way, we all choose it. Killing a murderer is the most hypocritical you could ever do. It doesn't matter how "humane" the death is. It doesn't matter if the person has killed tons and tons of people. That ISN'T the point. There is something called prison for life. Killing them will only give them the mindset of what they're doing wrong. Not teaching them anything. A human needs to die naturally, not by something killing them or suicide. It is morally wrong on so many levels, yet it still is very active in the state of Texas. Nobody deserves to die, and what is that going to solve for you or them? NOTHING. Where will that person go? No chance at redemption, they'll go to hell. Did you know Jeffrey Dahmer claimed to have accepted Christ? Now I'm not sure if that's 100% true, but he was still put to death after that. I strongly believe God doesn't see the death penalty and is proud of it. Just like abortions, legal murder is very common all around us."
"I think this stems from what you believe the purpose of the prison system actually is.If you think that the prison system is ONLY for retribution, then the death penalty makes sense.However, if the prison system has any responsibility to rehabilitate the population, then the death penalty is against the purpose of the system. By killing the killer, they are not reformed, but removed. If someone is of the mindframe that they believe that killing someone is a reasonable answer, then they are crazy. Someone must be crazy if murder is the only option that they determine is right. They are sick, mentally sick, and should be taken care of."
"i believe this is wrong"
"someone that does something bad enough to deserve the death penalty deserves to rot in prison for their life until someone rapes and kills them in prison. they dont deserve a quick painless death."
"no then they die slowly and painfully"
"Less expensive and more secure than the death penalty. I don't think so. By killing another person, a murderer has indicated that death is an acceptable outcome. So, why is it wrong?"
"I'm totally against the death penalty, because people who apply it become murderers too. Some people see in this "punishment" a kind of justice, but I don't see any justice there! It's just a revenge. And as said the philosopher Hegel, revenge isn't a punnishment, it's a thing as bad as what has been done.I think that sending a murderer/raper in prison his whole life is a better punishment than death, because in jail he has time to think about what he did, and to feel remorse, and believe me, remorse is the worst thing a person can feel. Only God has the right to say who must die. you 'd tell me "this murderer decided this child had to die", but don't be as silly as him, reacting that way is childish."
""Why do we kill people who kill people to show killing people is wrong""
"So no more killing is done, please."
"While I respect both sides to this argument, I am strongly against the death penalty. All people, even criminals have the right to be treated with human dignity, and while actions certainly affect public image, they can never take away that dignity ingrained in every human. Because of this dignity, God is the only one who can decide when others should die. Putting morals aside, life in prison is actually cheaper than the death penalty, and if you really want the criminal to understand your pain, life in prison will make him think about what he did and perhaps even make him repent, whereas killing him would not have this effect."
"Totally agree. Not to mention, there are other issues that play into what one should agree with in terms of death penalty; if you're for abortion, but against the death penalty, that's quite the hypocrisy!"
"Even if someone has committed a murder, I feel that it is important not to use the death penalty because that would be stooping to their level"
"I believe that it is wrong for many reasons. There is always, ALWAYS the possibility that they are innocent. If they KILLED someone, they are sick in their heads and need therapy or rehab. If they did something bad enough to be sentenced to death, they they don't deserve the mercy of being killed quickly, they deserve to suffer in jail, alone with their thoughts and their guilt. Leave judging to God, all we have to do is seek justice. We are no one to judge, nor seek revenge. God will give use ultimate justice."
"The number of executed convicts that are later found to be innocent is less than 2 percent."
"Although death penalty takes them off the streets, they don't get a chance to learn and start anew and make something of themselves."
"Death penalty has to be legalised; however it has to be well used, in fact too many people died because of a faulty judgement. Judges have to be careful, death penalty is not a game."
"I do not think that there should be a death penalty because you are teaching the person who is in jail for a crime that is okay to kill. Also- you are enforcing murder, why would you kill someone who you are trying to teach that killing is not okay? Going with that, there have been many instances that in a death penalty case, the person who was put to death was innocent to begin with. You just murdered someone who did not commit the crime that you thought they did. Let them rot in a jail cell."
"If somebody is to commit a serious crime,and they are sentenced to death,then what lesson do they learn?If the person is dead,then they are not learning a lesson,and they aren't serving any punishment whatsoever.People always say,that two wrongs don't make a right,and anybody who believes in god,well god said thy shall not kill,and if you kill a murdurer,then you are just as equally guilty."
"I think humans can't decide if other people have the right to live or not ; Justice is above the killers, it shouldn't play their game.Wasting your life in jail is more punitive than a quick death."
