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Last updated on: 3/3/2014 11:20:09 AM PST

Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?

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  • +178 +286 -108 Northwind Sep. 23, 2014
    "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."
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    • +1 +11 -10 Life Nov. 4, 2014
      "That is true what makes criminals think they can kill and get away with it i think that they should get the death penalty so we wont have to deal with anymore people who would kill."
  • +137 +247 -110 Chloe Aug. 20, 2014
    "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."
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    • +7 +17 -10 116 Nov. 19, 2014
      "Since when did dogs get put at the same level as humans?"
    • +5 +16 -11 Ellen Dec. 9, 2014
      "We spay and neuter our pets, we parade them around on leashes, we keep them in cages, we give them love and affection but on our own terms, they live their lives in service to us. Treating humans the way we treat dogs is called slavery."
    • +4 +10 -6 Gooby Oct. 28, 2014
      "Way to not put me on the same level as a dog. High five."
    • +1 +5 -4 christopher Mar. 5, 2015
      "when someone takes the life of someone else we show them mercy but what about the dog?"
    • -1 +2 -3 Mimi May. 14, 2015
      "treating a human like that is already happen since we are born. learning right from right and wanting attention so human can contour to a dog as well I mean Dog has an heart beat and bleeds and has feelings and other wise. same thing as a human so yea"
    • -5 +2 -7 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "We don't equate to a life of a dog. Plus, a dog can not be reasoned with, only trained. Hence, the dog being put to death. Don't be a monster."
    • -6 +3 -9 Anonymous Feb. 27, 2015
      "Do Not put me on the same level as a dog"
    • -6 +9 -15 Jasia Oct. 27, 2014
      "i don't understand the fact that a dog gets put to sleep when they attack someone, but yes if someone take's someone elses life they should be in prison not facing a death penalty"
  • +83 +164 -81 Anonymous Mar. 27, 2014
    "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."
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  • +59 +103 -44 EvidenceBasedThinker May. 5, 2014
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 Dee Oct. 29, 2015
      "I wouldn't want to see the capital punishment question decided on economics. Who can put a price on life? What would be next - health care? "Let's see, you're 50 years old and it will cost $300k to save your life...nope, no treatment for you. You'll never put that much back into the system before you die naturally." Hmm."
    • +1 +2 -1 Mason S. W. Feb. 6, 2015
      "Very interesting"
  • +52 +139 -87 Morgan Sep. 15, 2014
    "Pro, because, it states in the Bible that man who kills man shall be killed himself"
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    • +4 +4 0 Anonymous Apr. 24, 2015
      "Do unto others as you have them do unto you"
    • +4 +10 -6 Fiona Nov. 19, 2014
      "Not by other people who may not know the circumstances-if he was really guilty then God would punish him later."
    • +3 +9 -6 Ellen Dec. 9, 2014
      "it is not our place to punish them, it is God's if you knew anything about the Bible you would know that it is not our place to judge people on earth for we are all sinful. It is god's will for our sins to be punished by God and no one else."
    • +2 +2 0 Anon Nov. 9, 2015
      "Religion should not mix with law."
    • +2 +2 0 Emily Oct. 15, 2015
      "This isn't about the Bible or religion at all. It's about what the government decides to do about it. Honestly in my opinion, people who still go by a book that tells them how to live their life that was written a very long time ago."
    • 0 0 0 F.R.O.G. Oct. 25, 2015
      "The Bible also says that Thou Shalt not kill in The 10 Commandments."
    • 0 +3 -3 Samuel Mar. 17, 2015
      "For the person saying "thou shalt not kill":

      no it doesn't. it says "thou shalt not murder". there's a BIG difference there."
    • 0 +3 -3 Brandyn Feb. 19, 2015
      "Except for the very first killer... the only one punished directly by God. He can bring his family and go start a life somewhere else."
    • 0 +5 -5 Heather Feb. 12, 2015
      "The bible also states "Thou shalt not kill""
    • -1 0 -1 Noobthinker103 Oct. 9, 2015
      "Yes, but the executioner is killing, and it isn't anyone's decision if someone gets to live."
    • -3 +1 -4 Pastor Keith Mar. 1, 2015
      "It doesn't necessarily need to be a person. His time may come."
    • -3 +2 -5 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "They killed people for many different reasons in those days. Now days we try to not burn people at the stake for a lot of those reasons. Like having a different religion. Or being gay. Things you might kill others for aye. God is love as well as vengeance.

      "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."
      Matthew 6:7 (KJV)"
    • -4 0 -4 Maddie King Mar. 10, 2015
      "then the people who killed the murderer will be killed and then so on (even though the men who do the execution will be pardoned)"
  • +43 +88 -45 EvidenceBasedThinker May. 5, 2014
    "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."
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  • +36 +99 -63 Eva-Erika May. 13, 2014
    "I agree with death penalty !
    Because I think a murderer,
    doesn't deserve to live,
    when he destroyed a life..."
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    • +1 +7 -6 me Aug. 2, 2014
      "When you say that
      you are murdering someone else
      using the death penalty"
    • 0 +4 -4 sara Mar. 1, 2015
      "and what about the four people executed in the past two years that were later proven not guilty after execution?"
    • 0 +3 -3 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "All of America would be exterminated under that mindset.
      Who will kill the executioner for killing the murderer. Do you deserve to live when you watch executions. Someone would always follow the executioner until either someone said no, or if their was no one left.
      An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
    • -2 0 -2 Noobthinker103 Oct. 9, 2015
      "Yes, but what about the executioner? He's killing someone, so, what's the point?"
  • +36 +60 -24 EvidenceBasedThinker May. 5, 2014
    "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."
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  • +33 +65 -32 EvidenceBasedThinker May. 5, 2014
    "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."
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  • +33 +59 -26 EvidenceBasedThinker May. 5, 2014
    "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."
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  • +32 +56 -24 EvidenceBasedThinker May. 5, 2014
    "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."
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  • +26 +56 -30 Tushar Dec. 9, 2014
    "A killer once killed never kills again. #enoughsaid"
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  • +14 +51 -37 Gillian May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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    • -1 +1 -2 sarah Mar. 1, 2015
      "With rules like the ones you have listed there would be to many "Loop holes" we already have people using the NCR defense. Think of all the new ones this would create"
    • -2 0 -2 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "it is saved for only first degree murder, to murder a murderer is MURDER."
    • -2 +2 -4 MitchyButts Oct. 28, 2014
      "rapists. not rapers. high five though"
  • +10 +14 -4 John Doe Mar. 26, 2015
    "They gave up their right to live when they took that right away from someone else."
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  • +10 +30 -20 Lord Typhoon Sep. 29, 2014
    "I believe the death penalty should be allowed, if a murderer who kills someone wants their own life I find it hypocritical. throwing murderers and gangsters in prison means the people they harmed are paying for them to live. If a murderer goes in prison guess what, the family of the people they murdered are paying for their food and for them to live. So in the end, yes allow the death penalty."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Andy Feb. 4, 2015
      "I would certainly prefer to pay for my loved one's murderer to die rather than be entitled to life - a basic right that was denied to an innocent child."
  • +8 +46 -38 TJ May. 7, 2014
    "When a person is so incompetent toward another person and threatens another person's life, there is no place for them on this Earth."
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  • +7 +22 -15 Michelle May. 16, 2014
    "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..."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Griffin Dec. 15, 2014
      "This may just be the sexist thing I've ever read. So hurting women and children is bad, obviously, but hurting men isn't? Why did you only list women and children?"
    • -1 +1 -2 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "to kill them back is even more barbaric"
  • +7 +43 -36 May. 8, 2014
    "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...."
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  • +6 +27 -21 Patrick Apr. 3, 2014
    "If your family member was killed, don't tell me you wouldn't want the killer to not kill again"
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  • +6 +16 -10 Gabriel Michaud Jan. 20, 2014
    "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."
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  • +6 +18 -12 Jenna Dec. 9, 2013
    ""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."
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    • -1 +1 -2 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "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?"
  • +5 +26 -21 Chet Tucholski Feb. 19, 2014
    "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)"
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  • +4 +20 -16 EJR Mar. 28, 2014
    "Some people lost their right to live because they took away somebody else's chance to live."
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  • +3 +9 -6 who knows Feb. 11, 2015
    "The day that a murderer is founded guilty in the court of law, that very moment they should be taken to the court yard and hung. After a short period of time murderers won't be so eager to murder again"
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  • +3 +14 -11 connor crowley Feb. 4, 2015
    "the death penalty should be in place as why should a man who kills an insentient person be given a room with a bed time to themselves to play sports they get three free meals a day they get to see there family and children were the victim to the murder dose get non of this he gets no freedom they are put ether six feet under ground or in a pot so sit or be scattered who would want the a mother will go without there child a child will go without a mother or farther they will never see them gain as they are dead why should we give someone rehabilitation when all we can say is they are capable of murder what is stopping them from dousing it again i am 15 years old and i think we should have the death penalty"
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  • +3 +13 -10 hayden Nov. 17, 2014
    "this is a punishment that they deserve for what they've done. And it helps make sure that they dont do it again."
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  • +3 +13 -10 bruh Nov. 5, 2014
    "if someone rapes 30 babies, then kills them, and burns their bodies on an american flag, they need to die"
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    • +4 +4 0 Griffin Dec. 15, 2014
      "That escalated extremely quickly."
  • +3 +12 -9 Alnedra Smith Nov. 5, 2014
    "I feel that the death penalty should be enforced. It is not fair to lose a family member and the murder still has a chance to be with theirs. True enough there are life sentences but it is still possible for the prisoner to be in contact with their families."
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  • +3 +21 -18 a good persone Nov. 3, 2014
    "yupp just let that rapist run around and rape some more after he gets out of jail. kill the nasty guy. (or girl)"
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  • +3 +12 -9 Kasem Sep. 18, 2014
    "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."
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  • +3 +18 -15 no one Apr. 7, 2014
    "teach people lessons for their actions"
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    • 0 +2 -2 . Apr. 24, 2014
      "Wouldn;t it be better for them to suffer in jail?"
  • +3 +16 -13 danny Apr. 2, 2014
    "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"
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  • +3 +19 -16 derek Apr. 1, 2014
    "i think you should kill the killers"
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  • +3 +17 -14 derek Apr. 1, 2014
    "death penalty should be allowed to lower crime rates"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Tee Nov. 9, 2015
    "The cost of keeping criminals in prison for life would provide the United States with enough money for everyone to go to college for free. Murderers, rapists, criminals; they're all living off of our tax money."
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  • +2 +10 -8 jennyfer Nov. 17, 2014
    "yes! because rapists, killers and etc people are getting away ! they should be punished for what there doing ! smh that is all bad ! you do the crime you pay the time! jail isnt enough ! they should have more strict rules for these people."
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  • +2 +13 -11 Stephen Black Nov. 2, 2014
    "There is a pro and con with the way I look at it. Here is the pro...It is hard to believe to me that no one is ever discussing what a bonofide/for sure/ted bundy type is on death roll is doing after hours under the blankets. His victims are dead years ago and he gets years of picking and choosing witch victim in his living mind he is going to masturbate to in the memory of the dead victim. This is what the death penalty opponents are keeping alive.You just count the years and count the number of how many times these guys get off in their minds still getting to be alive to do so and you can bet they love death penalty advocates for another night of pleasure. Just a little reality call as for what goes on."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Mel Aug. 4, 2014
    "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!"
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  • +2 +19 -17 billy bob Mar. 11, 2014
    ""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"
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  • +2 +15 -13 Kailee T Jan. 29, 2014
    "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."
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  • +2 +11 -9 sherri Jan. 18, 2014
    "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."
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  • +2 +11 -9 cheyenne Dec. 6, 2013
    "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."
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    • 0 0 0 Troy Sep. 25, 2015
      "Very well said Cheyenne..."
  • +2 +12 -10 Ty Dec. 4, 2013
    "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."
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  • +2 +17 -15 david Nov. 30, 2013
    "I think CHILD MOLESTERS should get the DEATH PENALTY, And also killers. I think the movie Law Abiding Citizen had the right idea."
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    • -1 0 -1 TheRedSir Jan. 30, 2015
      "Well typically they get shanked in prison anyways. :D"
  • +1 +1 0 Sam Nov. 10, 2015
    "To me I was very indecisive about if death penalty is good or not. I happen to be writing an argumentative essay for school about death penalty. I think it's good because it's almost like an "eye for an eye" situation. For example, their was a story about a father that threw his child off of a bridge and then jumped. The father survived but not the child. The father went to prison and didn't get put on death row. Is that fair? That child was not even one and the father lived while the innocent child died. Death Penalty is important to have because if you kill someone on purpose, then why should you still live if you had killed one of the innocents?"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Chandra Oct. 28, 2015
    "Death penalty should be given for : 1. Planned murders 2. Sexual abuse to children 3. Killing after raping 4. Killing through thorough harm 5. Killing parents Major dealing of harmful drugs

