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"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."
"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."
"I agree about the topic it is smart to have a sense of power in such a cruel crime"
"True we should make people that take other peoples life give their own but we are just show that killing it the right thing to do but it is not. What is worst losing your life or getting stuck in prison in till you die? Also we are wasting our tax on killing people when we could be using it for anything else like for schools and so on. Why should we waste it on criminals that are going to die one way or another instead of our self?"
"Northwind writes that "Criminals should fear our justice system." However, there are numerous studies that show that the death penalty lays no part in deterring crime."
"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."
"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."
"Since when did dogs get put at the same level as humans?"
"when someone takes the life of someone else we show them mercy but what about the dog?"
"Way to not put me on the same level as a dog. High five."
"Dogs shouldn't be put to sleep to begin with."
"It may be that dog's aren't as intelligent and not on the same level as a human, but this really isn't about who's smarter. A dog does have feelings, and probably has people who care for him as well."
"Instead of testing animals I believe that they should test on prisoners and see how it works for humans since we want to know if it works for us so bad."
"Dogs arent humans."
"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"
"I am pro death penalty, but a dog and a person are on very different intellectual and emotional level. Comparing man and dog, the way that you did, is like comparing apples and oranges. You argument is invalid."
"Do Not put me on the same level as a dog"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"Locking people into cages is an extreme action which should only be used when absolutely necessary. The costs of incarceration help provide incentive for society to only send people to jail who truly belong there. That capital punishment is inexpensive means there's less incentive *not* to use it, and is an argument against it."
"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."
"Pro, because, it states in the Bible that man who kills man shall be killed himself"
"Religion should not mix with law."
"Not by other people who may not know the circumstances-if he was really guilty then God would punish him later."
"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."
"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."
"but it also states in the bible "Thou shall not kill"..."
"But, in the bible states that you should forgive, like Jesus did."
"Do unto others as you have them do unto you"
"Mahatma Gandhi once stated: The old law "an eye for an eye" leaves us all blind."
"If you had a true understanding of the Bible, you would know better. That passage refers only to the laws they had in the Old Testament. When Jesus came and made a new pact, one that included Gentiles, the old laws were overwritten. So not great evidence there bud."
"Yes, but the executioner is killing, and it isn't anyone's decision if someone gets to live."
"The bible also states "Thou shalt not kill""
"God will take care them not us. In the bible it says "Thou shalt not kill". If he/she goes and kills someone does not mean that we can kill him/her. Besides if they have lifetime in jail that can be worse than death. Wouldn't people just wan't the death penalty just because they want to get revenge any ways."
"yeah, but it doesn't say we can kill them"
"it also says that he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. so, that said, those who carry out the death penalty should die by it?"
"This is a really good reason, but also, as I am a Christian, we are taught to follow the bible and what God says, but you should also notice that this statement came from the Old Testament which also states that we shouldn't eat any kind of meat or eat grapes. For a more accurate and renewed set of rules for life, we follow the New Testament. So it's not that you were wrong at all, I would just say that for bible thumpers like most of my church, if you founf it in the New Testament it would be more persuasive."
"but what if they dont belive the bible then what?"
"The Bible also says that Thou Shalt not kill in The 10 Commandments."
"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."
"The bible is a book of fiction, not fact. The bible has no factual evidence to support it's radical claims. It's okay to have faith in religion, but don't bring that into how our society is controlled and/or maintained."
"The Bible has no effect on law. Your religion has nothing to do with it. And where, may I ask, in the Bible does it say that?"
"For the person saying "thou shalt not kill":no it doesn't. it says "thou shalt not murder". there's a BIG difference there."
"It doesn't necessarily need to be a person. His time may come."
"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)"
"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)"
"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."
"No matter which way you put it, execution or murder, or even slaughter, you will still end up with blood on your hands. Deciding to kill someone is the complete opposite of morality and justice. Blood is blood no matter how tainted it is, and yours will become tainted just as well. While we believe that he deserves to die, he justifies his own actions, as well, with the belief that the people he killed deserved to die. We are using the same ideology, not benefiting anyone, and it is turning us civilians into the same killers that roam our streets to this day. The malice towards the killer, or whoever it was, is justly deserved by him/her. But by using the same methods as a person whom you have such venom towards will only make you two things; a hypocrite and an executioner."
"I agree with death penalty ! Because I think a murderer, doesn't deserve to live,when he destroyed a life..."
"and what about the four people executed in the past two years that were later proven not guilty after execution?"
"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"
"When you say thatyou are murdering someone elseusing the death penalty"
"Yes, but what about the executioner? He's killing someone, so, what's the point?"
"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."
"You didn't look at all evidence, (you only mention 2 studies), so your use of "overall" is inappropriate. Further, the evidence you present doesn't say "it is clear that capital punishment deters violent crime". The first study, (which doesn't appear to be available for examination online), says that Mocan and Gittings concluded that to be the case, but how am I to know they concluded correctly? I hear poorly done studies cited all the time. What specifically was it about the data caused them to draw those conclusions? That some people concluded something when they looked at data hardly means that the data says that. To me, it sounds like they are claiming causation when at best they're looking at correlation. If they can conclusively tell me which murders were prevented by death penalties, and which ones would have been prevented where capital punishment was missing that would be causation. But I would guess all they really did was average the number of deaths per year and compare that to the number of executions. The other study you mention admits they only have coincident findings (correlation). "It is found that these actions are coincident with...""