"The USA is keeping company with notorious human rights abusers.The vast majority of countries in Western Europe, North America and South America more than 140 nations worldwide -- have abandoned capital punishment in law or in practice. The United States remains in the same company as Iraq, Iran and China as one of the major advocates and users of capital punishment."
"What is the point of the death penalty if the criminal could spend life in prision?!"
"Originally, I was very strongly for the death penalty but after a school project and some research I have changed my point of view. Three main reasons why:1. In few cases, innocent people have been killed when they had been at no fault.2. Killing everyone who has done a crime won't solve the problem. Sure there will be one less criminal in the world, however, this does not guarantee that crime rates would decrease. It is not the answer for this problem.3. The criminal is not the only one who has to face the punishment. It is unjust for his/her family who have to go through the loss of a loved one."
"I believe the death penalty is morally wrong and unjust. The saying "an eye for an eye" is wrong. An innocent man or woman could get wrongly accused. It happens all the time. I mean if you know someone who killed someone would you want them to get sentenced to death row? I know I sure wouldn't. If we kill someone by death penalty it just makes us killers as well. The family of the one in prison would grief as well. I would rather someone waste their life away in prison and think about what they had done."
"because thats very mean nd they really shouldnt do a bad thing like that i noe they are arrested but dang dont kill them let them serve there time"
"no one actually knows what life after death is actually like what if its paradise ? not saying it shouldn't be allowed as I don't know myself just what if it is....................."
"I think it should not be allowed becuase no matee what it is a free country and we deserve the right to live"
"as people it is not our job to condem somone to death. it is our job as a sosiety to imprison those that pose a threat to our society and let them be judged ultimatly by god when they leave this earth. remember when you are judged and punished by god it is a punishment far worse then death itself"
"I believe that people could die then later be proven inoccent."
"there are years that go by before someone is executed to assure they are guilty. Plus he/she was found guilty by a member of his/her peers"
"Who's bright idea was it to kill killers to prove that killing is wrong?!"
"death penalty doesn't punish the criminals. it punishes the criminals' family. but the criminal' doesn't feel anything. it's too easy for them. if you want to give them hard punishment, you should ask them to do some hard work like working for social departure, cleaning service or something so we can get something from them. that's how they earn money for their living"
"The death penalty is not right because many times it causes innocent people to die"
"i wouldnt say many but sometimes"
"Actually the death penalty has not killed one innocent man. where did you get this information?"
"in response to the reply of *insert name here* :Troy Davis was executed in 2011 and later they found out he was innocent you can look it up on this website: http://wrongfulconvictionsblog.org/tag/troy-davis/"
"The decision of allowing death penalty still varies into many states due to the reason of controversy in societies. Giving access to death penalty will give the murder a painful death. However, not all states have granted penalty states. States that have allowed death penalty include Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Alabama, California, Tennessee, and the U.S. Military and U.S. Government. Allowing death penalty has been a serious controversy today because they think it is a wrongful conviction and on the contrary it will bring justice to the innocent victims. They're been also research explaining that the death penalty decreases the homicide rate. Police chiefs ranked the death penalty as least effective among 7 methods of reducing the homicide rate. 31% viewed reduced the usage of drugs as the most effective; 17% with better economy and more jobs; 1% by expanding the use of death penalty according to Source 5 (packet). In the contrary, the possibilities of a murder being guilty are not always correct. According to the Stanford Law Review, they found that at least 350 people between 1900 and 1985 might have been innocent of the crime for which they were convicted. States that allow death penalty reflects what kind of state they are."
"i have always been against capital punishmment because its premeditated murder.another reason is what if they are proven to be innocent and you just killed them wrongful punishment. another reason is what are you teaching children that if it is deserved its perfectly ok to kill. and the government does this to strike fear it never works and all it does is show hey if you do this we will kill you just because we can that's it sure maybe some people deserve it but if you kill them the way the killed some one else you deserve it to and that you dhould be killed to but then it would be a never ending cycle because if someone killed you they would deserve it and on and on until some one finally decided yeah you may deserve it but its not right you've got whats coming to you and its karma and honestly karma can be your best friend you your worst nightmare so before you make your decision on whether capital punishment should be allowed think about everything kind of like the saying when a butterfly flaps its wings some one across the world dies horribly and painfully oh and if you are going to kill them anymore just give them the flu apperently thats deadly too next thing you know teddy bears are going to be extremely deadly thank you."
"I believe that if someone killed someone you should have to be responsible for your actions and go to prison not be able to die and not pay for your actions."
"you have the right main idea"
"How does spending your life in prison, even getting beaten up or raped, costing the taxpayer $50K per year, joining a gang, being part of the prison violence problem, "Pay" for your actions?"
