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

Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?


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  • +278 +442 -164 Northwind Sep. 23, 2014
    "It is by exacting the highest toll for the taking of a human life that we affirm the value of that life. With the Death Penalty we affirm to criminals everywhere, that if you are willing to destroy a life, then you must be willing to forfeit yours in turn.

    Criminals should fear our justice system.
    Lawful citizens should be able to depend on it."
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    • +5 +20 -15 Life Nov. 4, 2014
      "That is true what makes criminals think they can kill and get away with it i think that they should get the death penalty so we wont have to deal with anymore people who would kill."
    • +2 +3 -1 Anonymous Mar. 16, 2016
      "I agree about the topic it is smart to have a sense of power in such a cruel crime"
    • -1 +3 -4 Alyssa Feb. 23, 2016
      "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?"
    • -5 +1 -6 Bill Nye Mar. 20, 2016
      "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."
  • +196 +363 -167 Chloe Aug. 20, 2014
    "When a dog attacks someone it is put to sleep, but when a person takes away someone else's life they're put in prison. I don't understand."
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    • +15 +32 -17 Ellen Dec. 9, 2014
      "We spay and neuter our pets, we parade them around on leashes, we keep them in cages, we give them love and affection but on our own terms, they live their lives in service to us. Treating humans the way we treat dogs is called slavery."
    • +5 +12 -7 christopher Mar. 5, 2015
      "when someone takes the life of someone else we show them mercy but what about the dog?"
    • +3 +26 -23 116 Nov. 19, 2014
      "Since when did dogs get put at the same level as humans?"
    • +2 +9 -7 Bree Jan. 6, 2016
      "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."
    • +1 +2 -1 Nic Apr. 4, 2016
      "Dogs shouldn't be put to sleep to begin with."
    • +1 +15 -14 Gooby Oct. 28, 2014
      "Way to not put me on the same level as a dog. High five."
    • 0 +2 -2 02 Mar. 23, 2016
      "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."
    • 0 +6 -6 Mimi May. 14, 2015
      "treating a human like that is already happen since we are born. learning right from right and wanting attention so human can contour to a dog as well I mean Dog has an heart beat and bleeds and has feelings and other wise. same thing as a human so yea"
    • -2 +6 -8 Joker Dec. 16, 2015
      "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."
    • -3 +2 -5 Eddie Mar. 3, 2016
      "Dogs arent humans."
    • -10 +7 -17 Anonymous Feb. 27, 2015
      "Do Not put me on the same level as a dog"
    • -12 +10 -22 Jasia Oct. 27, 2014
      "i don't understand the fact that a dog gets put to sleep when they attack someone, but yes if someone take's someone elses life they should be in prison not facing a death penalty"
    • -14 +3 -17 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "We don't equate to a life of a dog. Plus, a dog can not be reasoned with, only trained. Hence, the dog being put to death. Don't be a monster."
  • +61 +196 -135 Morgan Sep. 15, 2014
    "Pro, because, it states in the Bible that man who kills man shall be killed himself"
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    • +7 +11 -4 Anon Nov. 9, 2015
      "Religion should not mix with law."
    • +3 +6 -3 Emily Oct. 15, 2015
      "This isn't about the Bible or religion at all. It's about what the government decides to do about it. Honestly in my opinion, people who still go by a book that tells them how to live their life that was written a very long time ago."
    • +3 +11 -8 Ellen Dec. 9, 2014
      "it is not our place to punish them, it is God's if you knew anything about the Bible you would know that it is not our place to judge people on earth for we are all sinful. It is god's will for our sins to be punished by God and no one else."
    • +3 +13 -10 Fiona Nov. 19, 2014
      "Not by other people who may not know the circumstances-if he was really guilty then God would punish him later."
    • +2 +2 0 Anon ymous Mar. 20, 2016
      "but it also states in the bible "Thou shall not kill"..."
    • +2 +2 0 Vince Mar. 1, 2016
      "Mahatma Gandhi once stated: The old law "an eye for an eye" leaves us all blind."
    • +2 +3 -1 Morgan, Freemen Jan. 6, 2016
      "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."
    • +2 +4 -2 Noobthinker103 Oct. 9, 2015
      "Yes, but the executioner is killing, and it isn't anyone's decision if someone gets to live."
    • +2 +5 -3 Anonymous Apr. 24, 2015
      "Do unto others as you have them do unto you"
    • +1 +1 0 hello Apr. 8, 2016
      "yeah, but it doesn't say we can kill them"
    • +1 +3 -2 Sebastian Rodriguez Jan. 16, 2016
      "But, in the bible states that you should forgive, like Jesus did."
    • +1 +2 -1 noah Dec. 16, 2015
      "but what if they dont belive the bible then what?"
    • +1 +8 -7 Heather Feb. 12, 2015
      "The bible also states "Thou shalt not kill""
    • 0 0 0 Taylor May. 17, 2016
      "Quoted directly from Matthew 5:38-39 "you have heard that it was said, 'Eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth' But i tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also""
    • 0 0 0 Jewel Apr. 26, 2016
      "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."
    • 0 0 0 2 way street Apr. 7, 2016
      "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?"
    • 0 0 0 Hannah Rowlett Jan. 18, 2016
      "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."
    • -1 +1 -2 F.R.O.G. Oct. 25, 2015
      "The Bible also says that Thou Shalt not kill in The 10 Commandments."
    • -1 +6 -7 Samuel Mar. 17, 2015
      "For the person saying "thou shalt not kill":

      no it doesn't. it says "thou shalt not murder". there's a BIG difference there."
    • -1 +4 -5 Brandyn Feb. 19, 2015
      "Except for the very first killer... the only one punished directly by God. He can bring his family and go start a life somewhere else."
    • -2 0 -2 JD Mar. 31, 2016
      "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."
    • -3 +1 -4 Josh Glass Jan. 15, 2016
      "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?"
    • -3 +2 -5 Pastor Keith Mar. 1, 2015
      "It doesn't necessarily need to be a person. His time may come."
    • -3 +3 -6 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "They killed people for many different reasons in those days. Now days we try to not burn people at the stake for a lot of those reasons. Like having a different religion. Or being gay. Things you might kill others for aye. God is love as well as vengeance.

      "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."
      Matthew 6:7 (KJV)"
    • -5 0 -5 Maddie King Mar. 10, 2015
      "then the people who killed the murderer will be killed and then so on (even though the men who do the execution will be pardoned)"
  • +40 +100 -60 Tushar Dec. 9, 2014
    "A killer once killed never kills again. #enoughsaid"
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  • +34 +54 -20 John Doe Mar. 26, 2015
    "They gave up their right to live when they took that right away from someone else."
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  • +12 +32 -20 awesome possum Nov. 18, 2014
    "The death penalty is the best penalty. Its not fair that a horrible person has the live at the tax payers expense."
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  • +6 +14 -8 Student No. 94 Jan. 15, 2016
    "The death penalty is reasonable. After all, we can't just let killers live, because they might escape prison and kill more people. We have to keep the public safe. Safety matters. As ghandi said, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." But we still have one eye left."
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    • +2 +2 0 Student No. 94 Mar. 23, 2016
      "No offense, Think about it, but you really don't have that strong of a point. Only SOME criminals would rather die, and besides, like I said, they can still escape and do more harm. And having prisoners under high security doesn't really help jobless citizens get a job. The death penalty really is necessary to keep our country a safe place."
    • +1 +1 0 tacocat May. 10, 2016
      "anyone think about getting alcatraz up and running again?"
    • 0 +1 -1 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
      "Only 0.18 of 1,000 inmates actually successfully escape"
    • -5 +1 -6 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "but you cant have rape for rape can you, and the prisonors would have high sercurity also helping jobless citizens get a job all in all helping the world., the death penalty doesnt stop criminals from commiting crimes, they would rather die than suffer, they dont deserve the choice"
  • +5 +9 -4 Bobby Bump Mar. 17, 2016
    "They should be allowed, they should have a choice. They shouldn't be forced into it. But instead, have the choice if they will die or not.."
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    • +2 +2 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "criminals dont deserve a choice, they had the choice weather to commit the crime, say you murdered somone you wouldnt want to suffer in jail for life you would want to easy way out with quick death but it wont be fair to anybody if you get what you want when your the criminal"
  • +5 +18 -13 Nov. 30, 2015
    "Common sense, people. If you had the chance, would you kill ISIS, or Hitler, or Osama bin Laden? Exactly"
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  • +4 +21 -17 Uncle Sam Mar. 11, 2015
    "I think that the death penalty should only be used for extreme cases, like terrorism and mass murder."
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    • 0 0 0 Audge Mar. 21, 2016
      "Im totally con death penalty and I agree with this :)"
  • +3 +4 -1 Buggy lane Apr. 19, 2016
    "if we let them go, murdering might happen more often, and the people who murder might be let out of jail, or ascape, it more safe to just punsh them for what they did"
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  • +3 +41 -38 Lord Typhoon Sep. 29, 2014
    "I believe the death penalty should be allowed, if a murderer who kills someone wants their own life I find it hypocritical. throwing murderers and gangsters in prison means the people they harmed are paying for them to live. If a murderer goes in prison guess what, the family of the people they murdered are paying for their food and for them to live. So in the end, yes allow the death penalty."