"A killer once killed never kills again. #enoughsaid"
"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."
"many innocent citizens are wrongly convicted and sentenced to death with false evidence, they say eye for an eye, death for death but you cant have rape for rape can you, death is inhumane and the criminals deserve to suffer rather than getting the easy way out of their consequence"
"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."
"It is hardly clear to me that these measures are accurate, especially considering the government can change these measures whenever it deems them too costly or too soft on crime. Giving an organization that kind of power and then saying that because that same organization has measures to prevent it from being abused is akin to saying no outside measures need be taken to prevent the power from being abused at all. That the organization, (in this case the government) can just be trusted on faith. Well, the history of governments abusing power is a long one, and strongly disagrees with them governing themselves to use all power given them properly."
"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."
"They gave up their right to live when they took that right away from someone else."
"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."
"Yes u r right but would if the defendant was accused,and never really comitted the crime,and they were framed for the crime.and in the 1920's a 13 year old boy was accused for the murder of an officers wife,because the 13 year old boy used to cut the officer's lawn.and he confessed,but he had lied to confessing. I guess he cracked under all of the pressure of the detective interogating the 13 year old boy.later after the trial he was not sentenced to life in prison but he got the electracution chair.and it wasn't til the officer was on his deathbed he realized the boy had lied about the murder confession.so u can probably see that death penalties should not be allowed."
"rapists. not rapers. high five though"
"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"
"it is saved for only first degree murder, to murder a murderer is MURDER."
"The death penalty is the best penalty. Its not fair that a horrible person has the live at the tax payers expense."
"They should be allowed, they should have a choice. They shouldn't be forced into it. But instead, have the choice if they will die or not.."
"criminals dont deserve a choice, they had the choice weather to commit the crime, say you murdered somone you wouldnt want to suffer in jail for life you would want to easy way out with quick death but it wont be fair to anybody if you get what you want when your the criminal"
"I think that the death penalty should only be used for extreme cases, like terrorism and mass murder."
"Im totally con death penalty and I agree with this :)"
"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...."
"He deserves it, but it isn't our right to go and kill him. He'll get that later..."
"death penalty should be allowed"
"Yes i think it should be allowed but it depends on the crime."
"Yes, because in jail they get the life of the free, they eat for free, and have a bed to sleep on! Inmates shouldn't have those opportunities, especially when they are there for horrific things! Staying in jails for many years does not do anything, whereas when they get the death penalty they should get destroyed mentally, emotionally, physically, and get all that abuse that they caused to others, to the community, society, and world. Killing them off will make more space for their to be houses and shelter to the ones who are unfortunate. It gives us the right to take their life away for many reasons, our society and future generations have to fear to go to jail thus making them go in the right and only one direction. This will create the government to become in a economical good status. Plus the majority of the people think that sending them off to jail does not solve nothing, so we must agree with our brothers and sisters that feel that the situation they are in isn't justice. We need help from the people ( relatives of the victim) to help us elect our president; when they need help from us to sentence the criminal we must accomplish it. It must be the same, give back to the community and help stop violence."
"The death penalty is reasonable. After all, we can't just let killers live, because they might escape prison and kill more people. We have to keep the public safe. Safety matters. As ghandi said, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." But we still have one eye left."
"No offense, Think about it, but you really don't have that strong of a point. Only SOME criminals would rather die, and besides, like I said, they can still escape and do more harm. And having prisoners under high security doesn't really help jobless citizens get a job. The death penalty really is necessary to keep our country a safe place."
"but you cant have rape for rape can you, and the prisonors would have high sercurity also helping jobless citizens get a job all in all helping the world., the death penalty doesnt stop criminals from commiting crimes, they would rather die than suffer, they dont deserve the choice"
"Common sense, people. If you had the chance, would you kill ISIS, or Hitler, or Osama bin Laden? Exactly"
"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."
"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."
"Karma comes back"
"#enoughsaidYou are a genius"
"Death penalty is an example of deterrence. Knowing of death penalty made prevent the crime from being done in the first place."
"if we let them go, murdering might happen more often, and the people who murder might be let out of jail, or ascape, it more safe to just punsh them for what they did"
"The Death Penalty is something that sets communities straight. By knowing that we will see death if we cause crime, this sets a great example to others, and that it reduces the amount of crime committed. We don't want to die, so therefore we deter from performing illicit acts. If this means reducing the amount of crime committed by accepting the death penalty, then I'm in."
"Death penalty should totally be aloud if someone did a crime that deserves death"
"I think prisons should be 100% separate for violent and non-violent offenders. The "violent" prisons should be design so that no inmate can ever see, hear, or communicate with any other inmate. They should have 24 hr access to a specially design computer system (indestructible and hack proof) with a massive amount of educational material and things like "Ted Talks".The death penalty should be applied to hyper-violent crimes even if they don't result in a death. Like a 230 pound, 6 ft 2 inch 16 year old that stomps an 80 year old's face to mush just because they were bored or to get into a gang. For people like that they should dig a 20ft pit, 3ft wide, put lots of lighting and cameras in it along with a fresh air fan so the person doesn't suffocate. Then cut the bottom out of a port-a-potty and place over it. Then invite anyone and everyone to use the potty and put it on a new "Exterminating Vermin" cable channel. The death sentence should be completed in a few days."