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

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

    Mostly murderers and sexual exploiters do their deeds repeatedly.We have noticed they do the same crime after getting released from the prison."
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    • 0 0 0 squid Nov. 10, 2015
  • +1 +3 -2 isaiah Aug. 31, 2015
    "If they killed someone they should be killed for killing another person"
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    • +1 +1 0 squid Nov. 10, 2015
      "omg yessss. hahaha"
  • +1 +4 -3 Stuart May. 17, 2015
    "I don't agree that the death penalty should be used as a deterrent. It is not. However I simply view it as a just punishment for the crime. When it is carried out, the person has served their sentence, and they are once again to be considered innocent."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Henners May. 9, 2015
    "There is one argument for the death penalty that no one can ever argue about - it prevents re-offence. Tally up the number of people murdered by released (re)offenders around the world and it makes a compelling argument to support the penalty. All this pontificating about religion, morality et al can be immediately discounted by the news of an innocent victim being murdered by a re-offender. The people who don't support the penalty effectively have the victim's blood on their hands."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Phillip May. 1, 2015
    "I agree with the German Philosopher Immanuel Kant; it is a public safety matter of society that we charge the state to administrate. Even if it has been unjustly administered in the history of mankind in order to maintain some sibilants of order in society."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Courtney Apr. 24, 2015
    "I feel that the death penalty should be in affect because, do unto others as others undo to you for one and for two there is a man sitting in prison right now that has life with no chance of parole, but he beat my mother to death. Why should he be able to live when he took a life and took so much away from my family? We are paying for him to be alive and eat and have heat and air. I dont want to pay for his low life self to have a "good" life. I would rather him be dead, but i wouldnt want it to be fast and it go by and him not feel a thing. I think that how ever you kill someone that the same should be done to you so you can see what it is like to be beat to death to be raped and then killed or how ever the victim was killed for the person who did it to have to go through the same thing to feel the pain, to have the scared feeling to not know what is going to happen next."
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    • 0 0 0 Toysoldier Sep. 13, 2015
      "First of all, I am sorry for your loss, I am pro death penalty but feel that it takes more than one murder to activate the death penalty due to the costs of courts and appeals which currently are overwhelmed. So the only thing I can tell you is to imagine him being used as someone's girlfriend in prison and try to sleep a little better at night with the satisfaction that he will never harm your family ever again."
  • +1 +4 -3 U Mad? Apr. 21, 2015
    "If you were told that if you were to commit a crime you would be sent to a death penalty, would you still do so? Sending people to jail will, in a way, make their life worse. They get released, and do crime again. However, the threat of death allows people to be good... unless they're insane... Even still they will end up in Hell if they participate in such ludicrous behavior..."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Graze Apr. 17, 2015
    "More Americans agree with death penalties
    Saves taxpayers money
    They will repeat crime, if they escape prison
    Most Americans say they deserve it, by the crime they did
    Relieves prison overcrowding
    The cost of death, compared to the cost of the person being in prison for life, is cheaper
    DNA testing and all the other many methods of modern crime scene science can precisely eliminate almost all uncertainty as to a person's guilt or innocence
    It's more humane, imaging living your WHOLE life in jail, without sunlight, would you like that?
    Family and friends of the person who died, will have to live with the pain of losing the victim. but they also have to live with the fact that the killer of their loved one, is still alive.
    The Bible, the Torah, and the Quran, have occurance that not only that death penalty is being supported, but they largely approve it.
    Thirty states had at least one execution, and eleven states had at least thirty executions since 1976.
    It takes usually a very long time for a person to be put in the death penalty, sometimes, it takes even 3 decades!"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Someone Apr. 17, 2015
    "If someone is being sent to life in prison, why not execute him/her instead of having to spend our taxes and risk the person escaping?"
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  • +1 +5 -4 k8k8 Apr. 7, 2015
    "Yes it should be allowed because people who are selfish enough to take someones elses life should have there life taken and justice served"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Ethan Apr. 2, 2015
    "I am pro death penalty because it has been proven that it lowers the rate of crime. Also is life without parole all that different? People say that the death penalty is cruel/unusual but with life without parole the only difference is you make them live a life without reason."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Bill Mar. 27, 2015
    "Our Justice system is not just at all. It is skewed in favor of money, celebrity, and those who know how to best manipulate it. The death penalty is applied in a whimsical manner. Opponents of the death penalty have caused it to become hyper-expensive and drags out over years. Humane execution is a joke, the convicted ARE BEING EXECUTED there is nothing humane about it. To say that the government does not have to right to take life? What about the Military? This is a Utopian point of view and extraordinarily unrealistic. Treason unless committed by a member of the Armed Forces or an elected official should never be a capital offense. Political winds are fickle. One persons life should not be more valuable than another person. With all of that said there is true evil and there are those who deserve to die for their crimes. Timothy McVeigh is once such individual, Ted Bundy is another."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Paige Mar. 27, 2015
    "I have always been Pro Death Penalty. I believe that if the person commits a crime to that extent, that this is the correct punishment for them. They do not deserve to live if the are charged with first degree murder. Plus it is cheaper on the people of America to sentence a convict to death rather than to keep him in jail his entire life."
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  • +1 +8 -7 George Mar. 16, 2015
    "If you rob someone you are fined. If you kidnap you are imprisoned. If you kill, you should be killed"
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  • +1 +7 -6 Someone Nov. 17, 2014
    "The death penalty, in my opinion, is more humane than life in prison. I'd personally prefer death over life in captivity"
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  • +1 +7 -6 Molty May. 28, 2014
    "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 . Period
    Yes 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."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Anonymous May. 27, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +5 -4 stephen may May. 19, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +20 -19 Joseph May. 16, 2014
    "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."
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    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "Watch the intro to the game vector, your order is chaos. The government doesn't own human live nor does the citizens of society."
  • +1 +8 -7 Logan May. 15, 2014
    "I say yes, because it takes the most dangerous murderers off the streets. That way they cant escape and do more harm."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Luna Wescoat May. 15, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Maicoh May. 4, 2014
    "Our prisons are overflowing with murderers, most are illegal
    aliens. Why can't these criminals be deported to their country of origin? Why should U.S. citizens have to pay to
    keep these animals locked up?
    Forget lethal injections, return to the tried and true method
    of HANGING. Killers are killers and nothing will change that."
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  • +1 +14 -13 mas Apr. 30, 2014
    "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"
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  • +1 +10 -9 DANIEL Apr. 22, 2014
    "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"
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  • +1 +12 -11 wade greeson Apr. 21, 2014
    "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"
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  • +1 +10 -9 joshua Apr. 14, 2014
    ""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.""
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  • +1 +19 -18 Lind Apr. 11, 2014
    "People should be put through the guillotine for their bad crimes. An eye for an eye, my friend."
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    • +1 +1 0 Not eye for an eye.. Nov. 12, 2014
      "It should not be "eye for an eye," necessarily--it's retribution, not revenge (if you can distinguish the two)."
  • +1 +10 -9 Brandon Apr. 9, 2014
    ""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"
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  • +1 +13 -12 anonymous Apr. 2, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +23 -22 Riley Wolfe Feb. 21, 2014
    "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."
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    • 0 0 0 Bryan Feb. 27, 2014
      "That is a very well thought out thought."
  • +1 +12 -11 Proud American Feb. 18, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +22 -21 Pr0 Death penalty Feb. 13, 2014
    "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."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Con Apr. 24, 2014
      "We would spend more money killing them."
  • +1 +13 -12 Kasem Jan. 30, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Mallory Jan. 30, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +12 -11 john Jan. 29, 2014
    "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."
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  • +1 +12 -11 jeremy Jan. 21, 2014
    "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"
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  • +1 +14 -13 Carol Jan. 18, 2014
    "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!"
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  • +1 +11 -10 Johnathan Jan. 7, 2014
    "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."
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    • 0 0 0 MM Aug. 22, 2014
      "So far in the history, there have been no innocent executions."
    • 0 +2 -2 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "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."
  • 0 0 0 Person Nov. 23, 2015
    "I believe that the death penalty should be aloud to be done to a certain degree. I think this because criminals like El Chapo have token so many lives and yet he still managed to escape while this could of been avoided if he had got the death penalty."
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  • 0 0 0 Jack Nov. 20, 2015
    "Did victims get their choice of a last meal? Did they get told they were going to die soon? Did they get to die in a less painless way?"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Blase Nov. 3, 2015
    "man why kill them if they are already being mad for being in jail for life plus they have to pay 90,000 for each death row inmate that's a lot of $$$$"
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  • 0 +1 -1 jenn Nov. 2, 2015
    "It should be allowed if they are a repeated felon."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Shell Oct. 5, 2015
    "I do agree our system of punishment is broken. But we have to have some kind of accountability. Is this the answer? Maybe not, but it's what we have right now. I do believe if you are beyond guilty of taking a life or lives, you should pay for it with yours. Remember people...this is supposed to be a deterrent as well as punishment. I do not agree however a person found guilty lingering at tax payers expense for 18+ years. I think the sentence should be swiftly carried out. To let people linger in prison is like saying they were not "really" found guilty so lets tie up the courts for years looking for loopholes and waste tons of time and money. This is not punishment. The people murdered by the people who usually are given a death sentence, were given no chance to linger by their murders. I do believe if our system was changed, and people knew that if you commit a heinous crime that warrants a death penalty, you will die by the end of the week...some may just chose a different path. Is an eye for an eye the answer? Maybe not anymore. I do believe that is because there is no fear of consequence. Most criminals know they will live a lifetime in a prison...eating...working...LIVING. Take that away and the class starts behaving better"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Justice. Sep. 27, 2015
    "Look, what if we create a chamber and lock the murderer in. We don't kill him, but we don't supply him with human needs either. That way he'll die on his own and hopefully have the time to reflect on what he did. This way it's not an eye for an eye, because his crime is not repeated."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Dan Mar. 26, 2015
    "The death penalty should be allowed. The US declaration of Independence State that individuals have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is a copied version of John Locke's statement that people have the right to life, liberty and property. If the state has the right to take away someones right to liberty and property for a crime then there is nothing stopping the state from taking away your right to life for a heinous crime of murder."
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  • 0 +5 -5 ian Mar. 26, 2015
    "the death penalty is the only punishment suitable for some crimes that are so heinous, the death penalty serves the ultimate punishment, without it criminals will no longer have any fear of committing a crime other than that of going to prison"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Fleur Tacuba Mar. 26, 2015