"lets say in one case where the suspect is sentenced to death because of they crime they are accused of. now after the horrid deed is done there is hard on evidence, proving that the suspect was innocent and they were killed for no reason."
"A life sentencing without parole is a perfectly reasonable and equally satisfying of a solution to serious crimes that are committed in the United States compared to the death sentence. The death penalty is a lengthy and expensive. In most cases, a lot of anger is felt toward the convicted which leads people to automatically assume that a death sentence is the right route to choose. Yet, life sentences allow for the convicted to spend the rest of their life marinating in everything he/she has done wrong that landed them in there in the first place. Murderers and etc. do not deserve the satisfaction of knowing they are spending America's time and money as well as prolonging their life through appeal, especially since most of them want to die regardless because "..death is the ultimate freedom, so I'd rather have my freedom as soon as I can get it." proves Jodi Arias on the topic of her possible death sentence conviction."
"why kill them when they can be tortured the sick bastards"
"I find it just as inhumane but if faced with a choice i would perfer solitay confindment. id much rather lose my mind than my life. I say this because judges and layers are can be currupt and if that is the case then false evidence and withholding of evidence can occurr leading to a false judgement."
"It is inhuman and evil for government to decide whether or not that should be someone's punishment."
"an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind! killing a killer makes the capital no different than the criminal, and what kind of a lesson are we teaching here? Giving the prisoner life without parole, and it costs less taxpayer dollars than appeals and the execution itself!"
"im kind of mutual to the death penalty issue but I choose con because there have been victims who were convicted of faulty evidence that died because of mistakes in our current legal system if you don't believe any innocent people have died because of this I can list them right now even though they are a minority and most people who were convicted truly commited a crime suitable for it. here is a list of all the people who died under the name of vengeance who were later proved to be either innocent or the cirumstances surronding there trial were so questionable that you would have to wonder if they were innocent. Carlos De Luna(Executed in 1989)Larry Griffin(Executed in 1995)Ruben Cantu(Executed in 1993)David Spence(Executed in1997)Jesse Tafero(Excecuted in 1990)Ellis Wayne Felker(Executed in 1996)Leo Jones(Executed 1998)Cameron Todd Willingham(Executed in 2004)Joseph O'Dell(Executed 1997)Lionel Herrera(Executed in 1993)Timothy Cole was not technically executed but died in prison while serving 25 years.read about these cases at 10 Convicts Presumed Innocent After Executionand my final quote is spoken from a person on this list"I am an innocent man, and something very wrong is taking place tonight.""
"He says not to kill. Has He ever said that it is okay to kill an evil person? It is God's choice about when somebody's life is over, not the jury's. For people who support the death penalty, help me understand why you think it is okay to kill somebody just because you don't think they have the right to live. Also, the jury is supposed to be better than the killer."
"'whoever shed the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man'-the bible. Gensis 9:6enough said...."
"God sent pillars of fire down on Sodom and Gohmorrah (sorry if I misspelled that) because there were no believers."
"The death penalty just doesn't make any sense. Best way I've heard it put "We don't punish rape with rape, we don't punish arsen by burning down the arsenists house." Those just don't make any sense either. How can someone feel as though punishing death by death makes any snese? If you feel this way you must agree with punishing rape by rape, other wise you are a hypocrite."
"The death penalty is an irreversible act that is subject to error.If innocent life is precious then why would a system that is fallible be trusted to make ultimate decisions. People seem to forget that the American system of law is not based on what is true, it is based on what 12 people can be convinced of. 139 people were exonerated between 1973 and 2011. Are 139 lives more valuable than revenge and retribution? To say no is heartless and shows why the human race has a blood lust that will be its undoing if we don't change our ways."
"When humans as jurors can render a guilty verdict that is correct 100% of the time might there be justification for the death penalty. Until then, which is never, there should be no death penalty."
"I believe that no matter what another human being has done to another, NO ONE has the right to play GOD to another!!! NO-BODY!!!!! Capital punishment is just a scapegoat!!"
"'whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man'-the bible, Gensis 9:6it says 'by man shall his blood be shed' not by God...i beleive in God and capital punishment"
"If someone kills a bunch of people, they don't want to spend their life suffering in prison and would rather be killed. We should make them live their life in prison suffering from boredom and guilt."
"I say that all of this is malerkie"
"If it is wrong to kill as a christain,to condem someone to death through the death penalty.Are you a christain or are you a hypocrite. in conclusion as christains we follow the bible which teaches us to forgive and forget. Not an eye for an eye a tooth and a tooth that would be the quran"
"The bible is what teaches an eye for an eye. you are going against what god says."