"I believe that judges, prosecutors, police detectives and forensic experts that partially or fully withhold evidence that would have resulted in a not guilty or lesser verdict of a person that was executed should be executed. I also believe that waiting 10- 20 years to carry out the death sentence is absurd. The defendant should be in a special booth in the court room and when the death sentence is pronounced, the bailiff should walk over to the convicted and shoot him then and there. I also think that the death penalty should be used for MANY violent crimes and not just special circumstance murder. Just being a member of a violent gang should be a death penalty offense."
""I think that if I killed someone, I wouldn't want to suffer in jail, therefore, I would like to be killed""
"There sould be death penalty because if we have the law and someone goes into a building fully aware of the law. Then that person shots 41 people than he sould be punished"
"Yes most deffinetly because when a person take away somebody's life. Since he had stolen other's life, he had robbed away the victim everything. He'd should be prepared to receive the Death Penalty when he kill someone. He need to know his own sin.I totally agree with you. Death penalty is a killing, and this person have no rights to take somebody's life. It's a great sin. i don't know how would i live if I would have taken someone's life"
"yes but the criminal PREPARED for the death peanlty meaning he/she wants to die, the criminal shall not get what he wants he deserves the opposite and if he already thought about being kiiled for a consequence of murder that means the death penalty isnt changeing anything when it comes to crimes, which states that criminals rather die for a consequence. the death penalty dooesn't deterr anything (stop anything)"
"Criminals should fear our justice system.Lawful citizens should be able to depend on it."
"yes they should pay their life for taking someone elses"
"If they take someone's life, then they should lose theirs. It's only fair, and if you leave someone locked up, they could escape to do more harm!"
"exactly but not with they death penalty they need to suffer for crime to think about what theyve done"
"Death penalty should be allowed because, the consequence of the crime should be equal to the crime the person committed. But, then again all criminals should not receive a death penalty for some crime that doesn't deserve it."
"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."
"Ever heard of a life-sentence? It should be paid for by the criminal if possible"
"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."
"I think that if you take someone's life , on purpose , Justice has to take yours. How many times have we seen murderers and rapers go out of jail and do murders and rapes again ?"
"I have never seen a murderer who regrets of what he/she did. They all get out by insanity plea. It is very easy to go kill someone and plead insanity, isn't it? I am sure they will do the same thing once they are out and free. They deserve to die, but lethal injection or electrocution or firing by a squad are too painless and quick for these devils to perish in hell..."
"Death penalty executes the threat, which may give a feeling of relief to the murder victim's family, so they do not have to think more of this ordeal."
"The death penalty should be allowed. What will the victim's family think when the murderer is alive and their beloved family member is six feet underground? These murderers should not be allowed to live. Corporal punishment is good for the people and their families. Once the killer is dead, they can't harm anyone else. If they get a life in prison sentence, they can break out and they probably will kill more people. No one wants to die and the death penalty deters people from killing others. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth."
"look at it this way its rape what if your kid got raped wouldn't you want him or her dead or they killed your kid wouldn't you want that person dead am i right or am i wrong"
"they deserve to die"
"I'm pro because the death penalty is the ultimate punishment for a deserving crime. It is not cruel or unusual as proven by the fact that it has been there sense the dawn of this country and is still around now."
"We as a society don't have to fear our safety once prisoners are put to death. Another reason why we should use the death penalty is tax payers have to pay for their stay in prison."
"Actually, stats say the it costs more to execute someone than to put them in jail for 40 years."
"I believe that if a person has committed an extremely bad crime, death penalty should be taken into consideration. However, death penalty should be taken very seriously and not used often. It would make the most sense to penalize a person by death if they had committed serious crimes multiple times."
"Valuable resources are being put to use by criminals. Thousand of people in the US are dying of hunger and other things and US is giving criminals food, water, shelter, ect. The US is also using tax dollars unwisely and spending money on criminals. Death Penalty or be good."
"I agree, but the US is not wasting our tax money on them. They are trying to prove a point to the criminals that there crime has a punishment."
"Death Penalty Shouldn't Only Be Allowed, It Should Be Supported Buy Even More People."
"how would you feel if you condemned someone to death, only to discover later on that he was innocent?"
"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?"
"I say yes, because it takes the most dangerous murderers off the streets. That way they cant escape and do more harm."
"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"
"Because then the crime rate will drop"
"the crime rate is higher in states with the death penalty"
"But that's the thing it hasn't. So why do we still have the death penalty? Its not helping."
"An eye for an eye. The better justice in the world. When you rape, kidnapp, kill or doing terrorism, you destroys lives. And the best equity for it. Being put to death. So once it's done, the asshole who did it can't move his ass to do it again anymore. No problems for the guards, no problems for the society and victims family are satisfied (not chicken families)"
"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."
"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?"
"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 $$$$"
"A life for a life"
"It should be allowed if they are a repeated felon."
"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 drugsThe 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 peopleMostly murderers and sexual exploiters do their deeds repeatedly.We have noticed they do the same crime after getting released from the prison."
"I beliv it should be allowed"
"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?"
"pro all the way if you take someones life then your should be taken"
"An eye for an eye, leaves the whole world blind, but you still have another eye."
"Well, in this case you won't need an eye because your dead! How does this sound to you!?!?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"well if you think about it prison for life is the same as death penalty!"