    "Death penalty is a very harsh political choice. But it is not given out unless the judge has very hard information on the case. These evidence could include things such as intentionally killing someone which is something very bad to do. I believe death penalty should be given out to people who deserve it. Someone who has a lot of unreasonable background to why they killed that person or to why they did the crime they are in jail for. Some people say the death penalty could be a revenge, it is the same thing. We are killing someone for killing someone, which somehow could satisfy the family of the person killed. I believe, they might deserve a second chance to live when in this position. But sometimes the reasons behind the case lead the judge to make this decision of giving out the death penalty. People shouldn't kill each other in the first place, regardless of the reasons behind it this is something which could not only end the other persons life but also your own."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Dave Mar. 26, 2015
    "after someone commits a crime that is very violent and leads to death of another human being they lose their right to live"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Donald York Mar. 26, 2015
    ".I believe t.he death penalty should be put on the fast track. in California executions don't happen for 20 years because of Appeals and other such things."
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  • 0 +6 -6 hunter Mar. 13, 2015
    "they should rot in jail if they kill some one"
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  • 0 +2 -2 tori Mar. 13, 2015
    "I think yes the death penalty should be allowed. I fsomebody murdered your loved one you would be full of grief and maybe revenge. A side from revenge why does the killer get to live but the innocent person no? If our army doesn't fight then our country could have been taken over by communist countries or even the soviet union. How does that person have the right to just sit in the prison cell for the rest of his life, he/she can get visits and make friends with anybody. The death penalty may have some flaws but I still think yes. This person can or cannot get used to prison. For long periods of time people get adapted to these conditions."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Uncle Sam Mar. 11, 2015
    "I think that the death penalty should only be used for extreme cases, like terrorism and mass murder."
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  • 0 +5 -5 J.C.O.E 4EVER?????????? Mar. 8, 2015
    "In my opinion I'm with the pro because the death penalty is justified because the threat of being put to death will reduce the crimes"
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  • 0 +4 -4 christopher Mar. 6, 2015
    "i agree because we already do it too animals but when it comes to a human we send them off to jail i think we should either not do it at all to every one including animals or do it for everyone including us."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Roger Mar. 6, 2015
    "There are so many innocent people being murdered now in UK, yet there is no deterrent. Bring back death penalty for certain crimes, when we may see a reduction in murder?"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Jasmine Mar. 5, 2015
    "I believe the death penalty should be allowed. It saves people from the demons behind the face of these murderers. innocent people die because of them or are sexually assaulted. If it was you who died would you want the person who killed you to die?"
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  • 0 +4 -4 m Feb. 24, 2015
    "I think that they deserve to feel every once of pain and misery that their victim's and their family felt."
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  • 0 +3 -3 video.b Feb. 24, 2015
    "I think that the Death Penalty is more then any killer or criminal really deservers. farther more, it really pisses me off when someone gets away with something. like..... when someone takes something they have to own up to it!!!!!!! If I was the president id make a law where that person who did a crime would have the same thing to makeup for it."
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  • 0 +9 -9 anonymous Feb. 23, 2015
    "How is it fair that a man who has taken another mans life live in a prison where they get 3 meals a day, free time, and their own bed and clothes when they have taken away a persons life on purpose without their permission? I believe that if a person is heartless enough to take another persons life, they to should have the same punishment. A rapist should no be raped but have his freedom taken away for taking away a persons virginity. A thief should have his freedom taken away for stealing something of importance to someone else, and a murder should lose his life if he himself takes one away as well. now I ask everyone is it wrong to give someone what he deserves for what he does? A solder does not get the death penalty, but they do it for their country so that it may be safe, a spy does not get kill for killing someone who has found out he is a spy for our country, but he does it to keep us free. You can not compare someone who murders intentionally for his own purposes to someone who murders to keep peace in the world. So yes an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, but if the other person doesn't learn that he will be punished with his eye he will break out of jail and poke another eye out and it will keep going on."
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    • +2 +2 0 hammurabi Mar. 21, 2015
      "eye for an eye!
      a rapist should be raped!
      a thief should be theived!
      a murderer should be murdered!
      well, at least back in the old days."
  • 0 +7 -7 shaun Feb. 9, 2015
    "i think that the death penalty should exist because there are so many people out in the world that are getting away with crimes that they should not be getting away with. so in my opinion i think that the death penalty should exist."
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    • +1 +1 0 Lucifer Feb. 23, 2015
      "If they are getting away with it then it means that they aren't being found guilty to be punished, so they wouldn't be getting the death penalty at all."
  • 0 +6 -6 Mason S. W. Feb. 6, 2015
    "The death penalty gets rid of people that can't be rehabilitated and are too dangerous for parole."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Bella Feb. 6, 2015
    "I think death penalty should be allowed becasue so many people are dieing for no reasons. The killers are getting away with murder and sometimes people do not care. Family of the victims are hurt everyday."
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  • 0 +5 -5 E Feb. 5, 2015
    "People who have committed a horrible crime shouldn't just be left alone. There needs to be order in our society. I believe that the death penalty allows for this. If someone murders someone else they should have the same fate. The death penalty is not an "eye for an eye" but a guilty life for an innocent life."
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  • 0 +7 -7 katie Feb. 5, 2015
    "I'm pro.. I wouldn't want my kids around someone that has killed or raped someone"
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    • 0 0 0 sarah Mar. 1, 2015
      "I like what your saying, we need to keep all safe but there are many other answers to the death penalty, for example life without parole"
  • 0 +5 -5 Andy Feb. 4, 2015
    "I think President Obama said it best - "...there are some crimes... so heinous... that the community is justified in expressing the full measure of it's outrage by meting out the ultimate punishment." The fact that we argue over humane punishment of individually who commit inhumane acts contributes to my outrage."
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  • 0 +3 -3 proconuser111 Feb. 4, 2015
    "I think the death penalty is a good way to take care of the really dangerous people living in our society. By taking their live away, you're ensuring yourself that the horrible things that happened, won't happen again. At least not by the same person, and it is a effective way too scare future criminals. Even though the criminals won't feel the consequenses of their deeds, it is a way to lighten the feelings of the victims. Sorry for my bad English, not my native language!"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Genesis Feb. 3, 2015
    "It is a well known fact that in prison , a cell mate costs quite a bit with the government paying for their food , water , clothing , shelter , health care at times , for security guards to guard them , so on so forth. But giving them a lethal injection , which is a fairly calm way to die , is better. Plus , that way , citizens will fear committing such crimes that will make them get the death penalty."
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  • 0 +7 -7 yestodeathpenalty Jan. 15, 2015
    "beheading, boiling in oil, burying alive, burning, crucifixion, disembowelment, drowning, flaying alive, hanging, impalement, stoning, strangling, being thrown to wild animals, and quartering (being torn apart). all are or used to kill someone. and the death penalty should be used to kill those who deserve it if a man kills 7 people and goes to jail he can escape and comit more crimes . only death is a prison they cant escape"
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    • 0 0 0 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "you are barbaric there is a thing as max sec prisons"
  • 0 +8 -8 Sonata Jan. 14, 2015
    "I believe that if someone is drowned by somebody, he should be drowned too. an Eye for an eye. but only if it is intentional."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Swagpie Jan. 15, 2015
      "True dat"
  • 0 +6 -6 Corey Jan. 6, 2015
    "If a person is going to take someones life then they should know that if they get caught they might have to sacrifice theirs. People who want to ban it are forgetting that the death penalty was reinstated for a reason. Even though the death penalty may be constitutional, the specific death penalty statutes were unconstitutional."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Griffin Dec. 15, 2014
    "I am pro, but it depends. For one it really depends on the crime, and two, there has to be 100% evidence that they committed the crime, and they weren't just framed or there was a mistake."
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    • +1 +1 0 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "im con but i agree with the logic it must must must be proven or confessed"
  • 0 +6 -6 Realistic Dec. 14, 2014
    "I believe the death penalty is needed, but should be reserved for those very heinous criminals that keep no conscience or remorse. There is no rehabilitation for those that take pride or satisfaction in their crimes."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Ders Nov. 30, 2014
    "It should only be used for the worst crimes. If they are a serial killer (meaning someone who enjoys killing people) then it should be used, but if all they did was pickpocket someone's wallet it shouldn't."
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  • 0 +10 -10 awesome possum Nov. 18, 2014
    "The death penalty is the best penalty. Its not fair that a horrible person has the live at the tax payers expense."
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  • 0 +7 -7 valeria Nov. 17, 2014
    "I support the death penalty for many reason but i chose to list my top 3. First of all if a person is obviously if the person that committed the crime is 100% guilty than there is no need to keep that person in death row because death row is basically a 20 year period where the government waits and sees if the person that is in death row is innocent or not, but if the person is guilty than the government should have to wait for anything. that's why is cost so much because trying to keep convicted murders in prison for 20 years is very expensive, they need food, water, clothes and everyday essentials that any human being would need. And that was basically my second argument, which was about the cost. Lastly if lets say someone murdered a family member of mine, i would definitely look forward to seeing the murder die in pain through lethal injection. Not only seeing that person in pain but knowing that he's out of this world and i wont have to be worried about the criminal escaping and coming after me. i approve this message!!!!"
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  • 0 +8 -8 Ben Nov. 6, 2014
    "I believe in the death penalty because that if you were to take a life and make that family suffer while the murder family is just whiteness them in jail while you don't even get to see your son or daughter anymore that why I think the death penalty should be allowed."
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  • 0 +11 -11 Nathan W. Oct. 28, 2014
    "The punishment should fit the crime. Murder should be met with death; rape with a punishment that gets them off the streets."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Just a Thought Oct. 27, 2014
    "I am for the death penalty. I do feel that all life is important but it is the consequences for there actions. if someone where to kill any of my family members, I would like to know that they will face the same thing that they have done to my family. I do feel that they deserve a chance to get to know God (I do not want anyone condemned to Hell) before its to late, so I think a preacher should be allowed to whiteness to them if they so desire."
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  • 0 +8 -8 daquan Oct. 26, 2014
    "it should be allowed in every state because its not fair to the people who died by a killer and the killer only gets life in prison. I don't think that's a good punishment. the killer should be automatically killed after killing someone. so that's why it should be allowed"
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  • 0 +13 -13 kathryn Oct. 24, 2014
    "shouldn't rapist be puneshed as well"
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  • 0 +9 -9 Emily Dramer (14) Oct. 21, 2014
    "I believe in the death penalty. I feel like people who commit terrible, disgusting crimes should suffer the death penalty. Why should we pay the money to house them in prisons, feed them, and care for them after they have committed a terrible crime against someone else? When we put these people in prison they are a threat to the people we hire to guard them, their inmates, and themselves. I believe in 'an eye for an eye'. If someone murders someone, rapes someone, or takes someone's life away physically or emotionally, they should have their life taken away also. When a dog attacks someone, or injures someone we euthanize them, even at animal shelters; if they take in a stray dog and there's no room for them, they kill them. If society is willing to do that to innocent animals, why is no one willing to euthanize these fugitives who have taken other people's lives away."
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  • 0 +13 -13 Jillian Oct. 16, 2014
    "if people were killed because of crimes there might be less crime in the world today. If you were killed because of your crime people wouldn't want to commit crimes if they would get killed because of it."
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  • 0 +18 -18 Ethics Students :) Oct. 15, 2014
    "Death penalty should be allowed. There are capital crimes that people have been told NOT to commit because:
    1. It violates every human's unalienable rights to live and remain safe.
    2. There are some laws that are based on morality. (i.e. Don't kill, rape, terrorize)
    3. The government needs to maintain a strict punishment for these drastic crimes, or else they will be challenged by offenders.