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    • +4 +6 -2 Andy Feb. 4, 2015
      "I would certainly prefer to pay for my loved one's murderer to die rather than be entitled to life - a basic right that was denied to an innocent child."
  • +2 +2 0 A Politics Follower Jun. 11, 2016
    "The death penalty is necessary because "citizens should fear our justice system". With this fear, potential criminals would think twice about committing a capital crime such as murder, and thus it can control murder rates and keep them low. It is also cheaper to use the death penalty for a capital crime as opposed to life in prison with no chance of parole.
    Also, as said in the Bible, an eye for an eye. If one has killed someone, then he shall be killed, too. Also, it would make up for having terminated the innocent victim's life, and their grieving family would feel as if justice has been brought to them. The death penalty is necessary in the United States, and it should not be banned."
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  • +1 +1 0 simran May. 23, 2016
    "important for those who think they destroy the innocent life and nobody harm them.
    Death punishment is a good lesson for those who are not criminal right now."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Creepy Pasta May. 16, 2016
    "Well I don't understand why we think killing a human being that still breaths the same air as we do, hold a spark of life in there chest like we do, and feel the same fear as we do be the right thing. In most religions there is an after life, but other people who choose not to believe in a god think that the death penalty is just letting the person off easy without actual conscience. While letting them rot in prison is like a own personal hell. A small room with the only interaction comes from a person handing you your food is more than enough (for me at least) to drive someone crazy with madness."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Suspicious Guy Apr. 17, 2016
    "The Death Penalty is something that sets communities straight. By knowing that we will see death if we cause crime, this sets a great example to others, and that it reduces the amount of crime committed. We don't want to die, so therefore we deter from performing illicit acts.
    If this means reducing the amount of crime committed by accepting the death penalty, then I'm in."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Walter LeSaulnier Apr. 9, 2016
    "I believe that judges, prosecutors, police detectives and forensic experts that partially or fully withhold evidence that would have resulted in a not guilty or lesser verdict of a person that was executed should be executed. I also believe that waiting 10- 20 years to carry out the death sentence is absurd. The defendant should be in a special booth in the court room and when the death sentence is pronounced, the bailiff should walk over to the convicted and shoot him then and there. I also think that the death penalty should be used for MANY violent crimes and not just special circumstance murder. Just being a member of a violent gang should be a death penalty offense."
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  • +1 +4 -3 kole Apr. 7, 2016
    "death penalty should be allowed"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Zowie Apr. 6, 2016
    "Yes i think it should be allowed but it depends on the crime."
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  • +1 +7 -6 That Main Chick Mar. 29, 2016
    "Yes, because in jail they get the life of the free, they eat for free, and have a bed to sleep on! Inmates shouldn't have those opportunities, especially when they are there for horrific things! Staying in jails for many years does not do anything, whereas when they get the death penalty they should get destroyed mentally, emotionally, physically, and get all that abuse that they caused to others, to the community, society, and world. Killing them off will make more space for their to be houses and shelter to the ones who are unfortunate. It gives us the right to take their life away for many reasons, our society and future generations have to fear to go to jail thus making them go in the right and only one direction. This will create the government to become in a economical good status. Plus the majority of the people think that sending them off to jail does not solve nothing, so we must agree with our brothers and sisters that feel that the situation they are in isn't justice. We need help from the people ( relatives of the victim) to help us elect our president; when they need help from us to sentence the criminal we must accomplish it. It must be the same, give back to the community and help stop violence."
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  • +1 +7 -6 keegan Mar. 21, 2016
    "I'm pro because the death penalty is the ultimate punishment for a deserving crime. It is not cruel or unusual as proven by the fact that it has been there sense the dawn of this country and is still around now."
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    • 0 0 0 Taylor May. 17, 2016
      "the dawn of this country explicitly says that people have inalienable rights, that of which includes life"
  • +1 +6 -5 Anne Mar. 21, 2016
    ""I think that if I killed someone, I wouldn't want to suffer in jail, therefore, I would like to be killed""
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  • +1 +7 -6 Spencer Kitzel Mar. 16, 2016
    "There sould be death penalty because if we have the law and someone goes into a building fully aware of the law. Then that person shots 41 people than he sould be punished"
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  • +1 +6 -5 Okiku Mar. 11, 2016
    "Criminals should fear our justice system.
    Lawful citizens should be able to depend on it."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Audrey Jan. 15, 2016
    "Death penalty should be allowed because, the consequence of the crime should be equal to the crime the person committed. But, then again all criminals should not receive a death penalty for some crime that doesn't deserve it."
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  • 0 0 0 Meg Jul. 25, 2016
    "Yes, however in my opinion, the system for its use needs to be reviewed and revised. So many death row inmates sit in prison for years and years after being sentenced to death, some pretty much serve "Life sentences" anyways. I feel that they waste just as much money as life sentence offenders anyways, therefore the execution date should be set a week after their trial, there should be no doubt this person committed the crime he was tried for, and he/she should be executed within 30-90 days of prosecution. Capital punishments are only applied to various types of murder, espionage, treason, and genocide. But I feel that serious sexual offenses should be added to this list as well. (rape and molestation of a child, serial rapists, etc.)"
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  • 0 0 0 s,ckf nk;snv Jul. 4, 2016
    "yes because they are a waste of space and money"
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  • 0 0 0 Your real thoughts Jun. 12, 2016
    "Well most people that comment have not experienced the outcome of having someone close to them murdered. Although they think they have the right to talk about it. Why should some animal have any rights, at all? Because they are human? No they are not. They gave that up. So I should pay taxes to keep them alive? HAH! Why in the F should I? They are scum just like the people on the side of the criminal. Which you should be put in the woodchipper along with them. Do you have any idea of how much money this crap costs the country? Lets protect the monsters...yay! Or even lets put them in jail for life, eating the food the victims should eat and staying warm. Great justice you have there. We need to put these scum out in public and just beat them to death. Use them as fertilizer and help things grow, something productive at least. They aren't people, what is wrong with you? You bring up god all the time with this and that is just a crutch, oh they will be punished by god, so we should pay for it here and now? Forever? NO! It does not say that anywhere in bible you liars. Why do monsters have rights? They DO NOT! Period,"
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  • 0 0 0 madison May. 24, 2016
    "i think it is a good thing. some people say that they have family. yes they do, but if they wanted to stay with them forever, they wouldn't have gone and did the crime they did"
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  • 0 0 0 Izabelle Campos May. 23, 2016
    "If people think that is okay to kill peoples loved ones for no legit reason then they should face the same consequence. Even the murderer should be grateful that those who do the death penalty don't kill them the way the murderer killed the other person. I get that violence doesn't solve this situation, because people hold grudges, but if they didn't want this as their "fate" then they shouldn't have done what they did. Murder is against the laws for a reason. They should have thought about that before they took someone else's life. (Take note that i am not talking about every crime because i do not think that someone who robbed a store should face the death penalty, Just those who took someones life.)"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Brendan May. 6, 2016
    "Yes, we show some kind of justice in our society and the rightfully sinful are executed for the betterment of our country."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Kitties Apr. 28, 2016
    "Death penalty is an example of deterrence. Knowing of death penalty made prevent the crime from being done in the first place."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Justin Apr. 13, 2016
    "Death penalty should totally be aloud if someone did a crime that deserves death"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Walter Apr. 11, 2016
    "I think prisons should be 100% separate for violent and non-violent offenders. The "violent" prisons should be design so that no inmate can ever see, hear, or communicate with any other inmate. They should have 24 hr access to a specially design computer system (indestructible and hack proof) with a massive amount of educational material and things like "Ted Talks".
    The death penalty should be applied to hyper-violent crimes even if they don't result in a death. Like a 230 pound, 6 ft 2 inch 16 year old that stomps an 80 year old's face to mush just because they were bored or to get into a gang. For people like that they should dig a 20ft pit, 3ft wide, put lots of lighting and cameras in it along with a fresh air fan so the person doesn't suffocate. Then cut the bottom out of a port-a-potty and place over it. Then invite anyone and everyone to use the potty and put it on a new "Exterminating Vermin" cable channel. The death sentence should be completed in a few days."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Anna Jan. 15, 2016
    "We as a society don't have to fear our safety once prisoners are put to death. Another reason why we should use the death penalty is tax payers have to pay for their stay in prison."
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    • +1 +1 0 1004 Mar. 23, 2016
      "Actually, stats say the it costs more to execute someone than to put them in jail for 40 years."
  • 0 +6 -6 Ella C Jan. 15, 2016
    "I believe that if a person has committed an extremely bad crime, death penalty should be taken into consideration. However, death penalty should be taken very seriously and not used often. It would make the most sense to penalize a person by death if they had committed serious crimes multiple times."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Kira J. Jan. 15, 2016
    "Valuable resources are being put to use by criminals. Thousand of people in the US are dying of hunger and other things and US is giving criminals food, water, shelter, ect. The US is also using tax dollars unwisely and spending money on criminals. Death Penalty or be good."
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    • -1 0 -1 Audrey C. Jan. 26, 2016
      "I agree, but the US is not wasting our tax money on them. They are trying to prove a point to the criminals that there crime has a punishment."