"Why should we kill people for doing wrong? The definition of punishment is rough treatment inflicted on or SUFFERED by a person or thing... how can somebody learn from their punishment if they dont have s chance to correct their mistakes."
"People who support the Death Penalty are really just supporting the murder of another's child. Also, just some food for thought, sinse we execute people for killing people, shouldn't the executioners get executed?"
"That's like saying if you're told to punch someone and you do it you should get punched Even though it was required by state law for you to do that :D and without death penalty we would have insane criminals breaking loose and murdering people (I don't mean all the time I just mean criminals can do that :3)"
"im con because there is always a chance that an innocent person might be killed. there is never any closure because even if you give the victoms family "justice" there still not going to get there loved one back and the murdere has a family too. and then theres the case for an eye for an eye but as ghandi says an eye for an eye will make the world go blind. meanig if we go around killing this person just because he killed someone else we are just as good as him. Then theres the case of removing a threat truly if are justice system were to be fixed we wouldnt have to killsomeone to remove a threat from society. even with todays method of lethal injection it is no longer painless so some could argue it is cruel and unusual. there is even a case going to court about it right now they had tried out this new drug on some guy but he died in so much pain they heard himgasping for air as he was dying. there really is no case for the death penalty some would argue against each one of these points and i would say i can argue right back."
"Even though I like to fight people and beat the crap out of them on Instagram, I don't agree with the death penalty. How can you justify killing with killing? There is no other logical reasoning for it."
"When you watch the YouTube video of serial killer Leonard Lake, or Ted Brady maybe you will have a better understanding why these devils should be executed, and not just by lethal injection, it is too light; it should be the same way as they killed their victims..."
"Im against the death penalty because killing someone to show people that killing people is wrong is absurd. Its a contradiction that needs to end. Life in prison, no parole would be better than the death penalty. Also, no innocent people would be executed anymore. They may serve life in prison, but even then, if they were found innocent later, there would still be a chance to exonerate the person. Not oops they're dead and they were innocent. The fact that innocent people are executed and then no punishment is inflicted on the perpetrators is like them murdering the person and saying its ok. If its ok for executioners to wrongfully get away with killing an innocent person, it undermines the purpose of the death penalty. Yes the person may believe that the person wasn't innocent and legally was allowed to be killed, but the fact is they were wrong, and it cost someone their lives. The death penalty is argued to prevent crime, and prevent other deaths, but does that really justify killing anyone? Killing someone in self defense or in war is different from killing someone as an example not to kill. There is a gray area in this and when in doubt, we shouldn't give the harshest penalty. Not with peoples lives, God will judge people"
"The purpose of the death penalty isn't to show people that killing people is wrong. That is why they aren't public. The purpose of it is to put these people to death before they kill another victim. They do it in a painless quick way to not to excruciate the convict. You have some good points and those are things to be thought about. But think about the lives that are being saved compared to the one that is executed."
"It hurts and disgusts me that mankind can say something so vastly blood soaked and wrong in such a simple,nonchalant manor.And it honestly breaks my heart..I'm am disappointed in the human race.Someone once said that "It is not our Part to play God." How right they were.I leave you sniveling pigs to wallow in your own inhumane filth."
"I'm con because even thought those people did something horrible they shouldn't be killed. They should be in jail for the rest of there lives, no probation and no getting out early, so they can have time to think about what they did and why they did it."
"bleeez war is not the answer. It is very rude to kill someone even if they killed you first. You cannot just execute them even if they did something wrong. Maybe they killed someone, but if we kill them, there is no difference between them and us and the guy across the street who died from brain cancer. My last point is I know how people feel when they die, they don't feel anything. I knew someone who got executed, a relative, it feels sad for me and no feeling for him. Thank you and GOD SAVE THE QUEEN"
"You are a wordsmith and I think that you should be given an award for what you have said. it is so eye opening."
"Thank you for opening my eyes"
"I am against the death penalty because it is not our part to play god. Yes, these people have done horrible and unforgivable things but how does that compare to what we do in our lives? You may say that you never killed but have you ever lied? Have you stolen? By God's standards, we are all guilty and our punishment is death. We have no right to judge who lives and who dies when we are all guilty of something."
"'whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed....' quoted straight from the bible it says 'by man shall his blood be shed' not by god"
"We glorify the person who is being executed, we spend millions on lethal injection and housing for him rather than letting him rot in prison."
"The death penalty shouldn't be allowed because first of it would cause the person more pain to go into jail with other thugs and scum bags that would pound them in. If the death penalty is in place then the person would be going out with a shorter and less painful way and would just skip out on the beatings that would be waiting for them."