    The ability to destroy human life is something that most people acknowledge as a possibility, but few go through with it because they know their morals and they understand the consequences (of law). To go through with it anyway means that you know you are risking the destruction of your own life.
    And for good reason... the death penalty is just because how could one take another life and be able to indulge in things that the deceased cannot?
    Now on the point of capital crimes-- these are based on existing, universal morals that we have all come to accept. The government merely reinforces these values.
    This is why the death penalty should be put into place.

    Thank you. -Raven and Heron"
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  • 0 +7 -7 mark Aug. 17, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +9 -9 mark Aug. 17, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +22 -22 James Aug. 11, 2014
    "Yes! Bring back the rope and trap door. It's not about retribution, revenge or deterrence. It's about getting rid of undesirables."
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    • +1 +1 0 Michelle Aug. 11, 2014
      "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????"
  • 0 +14 -14 DAVID BERRY Jul. 25, 2014
    "YES I DO."
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  • 0 +7 -7 tj Jul. 22, 2014
    "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."
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    • 0 0 0 MM Aug. 22, 2014
      "I agree. We shouldn't waste so much time and money on these disgraces to the humanity."
  • 0 +9 -9 Anonymous Jul. 11, 2014
    ": 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?"
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  • 0 +12 -12 Shannon Jul. 9, 2014
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 TheRedSir Jan. 30, 2015
      "At least he got convicted. Unlike a certain famous woman who, killed her daughter so she could go out clubbing (accident or not she got out scot free)."
    • 0 0 0 Ethan Young May. 27, 2015
      "It is cheaper to keep someone in prison then to kill them. I dont think that you can base your whole belief o the death penalty on a tv show that you watched. That just proves what is wrong with people in this country, they are ill informed and dont know what they are talking about. And on another point doctors are swarn to protect life and never just go out of there way to end it. A doctor would be going against everything he believes in."
  • 0 +11 -11 corey Jun. 27, 2014
    "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."
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    • +2 +2 0 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "The point is to cherish all life. There is not a reason heinous as to end a life early. We need to contain anger if we are to have others."
  • 0 +9 -9 Isaiah Jun. 16, 2014
    "Karma comes back"
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  • 0 +12 -12 Christine May. 30, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Paul Warren Snell Ph May. 30, 2014
    "Yes...it is a real determent"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Rocky May. 29, 2014
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 MM Aug. 22, 2014
      "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."
  • 0 +9 -9 Logan May. 29, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Anna May. 14, 2014
    "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."
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    • 0 0 0 Griffin Dec. 15, 2014
      "It wasn't passed as law because it's in the bible. Murder is against the law because it is wrong. Religion has nothing to do with it. Even before Christianity there were laws, and that included no murdering, and that didn't always come from a religion. Morals are based on what you think, morals aren't based solely on religion."
  • 0 +20 -20 destiny lemley May. 14, 2014
    "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"
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  • 0 +9 -9 Alexane May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Gabi May. 13, 2014
    "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 ?"
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    • +1 +1 0 MM Aug. 22, 2014
      "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..."
  • 0 +8 -8 Charlotte May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Maud May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +13 -13 JOHN May. 9, 2014
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  • 0 +24 -24 Celine May. 7, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +12 -12 tyler adkins Mar. 26, 2014
    "if your murican enough to kill somebody then you should be murican enough to get killed by somebody."
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  • 0 +7 -7 tyler a. Mar. 25, 2014
    "if they want to kill then they need to get thir payback and be killed."
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  • 0 +12 -12 mystery man Mar. 20, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +9 -9 emaurer Mar. 17, 2014
    "So, so much to say about this. I'm hoping to find more support!"
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  • 0 +11 -11 Meagan Mar. 7, 2014
    "one less problem. once dead we dont have to take care of them in prison"
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  • 0 +10 -10 ray Mar. 6, 2014
    "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"
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  • 0 +11 -11 David Feb. 27, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +23 -23 Aboob Feb. 24, 2014
    "Kill all those scumbags."
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    • +2 +2 0 just sayin Apr. 24, 2014
      "Wouldn't you rather have them suffer in prison. Death is a coward's way out..."
    • +1 +2 -1 David Feb. 27, 2014
      "What would happen if it would be you being put on the death penalty?"
  • 0 +9 -9 tdog Feb. 24, 2014
    "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"
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  • 0 +9 -9 Bill Pickersgill Feb. 8, 2014
    "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"
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  • 0 +13 -13 Bill Pickersgill Feb. 8, 2014
    "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."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Connor Duke Feb. 6, 2014
    "The death penalty should be allowed because i killed 29 people and I deserve to die."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Kat Jan. 23, 2014
    "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!"
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  • 0 +10 -10 jeremy Jan. 15, 2014
    "yes it should be legal because do unto others how u want to be treated kill to be killed"
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  • 0 +9 -9 anon Dec. 4, 2013
    "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"
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    • -2 0 -2 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "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"
  • -1 +2 -3 Toysoldier Sep. 13, 2015
    "I am pro death penalty but, the crime has got to be heinous in nature meaning a mass murderer should be put down like a rabid dog. The most humane way to do this is by firing squad, less pain and actually costs less than other methods. We need to reestablish laws worthy of the death penalty for example treason would still be worthy of a firing squad but a single murder would not, mass murder does, a single murder should be 50 years with no good time and no early release for any reason."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Tina Jul. 28, 2015
    "There is a tremendous amout of controversy over whether the death penalty should continue or be abolished. Why should one who murders, or rapes another individual be spared his/her own life? Most of the individuals that have done such horrific crimes do not have remorse for the victims or the families of the victims. Our tax dollars are paying for these inmates to sit in jail the rest of their lives and they recieve a hot meal, a roof over their heads and TV's to watch. Think of the victim that does not have a chance for anything because they are no longer here. Most of the inmates on death row now are there for murder, rape or kidnapping (Federal Death Row Prisoners). Think about the victims family that have to live the rest of their lives with the fact that their loved one was murdered. Again, why should inmates that commit murder, rape, or kidnapping continue their lives when the victims are no longer here?"
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  • -2 0 -2 For Death Penalty Oct. 15, 2015
    "why should someone's family, friend and everyone that knows the victim have to suffer when all that is needed is a gun and bullet?"
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  • -2 +1 -3 U mad? Jul. 7, 2015
    "If you were told that if you were to commit a crime you would be sent to a death penalty, would you still do so? Sending people to jail will, in a way, make their life worse. They get released, and do crime again. However, the threat of death allows people to be good... unless they're insane."
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  • -2 +3 -5 Carol May. 20, 2015
    "An eye for an eye, leaves the whole world blind, but you still have another eye."
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  • -2 +3 -5 JEFF May. 19, 2015
    "Yes, I totally agree. If someone has no regard for others lives, then they don't deserve to live. Especially if they are repeat offenders."
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  • -2 +2 -4 Andrew Apr. 13, 2015
    "Best response possible!"
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  • -2 +3 -5 nicholas ianiero Mar. 26, 2015
    "if you kill someone intentionally regardless of mental illness or if you rape some one then you deserve to die"
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  • -2 +3 -5 Roxy Mar. 12, 2015
    "I believe if you take somebody's life you need to give it back!"
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  • -2 +9 -11 Bro Nov. 21, 2014
    "well if you think about it prison for life is the same as death penalty!"
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  • -2 +8 -10 Anonymous May. 1, 2014
    "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."
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  • -2 +7 -9 Derek Apr. 20, 2014
    "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."
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  • -2 +10 -12 Aymen Bader Mar. 21, 2014
    "I think the death penalty is really stupid! thanks Mr G!"
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  • -3 0 -3 cotton Oct. 22, 2015
    "I beliv it should be allowed"
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  • -3 +2 -5 Anne Cayton Sep. 17, 2015
    "pro all the way if you take someones life then your should be taken"
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  • -3 +6 -9 An 8th Grade Student Jan. 12, 2015
    "Why are we taught in school that the most important rule in life is to treat others how you would want to be treated. However, when someone murders another, they do not get killed in return! Why?"
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  • -3 +5 -8 demi Dec. 12, 2014
    "some people need it as a way a find closure"
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  • -3 +4 -7 DJ Dec. 11, 2014
    "I belive in "an eye for an eye" plus our jail systems are full so why not take the worst of the worst that are serving more then one life terms and put them out of there life in jail where they are going to die in anyway"
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  • -3 +5 -8 Mathieu May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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  • -4 +2 -6 Kelsey May. 7, 2015
    "I think yes because i chose to."
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  • -4 0 -4 Blubberboy496 Apr. 30, 2015
    "It should be legal because it is a moral for anyone doing the wrong thing"
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  • -4 +8 -12 Fred Tiddleston May. 6, 2014
    "A life for a life"
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  • -5 +8 -13 Adagio Dazzle VA Jan. 15, 2015
    "If man kills man, he needs to be punished. You can't let himlive. He'll just do it again."
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    • +1 +1 0 Bella Feb. 6, 2015
      "I like this quote and it is so true and they just will kill again."
  • -5 +5 -10 Austin Nov. 1, 2014
    "I have mixed feelings. I believe that a rapist, child molester, and murder should be put to death. However, we are all human, God created us all equal, so for one human being to determine whether another human being has the right to live breaks the level of equality. It is God's job to punish the evil, not other human beings."
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  • -6 +7 -13 Beth Dec. 19, 2013
    "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!"
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  • -31 +13 -44 kristi Mar. 3, 2014
    "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"
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  • +123 +365 -242 Gandhi Jan. 26, 2014
    ""an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind""
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    • +4 +15 -11 c May. 30, 2014
      "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""
    • +2 +10 -8 Dylan Nov. 20, 2014
      "The death penalty is about punishment, not about being "fair" in this regard. It is the most severe punishment for the most severe offenders, and it also makes sure that criminals cannot recommit crimes."
    • +1 +11 -10 Bill Pickersgill Feb. 8, 2014
      "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