  • 0 +11 -11 Jude Clark Dec. 14, 2015
    "Death Penalty Shouldn't Only Be Allowed, It Should Be Supported Buy Even More People."
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    • 0 0 0 true Apr. 7, 2016
      "how would you feel if you condemned someone to death, only to discover later on that he was innocent?"
  • 0 +8 -8 Jack Nov. 20, 2015
    "Did victims get their choice of a last meal? Did they get told they were going to die soon? Did they get to die in a less painless way?"
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  • 0 +9 -9 Sam Nov. 10, 2015
    "To me I was very indecisive about if death penalty is good or not. I happen to be writing an argumentative essay for school about death penalty. I think it's good because it's almost like an "eye for an eye" situation. For example, their was a story about a father that threw his child off of a bridge and then jumped. The father survived but not the child. The father went to prison and didn't get put on death row. Is that fair? That child was not even one and the father lived while the innocent child died. Death Penalty is important to have because if you kill someone on purpose, then why should you still live if you had killed one of the innocents?"
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  • 0 +16 -16 U mad? Jul. 7, 2015
    "If you were told that if you were to commit a crime you would be sent to a death penalty, would you still do so? Sending people to jail will, in a way, make their life worse. They get released, and do crime again. However, the threat of death allows people to be good... unless they're insane."
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    • -1 0 -1 understandable Apr. 7, 2016
      "Ever heard of a life-sentence? It should be paid for by the criminal if possible"
  • 0 +15 -15 christopher Mar. 6, 2015
    "i agree because we already do it too animals but when it comes to a human we send them off to jail i think we should either not do it at all to every one including animals or do it for everyone including us."
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  • 0 +14 -14 An 8th Grade Student Jan. 12, 2015
    "Why are we taught in school that the most important rule in life is to treat others how you would want to be treated. However, when someone murders another, they do not get killed in return! Why?"
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  • -1 0 -1 Shawn Wilcox Jun. 2, 2016
    "If someone kills because of anger, grief, religion, racism, or sexism they shouldn't be able to live. They took the life of A CHILD, A HUSBAND, A BROTHER/SISTER, or A PARENT. Seriously!!!!!!! The reason the world is full of murderers, rapist, sex offenders, Etc.Is because we are afraid to punish someone for the wrongs they have done. Even in the Bible it states in Mathew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.'" This states that he/she who kills shall be killed for their punishment. The Death Penalty is a must in a world that has major criminals running rampant in the streets because a bunch of people thought that they should get a second chance. Think about the victims families. What do you think goes through their heads when they see that the convict who killed or raped their family member is going to be out in 25 years. What if he/she strikes again when he/she gets out??
    Thanks for reading now have a nice day."
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  • -1 0 -1 Benny williamson May. 9, 2016
    "yes the death penalty should be an option because if some innocent person is killed for no reason that person does not deserve to live. Also when people kill, rape, kidnap, or treat people wrong out the blues it is never okay to cheer on their victory for what they have done. So yes we should keep the death penalty for as long as the world is still standing."
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  • -1 0 -1 Catherine Person May. 9, 2016
    "The death penalty, when looked at it from a legal standard, is not right or wrong, but just. Nobody is saying that sentencing someone to death is right, but it may be the right thing at the time. For example, a man rapes, murders, and disemboweles his victim. Who is to say that he doesn't deserve to die. Is his victim's life not worth his? What the legal enforcement is trying to get across is that; it's not right or wrong, it's just."
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  • -1 +1 -2 marissa May. 4, 2016
    "Yes I Definitely think the death penalty should be allowed because innocent people don't deserve to die if they didn't do anything. Like if you were just walking and somebody drove by to and shot you for no reason they should die."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Crystal May. 4, 2016
    "PRO. Why should a person be given the privilege of life when he/she clearly violates the basic moralities?"
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  • -1 +1 -2 KittiesinSpace Apr. 28, 2016
    "Death penalty executes the threat, which may give a feeling of relief to the murder victim's family, so they do not have to think more of this ordeal."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Jake Apr. 21, 2016
    "The death penalty should be allowed. What will the victim's family think when the murderer is alive and their beloved family member is six feet underground? These murderers should not be allowed to live. Corporal punishment is good for the people and their families. Once the killer is dead, they can't harm anyone else. If they get a life in prison sentence, they can break out and they probably will kill more people. No one wants to die and the death penalty deters people from killing others. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth."
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  • -1 +1 -2 mike pittman Apr. 20, 2016
    "look at it this way its rape what if your kid got raped wouldn't you want him or her dead or they killed your kid wouldn't you want that person dead am i right or am i wrong"
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  • -1 +5 -6 yupp Mar. 21, 2016
    "they deserve to die"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Me Mar. 22, 2016
      "why?"
  • -1 +6 -7 Billy Mar. 16, 2016
    "Yes"
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  • -1 +6 -7 kai Ralston Mar. 14, 2016
    "Yes most deffinetly because when a person take away somebody's life. Since he had stolen other's life, he had robbed away the victim everything. He'd should be prepared to receive the Death Penalty when he kill someone. He need to know his own sin.I totally agree with you. Death penalty is a killing, and this person have no rights to take somebody's life. It's a great sin. i don't know how would i live if I would have taken someone's life"
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    • +1 +1 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "yes but the criminal PREPARED for the death peanlty meaning he/she wants to die, the criminal shall not get what he wants he deserves the opposite and if he already thought about being kiiled for a consequence of murder that means the death penalty isnt changeing anything when it comes to crimes, which states that criminals rather die for a consequence. the death penalty dooesn't deterr anything (stop anything)"
  • -1 +14 -15 shawn Feb. 11, 2016
    "yes they should pay their life for taking someone elses"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "exactly but not with they death penalty they need to suffer for crime to think about what theyve done"
    • -1 0 -1 Student No. 94 Mar. 31, 2016
      "If they take someone's life, then they should lose theirs. It's only fair, and if you leave someone locked up, they could escape to do more harm!"
  • -1 +8 -9 Person Nov. 23, 2015
    "I believe that the death penalty should be aloud to be done to a certain degree. I think this because criminals like El Chapo have token so many lives and yet he still managed to escape while this could of been avoided if he had got the death penalty."
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  • -1 +10 -11 jenn Nov. 2, 2015
    "It should be allowed if they are a repeated felon."
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  • -1 +11 -12 Chandra Oct. 28, 2015
    "Death penalty should be given for : 1. Planned murders 2. Sexual abuse to children 3. Killing after raping 4. Killing through thorough harm 5. Killing parents Major dealing of harmful drugs

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

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

    Mostly murderers and sexual exploiters do their deeds repeatedly.We have noticed they do the same crime after getting released from the prison."
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    • -2 0 -2 squid Nov. 10, 2015
      "yaas"
  • -2 0 -2 tacocat May. 10, 2016
    "i think that it should be allowed because the fact that there going around MURDERING people for no good reason then they should go to the gallows or a death chamber or just give them cyanide make the daeth quick though. a quick death is a kind death and they get what they probably deserve it just depends n the degree of the murder."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Arnold May. 9, 2016
    "If it kills we should kill it"
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    • +1 +1 0 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
      "So if a child kills their parent becasue, let's say, the parent was beating them or the other parent, we should kill the child?"
  • -2 +8 -10 Jimmy Jan. 15, 2016
    "Because then the crime rate will drop"
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    • 0 0 0 stats Apr. 7, 2016
      "the crime rate is higher in states with the death penalty"
    • 0 0 0 Audge Mar. 30, 2016
      "But that's the thing it hasn't. So why do we still have the death penalty? Its not helping."
  • -2 +10 -12 OG Jan. 5, 2016
    "An eye for an eye. The better justice in the world. When you rape, kidnapp, kill or doing terrorism, you destroys lives. And the best equity for it. Being put to death. So once it's done, the asshole who did it can't move his ass to do it again anymore. No problems for the guards, no problems for the society and victims family are satisfied (not chicken families)"
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  • -2 +11 -13 Blase Nov. 3, 2015
    "man why kill them if they are already being mad for being in jail for life plus they have to pay 90,000 for each death row inmate that's a lot of $$$$"
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  • -2 +9 -11 cotton Oct. 22, 2015
    "I beliv it should be allowed"
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  • -2 +14 -16 Carol May. 20, 2015
    "An eye for an eye, leaves the whole world blind, but you still have another eye."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Alayna Mar. 1, 2016
      "Well, in this case you won't need an eye because your dead! How does this sound to you!?!?"
  • -2 +13 -15 Courtney Apr. 24, 2015
    "I feel that the death penalty should be in affect because, do unto others as others undo to you for one and for two there is a man sitting in prison right now that has life with no chance of parole, but he beat my mother to death. Why should he be able to live when he took a life and took so much away from my family? We are paying for him to be alive and eat and have heat and air. I dont want to pay for his low life self to have a "good" life. I would rather him be dead, but i wouldnt want it to be fast and it go by and him not feel a thing. I think that how ever you kill someone that the same should be done to you so you can see what it is like to be beat to death to be raped and then killed or how ever the victim was killed for the person who did it to have to go through the same thing to feel the pain, to have the scared feeling to not know what is going to happen next."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Toysoldier Sep. 13, 2015
      "First of all, I am sorry for your loss, I am pro death penalty but feel that it takes more than one murder to activate the death penalty due to the costs of courts and appeals which currently are overwhelmed. So the only thing I can tell you is to imagine him being used as someone's girlfriend in prison and try to sleep a little better at night with the satisfaction that he will never harm your family ever again."