"No, its really not. because that is someones life you are talking about. it matters whether they continue breathing or not. Also, if you kill the offender, then they dont have to live with the guilt. While, life in prison gives the offender plenty of time to feel guilty and be punished."
"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."
"The death penalty, in my opinion, is more humane than life in prison. I'd personally prefer death over life in captivity"
"murder is human? I hope you are not an animal rights activist"
"this is a punishment that they deserve for what they've done. And it helps make sure that they dont do it again."
"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."
"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!"
"yes, but we should use the guillotine lot faster drugs sometimes fail and they should have only two appeals we spend to much money on criminals."
"I agree. We shouldn't waste so much time and money on these disgraces to the humanity."
": 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?"
"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."
"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."
"How can keeping someone in jail at the cost of approx $100,000 a year be cheaper then lethal injection? Those that finally get on the death penalty roll are really dangerous bad people. I do not want them in my town or my jails inflicting their evilness on other people."
"Yes...it is a real determent"
"When we execute someone we are actually doing the criminal a favor because being locked up in a prison for life can be long and torturous so killing them we prevent their pain as they move on to the next world. If criminals are just locked up than they have a chance of escaping and doing it all over again endangering the public. It may also satisfy the families of the victim and feel that the victims death was justified. People do not want to die so if the fear of a possible death hangs over their heads than they will be more likely to not commit a crime. This is why I am pro for the execution for those that deserve it."
"It is true. In no other country of the world murderers and serial killers get away with their atrocities so easily than in the States. Seems like they are allowed endless appeals and die from illnesses and natural causes faster than they are able to face their death penalty. The justice system is full of flaws and it has a lot of room to improve and come up with faster execution process and not dragging the case for over 20 years."
"Some pros of death penalty are that it takes the most dangerous villains off the streets. That way they can't escape and do more harm. It also deters some criminals from committing crimes because they know that they might die for it. The victim's family will not rest if the killer is still free from death. The only way for them to rest is for the murderer or whatever is out of existence. Otherwise the family will be restless thinking that the criminal is likely to escape and harm them."
"its easier and a lot liberating to make assessments, pass judgements and explore the moralities of a punishment, when you are not at the receiving end of the crime committed, but when its you whose loved one has been killed, abducted or raped or robbed the dynamics of the whole situation change. Show me one victim of such a crime agreeing with the nay sayers & surprisingly even the nay sayers take a u turn when its their back side on the line. Why not its perfectly natural for a victim to seek the highest possible punishment for the offender after all his or her right to leave peacefully has been violated. Infact the the Quantum & Depth of punishment should be decided by the victim & an apathetic Judge mechanically doing his job for a pay, Judgement is God's duty & so be discharged with utmost dignity & fairness to the victim . PeriodYes by all means Death Penalty should be reinstated in every country & infact with the rate of crime going up it should be handed out rather more swiftly to deter all those who find violating others rights to live peacefully entertaining."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Watch the intro to the game vector, your order is chaos. The government doesn't own human live nor does the citizens of society."
"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..."
"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?"
"to kill them back is even more barbaric"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"When a person is so incompetent toward another person and threatens another person's life, there is no place for them on this Earth."
"In the past year, support for the death sentence has dwindled drastically; people no longer supporting it as fervently, for new technology has allowed investigators to declare suspected murderers innocent, and in turn, exonerate them. I believe that the death sentence should be present because it deters would-be criminals from acting, and it serves as a just punishment for those who have truly done wrong. Of course, there's always the question of morals, and religion, and if the eath sentence is constitutional, or not, but without it, crime rates would be higher, for with the current jail system, prisoners are treated with much more leniency than they deserve, thus making jail a place of sanctuary, even luxury for some. So I ask you, should we be spending countless of tax payer dollars to protect, clothe, feed, and provide excercise for murderers and rapists? It's all fine and dandy to stand on the sidelines and shout for inmate rights, but what if it's you, or your family member who was the victim? Would you want to pay for the murderer's well being, while you or your loved one(s) are left behind to pick up the pieces? The death sentence deters such cases from happening."
"Our prisons are overflowing with murderers, most are illegalaliens. Why can't these criminals be deported to their country of origin? Why should U.S. citizens have to pay tokeep these animals locked up?Forget lethal injections, return to the tried and true methodof HANGING. Killers are killers and nothing will change that."
"I think that the death penalty should be aloud because people on death row deserve what they have coming for them, I also think they should make hanging the main way to execute the criminals. If they will not use hanging, they should at least bring back the electric chair or use firing squads to execute the criminals."
"but not all people sent on death row are guilty many innocent citiznes get wrongfully convicted and die for wrong evidence. and the way to kill methods are irrelevant"
"I'm a firm believer in "eye for an eye". The victim deserves a just the has the same effect as the cause."
"Yes I believe an eye for an eye."
"It is good because it scares people to not commit crimes"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
".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."
"If you rob someone you are fined. If you kidnap you are imprisoned. If you kill, you should be killed"
"so if you get rapes you are suppose to get raped? that whole things doesnt apply here, just like eye for an eye!"
"I believe if you take somebody's life you need to give it back!"
"do you believe if you get raped so should the rapest?"
"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"
"no its doesnt criminals rather die than suffer in jail the death penalty does not deterr crimes at all. why give what the criminals want?"
"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?"