    • 0 +5 -5 Gualano Jan. 22, 2015
      "But if we are all blind, who's to stop the seeing?"
    • -1 +6 -7 Christian K Jan. 21, 2015
      "well you see we arent doing eye for an eye, we are ending lives of mass murderers that deserve it, i guess technically it is eye for an eye, but death penalty is important."
    • -4 +9 -13 Stanford grad Mar. 7, 2014
      "Your not taking both eyes from the same person."
    • -7 +6 -13 Calissa Jun. 24, 2014
      "thank you. Someone actually gets me."
    • -7 +6 -13 TheWatchGuard Apr. 3, 2014
      "So does your mother

      Im sorry, it was to good to be true...

      But I used this quote in an essay so thanks!"
    • -14 +7 -21 1 Feb. 7, 2014
      "but there is more ways to see then with eyes"
  • +18 +89 -71 MEV Dec. 11, 2014
    "We use the death penalty as justice. But in reality, the toll is on us all. Society makes many people do many things, and a murder has to be caused by something. Most murderers have been exposed to violence and injustice as children, and society had done nothing to help these people. We've expected people to know that killing is wrong, but how can people know when they've seen it themselves? And usually the murders are committed as an act of justice themselves. It is on us as a society and a community to help fix our ways, and teach the right thing. Because you never know someone's story unless you ask. As well as we can never go back. What if our justice system makes a mistake and kills an innocent person? When innocent or guilty people are killed, it is murder all the same. For this, I am against the death penalty."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Alex Apr. 29, 2015
      "1 out of 7 executed because of the death penalty are later proven innocent... 87 people have been executed because of the death penalty... people were murdered because they were suspected of a crime they did not commit... screw the death penalty and give the innocent people their lives back... too many people have died. don't let the judicial system continue on with this..."
  • +14 +43 -29 Jerry Springer Apr. 1, 2015
    "I believe that the death punishment is letting criminals off easy. Rapists and murderers deserve to rot in prison for their life, and killing them is letting them off easily."
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    • +1 +1 0 shell Oct. 5, 2015
      "and our country would run broke from feeding and housing these people for the rest of their lives. I believe if you commit a crime so heinous that it warrants a punishment this harsh...you forfeit your rights, your life , your everything. It is the only way we can live like civilized human beings. Some of these people that are waiting to die have committed terrible crimes. Crimes that they would no doubt commit again if they were on the streets. Do you want to walk down the street and cross paths with someone like that? Do you want a family member to?"
    • 0 +1 -1 Unknown Jun. 8, 2015
      "I few let them sit in jail they have the possibility of escaping. Also they are provided with a place to sleep and food to eat. Do they deserve to be treated with dignity after they had no morals and took another's life?"
    • -1 +1 -2 shuntavia Apr. 13, 2015
      "thats what im saying i agree with u 100%"
  • +12 +94 -82 Jaaaannaaaan Oct. 15, 2014
    "Tell me. The murderer had no right to take away another's life. But what gives YOU the right to take away a another's life?"
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    • +2 +5 -3 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "taking someones life is worse than taking their freedom"
    • +1 +4 -3 freedom fighter May. 11, 2015
      "What gives us the right is that this man/woman is a murderer or a rapist and they need to feel the same pain they put that victim through."
    • -1 +1 -2 bob Jun. 5, 2015
      "that makes sense, if some one takes a life they get put in jail. but if we use the death penalty, we end up just as bad as the murderer. And... if the government can use the death penalty that gives them even more power over us"
    • -9 +1 -10 SuperJordan Jan. 27, 2015
      "What gives you the right to takes someones freedom? What gives you the right to kill an animal for food or warmth?

      Or, if someone wants to kill you or your family, should they live, only to think of another way to harm you?"
  • +5 +14 -9 Dee Sep. 13, 2015
    "I'm not for taking a life, but I am for changes in the penal system. Murderers should only be housed with other murderers. Many other felonies, like forgery or drug possession, are not violent. Reform should be paramount for these rather than excessive punishment and exposure to violent criminals. I also think "human rights" should be defined specifically for the penal system. I don't think an xbox or a tv is a human right. It should all be about education, reform, and a good work ethic. Find a way to create some form of self-sustaining work within the system to relieve some of the reliance on tax dollars."
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  • +4 +18 -14 bob Jun. 3, 2015
    "it should not be allowed because the government is killing someone:putting themselves in the same position of the murderer, except for that they are not the ones getting killed"
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  • +3 +49 -46 MEV Dec. 16, 2014
    "Two wrongs don't make a right. What we call justice in today's world can be cruel and unnecessary. When someone kills, and we kill them, what does that do for justice?"
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    • +2 +2 0 Suki Feb. 6, 2015
      ""Two wrongs don't make a right." But it damn sure makes it even."
    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "I feel that we don't have the right to take another man's life. Besides, In what way does a few months fearing death, worse than a life time without any freedom and the forced contemplation of what you have done.