  • -2 +14 -16 Ders Nov. 30, 2014
    "It should only be used for the worst crimes. If they are a serial killer (meaning someone who enjoys killing people) then it should be used, but if all they did was pickpocket someone's wallet it shouldn't."
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  • -2 +16 -18 Bro Nov. 21, 2014
    "well if you think about it prison for life is the same as death penalty!"
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    • +3 +3 0 mags Jan. 4, 2016
      "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."
  • -2 +12 -14 jennyfer Nov. 17, 2014
    "yes! because rapists, killers and etc people are getting away ! they should be punished for what there doing ! smh that is all bad ! you do the crime you pay the time! jail isnt enough ! they should have more strict rules for these people."
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  • -2 +13 -15 Someone Nov. 17, 2014
    "The death penalty, in my opinion, is more humane than life in prison. I'd personally prefer death over life in captivity"
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    • 0 0 0 seriously? Apr. 7, 2016
      "murder is human? I hope you are not an animal rights activist"
  • -2 +15 -17 hayden Nov. 17, 2014
    "this is a punishment that they deserve for what they've done. And it helps make sure that they dont do it again."
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  • -2 +12 -14 mark Aug. 17, 2014
    "using the example of an animal that brutally rapes and kills another person (especially a child) my belief is rush this kind of animal (yes I am dehumanizing them) to hell as soon as possible. as far as i am concerned they gave up their rights to anything when they perpetrated the atrocity. and screw the drugged way out...bring back old sparky. I really hope these evil bastards suffer a painful death so they know first hand how their victim(s) felt during the evil deed(s). No sympathy, no regret, just send them to their maker for final disposition."
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  • -2 +9 -11 Mel Aug. 4, 2014
    "Gulitine appears to be a great way to put someone to death without linger for an extended period of time. So ... why don't we use the gulitine? I'm not aware of any botched excutions using the gulitine!"
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  • -3 +3 -6 Josh Donathan Jan. 20, 2016
    "I think that the death penalty should be aloud because people on death row deserve what they have coming for them, I also think they should make hanging the main way to execute the criminals. If they will not use hanging, they should at least bring back the electric chair or use firing squads to execute the criminals."
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    • +2 +2 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "but not all people sent on death row are guilty many innocent citiznes get wrongfully convicted and die for wrong evidence. and the way to kill methods are irrelevant"
  • -3 +7 -10 ShaneHollingsworth Dec. 8, 2015
    "I'm a firm believer in "eye for an eye". The victim deserves a just the has the same effect as the cause."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Audrey C. Jan. 26, 2016
      "Yes I believe an eye for an eye."
  • -3 +8 -11 For Death Penalty Oct. 15, 2015
    "why should someone's family, friend and everyone that knows the victim have to suffer when all that is needed is a gun and bullet?"
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  • -3 +8 -11 Shell Oct. 5, 2015
    "I do agree our system of punishment is broken. But we have to have some kind of accountability. Is this the answer? Maybe not, but it's what we have right now. I do believe if you are beyond guilty of taking a life or lives, you should pay for it with yours. Remember people...this is supposed to be a deterrent as well as punishment. I do not agree however a person found guilty lingering at tax payers expense for 18+ years. I think the sentence should be swiftly carried out. To let people linger in prison is like saying they were not "really" found guilty so lets tie up the courts for years looking for loopholes and waste tons of time and money. This is not punishment. The people murdered by the people who usually are given a death sentence, were given no chance to linger by their murders. I do believe if our system was changed, and people knew that if you commit a heinous crime that warrants a death penalty, you will die by the end of the week...some may just chose a different path. Is an eye for an eye the answer? Maybe not anymore. I do believe that is because there is no fear of consequence. Most criminals know they will live a lifetime in a prison...eating...working...LIVING. Take that away and the class starts behaving better"
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  • -3 +8 -11 Anne Cayton Sep. 17, 2015
    "pro all the way if you take someones life then your should be taken"
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  • -3 +14 -17 JEFF May. 19, 2015
    "Yes, I totally agree. If someone has no regard for others lives, then they don't deserve to live. Especially if they are repeat offenders."
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  • -3 +13 -16 Phillip May. 1, 2015
    "I agree with the German Philosopher Immanuel Kant; it is a public safety matter of society that we charge the state to administrate. Even if it has been unjustly administered in the history of mankind in order to maintain some sibilants of order in society."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Donald York Mar. 26, 2015
    ".I believe t.he death penalty should be put on the fast track. in California executions don't happen for 20 years because of Appeals and other such things."
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  • -3 +13 -16 George Mar. 16, 2015
    "If you rob someone you are fined. If you kidnap you are imprisoned. If you kill, you should be killed"
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    • 0 0 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "so if you get rapes you are suppose to get raped? that whole things doesnt apply here, just like eye for an eye!"
  • -3 +7 -10 Roxy Mar. 12, 2015
    "I believe if you take somebody's life you need to give it back!"
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    • 0 0 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "do you believe if you get raped so should the rapest?"
  • -3 +9 -12 Roger Mar. 6, 2015
    "There are so many innocent people being murdered now in UK, yet there is no deterrent. Bring back death penalty for certain crimes, when we may see a reduction in murder?"
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  • -3 +10 -13 Jasmine Mar. 5, 2015
    "I believe the death penalty should be allowed. It saves people from the demons behind the face of these murderers. innocent people die because of them or are sexually assaulted. If it was you who died would you want the person who killed you to die?"
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  • -3 +13 -16 anonymous Feb. 23, 2015
    "How is it fair that a man who has taken another mans life live in a prison where they get 3 meals a day, free time, and their own bed and clothes when they have taken away a persons life on purpose without their permission? I believe that if a person is heartless enough to take another persons life, they to should have the same punishment. A rapist should no be raped but have his freedom taken away for taking away a persons virginity. A thief should have his freedom taken away for stealing something of importance to someone else, and a murder should lose his life if he himself takes one away as well. now I ask everyone is it wrong to give someone what he deserves for what he does? A solder does not get the death penalty, but they do it for their country so that it may be safe, a spy does not get kill for killing someone who has found out he is a spy for our country, but he does it to keep us free. You can not compare someone who murders intentionally for his own purposes to someone who murders to keep peace in the world. So yes an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, but if the other person doesn't learn that he will be punished with his eye he will break out of jail and poke another eye out and it will keep going on."
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    • +2 +2 0 hammurabi Mar. 21, 2015
      "eye for an eye!
      a rapist should be raped!
      a thief should be theived!
      a murderer should be murdered!
      well, at least back in the old days."
  • -3 +10 -13 who knows Feb. 11, 2015
    "The day that a murderer is founded guilty in the court of law, that very moment they should be taken to the court yard and hung. After a short period of time murderers won't be so eager to murder again"
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  • -3 +10 -13 shaun Feb. 9, 2015
    "i think that the death penalty should exist because there are so many people out in the world that are getting away with crimes that they should not be getting away with. so in my opinion i think that the death penalty should exist."
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    • +2 +2 0 Lucifer Feb. 23, 2015
      "If they are getting away with it then it means that they aren't being found guilty to be punished, so they wouldn't be getting the death penalty at all."
  • -3 +9 -12 Mason S. W. Feb. 6, 2015
    "The death penalty gets rid of people that can't be rehabilitated and are too dangerous for parole."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Bella Feb. 6, 2015
    "I think death penalty should be allowed becasue so many people are dieing for no reasons. The killers are getting away with murder and sometimes people do not care. Family of the victims are hurt everyday."
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  • -3 +10 -13 katie Feb. 5, 2015
    "I'm pro.. I wouldn't want my kids around someone that has killed or raped someone"
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    • +1 +1 0 magz Jan. 4, 2016
      "your children would not be around a murderer or a rapist because that person would be in jail"
    • 0 0 0 sarah Mar. 1, 2015
      "I like what your saying, we need to keep all safe but there are many other answers to the death penalty, for example life without parole"
  • -3 +5 -8 proconuser111 Feb. 4, 2015
    "I think the death penalty is a good way to take care of the really dangerous people living in our society. By taking their live away, you're ensuring yourself that the horrible things that happened, won't happen again. At least not by the same person, and it is a effective way too scare future criminals. Even though the criminals won't feel the consequenses of their deeds, it is a way to lighten the feelings of the victims. Sorry for my bad English, not my native language!"
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    • 0 0 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "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"
  • -3 +17 -20 connor crowley Feb. 4, 2015
    "the death penalty should be in place as why should a man who kills an insentient person be given a room with a bed time to themselves to play sports they get three free meals a day they get to see there family and children were the victim to the murder dose get non of this he gets no freedom they are put ether six feet under ground or in a pot so sit or be scattered who would want the a mother will go without there child a child will go without a mother or farther they will never see them gain as they are dead why should we give someone rehabilitation when all we can say is they are capable of murder what is stopping them from dousing it again i am 15 years old and i think we should have the death penalty"
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  • -3 +10 -13 Sonata Jan. 14, 2015
    "I believe that if someone is drowned by somebody, he should be drowned too. an Eye for an eye. but only if it is intentional."