"I think that they deserve to feel every once of pain and misery that their victim's and their family felt."
"then they should be stabbed or tortured?"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"The death penalty gets rid of people that can't be rehabilitated and are too dangerous for parole."
"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."
"I'm pro.. I wouldn't want my kids around someone that has killed or raped someone"
"your children would not be around a murderer or a rapist because that person would be in jail"
"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"
"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!"
"the death penalty isnt at all a deterrent, they would rather be killed then suffer in jail to rot, criminals dont deserve to get what they want"
"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"
"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."
"so you belive if someone is raped the rapest shall also be raped or kidnap for kidnap molest for molest that is all just ubsurb and inhumane for society"
"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."
"some people need it as a way a find closure"
"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!!!!"
"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."
"if someone rapes 30 babies, then kills them, and burns their bodies on an american flag, they need to die"
"That escalated extremely quickly."
"Why don't you calm down "bruh". That is very rare. and NEVER should someone burn on the american flag because that shows what kind of country we are."
"yupp just let that rapist run around and rape some more after he gets out of jail. kill the nasty guy. (or girl)"
"that wouldnt happen because he'd be in jail for life"
"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."
"The punishment should fit the crime. Murder should be met with death; rape with a punishment that gets them off the streets."
"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."
"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"
"shouldn't rapist be puneshed as well"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"YES I DO."
"I'm for the death punishment, I think it's a fair solution for people who committed horrible crimes like child killers. I think that theses persons must be severely punish."
"I'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."
"If they killed someone they should be killed for killing another person"
"omg yessss. hahaha"
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"Tally up the number of innocent people killed due to the wrong conviction that judges and jurors made in an effort to murder the killer. Those people were innocent and yet they lost their lives because the act of revenge was so appealing they decided to take out whomever they felt was the most guilty."
"It should be legal because it is a moral for anyone doing the wrong thing"
"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?"
"Yes it should be allowed because people who are selfish enough to take someones elses life should have there life taken and justice served"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"after someone commits a crime that is very violent and leads to death of another human being they lose their right to live"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"you are barbaric there is a thing as max sec prisons"
"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."
"im con but i agree with the logic it must must must be proven or confessed"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Yes! Bring back the rope and trap door. It's not about retribution, revenge or deterrence. It's about getting rid of undesirables."
"That would save a lot of taxpayer dollars! Executions only cost a lot because of the appeals and expensive equipment and drugs. This country has too many lawyers that need something to do????"
"I 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."
"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)."
"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."
"The death penalty should be allowed, but before the fact, the murder should have a chance to rot in prison; to think about what they've done."
"More Americans agree with death penaltiesSaves taxpayers moneyThey will repeat crime, if they escape prisonMost Americans say they deserve it, by the crime they didRelieves prison overcrowdingThe cost of death, compared to the cost of the person being in prison for life, is cheaperDNA 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 innocenceIt'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!"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"but man think of it this way god also entrust us the will to help others and only god can help us destroy our own evil which all the evil in this world was created by us and sometimes we have to clean our own mess and yes god will help fix our mistakes if we believe and the murders is our mess god has to help us clean up"
"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."
"YES BECAUSE SAVES US TAX DOLLARS WHEN IT COULD BE USED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AND NOT BEING USED KEEPING A MURDER ALIVE OR WHATEVER HE IS IN FOR"
"a murderer if not stopped and gets out some how will keep killing and yes i may think more morbidly then most people but i have a ritious mind id kill one murderer to save many unnamed victims so that they can go and live a peaceful life"
"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."
"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..."
"if you kill someone intentionally regardless of mental illness or if you rape some one then you deserve to die"
"I think yes because i chose to."
"I think a death penalty should be okay...but only for a GOOD REASON not just doing it cause they/the person robbed a bank or stole a car. What im trying to say is not over petty stuff. But yes in some cases like being a repeated offender i highly tolerate it if they cant do anything to stop it."
"If man kills man, he needs to be punished. You can't let himlive. He'll just do it again."
"I like this quote and it is so true and they just will kill again."
"Best response possible!"
"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."
"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?"
"Accactly they deserves to suffer for mistakes and not get out easiest with the death penalty"
"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?"
"Not everyone fells remorse for their crime so the only thing your doing to those criminals is making it so they cant do that crime again"
"the people who get the death penalty escape from prison and commit another crime so we must kill them so no we are not letting them off easy"
"thats what im saying i agree with u 100%"
"Why are we killing people to show people that killing people is wrong?"
"God told us not to kill, so why do we do it?"
"because we can"
"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?"
"Tell that to the family of the murdered."
"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."
"@freedom fighter. So if they are a rapist they wont get raped back so they aren't feeling the same pain"
"taking someones life is worse than taking their freedom"
"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"
"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?"
"Not only is the death penalty wrong, it is ineffective. Prisoners can just murder someone with the intention of dying afterwards, and then it would be no punishment at all, maybe even an award in their mind."
"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?"
"If you take someones life for taking someone else's life your just doing what they did, killing someone!"
"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."
"The question shouldn't say "Should the death penalty be allowed?" but rather "Should the government be given the power to kill people as punishment for crime?".The usual phrasing treats the penalty almost as if it applies itself, completely ignoring that someone has to be given the power to decide to apply it. It is my opinion that the government has shown neither the moral integrity nor the competence to determine guilt or innocence and thus such an extreme power as that of lawful executions should not be given to it."