"they are basically doing the same thing.. they are killing a person,so that makes no sence.. just sentence them jail"
"Killing a killer? That shows the government does not follow their own laws. When one of us kills,it's called murder but when they kill, it's called legal!? We are a christian nation. Thou shall not kill! One can be innocent. It happened before. It also uses more of our money. The appeals process is very long and expensive. The death penalty is also better on criminals. It ends their suffering quickly instead of forever. It not only punishes the criminal, it also punishes their innocent family."
"Christian nation? Amendment one, freedom of religion"
"Think of it this way we're killing people who kill people to show that killing is wrong. How's that work?"
"The death penalty should be outlawed because of what it does to society. The death penalty is supposed to be a form of punishment. It has become a form of retribution. Society is harmed when retribution is sanctioned by the judicial system. Incarceration until death in lockdown is punishment. It costs 80% less to incarcerate than to execute. Society needs to heal from these heinous crimes not be stirred up into vengeance or retribution. Knowing the convicted person is rotting in prison without possibility of parole is adequate. Execution keeps the convicted person in the media periodically for years as he/she goes through the appeals process. Lock 'em up and forget about 'em."
"Why kill a killer if half the time we don't even catch the right person? Since the capital punishment was reinstated, 140 men and women were released for being wrongly accused. How many more were punished for a crime they didn't commit?!"
"No, because it is wrong, if a person did something in crime and has changed from sitting behind bars for 5 or more years should be releasedWhy should someone die if they think for about 50 years before their exccicution time? It is just wrong, let them think of the wrong things they did and if they start realizing what they did it is time to forgive and forget...Like tookie williams, he changed his life in prison and he was still killed by exccicution (electric chair)"
"Oh yeah good solution, send them to their room and make them think about what they did then release them back into society so they can come and kill a member of your family. See if you feel the same way then."
"Wrong Just Wrong"
"i agree because if we merder the merderer's we become no better then them (bad spelling)"
"thats invalid because they did something wrong just wrong"
"death penalty is a wrong thing to be doing. Why would you want to kill someone? even though killing soeone is wrong, in a sense, everyone should be dead right now because when someone kills somebody else, the death penalty takes place and someone is punished by killing the murderer. Now, because this person killed someone else, again in a sense, this person should be killed because they killed this person. the death penalty is also taking away lives and is moraly wrong. even though a person murders somebody else, you shouldn't kill them. There's no good reason to. Plus what if you are innocent and the court thinks you are guilty? This form of punishment is irreversible, even if later they find you innocent at a later time. I think this is a cruel way of punishment and it should be illegal."
"Putting someone on Death Row makes us just the same as them.We are killing them as they did to the innocent.But it can prove as a lesson to anyone who tries to kill again."
"thats so true"
"I don't believe that any person or persons should be given the rights to choose life or death for another human being"
"I agree. It's God's choice. As is abortion (shouldn't be allowed.)"
"who are we to be god."
"There are far worse things than death..."
"Eternal damnation in hell!!!!!"
"but no man has the right to take a life.death is onl in gods hands."
"but the murderer took a life..."
"well death penalty is wrong because it will consider to kill most of the African Americans which people will call it race."
"I believe that people should have to stay in jail for their crimes. Death is a coward's way out. Plus, people deserve a chance to prove themselves changed."
"No I think it's a bad way to see someone die but it is what it is when you do bad things that's what happens"
"I am con. Life in prison is worse than death and if a person is wrongly convicted it gives them time to prove themselves innocent. This is also classist. And, jury members may be racist due to the way they were raised. These are my thoughts."
"If the United States is going to use the death penalty, then it should be used fairly. In cases where African Americans are the defendants and they have killed a white person, the African Americans are MUCH more likely to get the death penalty. Thats just sad...."
"The death penalty should not exist. Even criminals don't deserve to be locked up for the rest of their life. At least they should be freed at age 80. They won't be able to even walk anymore."
"you're not crazy... You're batshit insane!!!"
"in my own personal opinion there should not be a dearth penalty because there are a-lot of people commit crimes while drunk and they did not know what they were doing howecer there are som pepolr who do it for actual bad decisions"
"well i say why would you kill people for vengions? thats just lowering our population by two or more people a day."
"i like that you are con but the idea that you have is not an idea that is strongly persuading you need to be more detailed and i could barely understand what you were trying to say"
"I don't think it is right to do the death penalty. it costs more to do the death penalty and it comes out of our tax dollars. when we would be killing the murderer so then it just makes us the murderer"
"I totally agree. They already have to live knowing what they did and have people hate them for it. And they have to do time. I think that the death penalty just causes hate and less population because people don't want to live where people can get the death penalty. I know I don't."