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    • 0 0 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "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"
    • -1 +2 -3 Swagpie Jan. 15, 2015
      "True dat"
  • -3 +8 -11 Corey Jan. 6, 2015
    "If a person is going to take someones life then they should know that if they get caught they might have to sacrifice theirs. People who want to ban it are forgetting that the death penalty was reinstated for a reason. Even though the death penalty may be constitutional, the specific death penalty statutes were unconstitutional."
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  • -3 +9 -12 demi Dec. 12, 2014
    "some people need it as a way a find closure"
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  • -3 +13 -16 valeria Nov. 17, 2014
    "I support the death penalty for many reason but i chose to list my top 3. First of all if a person is obviously if the person that committed the crime is 100% guilty than there is no need to keep that person in death row because death row is basically a 20 year period where the government waits and sees if the person that is in death row is innocent or not, but if the person is guilty than the government should have to wait for anything. that's why is cost so much because trying to keep convicted murders in prison for 20 years is very expensive, they need food, water, clothes and everyday essentials that any human being would need. And that was basically my second argument, which was about the cost. Lastly if lets say someone murdered a family member of mine, i would definitely look forward to seeing the murder die in pain through lethal injection. Not only seeing that person in pain but knowing that he's out of this world and i wont have to be worried about the criminal escaping and coming after me. i approve this message!!!!"
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  • -3 +10 -13 Ben Nov. 6, 2014
    "I believe in the death penalty because that if you were to take a life and make that family suffer while the murder family is just whiteness them in jail while you don't even get to see your son or daughter anymore that why I think the death penalty should be allowed."
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  • -3 +16 -19 bruh Nov. 5, 2014
    "if someone rapes 30 babies, then kills them, and burns their bodies on an american flag, they need to die"
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    • +8 +8 0 Griffin Dec. 15, 2014
      "That escalated extremely quickly."
    • -1 0 -1 Alayna Mar. 1, 2016
      "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."
  • -3 +23 -26 a good persone Nov. 3, 2014
    "yupp just let that rapist run around and rape some more after he gets out of jail. kill the nasty guy. (or girl)"
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    • 0 0 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "that wouldnt happen because he'd be in jail for life"
  • -3 +14 -17 Stephen Black Nov. 2, 2014
    "There is a pro and con with the way I look at it. Here is the pro...It is hard to believe to me that no one is ever discussing what a bonofide/for sure/ted bundy type is on death roll is doing after hours under the blankets. His victims are dead years ago and he gets years of picking and choosing witch victim in his living mind he is going to masturbate to in the memory of the dead victim. This is what the death penalty opponents are keeping alive.You just count the years and count the number of how many times these guys get off in their minds still getting to be alive to do so and you can bet they love death penalty advocates for another night of pleasure. Just a little reality call as for what goes on."
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  • -3 +13 -16 Nathan W. Oct. 28, 2014
    "The punishment should fit the crime. Murder should be met with death; rape with a punishment that gets them off the streets."
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  • -3 +12 -15 Just a Thought Oct. 27, 2014
    "I am for the death penalty. I do feel that all life is important but it is the consequences for there actions. if someone where to kill any of my family members, I would like to know that they will face the same thing that they have done to my family. I do feel that they deserve a chance to get to know God (I do not want anyone condemned to Hell) before its to late, so I think a preacher should be allowed to whiteness to them if they so desire."
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  • -3 +10 -13 daquan Oct. 26, 2014
    "it should be allowed in every state because its not fair to the people who died by a killer and the killer only gets life in prison. I don't think that's a good punishment. the killer should be automatically killed after killing someone. so that's why it should be allowed"
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  • -3 +16 -19 kathryn Oct. 24, 2014
    "shouldn't rapist be puneshed as well"
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  • -3 +12 -15 Emily Dramer (14) Oct. 21, 2014
    "I believe in the death penalty. I feel like people who commit terrible, disgusting crimes should suffer the death penalty. Why should we pay the money to house them in prisons, feed them, and care for them after they have committed a terrible crime against someone else? When we put these people in prison they are a threat to the people we hire to guard them, their inmates, and themselves. I believe in 'an eye for an eye'. If someone murders someone, rapes someone, or takes someone's life away physically or emotionally, they should have their life taken away also. When a dog attacks someone, or injures someone we euthanize them, even at animal shelters; if they take in a stray dog and there's no room for them, they kill them. If society is willing to do that to innocent animals, why is no one willing to euthanize these fugitives who have taken other people's lives away."
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  • -3 +16 -19 Jillian Oct. 16, 2014
    "if people were killed because of crimes there might be less crime in the world today. If you were killed because of your crime people wouldn't want to commit crimes if they would get killed because of it."
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  • -3 +21 -24 Ethics Students :) Oct. 15, 2014
    "Death penalty should be allowed. There are capital crimes that people have been told NOT to commit because:
    1. It violates every human's unalienable rights to live and remain safe.
    2. There are some laws that are based on morality. (i.e. Don't kill, rape, terrorize)
    3. The government needs to maintain a strict punishment for these drastic crimes, or else they will be challenged by offenders.

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

    Thank you. -Raven and Heron"
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  • -3 +10 -13 mark Aug. 17, 2014
    "I only need to think about a couple of cases whereby innocent children were brutally killed to solidify my support of the death penalty. Let those who object to the death penalty justify their position to the mother of Somer Thompson (her killer got life in prison due to a plea deal..what a shame), Let these objectors face off with those who lost their children to evil ones..I have much more explicative terms for these evil ones...i wish them a speedy death so as to expedite their terrible experience in hell."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Remy boy Dec. 2, 2015
    "It is good because it scares people to not commit crimes"
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  • -4 +16 -20 Justice. Sep. 27, 2015
    "Look, what if we create a chamber and lock the murderer in. We don't kill him, but we don't supply him with human needs either. That way he'll die on his own and hopefully have the time to reflect on what he did. This way it's not an eye for an eye, because his crime is not repeated."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Toysoldier Sep. 13, 2015
    "I am pro death penalty but, the crime has got to be heinous in nature meaning a mass murderer should be put down like a rabid dog. The most humane way to do this is by firing squad, less pain and actually costs less than other methods. We need to reestablish laws worthy of the death penalty for example treason would still be worthy of a firing squad but a single murder would not, mass murder does, a single murder should be 50 years with no good time and no early release for any reason."
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  • -4 +6 -10 Blubberboy496 Apr. 30, 2015
    "It should be legal because it is a moral for anyone doing the wrong thing"
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  • -4 +8 -12 k8k8 Apr. 7, 2015
    "Yes it should be allowed because people who are selfish enough to take someones elses life should have there life taken and justice served"
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  • -4 +7 -11 Ethan Apr. 2, 2015
    "I am pro death penalty because it has been proven that it lowers the rate of crime. Also is life without parole all that different? People say that the death penalty is cruel/unusual but with life without parole the only difference is you make them live a life without reason."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Bill Mar. 27, 2015
    "Our Justice system is not just at all. It is skewed in favor of money, celebrity, and those who know how to best manipulate it. The death penalty is applied in a whimsical manner. Opponents of the death penalty have caused it to become hyper-expensive and drags out over years. Humane execution is a joke, the convicted ARE BEING EXECUTED there is nothing humane about it. To say that the government does not have to right to take life? What about the Military? This is a Utopian point of view and extraordinarily unrealistic. Treason unless committed by a member of the Armed Forces or an elected official should never be a capital offense. Political winds are fickle. One persons life should not be more valuable than another person. With all of that said there is true evil and there are those who deserve to die for their crimes. Timothy McVeigh is once such individual, Ted Bundy is another."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Paige Mar. 27, 2015
    "I have always been Pro Death Penalty. I believe that if the person commits a crime to that extent, that this is the correct punishment for them. They do not deserve to live if the are charged with first degree murder. Plus it is cheaper on the people of America to sentence a convict to death rather than to keep him in jail his entire life."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Dan Mar. 26, 2015
    "The death penalty should be allowed. The US declaration of Independence State that individuals have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is a copied version of John Locke's statement that people have the right to life, liberty and property. If the state has the right to take away someones right to liberty and property for a crime then there is nothing stopping the state from taking away your right to life for a heinous crime of murder."
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  • -4 +11 -15 ian Mar. 26, 2015
    "the death penalty is the only punishment suitable for some crimes that are so heinous, the death penalty serves the ultimate punishment, without it criminals will no longer have any fear of committing a crime other than that of going to prison"
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  • -4 +8 -12 Fleur Tacuba Mar. 26, 2015
    "Death penalty is a very harsh political choice. But it is not given out unless the judge has very hard information on the case. These evidence could include things such as intentionally killing someone which is something very bad to do. I believe death penalty should be given out to people who deserve it. Someone who has a lot of unreasonable background to why they killed that person or to why they did the crime they are in jail for. Some people say the death penalty could be a revenge, it is the same thing. We are killing someone for killing someone, which somehow could satisfy the family of the person killed. I believe, they might deserve a second chance to live when in this position. But sometimes the reasons behind the case lead the judge to make this decision of giving out the death penalty. People shouldn't kill each other in the first place, regardless of the reasons behind it this is something which could not only end the other persons life but also your own."