"I am against the death penalty because it is specifically addressed in the eighth amendment. There is only one thing more cruel and unusual than death, and that is torture."
"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?"
"are you serious? how did you said that? Those are totally different stroy. comon as above comment yes military is therr for killing terrorists well just wait till them kill your mom then we will see if you will change your mind"
"It is about innocent. Military is there for killing terrorists"
"Someone will serve a death penalty for unlawful murders. Not a military man for representing his country"
"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"
"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?"
"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."
"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..."
"I'm con because what if you really did not commite the murder. and someone just framed you but you don't know who it was and you don't have enough time to find out who did it."
"it doesn't make sense the government is killing to stop killing"
"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?"
"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."
""Two wrongs don't make a right." But it damn sure makes it even."
"God told us not to kill.Why do we then. Also why does a killer need to be in peace up in heaven when he/her could be in prisen suffering, desurving the horribleness for what he/she did."
"Why do we KILL who KILL people to show that KILLing people is wrong?"
"When a women or man is committing a crime they are not thinking "Am I going to die after this. Am I going to get caught?". Your thinking about why your going to kill that person, whether it be he threatened me and my family or he took your lollipop. The only problem i have is that everyone wants the other person to die but what happens if or when you kill someone. Are you going to want to die? Are you going to realize that death shouldn't be the answer? Now you more than likely have an incredulous thought in your head or on your face because you don't know the feeling of absolutely knowing you are going to die. Maybe its true some people deserve that fate. Maybe it isn't. Killing them is the simpler and easier choice. Maybe it doesn't matter that now you've stooped to their level. Maybe it doesn't matter that they're family and loved ones will never see them again. They are dead and can't kill anyone anymore. It matters that you had to purge your soul because you wanted this person no longer breathing. Isn't it just better to be empathetic because normally when your choice gets harder you start to realize it the right one. Rotting in prison is worse than death. Why not give them the gift of a nice, cozy cell forever. Thank you."
"maybe it could happen"
"I agree with jeff its a vary controversial thing theres no right of killing someone to prove violence is wrong im casey and im 12 this is wrong"
"I think that we shouldn't have the death penalty because all you are doing is bringing them to Heaven and Heaven is a place for peace and you don't want them in peace. And if they go to jail they get to suffer there instead."
"Heaven isn't real...and even if it was a killer would go to hell."
"No death penalty shouldn't be allowed because some people are accused for something they didn't do and i don't think it is fair kill someone who didn't do anything. also how are people going to learn or regret it if they are died. i know that some people don't learn so i think the people sentenced death penalty should instead get lifetime in prison. what will you get by killing people, by doing what they did. so if they killed than you kill them than aren't you the same. you will not feel better by killing and knowing you just ended a persons life. therefore the death penalty should not be allowed"
"The death penalty should be abolished completely. The 8th amendment states that there should be no cruel and unusual punishment. In my opinion murder is extremely cruel and thus the death penalty should be found unconstitutional. But, I know some believe that it is the only way to have justice for the people that these criminals hurt. Life in prison is a punishment much worse than death. These criminals should spend the rest of their lives in confinement thinking about their actions rather than being killed and having no chance to even feel guilty for what they did. Not only is life in prison a better punishment, it is also much less expensive. The death penalty costs $1.26 million for one criminal, while keeping these criminals imprisoned for their entire lives costs $740,000. This money is coming out of the people’s taxes, and on average cost people $90,000 more per year than keeping these criminals in prison. Life in prison is a much better solution than the death penalty for so many reasons."
"killing is wrong no matter what! in some cases the wrong person has been killed for a crime they didn't do. why should the government pick who lives and who dies?"
"why let a criminal have the easiest way out of their consequence when he shold have to suffer for his/her crime"
"" Why would you kill someone, when you know killing is wrong? Why not let them suffer in jail?""
"why do we KILL peoplewho KILL peopleto show KILLing people is wrong?"
"I KILL for this quote!"
"I am against the death penalty because if your killing someone for killing someone, then you're committing the same exact crime they did. Its hypocritical. I think if someone commits murder, then they should spend their life in prison. Killing people is going too far."
"technically its not the same exact crime. Just saying. plz no hate!"
"What if you are wrongly accused and the gouvernment. And then they kill you, later on they find out that it wasn't you. You're already dead."
"Its simply a cruel and unusual punishment."
"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."
"When you kill you don't deserved to die, that's why on your grave they put R.I.P, otherwise known as REST IN PEACE, not suffer in jail and feel your punishment. Those who support don't thing about that. What if someone broke into a school, you or your child's, and started shooting and killed you or youre child/children, you would want the killer dead because its your family and you love them and don't think you deserve to be dead, well, what about the killers family, don't you think they still love them? Think about that the next time you say you like the death penalty and you support the death penalty."
"they deserve to suffer in jail if they cared what there family thought of them they wouldnt of commited that crime"
"no one deserves to die, with the death penatly there are many miscalculations/mistakes sending innocent humans to death what if one of your family members was one of them you wouldnt want the death penalty to exist would you, there may be a saying eye for an eye but you cant have rape for rape or kidnap for kidnap can you (not with the death penalty) how are you going to kill someone who killed someone else youde be just like them "thou shall not kill""
"I say No on Death penalty just as long as they get some amount of punishment but not death thats like saying that if some one was killed it means other person imeadete death no it means that person has his or her money all or most of it taken away and put in a rehab or some kind of center so they can be helped if there sick or if they have problems or howthey killed that person"
"People say an eye for an eye. But you don't know what could've caused it. Don't kill people if your trying to teach the lesson of not killing. You're actually just showing that it is alright. Stupid!!!"