      If you to talk about people who enjoy killing; they probably will enjoy experiencing death."
  • +2 +6 -4 person Nov. 5, 2015
    "I agree with the arguments which say that death penalty is like an eye for an eye, and show examples of situations where applying eye for an eye would sound silly, illogical, or rash.
    "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind""
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  • +2 +8 -6 ruby Nov. 4, 2015
    "i think people can change there ways they should give people 1 year to change there ways if they don't then they can have the death penalty untell then they should be able to change. that is my opinon on the death penalty"
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  • +2 +11 -9 Noobthinker103 Oct. 9, 2015
    "No, because you don't decide if people get to live, not just because The Bible says so, but because it's inhuman."
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  • +2 +14 -12 EvidenceBasedThinker Apr. 20, 2015
    "The debate over capital punishment is not a debate. It is a mindset humans have. In self defense, living things, in any shape or form, fight back. Humans (i.e. us) have countless explanations on how they (i.e. we) are superior to other living things for our vast knowledge, yet we are just as blinded by vengeance and instinct to blow a hit back. Seeing as humans (i.e. us again) Have such a wide amount of knowledge, we may analyze and process information on what is right and wrong. Murder: Wrong. Murder or Killing (i.e. death penalty) In Response to Murder: Wrong. Detaining Criminals for life, and giving the a life span's time to learn right from wrong, rather than doing the wrong back at them: Right. - A TRUE Evidence Based Thinker"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Misterrrr Kennedy!! Apr. 21, 2015
      "THANK YOU!!!"
  • +2 +29 -27 Jmal Mar. 26, 2015
    "The death penalty does not solve any issues that arise from criminal activity. An eye for eye way of thinking will just make the world fall apart. Only God is to choose who has the right to live not the government. The death penalty is unconstitutional and does not promote peace in the way the world should view peace and justice. Sure some people should be taken out back and have done what they have to done to someone else but as Gandhi said, An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
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    • +1 +1 0 Toysoldier Sep. 13, 2015
      "I agree it does not prohibit future crimes, however if someone kills 20 to 30 people on a rampage, I feel that person should be put down like the rabid dog that they are. Of course we need to ensure that several things are fixed, racism in the death row population, DNA results are tested a minimum of three times (to be sure we have the right person), and that we do not use this for those single murder cases. If it were like that (which it currently is not, most people would agree that the death penalty would be beneficial, but not be used to prohibit criminal activity, we have other types of punishment for that which there again, racism has take its toll on those as well."
  • +1 +5 -4 Amber Nov. 12, 2015
    "Its simply a cruel and unusual punishment."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Muk Nov. 8, 2015
    "I don't believe in the Death Penalty as it ends the life of someone because they committed a crime. Now, I am not saying that people who have done horrible things shouldn't die, but we shouldn't kill someone for other things, like drug smuggling. There are other ways to punish people for doing bad things, but I strongly believe the death penalty shouldn't be one of these punishemnts."
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  • +1 +16 -15 camron May. 7, 2015
    "Why do we kill people who kill people to show killing people is wrong."
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    • 0 0 0 Stan Nov. 8, 2015
      "We kill criminals to serve as a lesson from someone taking an innocent life away that there is actually a great consequence from committing such crime what kind of lesson would it be to others if all you got out of it was life in prison."
  • +1 +45 -44 Lucifer Feb. 20, 2015
    "People on here are saying that we should keep the death penalty for murderers. So, does this mean we are going to put our military on death row? Are we going to put our government on death row?"
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    • 0 0 0 George Nov. 19, 2015
      "It is about innocent. Military is there for killing terrorists"
    • 0 +2 -2 shuntavia Apr. 13, 2015
      "thats not the same thing they are killing to protect out family others are killing for no reason..Death penalty should be allowed for people who rape others"
    • 0 +2 -2 Pablo Apr. 10, 2015
      "Are you saying that if a military man is oversees and gets into a firefight and kills someone, defending his country, he is a murderer?"
    • -1 +1 -2 Victoria Sep. 10, 2015
      "Someone will serve a death penalty for unlawful murders. Not a military man for representing his country"
  • 0 +5 -5 Heinrich Nov. 12, 2015
    ""Tell me. The murderer had no right to take away another's life. But what gives YOU the right to take away a another's life?""
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  • 0 +8 -8 Think about it... May. 15, 2015
    "Killing is a bad thing.So why would the government have the right to kill someone.Put yourself in the shoes of the one who is going to get killed.Would you like being LEGALLY killed by your OWN GOVERNMENT!?Please think about it."
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  • 0 +16 -16 MAGICMONNA Apr. 13, 2015
    "Why would you take a life of a human who has done a bad thing? everyone on earth is an equal, no one is above, the government should ban death penalty because we are equal. we all got created by the one person... god...
    if someone has done a bad thing we shouldn't kill him/her. he/she should just have a critical punishment forever because it is not fair, would u enjoy if u were sentence to death if u killed someone??? we should all be equals."
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  • 0 +32 -32 Lydia Feb. 27, 2015
    "I am a con because the death penalty is unconstitutional, wrongly gives government the power to take someone's life, and is expensive."
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    • +2 +2 0 Hannah Apr. 10, 2015
      "What about their victims? Did they have the right to kill/rape, or whatever it may be?"
    • 0 0 0 Lydia Nov. 23, 2015
      "@Hannah but killing a murderer is still murder and "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.""
    • 0 0 0 Noobthinker103 Oct. 12, 2015
      "@Hanna But what about the fugitives, family, do you think that he/she should be killed because he made a mistake??"
  • -1 +28 -29 Levi Ackerman Dec. 4, 2014
    "Death is not the best way to go about things. Everyone should get a second chance. Even if someone is slower to change than others. Life is delicate and fragile."
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  • -1 +33 -34 Katelynn Dec. 3, 2014
    ""Those who break the rules, shall be subjected to a fate worse than death" so why should we be the ones to decide whether someone lives or dies. We are humans just like them and if we kill them, doesn't that make us more like them, we too turn into murderers just like the one we are trying to kill, even if we do not know if the person convicted did it. Everyone exists for a reason, you have no right to take that chance away from them whether they grabbed it or not"
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  • -2 +25 -27 Ders Nov. 30, 2014
    "The thing about them death penalty is that to execute someone is that it becomes someone's job to kill them, making them a killer themself no matter how indirect it was."
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  • -2 +23 -25 Nathan Hogan Nov. 10, 2014
    "Because what if the so called murderer is not really the murderer at all it can just be possible for the homicide detectives to possibly be wrong in any type of case."
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  • -2 +75 -77 the truth Nov. 4, 2014
    ""i believe in God and only he can take it""
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    • +4 +5 -1 sara Mar. 1, 2015
      "I agree to demolish the death penalty but we cant leave ones lives on purely spiritual beliefs"
    • -1 0 -1 F.R.O.G. Oct. 25, 2015
      "Yes God is the maker and the taker."
    • -2 0 -2 Atheisms don't care May. 14, 2015
      "I don't believe in any religion. (Atheism)"
    • -2 0 -2 davonte Apr. 29, 2015
      "preach it young one. only got can kill and god only"
  • -3 +6 -9 F.R.O.G. Oct. 25, 2015
    "The Bible says that Thou shalt not kill or murder. The Death Penalty is killing and murder."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Kyrin Anderson Oct. 23, 2015
    "Our Government says that "killers should be killed" so does that mean that rapist should be raped and arsonist should have their house burned down?"
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  • -3 +15 -18 Logical Thinker May. 19, 2015
    "society puts criminals low in acceptance scale. Thinking that only a very evil person would murder, then what does justice do? They murder him back. What do you think? Is that a good roe model for today's children? What does that teach them to do when they are wronged? Murder, that's what, which forces justice to murder again, which repeats the cycle. Stop the death penalty today!"
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  • -3 +11 -14 CIT Mar. 26, 2015
    "The death penalty is revenge not justice. The death penalty goes against everything we stand for as a nation. It is cruel and usual, which violates the Eighth Amendment. Those who commit such crimes lack properties that would consider them to be "sane". We all know that a sane person does not murder, therefore, how can we classify these people as being anything less than mentally ill? Also, economically, the death penalty is a tolling sentence. It costs a substantial amount of money to cover the legal fees (majority of convicted are constitutionally provided with a free defense), place them on the death row, and to then carry out the execution with lethal injection (facilities are pricey). Lastly, the death penalty is a hypocritical concept. The death penalty = killing someone who kills to show that killing is wrong."
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  • -3 +27 -30 Brendan Nov. 11, 2014
    "i'm doing an argumentative essay in ELA and I found that the states without the penalty have a lower crime rate than the states that do have the death penalty."
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  • -3 +34 -37 Angel Oct. 18, 2014
    "Due to the simple fact that our justice system is imperfect, a permanent result such as this should never be rendered. While a life in sentence prison where innocence is discovered after 30 years still has irreparable consequences, at the very least, the individual still has some life remaining."
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  • -3 +32 -35 Jenna Oct. 7, 2014
    "It is our job to show the next generation what is right and wrong. How can we show them that murdering is wrong when we go around murdering as well?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Madeleine Mar. 4, 2015
      "Justice cannot involve the killing of another human being, and by your standards of "Justice" should we then kill the executioner who served this Justice? Didn't he kill someone too? And the Army? Should they be on death row?"
    • -3 0 -3 CONNOR Feb. 10, 2015
      "It's not murder its justice"
  • -3 +55 -58 Lee May. 21, 2014
    "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."
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    • +6 +6 0 Alex May. 1, 2015
      "because thousands of dollars are sooo the amount a life is worth... Pablo, whoever you are, if someone is wrongly convicted of the death penalty, that means they DIED! They were killed by the GOVERNMENT even though they were innocent. Because what if u were framed for a crime you did not commit and sentenced to the death penalty. They prove you were innocent later, but guess what? YOU ARE ALREADY DEAD! And unless you believe that you can buy a life, I would much rather sentence a person who is innocent life without parole than MURDERING them."
    • -3 0 -3 Pablo Apr. 10, 2015
      "First off, i would like you to show me where the proof the there are THOUSANDS of people are wrongly convicted each year, and even if they are, how many of those people were to die due to the death sentence.
      And two, if you were to actually read some articles on the subject you would learn that the death penalty actually save the the state government THOUSANDS of dollars per inmate compared to paying for a inmate with life without parole."
  • -3 +36 -39 Alison May. 16, 2014
    "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."
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  • -3 +54 -57 Maxime May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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    • 0 0 0 TheRedSir Jan. 30, 2015
      "YoYo, your statement is just terrible, it categorizes people of faith, and it does not have anything to do with the current topic.
      Lets keep the debate about Death Penalty people."
    • 0 +3 -3 YoYo Nov. 12, 2014
      "You believe in God, I see. So do you follow the Bible? You say only he has the right to say who must die. I'm gong to assume you are against gay rights (though I may be wrong). Do you see them as an abomination and they shouldn't be on this Earth? Isn't that the same thing as wishing the death penalty upon someone?"
    • -2 0 -2 connor Feb. 10, 2015
      "in the bible you forget one think one of the ten commandments were you shall not kill so why should they live when they have disobayed gods rules and many the executioner is not religious"
  • -4 +3 -7 Reign Sep. 14, 2015
    "All religion aside, a murderer is a murderer and he has taken someones life that was not his to take. But killing the murderer will not bring that person back, nor will it truly be called justice. Making that person live with the guilt and pain they have created, behind bars, is justice. Imagine not being able to touch your child or parent again, and only see them through a thick sheet of glass. They get to live with what they've done."
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  • -4 +3 -7 Olgi Sep. 7, 2015
    "There is one thing that everyone should keep in mind:
    miscarrige of justice is something that happened before and is still happening. Capital punishment is irreversible."
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  • -4 +6 -10 Gandhi's apprentice Jun. 2, 2015
    "if it is an eye for an eye, the guy who strikes first is the last to die."
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  • -4 +9 -13 bob May. 23, 2015
    "it doesn't make sense the government is killing to stop killing"
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  • -4 +17 -21 Death Penalty = Bad May. 15, 2015
    "Death penalty = MURDER"
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  • -4 +5 -9 Me May. 15, 2015
    "More than 138 innocent people have been freed since 1973 and no-one has been able to put a number on how many innocent people have been killed. This needs to stop."
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  • -4 +4 -8 Mikah May. 15, 2015
    "The death penalty should be allowed because it is whats fair. If you can take the life of someone even if you believed that they deserved it you should have to give up yours.People that have absolutely have no soul and can kill for whatever reason does not deserve to live. crazy or not crazy we don't need people like that in our society"
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  • -4 +8 -12 DJ May. 13, 2015
    "If you want to use the death you would most likely killed about 40% of the worlds population including almost all government officials including POTUS because of everyone they are the mass murders stood by and watched our people die in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan. such as the Isis terrorist group killing Americans and not one government official not as long as the belly and pocketbook is full. so therefore the government should all be put on death row . how long do you bet if that happened the POTUS would make an Executive order to put the death penalty then pardon them all"
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  • -4 +5 -9 DJ May. 13, 2015
    "What is the point of killing another person if you think about it they would rather die than stay in prison of their lives. And think about this I seen friends killed on the streets its a way of life its all we know so you want the death penalty that me and everyone in Kalamazoo because I can guarantee everyone their has killed, raped , or seriously assaulted someone else so that me put me in that g*****n chair and elcecute me but you better look me in my eyes as you kill me"
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  • -4 +2 -6 Phillip Thompson May. 13, 2015
    "You left out some important considerations in your arguments regarding capital punishment.