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  • -4 +10 -14 Dave Mar. 26, 2015
    "after someone commits a crime that is very violent and leads to death of another human being they lose their right to live"
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  • -4 +6 -10 tori Mar. 13, 2015
    "I think yes the death penalty should be allowed. I fsomebody murdered your loved one you would be full of grief and maybe revenge. A side from revenge why does the killer get to live but the innocent person no? If our army doesn't fight then our country could have been taken over by communist countries or even the soviet union. How does that person have the right to just sit in the prison cell for the rest of his life, he/she can get visits and make friends with anybody. The death penalty may have some flaws but I still think yes. This person can or cannot get used to prison. For long periods of time people get adapted to these conditions."
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  • -4 +8 -12 E Feb. 5, 2015
    "People who have committed a horrible crime shouldn't just be left alone. There needs to be order in our society. I believe that the death penalty allows for this. If someone murders someone else they should have the same fate. The death penalty is not an "eye for an eye" but a guilty life for an innocent life."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Andy Feb. 4, 2015
    "I think President Obama said it best - "...there are some crimes... so heinous... that the community is justified in expressing the full measure of it's outrage by meting out the ultimate punishment." The fact that we argue over humane punishment of individually who commit inhumane acts contributes to my outrage."
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  • -4 +6 -10 Genesis Feb. 3, 2015
    "It is a well known fact that in prison , a cell mate costs quite a bit with the government paying for their food , water , clothing , shelter , health care at times , for security guards to guard them , so on so forth. But giving them a lethal injection , which is a fairly calm way to die , is better. Plus , that way , citizens will fear committing such crimes that will make them get the death penalty."
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  • -4 +9 -13 yestodeathpenalty Jan. 15, 2015
    "beheading, boiling in oil, burying alive, burning, crucifixion, disembowelment, drowning, flaying alive, hanging, impalement, stoning, strangling, being thrown to wild animals, and quartering (being torn apart). all are or used to kill someone. and the death penalty should be used to kill those who deserve it if a man kills 7 people and goes to jail he can escape and comit more crimes . only death is a prison they cant escape"
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    • 0 0 0 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "you are barbaric there is a thing as max sec prisons"
  • -4 +9 -13 Griffin Dec. 15, 2014
    "I am pro, but it depends. For one it really depends on the crime, and two, there has to be 100% evidence that they committed the crime, and they weren't just framed or there was a mistake."
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    • +1 +1 0 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "im con but i agree with the logic it must must must be proven or confessed"
  • -4 +9 -13 Realistic Dec. 14, 2014
    "I believe the death penalty is needed, but should be reserved for those very heinous criminals that keep no conscience or remorse. There is no rehabilitation for those that take pride or satisfaction in their crimes."
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  • -4 +14 -18 Alnedra Smith Nov. 5, 2014
    "I feel that the death penalty should be enforced. It is not fair to lose a family member and the murder still has a chance to be with theirs. True enough there are life sentences but it is still possible for the prisoner to be in contact with their families."
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  • -4 +13 -17 Kasem Sep. 18, 2014
    "Yes, when the person convicted is matched with DNA, finger prints or other conclusive science. People like to point to wrongly convicted and I agree, there should be restraint, but when there is no doubt that an individual or a group perpetrated a horrible act the only justifiable punishment is death. I shouldn't have to pay for their jell cell, food, and freedom to breathe. No one can legitimately say someone like John Wayne Gacy was wrongly convicted, was redeemable, no one can say the Son of Sam should have gotten life in prison, he isn't redeemable, he is a psycho who murdered innocent women, as did Ted Bundy. These men do not deserve life in prison, they deserve death. Death Penalty isn't murder, they went through the due process, convicted by a jury of their peers and there is no doubt they committed the crimes they are convicted for."
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  • -4 +24 -28 James Aug. 11, 2014
    "Yes! Bring back the rope and trap door. It's not about retribution, revenge or deterrence. It's about getting rid of undesirables."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Michelle Aug. 11, 2014
      "That would save a lot of taxpayer dollars! Executions only cost a lot because of the appeals and expensive equipment and drugs. This country has too many lawyers that need something to do????"
  • -5 +8 -13 new gen Feb. 4, 2016
    "a murderer if not stopped and gets out some how will keep killing and yes i may think more morbidly then most people but i have a ritious mind id kill one murderer to save many unnamed victims so that they can go and live a peaceful life"
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  • -5 +4 -9 Kobe Jan. 21, 2016
    "The death penalty should be allowed, but before the fact, the murder should have a chance to rot in prison; to think about what they've done."
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  • -5 +11 -16 isaiah Aug. 31, 2015
    "If they killed someone they should be killed for killing another person"
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    • -1 +2 -3 squid Nov. 10, 2015
      "omg yessss. hahaha"
  • -5 +7 -12 Tina Jul. 28, 2015
    "There is a tremendous amout of controversy over whether the death penalty should continue or be abolished. Why should one who murders, or rapes another individual be spared his/her own life? Most of the individuals that have done such horrific crimes do not have remorse for the victims or the families of the victims. Our tax dollars are paying for these inmates to sit in jail the rest of their lives and they recieve a hot meal, a roof over their heads and TV's to watch. Think of the victim that does not have a chance for anything because they are no longer here. Most of the inmates on death row now are there for murder, rape or kidnapping (Federal Death Row Prisoners). Think about the victims family that have to live the rest of their lives with the fact that their loved one was murdered. Again, why should inmates that commit murder, rape, or kidnapping continue their lives when the victims are no longer here?"
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  • -5 +10 -15 Stuart May. 17, 2015
    "I don't agree that the death penalty should be used as a deterrent. It is not. However I simply view it as a just punishment for the crime. When it is carried out, the person has served their sentence, and they are once again to be considered innocent."
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  • -5 +10 -15 Henners May. 9, 2015
    "There is one argument for the death penalty that no one can ever argue about - it prevents re-offence. Tally up the number of people murdered by released (re)offenders around the world and it makes a compelling argument to support the penalty. All this pontificating about religion, morality et al can be immediately discounted by the news of an innocent victim being murdered by a re-offender. The people who don't support the penalty effectively have the victim's blood on their hands."
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    • +2 +2 0 IDC Dec. 24, 2015
      "Tally up the number of innocent people killed due to the wrong conviction that judges and jurors made in an effort to murder the killer. Those people were innocent and yet they lost their lives because the act of revenge was so appealing they decided to take out whomever they felt was the most guilty."
  • -5 +8 -13 Someone Apr. 17, 2015
    "If someone is being sent to life in prison, why not execute him/her instead of having to spend our taxes and risk the person escaping?"
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  • -5 +9 -14 J.C.O.E 4EVER?????????? Mar. 8, 2015
    "In my opinion I'm with the pro because the death penalty is justified because the threat of being put to death will reduce the crimes"
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    • +1 +1 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "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?"
  • -5 +7 -12 m Feb. 24, 2015
    "I think that they deserve to feel every once of pain and misery that their victim's and their family felt."
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    • +1 +1 0 bruh Apr. 7, 2016
      "then they should be stabbed or tortured?"
  • -5 +16 -21 Austin Nov. 1, 2014
    "I have mixed feelings. I believe that a rapist, child molester, and murder should be put to death. However, we are all human, God created us all equal, so for one human being to determine whether another human being has the right to live breaks the level of equality. It is God's job to punish the evil, not other human beings."
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    • +1 +1 0 honest faith Feb. 4, 2016
      "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"
  • -6 +11 -17 Graze Apr. 17, 2015
    "More Americans agree with death penalties
    Saves taxpayers money
    They will repeat crime, if they escape prison
    Most Americans say they deserve it, by the crime they did
    Relieves prison overcrowding
    The cost of death, compared to the cost of the person being in prison for life, is cheaper
    DNA testing and all the other many methods of modern crime scene science can precisely eliminate almost all uncertainty as to a person's guilt or innocence
    It's more humane, imaging living your WHOLE life in jail, without sunlight, would you like that?
    Family and friends of the person who died, will have to live with the pain of losing the victim. but they also have to live with the fact that the killer of their loved one, is still alive.
    The Bible, the Torah, and the Quran, have occurance that not only that death penalty is being supported, but they largely approve it.
    Thirty states had at least one execution, and eleven states had at least thirty executions since 1976.
    It takes usually a very long time for a person to be put in the death penalty, sometimes, it takes even 3 decades!"
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  • -6 +8 -14 nicholas ianiero Mar. 26, 2015
    "if you kill someone intentionally regardless of mental illness or if you rape some one then you deserve to die"
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  • -6 +6 -12 video.b Feb. 24, 2015
    "I think that the Death Penalty is more then any killer or criminal really deservers. farther more, it really pisses me off when someone gets away with something. like..... when someone takes something they have to own up to it!!!!!!! If I was the president id make a law where that person who did a crime would have the same thing to makeup for it."
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  • -6 +9 -15 DJ Dec. 11, 2014
    "I belive in "an eye for an eye" plus our jail systems are full so why not take the worst of the worst that are serving more then one life terms and put them out of there life in jail where they are going to die in anyway"
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  • -8 +5 -13 Charlie Jan. 28, 2016
    "I think a death penalty should be okay...but only for a GOOD REASON not just doing it cause they/the person robbed a bank or stole a car. What im trying to say is not over petty stuff. But yes in some cases like being a repeated offender i highly tolerate it if they cant do anything to stop it."