"The death penalty will not deter crime. A person doesn't murder thinking of the consequences. A person who will go to such lengths to get whatever they seek was not thinking clearly of the consequences or wasn't thinking at all. Doesn't someone murder out of a spurt of anger? Anger has never been a rational emotion. When somebody is angry enough to murder they won't be thinking that they will get killed as well through the death. Basically, someone won't be thinking of the consequence if they are killed immediately. But they will live in eternal pain and regret when they rot away in prison. Prison will justify the person's crime perfectly fine."
"I think death penalties shouldn't be allowed because people shouldn't die for there crime that means more graves to dig and a lot more body would be dug and the people who do this would have a lot of work to do!!!!!!!!!"
"they can get cremated"
"I believe that it should be abolished, because among the 200 students I surveyed at my school, they said they would rather have the criminal spend a crappy life in jail, then die quick and not serve punishment for their actions."
"I dont think it is okay for the government to just kill somebody over something petty. They always complain on how our society is going down because we kill eachother and how we are guilty of it. Well, i would say that nobody is perfect. And by the death penaltyhow they are just doing it doesn't make any sense. We all have stuff to work on and so does the government. If they dont want this to be a crappy world they could change it by taking away the death penalty for a start."
"Criminals kill, rape, do things that are not right. But really what is not right is that we kill them for killing. Life is about paying your debts. The criminals make bad decisions and we make worse. Life may be scarce, but if we all just try our best to make the world a better place killing is where it would start. It is not fair that we use our financial recourses on putting these criminals to an end. We are already in debt, spend 10k more to just kill someone, get your point across."
"But they deserve to die, because of what they have done"
"Because I feel like its an easy way out of being forced to suffer for your crimes. It's another way out of being isolated for a very long time and being forced to think about what you've done for the rest of your life, which is already a great punishment."
"@person thanks for replying, now that you mention it, I do have evidence! In our family library we have 3 or 4 autobiographies from murderers with Life imprisonment that feel great remorse for what they did. Most murders are committed by people with mental issues so I don't think they would feel anything about their actions anyways. But it would be worth a try because they have nowhere to go anytime soon you know? I just went to go find one of the autobiographies and it is titled "In For Life" by Jason Richards, great book. Jason received life in prison because during a robbery he and a friend were committing, the resident came home and Jason panicked and shot the resident. In his book he discusses the immense guilt and shame he felt shortly after being given Life in prison and how he has to deal with the guilt until the day of his death. I believe that physical pain is far less hurtful than emotional, mental pain can be. Now that my evidence is out of the way, do you know why you never hear of many murderers feeling remorse for their crimes? because they were put on death row and killed before they had a chance to feel anything. I hope that helps make it seem more valid :)"
"I don't really know any criminal that killed and though to himself ya know maybe that was wrong maybe if you accually got evidence your argument would be valid"
"What about the eighth amendment? No cruel and unusual punishment? Also, so many mentally ill people are killed by the death penalty, despite the fact that the eighth amendment also rules that mentally ill people are not eligible for the death penalty. Why is this so? The term "mentally ill" is just so vague. Does anxiety qualify as a mental illness? What about alcoholism? This is why mentally ill people are still killed. The death penalty must be abolished.DEATH IS UNDOABLE."
"I think that people who have committed crimes that are punishable by the death penalty should not be allowed to get out of trouble so easily. It doesn't really punish the person who has committed the crime it punishes the persons family. I believe that they should be sentence to life in prison."
"I am con because The death penalty has killed innocent people and then it just becomes murder"
"How do criminals learn that what they did is wrong if we don't give them the chance to rehabilitate? How is it fair that we punish murderers by committing the same act?"
"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"
"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."
"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."
"I think it shouldn't be allowed because I'm christian and I think that only Jesus should take that."
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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"
"i think that the death penalty should be brought into the equation after you are sure that you have all the evidence"
"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."
"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"
"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."
"America, where we kill people who kill people, 'cause killing people is wrong!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
""i believe in God and only he can take it""
"I agree to demolish the death penalty but we cant leave ones lives on purely spiritual beliefs"
"According to the bible, a person who kills another should be put to death himself. So why don't we abide by God's word and continue using the death penalty. God (the Bible) actually states that death is the appropriate punishment for many acts including adultery, eating pork, and wearing clothes made of two different materials."
"Yes God is the maker and the taker."
"and god matters in this decision whhtz2y?"
"preach it young one. only got can kill and god only"
"I don't believe in any religion. (Atheism)"
"The Bible says that Thou shalt not kill or murder. The Death Penalty is killing and murder."
"The Bible also says that God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. So yeah, "thou shalt not kill"."
"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"
"The death penalty should not be allowed because innocent people can be easily instead they can use life in prison."
"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!"
"Why do we kill people who kill people to show killing people is wrong."
"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."
"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"
"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"
"2 wrongs dont make a right"
"By killing them, we just get down to their level"
"the death penalty is saved for first degree murder of which i disagree completely it should be abolished"
"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."