"By the rights given to us by our United States Government we are all entitled to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." If capital punishment is enforced, then we are taking away one of those rights promised to that person under the government they live. We are under the same law as those who have committed crimes. Weather a criminal or not, you have no right to put any person to death."
"I believe that capital punishment should be abolished (for specific reasons). These people deserve to die in the most heinous way possible; but who is to judge? Aren't we in the wrong too? I think that life without parole is a better alternative. The law system is sometimes wrong and people could die for no reason. This matter is not something that humans can decide. Deciding who lives and dies is not our job. I see the right behind the topic, but the wrong overpowers it. We should use life without parole and just make the conditions harder like solitary confinement. I dont believe in killing because of a kill; even if it is for a righteous cause."
"By killing someone who has killed, we become the killer and that makes us no better."
"I agree :)"
"I am a con because it gives a negative influence that says it's okay to kill."
"Yes, you definitely are a con. ;)"
"death penalties cost us precious money that could be used for cancer or charity"
"Your just going to have to pay for them to live in jail.(clothes food etc.)"
"the guillotine is much cheaper than life in prison"
"lots of stuff 'cost us precious money' that could be used for cancer health foundations ! but the goverment is willing to pay for esylm seekers and prisioneers in jail so...."
"Totally true. Just 1 attorney, 1 court session, and 1 lawyer cost $8,600 and that's only for a prison case. For a death penalty case, you need 4 attorneys,1lawyer,and 8court sessions. Add it all up and that's $111,800. That could be used to build a better environment or for cancer. Not killing people. I can't believe our money is being used to kill people."
"it is too expansive and in humane. people don't deserve to be killed because they broke a law.... people need to rember that prisoners have familys and their familes will suffur."
"The families would know what the person did was wrong"
"Did these killers think about the families of their victims when they were killing them for sports? People make choices in their lives. Some choose to live their short life in grace; others like BTK Killer, or Leonard Lake and Charles Ng kill, torture, boil kids, rape women, kills their own siblings, burn, cut and dismember for fun and thrill...Are these innocent people entitled to these heinous sufferings?"
"I'm doing a research project on the "Death Penalty" at first I thought the majority of the information I would find would be against it. I was shocked to see how heartless people are. God gave everyone a second chance to a new life when He died for us on the Cross at Calvary, why should people who commit crimes be any different? We sin on a daily basis, if we added all of those sins up...wouldn't they add up to us deserving the Death Penalty? But instead He gives a second chance, sometimes more. NO one, no matter how bad the crime, deserve to be put to death because the jury and judge consider them guilty of such an such a crime and say they are to be put to death. The only judge that can decide that is God! So quit doing His job, because you don't do it right anyways."
"anyone using god as an excuse is like saying to kids you need to be good for Santa to bring you gifts. honestly religion should not be used as a logical reason for arguments because a lot of people don't have the same religion."
"God Gave you a SECOND chance? Lets put this into perspective. Would you, let a mass murderer near your children or family? Would you then trust them near you?"
"its got nothing to do with God..i believe in God, but its about doing the right thing to ensure public safety."
"See more religion , do people fail to see not everyone believes in god?"
"Who am I to condemn someone to death? What purpose does it serve? Do you really think by killing this person it will lower the rates of crime? I admit some people are absolutely despicable. But aren't I just as despicable if I am the one who decides weather someone lives or dies? Putting another person to death isn't going to reverse the damage that has already been done. Weather that persons crime is murder or rape; do you think by killing them it will fix it all? Killing another human being will not bring the victim back. Killing another human being will not make the victim forget what the perpetrator had done to them. What do we get out of ending another persons life? Can you really say afterwards that 'justice has been served'? How has it been served? If anything you just let them off easy. Those who have committed terrible crimes deserve to suffer the harsh reality of prison. When you send another person to life in prison you are pretty much ending their lives right there. To the families and loved ones who suffer or are affected by another persons horrible acts, trust me I understand the anger and despair you must be feeling. But I can assure you this will not bring closure to your life. If anything it will haunt you."
"I would advise doing some research on the country of Iran. Don't be biased though, being intimidated by the non existing relationship between Iran and America. Do you know that there is almost no prostitution in Iran? Do you know that the only serial killer that ever existed in Iran was executed in public back in 1960s-70s? You know why? Because Iran has public capital punishment. And everyone knows the law. They don't take any crap from murderers and their attorneys. It is not a joke to them to rape and kill and innocent person. Human life has a valueu to it, still. You do wrong, you get what you deserve."