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  • -8 +7 -15 Tee Nov. 9, 2015
    "The cost of keeping criminals in prison for life would provide the United States with enough money for everyone to go to college for free. Murderers, rapists, criminals; they're all living off of our tax money."
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  • -8 +9 -17 U Mad? Apr. 21, 2015
    "If you were told that if you were to commit a crime you would be sent to a death penalty, would you still do so? Sending people to jail will, in a way, make their life worse. They get released, and do crime again. However, the threat of death allows people to be good... unless they're insane... Even still they will end up in Hell if they participate in such ludicrous behavior..."
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  • -9 +10 -19 Kelsey May. 7, 2015
    "I think yes because i chose to."
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  • -10 +20 -30 Adagio Dazzle VA Jan. 15, 2015
    "If man kills man, he needs to be punished. You can't let himlive. He'll just do it again."
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    • +1 +1 0 Bella Feb. 6, 2015
      "I like this quote and it is so true and they just will kill again."
  • -20 +7 -27 Andrew Apr. 13, 2015
    "Best response possible!"
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  • +52 +156 -104 Jerry Springer Apr. 1, 2015
    "I believe that the death punishment is letting criminals off easy. Rapists and murderers deserve to rot in prison for their life, and killing them is letting them off easily."
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    • +4 +8 -4 Unknown Jun. 8, 2015
      "I few let them sit in jail they have the possibility of escaping. Also they are provided with a place to sleep and food to eat. Do they deserve to be treated with dignity after they had no morals and took another's life?"
    • +3 +5 -2 swaggy Feb. 5, 2016
      "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"
    • +2 +2 0 Anon ymous Mar. 20, 2016
      "Accactly they deserves to suffer for mistakes and not get out easiest with the death penalty"
    • 0 +5 -5 shell Oct. 5, 2015
      "and our country would run broke from feeding and housing these people for the rest of their lives. I believe if you commit a crime so heinous that it warrants a punishment this harsh...you forfeit your rights, your life , your everything. It is the only way we can live like civilized human beings. Some of these people that are waiting to die have committed terrible crimes. Crimes that they would no doubt commit again if they were on the streets. Do you want to walk down the street and cross paths with someone like that? Do you want a family member to?"
    • -1 0 -1 Awsomniss44 Apr. 29, 2016
      "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"
    • -9 +2 -11 shuntavia Apr. 13, 2015
      "thats what im saying i agree with u 100%"
  • +44 +89 -45 Jeff Dec. 14, 2015
    "Why are we killing people to show people that killing people is wrong?"
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    • +4 +4 0 Stephen Avory Mar. 21, 2016
      "God told us not to kill, so why do we do it?"
    • 0 0 0 Y May. 17, 2016
      "To scare them"
    • -7 +2 -9 eddie Mar. 3, 2016
      "because we can"
  • +32 +174 -142 Jaaaannaaaan Oct. 15, 2014
    "Tell me. The murderer had no right to take away another's life. But what gives YOU the right to take away a another's life?"
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    • +2 +5 -3 Hayden Jan. 12, 2016
      "Tell that to the family of the murdered."
    • +1 +1 0 Catherine Person May. 9, 2016
      "Exactly. We have no right, because we are no better than the killer himself. But if not put to a stop, the killer can just get away with it. If you were part of the Jury who sentenced the killer with the death penalty, you may think differently."
    • +1 +9 -8 freedom fighter May. 11, 2015
      "What gives us the right is that this man/woman is a murderer or a rapist and they need to feel the same pain they put that victim through."
    • 0 0 0 me Mar. 22, 2016
      "@freedom fighter. So if they are a rapist they wont get raped back so they aren't feeling the same pain"
    • -3 +5 -8 bob Jun. 5, 2015
      "that makes sense, if some one takes a life they get put in jail. but if we use the death penalty, we end up just as bad as the murderer. And... if the government can use the death penalty that gives them even more power over us"
    • -3 +7 -10 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
      "taking someones life is worse than taking their freedom"
    • -8 +5 -13 SuperJordan Jan. 27, 2015
      "What gives you the right to takes someones freedom? What gives you the right to kill an animal for food or warmth?

      Or, if someone wants to kill you or your family, should they live, only to think of another way to harm you?"
  • +15 +33 -18 Justin Time Feb. 10, 2016
    "Not only is the death penalty wrong, it is ineffective. Prisoners can just murder someone with the intention of dying afterwards, and then it would be no punishment at all, maybe even an award in their mind."
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    • +1 +1 0 tacocat May. 10, 2016
      "good point but still if we do anything else we would be being too cruel or kind and a slow painful death is cruel."
  • +10 +34 -24 Kyrin Anderson Oct. 23, 2015
    "Our Government says that "killers should be killed" so does that mean that rapist should be raped and arsonist should have their house burned down?"
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    • 0 0 0 fred alvarez Jul. 14, 2016
      "yes plain and simple"
    • 0 0 0 Komu el Syphorus May. 31, 2016
      "Sure, why not. The only ones who should kill are those prepared to be killed. That same logic would apply to all things. (Referring to harmful crimes, not theft.)"
  • +6 +6 0 Ethan May. 17, 2016
    "If you kill them, then are you any better?"
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  • +6 +18 -12 Julio Juliopolis Feb. 29, 2016
    "The question shouldn't say "Should the death penalty be allowed?" but rather "Should the government be given the power to kill people as punishment for crime?".

    The usual phrasing treats the penalty almost as if it applies itself, completely ignoring that someone has to be given the power to decide to apply it. It is my opinion that the government has shown neither the moral integrity nor the competence to determine guilt or innocence and thus such an extreme power as that of lawful executions should not be given to it."
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  • +6 +36 -30 Macy Jan. 11, 2016
    "If you take someones life for taking someone else's life your just doing what they did, killing someone!"
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  • +5 +11 -6 TR Mar. 21, 2016
    "why let a criminal have the easiest way out of their consequence when he shold have to suffer for his/her crime"
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  • +5 +47 -42 Brendan Nov. 11, 2014
    "i'm doing an argumentative essay in ELA and I found that the states without the penalty have a lower crime rate than the states that do have the death penalty."
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  • +4 +23 -19 Elijah Feb. 2, 2016
    "I'm con because what if you really did not commite the murder. and someone just framed you but you don't know who it was and you don't have enough time to find out who did it."
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    • -2 0 -2 lesly Mar. 3, 2016
      "prison break"
  • +3 +3 0 Dude May. 23, 2016
    "The death penalty should not be legal. The death penalty shows others that it is okay to kills someone when they do something wrong. But it is not. The death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment"
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  • +3 +10 -7 Amiah Lenards Mar. 21, 2016
    "" Why would you kill someone, when you know killing is wrong? Why not let them suffer in jail?""
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  • +2 +2 0 Ethan May. 19, 2016
    "If you kill a murderer, then you are no better than them, are you?"
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  • +2 +4 -2 san-jae May. 13, 2016
    "i said no because no one needs to die from the hand of another man"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Bruh May. 11, 2016
    "why Would you kill someone to teach people to not kill!!"
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  • +2 +6 -4 ELA Group Apr. 29, 2016
    "Why do we KILL who KILL people to show that KILLing people is wrong?"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Collin Apr. 25, 2016
    "When a women or man is committing a crime they are not thinking "Am I going to die after this. Am I going to get caught?". Your thinking about why your going to kill that person, whether it be he threatened me and my family or he took your lollipop. The only problem i have is that everyone wants the other person to die but what happens if or when you kill someone. Are you going to want to die? Are you going to realize that death shouldn't be the answer? Now you more than likely have an incredulous thought in your head or on your face because you don't know the feeling of absolutely knowing you are going to die. Maybe its true some people deserve that fate. Maybe it isn't. Killing them is the simpler and easier choice. Maybe it doesn't matter that now you've stooped to their level. Maybe it doesn't matter that they're family and loved ones will never see them again. They are dead and can't kill anyone anymore. It matters that you had to purge your soul because you wanted this person no longer breathing. Isn't it just better to be empathetic because normally when your choice gets harder you start to realize it the right one. Rotting in prison is worse than death. Why not give them the gift of a nice, cozy cell forever. Thank you."
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  • +2 +4 -2 alex romer Apr. 20, 2016
    "maybe it could happen"
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  • +2 +4 -2 casey Apr. 19, 2016
    "I agree with jeff its a vary controversial thing theres no right of killing someone to prove violence is wrong im casey and im 12 this is wrong"
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  • +2 +9 -7 anonymous Mar. 29, 2016
    "No death penalty shouldn't be allowed because some people are accused for something they didn't do and i don't think it is fair kill someone who didn't do anything. also how are people going to learn or regret it if they are died. i know that some people don't learn so i think the people sentenced death penalty should instead get lifetime in prison. what will you get by killing people, by doing what they did. so if they killed than you kill them than aren't you the same. you will not feel better by killing and knowing you just ended a persons life. therefore the death penalty should not be allowed"
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  • +2 +11 -9 Meghan C Mar. 24, 2016
    "The death penalty should be abolished completely. The 8th amendment states that there should be no cruel and unusual punishment. In my opinion murder is extremely cruel and thus the death penalty should be found unconstitutional. But, I know some believe that it is the only way to have justice for the people that these criminals hurt. Life in prison is a punishment much worse than death. These criminals should spend the rest of their lives in confinement thinking about their actions rather than being killed and having no chance to even feel guilty for what they did. Not only is life in prison a better punishment, it is also much less expensive. The death penalty costs $1.26 million for one criminal, while keeping these criminals imprisoned for their entire lives costs $740,000. This money is coming out of the people’s taxes, and on average cost people $90,000 more per year than keeping these criminals in prison. Life in prison is a much better solution than the death penalty for so many reasons."