"'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"
"So we should give them a chance to run off and try to do more damage. Good logic."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"but they both result in death"
"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"
"Murdering and killing are 2 different things."
"If the accused person is given the death penalty and killed, and then later found innocent that means the federal system caused the death of an innocent person"
"Honestly, I believe that Death Penalty should not be allowed because the person is in jail for rape, murder, etc. and you really think that a rapist/murderer deserves to be let off easily? Well, I do not believe this. But, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, remember that when and if you decide to hate upon this comment."
"no i do not believe that we should have the death penalty"
"killing is wrong period but doesnt mean you kill them its the same thing they did"
"I think the death penalty should NOT be allowed because it is just giving the government a wrong reason to take human life from their families. Even if the person does something wrong they shouldn't have to die for it."
"for people that support the death penalty think about this, what if you were the criminal waiting on the death row. How would you feel about this punishment."
"id know i got what i deserved"
"I hate when people say death penalty lwop cost so much blahh blahh blahh. We do death penalty just because it costs less money. Your using money as an ideal to kill someone, complete insanity. Money has brought shame upon us, we think oh I have so called this and next day I spend so called that. The world would be a better place if we all just remember why we kill because the person we are murdering murdered. DeathPenalty=murder. Murder=Prison."
"we kill them for the potential of them escaping and commiting more crimes not to mention the fact that most people kill multiple people and don't even get the death penalty"
"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."
"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""
"No, because you don't decide if people get to live, not just because The Bible says so, but because it's inhuman."
"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."
"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"
"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!"
"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."
"Of course if you killed people you should have your life taken. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"
"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."
"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"
"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"
"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."
"i dont see any reason for their living what is the point in letting them live if they dont care about others life"
"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"
"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."
"They kill people, so then we can? Not fair in my eyes."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"if it is an eye for an eye, the guy who strikes first is the last to die."
"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."
""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"
"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?"
"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?"
"It's not murder its justice"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I think the death penalty is what people use when they over react.Why just give him life in prison or wear a electric collar."
"The death penalty should not be allowed"
""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?""
"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."
"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"
"they should rot in jail if they kill some one"
"I think that the death penalty is wrong no matter what."
"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."
"I am a con because the death penalty is unconstitutional, wrongly gives government the power to take someone's life, and is expensive."
"@Hannah but killing a murderer is still murder and "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.""
"@Hanna But what about the fugitives, family, do you think that he/she should be killed because he made a mistake??"
"What about their victims? Did they have the right to kill/rape, or whatever it may be?"
"it is the same thing as killing an unborn baby.... IT IS WRONG!!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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"
"I think no because that's just ending their life very early"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"I believe that if you take someones life just because they killed someone, it makes you just as bad."
"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?"
"thank you for pointing this out I had to write an essay on this for shool and I said almost everything you said"
"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?"
"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."
"i think it is wrong to ether kill a person or an animal it is wrong"
"Only god can take our life's. This is basically another form of murder. Aren't we all bad then?"
"The Death Penalty isn't good. "No problem can be solved with the same level of thinking that created it". - Albert Einstein"
"The Death penalty kills thousands of innocents every 100 years and we are still dealing with this?"
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I feel like they should have to suffer for the harm that they caused others and not be let off easy."
"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."
"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"
"Death penalty is extremely expensive. California taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than on prisoners in regular confinement."
"that's only because the courts have made it so with endless useless appeals"
"Less then having to pay for meals everyday and living places and healthcare and schooling do you with for me to continue?"
"Death penalty = MURDER"
"I believe that it is wrong for many reasons. There is always, ALWAYS the possibility that they are innocent. If they KILLED someone, they are sick in their heads and need therapy or rehab. If they did something bad enough to be sentenced to death, they they don't deserve the mercy of being killed quickly, they deserve to suffer in jail, alone with their thoughts and their guilt. Leave judging to God, all we have to do is seek justice. We are no one to judge, nor seek revenge. God will give use ultimate justice."
"The number of executed convicts that are later found to be innocent is less than 2 percent."
"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."
"Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in prison he wasn't put to death he was killed by another inmate"
"I think this stems from what you believe the purpose of the prison system actually is.If you think that the prison system is ONLY for retribution, then the death penalty makes sense.However, if the prison system has any responsibility to rehabilitate the population, then the death penalty is against the purpose of the system. By killing the killer, they are not reformed, but removed. If someone is of the mindframe that they believe that killing someone is a reasonable answer, then they are crazy. Someone must be crazy if murder is the only option that they determine is right. They are sick, mentally sick, and should be taken care of."
"i believe this is wrong"
"I think it should not be allowed becuase no matee what it is a free country and we deserve the right to live"
"I do not think that there should be a death penalty because you are teaching the person who is in jail for a crime that is okay to kill. Also- you are enforcing murder, why would you kill someone who you are trying to teach that killing is not okay? Going with that, there have been many instances that in a death penalty case, the person who was put to death was innocent to begin with. You just murdered someone who did not commit the crime that you thought they did. Let them rot in a jail cell."
"i do not think there should be a death penalty"
"Maybe the people punishment could be losing all of their memories? Like in the book Slated. That way, their life is taken away like the people they killed life."
"Death penalties should not be allowed because it is better have them lifetime imprisoned and get raped by their cell mates so they can feel the pain."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."