"I stand against the death penalty as long as there is even a remote possibility of a mistake being made. Until we can prove, beyond any doubt. that a person is guilty we must never apply the death penallty."
"The cost of death penalty costs more than a life without a parole sentence, in some estimates 10 times the amount. This is because of the heightened process that the death penalty requires. Spending money on the death penalty means; reducing the resources available for crime prevention mental treatment, education, and rehabilitation, meaningful victims' services, and the drug treatment programs, according to AUSA death penalty abolition campaign. In 2010 poll conducted by the death penalty information center, pursuing the death penalty was the lowest budget priority. Emergency services, creating jobs and police and crime prevention were the three highest rated priorities for use of fiscal resources. For example, Kansas had a 70% more than the cost of comparable non-death penalty case. Having a life in prison without parole is the best solution instead of death penalty and at a cheaper price! In addition it is also the best punishment for what he/she has done because being stuck without any type of communication and makes the person think of what he has done. Not to mention, that no more harm can be done now that he is locked up."
"no this is not true it takes less money to kill somebody than to feed them, wash their clothes, bath them, and anything else they may need"
"Defintion of murder: Taking the life of someone intentionally.Isn't captital punishment the same thing? Its murder when a civilian does it, but its law when the government does it? Who's made these rules???"
"i agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"So if you're taking the life of someone intentionally...isn't that what abortion is too? Death penalty = (similar to) = abortion."
"the murderer does it because of hate or him going crazy. the government does it after they review the case and it goes through all the court systems. they dont just go and kill the murderer. they give him a chance to explain. then they decide what his punishment. without punishment this country would be chaos!"
"Don't get me wrong, I conciser execution an option. But what we are doing is basically murder itself. We have no right but the Lord to determine when somebody dies or not. The costs of keeping the criminal alive is hard as it is. The death penalty is also just a pardon from us, so that he can no longer suffer in the sin he committed. I say that we should not kill our criminals in the act of vengeance for what he has done. I'm on both side, but if it is murder we are committing then I am completely against it."
"this shoud not be aloud"
"great argument lonzel..."
"The death penalty is a major thing that we are talking about here. I prefer to NOT have the death penalty because when they are thrown in prison, they have to put up with knowing that they killed a human and took someone's life."
"no because i do not think that its really our choose to take other peoples life even though they did do something wrong its still not our place to kill people."
"it should not because when the government kills a killer, it doesn't show any justice. "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind""
"when you kill someone that does murder then when you kill the criminal you are doing a murder so your kill some one again and again"
"what about the people are innocent and was found on death row. they should not have to die from somebody's crime"
"People are not "evil," but moved to kill due to circumstance (whether financial, political, or social) or by mental disease. Now, over half the countries in the world do not have the death penalty or have not carried out executions in the last 10 years. There is now a global move to end the death penalty or stop using it. Human life is important. Using the death penalty to eliminate the number of people in jail or to exact revenge on killers is wrong. We should address the reasons that they committed the crime, accept that our justice system is imperfect, and stop allowing innocent people to go to death row. Also, the death penalty doesn't hinder crime. States that don't use the death penalty have had consistently lower crime rates. A July 2009 criminologist study called "DO EXECUTIONS LOWER HOMICIDE RATES?: THE VIEWS OF LEADING CRIMINOLOGISTS" by Michael L. Radelet and Traci L. LaCock found that they didn't. Also, police officers are killed less in states that don't utilize the death penalty as much. What more evidence do we need that violence doesn't stop violence? Rehabilitation, understanding, and valuing our fellow men and women will lead to a more peaceful country."
"I think that when you kill a killer you are abolishing the victims family from having a chance to ask questions later and to know the reason behind that persons state of mind and motives. I am not saying that it is right to murder a person but I know I would want to know the reason that motivated the person that had killed my loved one. It would give me some insite to that persons life even though i could never forgive them."
""By killing someone who has killed, we become the killer and that makes us no better. I know someone who lost a brother to a killer. He was devastated but he prayed they didn't put the killer to death. He didn't want the killer's family to go through what his family felt. It doesn't solve anything. It only makes the family of the killer suffer more...These people have to be judged for their horrible crime, but not by us. I understand that I'm not the victim's family. I know we can't slap them on the hand and let it happen again but we are in no place to decide if someone should live or die. Two wrongs don't make a right.""
"I do not believe in the death penalty. The Constitution says that there should be no cruel or unusual punishments. Death is cruel. When your life is finished should be up to God, not the government. Many times (exactly 1 out of 7) the people killed are proven innocent. After all, we are only human and we all make mistakes. Our lives should not be taken because of it. This punishment is wrong and unjust."