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

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

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

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

    My conclusion is that it is not acceptable to execute a single innocent person, in order to be able to do so to the truly guilty. It is impossible for us to avoid that inevitability."
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  • -4 +4 -8 bunu May. 3, 2015
    "i dont see any reason for their living what is the point in letting them live if they dont care about others life"
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  • -4 +13 -17 Alex Apr. 27, 2015
    "I believe the death penalty is murder. That is all I can really say for it... Murder is murder no matter who commits it. I really believe that the death penalty is only another form of revenge. You can hide the blood by saying it's justice but it is only annihilation and will only be another death to our nation's population. They say that the penalty deters crime but I see no pause or change in my city. I will not support the death penalty. No man or woman should hold the power to take another's life, no matter how horrible."
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  • -4 +7 -11 Anonymous Apr. 24, 2015
    "I think the people shouldn't be killed unless they do something really bad and then they can be killed otherwise no Im a CON"
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  • -4 +13 -17 Weston Apr. 16, 2015
    "This is what it sounds like someone else already died so lets make someone else feel the same terrible feeling when a loved one dies. No one should go through that"
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  • -4 +8 -12 MagicWarriorFTW Apr. 7, 2015
    "I think it shouldn't be allowed because I'm christian and I think that only Jesus should take that."
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    • +8 +9 -1 Carter Apr. 9, 2015
      "Read the Bible then. Genesis 9:6 "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man." Matthew 26:52 "Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.'"
  • -4 +18 -22 Savonna Mar. 26, 2015
    "I don't agree with the death penalty because I would rather a cruel criminal be locked up for the rest of their lives, suffering, than see them put to death. I believe its an easy way out, also it's complete irony that anyone would be willing to put someone to death over a crime, considering murder is a crime."
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  • -4 +11 -15 JF919 Mar. 26, 2015
    "You cannot punish wrongdoers with the same thing they inflicted. It's hypocritical. A better solution would be to let the person rot in a prison cell and mull over their crime for the rest of their life. Death is an easy way out. You cannot let the emotion behind a situation affect rational thinking and planning."
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  • -4 +7 -11 Kay Mar. 26, 2015
    "I do not believe in the death penalty because you are letting them get out of what they had done. By killing them yes your taking there life and that is taking what they took away from another person. By keeping them in prison they have to live there everyday there is no getting out and they are begin punished with what they did for the rest of their lifes. Death Penalty is just a way out"
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  • -4 +9 -13 cat in the hat Mar. 26, 2015
    "I'm against it because it is immoral, it lets the killer get off easy and he won't have to suffer in jail or deal with the other inmates. it also shows everyone else that killing is okay especially since our own government does it"
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  • -4 +6 -10 Solonote Mar. 26, 2015
    "I am against the death penalty because it seems very eye-for-an-eye, and it is an outdated practice to punish criminals with physical harm or death."
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  • -4 +16 -20 john Mar. 18, 2015
    "i think that the death penalty should be brought into the equation after you are sure that you have all the evidence"
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  • -4 +8 -12 Lauren! Mar. 17, 2015
    "They kill people, so then we can? Not fair in my eyes."
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  • -4 +11 -15 snack time Mar. 10, 2015
    "I think that the death penalty is wrong no matter what."
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  • -4 +7 -11 Traghanolondo Mar. 10, 2015
    "I'm con because people who kill people shouldn't just be able to die and forget about who they did. They should sit in prison and rhink about what they did."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Katelynn.M Mar. 5, 2015
    "Animals shouldn't have the death punishment. Some animals weren't trained and even if they were then somebody must have done some thing to them that got them mad."
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  • -4 +29 -33 manny Mar. 2, 2015
    "2 wrongs dont make a right"
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  • -4 +7 -11 sarah Mar. 1, 2015
    "Receiving execution is incredibly random, if one is convicted of murder it is not a definite death. This is all up to the jury, if one member disagrees than the murderer receives life without parole. This is not a reliable system, its completely random at the end of the day. One could commit a horrible crime and not receive the death penalty vs one who commits a mediocre crime and faces execution. Lets get rid of the penalty and not leave ones lives at random"
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  • -4 +10 -14 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
    "Put them in jail. Then, let them reoffend. No on cares.We just don't have the right to take another persons life.

    Who are you protecting by killing someone when you can lock them up forever."
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  • -4 +14 -18 Just like the post:) Feb. 13, 2015
    "I don't think they should be able to get out easily . when people know that they have a life in prison they want the easy way out and in this case that is a death penalty"
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  • -4 +7 -11 Sara Jan. 30, 2015
    "I think the death penalty is wrong. People have family that deeply care about them. What people dont seem to realize is that when people get sentenced to death penalty, it affects that persons family, it doesn't just benefit the people who can be victims of there crimes but it drastically can affect that persons family to loose someone they care about. With this being said, DEATH PENALTY IS WRONG!!! When the government kills someone for committing a crime, there passing off the impression that it's ok to kill someone. Is that the world you want to live in? I certainly don't."
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  • -4 +32 -36 colby Jan. 26, 2015
    "the death penalty should be abolished. Scientific studies have consistently showed that the death penalty does not deter crime. The death penalty is hypocritical because you're saying murder is wrong by committing it. Also, studies in states like California and Kansas have shown that the cost of the death penalty is much greater than the cost of life imprisonment."
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  • -4 +54 -58 ZT Jan. 14, 2015
    "'Two wrongs don't make a right ' The murderer and his executioner both do wrong and nothing good comes out of what they have done. No justice for the families of the victims"
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    • +2 +2 0 Syed May. 11, 2015
      "So we should give them a chance to run off and try to do more damage. Good logic."
  • -4 +37 -41 Fiona Dec. 3, 2014
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because it teaches young people that the law can decide to kill and that is alright, but a normal person cannot. Is this what we want our children to think? That lawmakers have the right to decide when a human being should die? This is a right that nobody on this planet has, and while I agree that murder is wrong, two wrongs do not make a right. Killing someone because they killed is a vicious cycle and sends a bad message. It should be stopped."
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  • -4 +24 -28 Andrew Oct. 20, 2014
    "The two main motives for murder are personal gain and revenge. If it's gain, then the best threat would be to make them live with nothing. If it's anger, then threats won't work since they're emotionally compromised."
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  • -4 +26 -30 Tom Oct. 10, 2014
    "The fact that you are trying to say "Murder is wrong, so wrong we are going to kill you" is first off a great example of irony but also there are too many innocent convictions, and as an American I cannot imagine death is anything but "cruel & unusual" especially since like 12 countries actually still execute people."
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    • +6 +6 0 Alex Apr. 29, 2015
      "that is super super duper true! its so hypocritical its almost funny... but it's not. i mean, killing innocent people because you think they are guilty and you want revenge? WTF? it is already bad enough that you are willing to murder someone who has murdered but now you're not even doing the job properly enough so that the actual guilty convict is the one who gets punished not an innocent bystander you jerks..."
    • +1 +1 0 pt Jan. 30, 2015
      "but they both result in death"
    • 0 +1 -1 connor Feb. 10, 2015
      "if a murder kills he still has it in him to kill again. if they're capable once they are capable of doing it again"
    • -4 +1 -5 SuperJordan Jan. 27, 2015
      "Murdering and killing are 2 different things."
  • -4 +19 -23 Jim Carter Sep. 3, 2014
    "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."
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  • -5 +2 -7 Abby May. 13, 2015
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because innocent people can be easily instead they can use life in prison."
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  • -5 +2 -7 Keep it...anonymous May. 13, 2015
    "No.It should not be allowed because death is what makes the population go down.And that means that taxes and all those governmental things go haywire!"
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  • -5 +18 -23 Madeleine Feb. 22, 2015
    "America, where we kill people who kill people, 'cause killing people is wrong!"
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  • -5 +14 -19 Anonymous Feb. 18, 2015
    "By killing them, we just get down to their level"
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  • -5 +8 -13 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
    "the death penalty is saved for first degree murder of which i disagree completely it should be abolished"
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  • -5 +11 -16 ajksdfcqljhdv Dec. 15, 2014
    "im not on a major side i think it depends on how bad thee crime was or their criminal background but in my opinion if they kill someone and we kill them were just as bad as they are"
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  • -5 +42 -47 Bryan Feb. 27, 2014
    "I believe that people could die then later be proven inoccent."
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    • +1 +1 0 derek Apr. 1, 2014
    • -3 0 -3 Brandon Apr. 9, 2014
      "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"
  • -5 +30 -35 Aaron Jan. 23, 2014
    "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."
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  • -6 +19 -25 Easton Jan. 28, 2014
    "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."
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  • -7 +24 -31 KJ Collins May. 6, 2014
    "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?"
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    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "We can't morally change who people are. That is called freedom. people have been fighting for it since the beginning of the human race."
  • -7 +16 -23 Francis Sinotros Apr. 12, 2014
    "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."
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  • -7 +12 -19 Meg Apr. 10, 2014
    "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."
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    • -1 0 -1 FrankieLeroy Oct. 4, 2014
      "Yeah ok. You really do not have any idea. Take a prison tour and then see if you feel that same way."
  • -7 +17 -24 Austin Apr. 2, 2014
    "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"
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  • -7 +9 -16 Roxas Feb. 24, 2014
    "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."
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  • -7 +9 -16 lamar Jan. 22, 2014
    "what about the people are innocent and was found on death row. they should not have to die from somebody's crime"
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  • -7 +40 -47 David Smith Nov. 27, 2013
    "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"
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    • 0 +3 -3 Tylor Bishop Dec. 4, 2013
      "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."
  • -8 +5 -13 jarod Mar. 26, 2015
    "i think it is wrong to ether kill a person or an animal it is wrong"
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  • -8 +7 -15 Shania Jan. 30, 2015
    "The Death Penalty isn't good. "No problem can be solved with the same level of thinking that created it". - Albert Einstein"
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  • -8 +8 -16 Carter FB Jan. 21, 2015
    "There are numerous reasons the Death Penalty should be outlawed but here are some top points;

    1. Cost; millions are spent in convicting the felon and in subsequent appeals before he or she even spends any time in prison. If you actually read the arguments on this topic on this site, you will find the same.

    2. Error rate; According to a factsheet I found, 140 people have been released since 1973 with evidence of their innocence. That's 140 innocent people that could have been executed.

    3. Effectiveness; there is no correlation showing that states with the DP have lower crime rates. In fact, it is the case that institutionalized provides a bad model.

    4. Constitutionality; the DP was outlawed by the SCOTUS in 1972 because they found that it violated the 8th amendment because each state seemingly had a different way of doing things. This lead to unfairness based on where you lived. It was reinstated in 1976, and even though there has been much improvement, there are still reasons that death can be considered cruel and/or unusual.

    I am a high school senior about to write an essay on this topic for my government class final, and this seemed like a good way to prepare."
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    • 0 +2 -2 SuperJordan Jan. 27, 2015
      "In response to # 2.

      Death penalty should only be considered to people who had previous offences, which would reduced the number of innocents killed.

      In response to # 3:

      This is a weak argument. The crime rate correlation in states with and without death penalty my be for another reason, not because of DP."
  • -8 +6 -14 Zy Jan. 12, 2015
    "I believe no one should be killed for their wrong doing but they should be taunted for all the wrong they did. All of those serial killers and the serial rapist should be tortured, they shouldn't have to be killed because what justice does the victims family get?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Drew P. Wiener Apr. 16, 2015
      "Personally, I am against the DP as well, but what you suggest should be done simply can't. If we were to torture the serial killers and rapists, that would be violating the 8th amendment."
  • -8 +8 -16 Josh G. Nov. 17, 2014
    "I believe that if you take someones life just because they killed
    someone, it makes you just as bad."
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  • -8 +14 -22 Ange Nov. 7, 2014
    "This is "justified" murder that is happening right in front of us! We have to remember that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Abolish the death penalty. it actually costs LESS to keep a person in prison than to give them the death penalty. Life in prison with NO chance of parole is my alternative. Saving even just ONE innocent life is worth it since hundreds of people on death row have been mistakenly convicted and killed. The death penalty targets those of color and those with lower socioeconomic status, it's hypocritical, it's cruel and unusual punishment- it needs to go, hands down."
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  • -8 +14 -22 Donald Nov. 6, 2014
    "There have been and always will be cases of executions of innocent people. No matter how developed a justice system is, it will always remain susceptible to human failure. Unlike prison sentences, the death penalty is irreversible and irreparable."
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  • -8 +5 -13 Meli Nov. 3, 2014
    "What if you had a family member that was falsy accused? I agree that if you know someone is guilt they should be put to death, but what if he or she was falsy accused? Also, murdering a murderer makes you just as bad as them. I would not want someone else's blood on my hands. One more thing I must add, bringing in the prisoner's enemies is not the best idea. I would not want to see someone get murdered in front of me. I use to be pro. After alot of research I have learned it's not right!"
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  • -8 +13 -21 Jasia Oct. 27, 2014
    "I believe there shouldn't be a death penalty no matter how bad the crime is, at least give people about thirty to forty years. You always have to remember people who commit crimes also have families who care about them. Yes the death penalties will limit the number of murders, rapes, torture, kidnapping, etc. The death penalty will prevent the murder weight. I also agree it will get rid of all the crime commiters, but that's exactly why we have secured jails just in case people try to escape. Some cons of the death penalty are if we have death penalty we lose more people, and more than anything families lose their loved ones, that's why we should have long jail time. In this controversial issue I believe that the death penalty should not be allowed anywhere."
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  • -8 +16 -24 Jillian Oct. 16, 2014
    "that wouldn't be fair if you did something wrong and had to die for it. If that was legal all over the world half of the human species would be dead. If people were killed because a crime they committed that person still has a family, how do you imagine their family would feel?"
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    • -2 0 -2 Annonymous Oct. 27, 2014
      "thank you for pointing this out I had to write an essay on this for shool and I said almost everything you said"
  • -8 +15 -23 Lex Oct. 6, 2014
    "I feel like they should have to suffer for the harm that they caused others and not be let off easy."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Big Mike Oct. 28, 2014
      "Yeah obviously they don't think that living is worse than death. They killed someone. Obviously they have a distorted view of what life is for."
    • 0 +1 -1 brendan Nov. 11, 2014
      "i agree that life in prison in more severe. because then he or she will have tom live with the shame rather than getting off easy"
  • -8 +6 -14 Michael G. Sep. 26, 2014
    "No, I don't think that the death penalty, no matter how severe the crime, is a morally correct punishment. If we treat our prisoners the way we treat their victims how are we any better than them? Incarcerating them a correct amount of time for their crime, even if it ends up being the rest of their life, is a much more morally correct thing to do."
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  • -8 +8 -16 ahoyxcapn Sep. 10, 2014
    "every being deserves a chance to make a change to their behaviour into more positive habits. jail time is bad enough, let alone death."
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  • -8 +24 -32 Megan Aug. 2, 2014
    "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"
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  • -8 +19 -27 Olivia Maloney Jul. 9, 2014
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 tom Sep. 30, 2014
      "Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in prison he wasn't put to death he was killed by another inmate"
  • -8 +19 -27 Douglas Pocock Jul. 1, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +10 -18 the jail orange Jun. 2, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +10 -18 Suzie May. 29, 2014
    "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?"
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  • -8 +27 -35 Zach May. 23, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +10 -18 Logan May. 15, 2014
    "Death penalty is extremely expensive. California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement."
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    • +1 +1 0 tom Sep. 30, 2014
      "that's only because the courts have made it so with endless useless appeals"
    • -2 +1 -3 Nope Jul. 8, 2014
      "Less then having to pay for meals everyday and living places and healthcare and schooling do you with for me to continue?"
  • -8 +11 -19 Mathilde May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +14 -22 Lanejah May. 7, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +11 -19 Danyelle May. 7, 2014
    "What is the point of the death penalty if the criminal could spend life in prision?!"
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    • 0 0 0 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "It is at least now your freedom has been taken away. You are demeaned and made to act like cattle. Men and women in the military fight to the death to protect our freedom. Surely that is more powerful than simply killing some one. Plus it is truly justified unlike execution."
    • -2 0 -2 tom Sep. 30, 2014
      "and keep on killing"
  • -8 +11 -19 Dominic Vliente May. 5, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +15 -23 Unknown Apr. 25, 2014
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 Griffin Dec. 15, 2014
      "After watching the show "Prison Break" (guy gets framed for crime and sentenced to death for something he didn't do and his brother tries to break him out) I'm sort of in the middle because after some research several people have been sentenced to death, or many years in prison and then they later found out that they didn't even do the crime. I think they need 100% proof that they did the crime."
    • -3 0 -3 tom Sep. 30, 2014
      "ok name 1 that was proven not guilty"
  • -8 +6 -14 TRUTH Apr. 24, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +15 -23 Chelsie Apr. 23, 2014
    "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."
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  • -8 +9 -17 Mika Apr. 21, 2014
    "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"
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  • -8 +10 -18 Dre Bonner Mar. 25, 2014
    "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"
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    • +1 +1 0 rannand May. 19, 2014
      "The bible is what teaches an eye for an eye. you are going against what god says."
    • 0 0 0 Alex Apr. 29, 2015
      "actually the bible teaches you to turn your other cheek. and i'm not sying that we should forgive them just as easily as that, but to make sure they pay for their sins... i don't even believe in god but an eye for an eye is total BS"
  • -8 +7 -15 Kelly Jan. 21, 2014
    "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."
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  • -9 +3 -12 Katie Mar. 2, 2015
    "Only god can take our life's. This is basically another form of murder. Aren't we all bad then?"
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  • -9 +3 -12 Lindsy Feb. 16, 2015
    "The death penalty diminishes all of us, increases disrespect for human life and offers the tragic illusion that we can teach that killing is wrong by killing. People often say, "well it's only fair, they took a life so we take theirs." But what about our lives? Why is it that our lives don't get taken? Are we not just as bad? Do we not have the intent to end another human being's life? We've become the murders."
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  • -9 +5 -14 Avery Felts Jan. 24, 2015
    "The Death penalty kills thousands of innocents every 100 years and we are still dealing with this?"
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  • -9 +8 -17 Angel Pot-pot Jan. 11, 2015
    "What if one of your relatives or someone close to you was the one who did a major crime? It's ok if the criminal was sentenced for lifetime imprisonment but DEATH PENALTY???!!!!? Are yo still human"
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  • -9 +3 -12 PHILLY Jan. 9, 2015
    "i do not think there should be a death penalty"
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  • -9 +15 -24 daija miller Nov. 13, 2014
    "no i feel that u shouldn't kill someone just because they did something bad like robbing or like holding someone captive. their probally doing it for a reason. either because they need the money for family or they just want people to know who they are,even though their probally not going to hurt or harm them anyways. so whats the point of killing them if u dont get the facts. most of the time. it may just be an accident that their at that time at that exact moment someones dead. someone else might've killed that persons family member and their just sad and hurt that their gone. so they run to them and touch them. even though its not their fault they died. that's not a reason to kill someone"
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  • -9 +17 -26 Hope Nov. 9, 2014
    "Why allow them to live? Because no matter what they are still humans. We as humans shouldn't decide to end the lives of others just because they've done it. It is not for us to decide who lives and who dies. Of course they should be punished for what they've done to someone else's lives, and even in the afterlife they would be punished. Honestly, I was up for PRO, but thiking how it will end innocent lives who hasn't murdered anyone made me thought about the justice a lot of people has been talking about. Whenever I read or watch how humans just abandon other human just because of how they are labeled, it still feels terrible whether they did something bad or not. Jealousy, hate, bitterness, loneliness, desires, and many other negative feelings are emotions we commonly experience, but let's not lose ourselves because of it. There is still hope in this world we can look forward to, and other positive feelings that can bring light to this world."
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  • -9 +13 -22 GOD LOVES YOU Oct. 23, 2014
    "it is the same thing as killing an unborn baby.... IT IS WRONG!!"
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  • -9 +7 -16 Cameron Bryant Oct. 21, 2014
    "the death penalty should not be allowed. It is the sickest reason to kill someone. people are the same we all make bad choices. God set obstacles for us to change before he comes back .This coming from a 12 year old.if you give someone the death penalty you bascially killing them and the bible saids thall shall not kill."
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  • -9 +15 -24 Geymi Medina Jul. 22, 2014
    "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."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Northwind Sep. 23, 2014
      "The number of executed convicts that are later found to be innocent is less than 2 percent."
  • -9 +11 -20 that guy Jun. 2, 2014
    "no then they die slowly and painfully"
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    • 0 0 0 Ders Nov. 30, 2014
      "They actually don't they get drugged to kill them absolutely painlessly"
  • -9 +10 -19 Logan May. 15, 2014
    "Although death penalty takes them off the streets, they don't get a chance to learn and start anew and make something of themselves."
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    • 0 0 0 tom Sep. 30, 2014
      "nor do they get to kill again"
  • -9 +10 -19 Melvin May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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  • -9 +25 -34 Lauriana May. 13, 2014
    "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."
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    • +2 +4 -2 Nope Jul. 8, 2014
      "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"
    • 0 +2 -2 Olivia Maloney Jul. 9, 2014
      "Exactly, and it's wrong to be happy over someone's death no matter what. It is bringing the morals of this country down."
  • -9 +8 -17 John Gmez May. 9, 2014
    "I thi