"Everyone deserves forgiveness. We must give these people a chance to become good again. Yes, everyone was born good but corruption and sin is always there to make us stray from the path of good. We cannot cut their life short. Life in prison can be used instead. They are not a danger to anyone, and they have the rest of their life to reflect and look for forgiveness and love."
"i think that there shouldnt be a death penalty because its just an easy way out of punishment. if someone commits a crime they need to fit the consequences and death is an easy way out of it."
"because we actually talked about this in my language arts class one day and he mentioned that some people have been found innocent years after they got the death penalty and I personally think it would feel worse to the victim to go to jail for life and have the burden of whatever you did than to get killed"
"The death penalty is barbaric, immoral, and unconstitutional. It goes against the 8th amendment to the constitution. It is basically making the sentencers murderers. An eye for an eye and the while world will go blind."
"I am a con. I started this as a school project but it seems pretty serious!!!!!!! It's seriously agienst everything we are taught at school. Also it so does not have the same effect as life in prison (I will let you think about that). Lastly who are we to act Gods role when we have our own to play we have things to do in the world too ya know!?!?!?!??!??!?!?!!?!!?!?!?! Ps. So in my opinion altough it might not belong to everybody is that the death penalty is wronge. XTRA ps. I just found out wat I'm about to do when I grow up something the grown ups today have started!!!!! And excuse me for my spelling and grammar I was never good at that!!!!!!"
"We kill people for killing people because killing people is bad?"
"Exactly my point... Thank u!"
"so why have the death penalty if killing is bad??"
"This is such a deep topic that I really don't know how to answer. We are talking about live and death, literally. On one hand is someone does something horrible they should be punished for their actions. On the other hand people are often wrongly convicted and must lose their lives. So I believe that there should not a death penalty. If we are killing the "killer" then we are stooping to their low level, and it is not right. They can be punished in other ways. We must give people second chances with their lives. Life is worth more than this. We shouldn't kill others because they were "bad". "Treat other people the way you want to be treated" Even if the person convicted did not follow this we still can. We can start. because someone always needs to be a leader and start. So yes I believe their should not a death penalty."
"I'm fully against the death penalty. Not because they don't deserve it. But, don't you think they should have to suffer a life sentence in prison, until they die. Yeah, they might have took someone's life, but take theirs? That doesn't seem fair. Obviously, they knew if someone found out it'd be death sentence. Obviously, they didn't care. Let them get out the easy way by killing them. Go ahead. Also, it's not the family's fault for his/her actions, so why punish them? They would suffer too. Better they know him be alive, then instantly killed."
"Well typically it depends, because we don't know how bad the crime actually is and they might be taking it to far to just send them to the death penalty. I mean I would rather just let them re-think what they had done, in the jail cell and face the consequences there. Yes I know it's expensive every time they have to hold a human in the jail cell. But death penalty is just too far. They could just have life in jail."
"Whilst I think that in certain circumstances a person who commits should be executed in theory, in practice I think it is unworkable. To the people who are pro-death penalty, I say this: For argument's sake, let's just imagine I had a magical machine that was able to 101% prove if a person was guilt or not. Would they (the pros) be willing to literately gamble the life of the person who they love and cherish the most on the notion that that magical machine would not find even one person on death row right now who is actually innocent? If they say they would not, then why are they willing to literately gamble the life of someone else's nearest and dearest on the same notion? People may say that there will never be such a magical machine that will be able to 101% prove a person's guilt or innocence so therefore making the above point irrelevant, but that, in my opinion makes it even more relevant as you will never be able to prove 101% beyond ALL doubt a person's guilt or innocence. In the UK, we didn't abolish the death penalty because we felt that murders didn't deserve to be executed, it was because of the risk of executing innocent people. The execution of even one innocent person is one too many."
"The death penalty should never be allowed, even for murderers. Killing someone because he killed someone else is hypocritical, and doing so makes us just as bad as the criminal being executed.Besides, the death penalty is very expensive and criminals will suffer worse with life in jail, if retribution and economy are what you're looking for. Even life in solitary confinement is cheaper than execution.In my opinion there is something inherently flawed within the mind of anyone who can kill another person without reason. (Reasons would include being forced to during war, self defense, etc.) They are unhealthy, and like other unhealthy people should be treated for their illnesses rather than killed for being sick."
"I think hat the death penalty should not be allowed beause they are trying to stop murder and violince in the world but by executing someone you're just creating more muder and violince"
"because then they can stay and jail and suffer there instead of ge