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  • +2 +9 -7 emma Mar. 23, 2016
    "killing is wrong no matter what! in some cases the wrong person has been killed for a crime they didn't do. why should the government pick who lives and who dies?"
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  • +2 +12 -10 Audge Mar. 21, 2016
    "why do we KILL people
    who KILL people
    to show KILLing people is wrong?"
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    • 0 +1 -1 101Bestie Mar. 22, 2016
      "I KILL for this quote!"
  • +2 +10 -8 Daniel Mar. 10, 2016
    "I am against the death penalty because if your killing someone for killing someone, then you're committing the same exact crime they did. Its hypocritical. I think if someone commits murder, then they should spend their life in prison. Killing people is going too far."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Gregory Addams Mar. 22, 2016
      "technically its not the same exact crime. Just saying. plz no hate!"
  • +2 +8 -6 Jonathan Schenk Mar. 8, 2016
    "I say No on Death penalty just as long as they get some amount of punishment but not death thats like saying that if some one was killed it means other person imeadete death no it means that person has his or her money all or most of it taken away and put in a rehab or some kind of center so they can be helped if there sick or if they have problems or howthey killed that person"
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  • +2 +13 -11 harry styles Mar. 3, 2016
    "What if you are wrongly accused and the gouvernment. And then they kill you, later on they find out that it wasn't you. You're already dead."
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  • +2 +9 -7 Amirmir Feb. 26, 2016
    "The death penalty will not deter crime. A person doesn't murder thinking of the consequences. A person who will go to such lengths to get whatever they seek was not thinking clearly of the consequences or wasn't thinking at all. Doesn't someone murder out of a spurt of anger? Anger has never been a rational emotion. When somebody is angry enough to murder they won't be thinking that they will get killed as well through the death. Basically, someone won't be thinking of the consequence if they are killed immediately. But they will live in eternal pain and regret when they rot away in prison. Prison will justify the person's crime perfectly fine."
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  • +2 +13 -11 HTML Man Feb. 2, 2016
    "I believe that it should be abolished, because among the 200 students I surveyed at my school, they said they would rather have the criminal spend a crappy life in jail, then die quick and not serve punishment for their actions."
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  • +2 +22 -20 CIT Mar. 26, 2015
    "The death penalty is revenge not justice. The death penalty goes against everything we stand for as a nation. It is cruel and usual, which violates the Eighth Amendment. Those who commit such crimes lack properties that would consider them to be "sane". We all know that a sane person does not murder, therefore, how can we classify these people as being anything less than mentally ill? Also, economically, the death penalty is a tolling sentence. It costs a substantial amount of money to cover the legal fees (majority of convicted are constitutionally provided with a free defense), place them on the death row, and to then carry out the execution with lethal injection (facilities are pricey). Lastly, the death penalty is a hypocritical concept. The death penalty = killing someone who kills to show that killing is wrong."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
    "The death penalty should not be allowed at all. We condemn people like Kim John II for killing their own people, yet, we're doing the same here."
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  • +1 +5 -4 EMMIE LOU Apr. 29, 2016
    "God told us not to kill.Why do we then. Also why does a killer need to be in peace up in heaven when he/her could be in prisen suffering, desurving the horribleness for what he/she did."
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    • -1 0 -1 Creeoy Pasta May. 16, 2016
      "Yes I do agree with you that the death penalty is wrong and we should let them sit and rot in there own hell, we shouldn't forget that god only forgives people up to a certain point. For example a person who murdered someone for something stupid is possibly not going to pass the gate and got 'chill' in heaven. Most likely the case is that they are going to spend the rest of there after lives suffering in hell."
  • +1 +6 -5 hi Apr. 8, 2016
    "I think that we shouldn't have the death penalty because all you are doing is bringing them to Heaven and Heaven is a place for peace and you don't want them in peace. And if they go to jail they get to suffer there instead."
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    • 0 +1 -1 lol May. 2, 2016
      "Heaven isn't real...and even if it was a killer would go to hell."
  • +1 +6 -5 Anonymous Mar. 20, 2016
    "no one deserves to die, with the death penatly there are many miscalculations/mistakes sending innocent humans to death what if one of your family members was one of them you wouldnt want the death penalty to exist would you, there may be a saying eye for an eye but you cant have rape for rape or kidnap for kidnap can you (not with the death penalty) how are you going to kill someone who killed someone else youde be just like them "thou shall not kill""
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  • +1 +7 -6 Alayna Mar. 1, 2016
    "People say an eye for an eye. But you don't know what could've caused it. Don't kill people if your trying to teach the lesson of not killing. You're actually just showing that it is alright. Stupid!!!"
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  • +1 +20 -19 Alexander Tyrantor Jan. 22, 2016
    "I am against the death penalty because it is specifically addressed in the eighth amendment. There is only one thing more cruel and unusual than death, and that is torture."
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  • +1 +19 -18 Amber Nov. 12, 2015
    "Its simply a cruel and unusual punishment."
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  • +1 +27 -26 bob May. 23, 2015
    "it doesn't make sense the government is killing to stop killing"
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  • +1 +20 -19 JF919 Mar. 26, 2015
    "You cannot punish wrongdoers with the same thing they inflicted. It's hypocritical. A better solution would be to let the person rot in a prison cell and mull over their crime for the rest of their life. Death is an easy way out. You cannot let the emotion behind a situation affect rational thinking and planning."
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  • +1 +56 -55 Lucifer Feb. 20, 2015
    "People on here are saying that we should keep the death penalty for murderers. So, does this mean we are going to put our military on death row? Are we going to put our government on death row?"
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    • 0 0 0 me May. 3, 2016
      "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"
    • -1 0 -1 George Nov. 19, 2015
      "It is about innocent. Military is there for killing terrorists"
    • -1 +1 -2 Victoria Sep. 10, 2015
      "Someone will serve a death penalty for unlawful murders. Not a military man for representing his country"
    • -1 +2 -3 shuntavia Apr. 13, 2015
      "thats not the same thing they are killing to protect out family others are killing for no reason..Death penalty should be allowed for people who rape others"
    • -1 +2 -3 Pablo Apr. 10, 2015
      "Are you saying that if a military man is oversees and gets into a firefight and kills someone, defending his country, he is a murderer?"
  • +1 +70 -69 MEV Dec. 16, 2014
    "Two wrongs don't make a right. What we call justice in today's world can be cruel and unnecessary. When someone kills, and we kill them, what does that do for justice?"
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    • +1 +1 0 James C. Feb. 13, 2015
      "I feel that we don't have the right to take another man's life. Besides, In what way does a few months fearing death, worse than a life time without any freedom and the forced contemplation of what you have done.

      If you to talk about people who enjoy killing; they probably will enjoy experiencing death."
    • +1 +3 -2 Suki Feb. 6, 2015
      ""Two wrongs don't make a right." But it damn sure makes it even."
  • +1 +124 -123 MEV Dec. 11, 2014
    "We use the death penalty as justice. But in reality, the toll is on us all. Society makes many people do many things, and a murder has to be caused by something. Most murderers have been exposed to violence and injustice as children, and society had done nothing to help these people. We've expected people to know that killing is wrong, but how can people know when they've seen it themselves? And usually the murders are committed as an act of justice themselves. It is on us as a society and a community to help fix our ways, and teach the right thing. Because you never know someone's story unless you ask. As well as we can never go back. What if our justice system makes a mistake and kills an innocent person? When innocent or guilty people are killed, it is murder all the same. For this, I am against the death penalty."
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    • +8 +9 -1 Alex Apr. 29, 2015
      "1 out of 7 executed because of the death penalty are later proven innocent... 87 people have been executed because of the death penalty... people were murdered because they were suspected of a crime they did not commit... screw the death penalty and give the innocent people their lives back... too many people have died. don't let the judicial system continue on with this..."
  • 0 0 0 Erin.Lee Jul. 10, 2016
    "When you kill a murderer, then you're giving them a privilege. You should let them stay in prison and repent on what they have done. Actaeon saw Artemis bathing, and remember what she did? She was going to shoot him, but, since her arrows are as painless as moonbeams, she turned him into a stag and let his own hounds rip him to shreds."
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  • 0 0 0 Ian Jun. 3, 2016
    "If people use the death penalty, it won't help make other people rethink about what they should do."
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  • 0 0 0 student no.9876 May. 27, 2016
    "why would we kill someone who killed someone just to prove that murder is wrong?"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Ne'mare Feb. 25, 2016
    "I think death penalties shouldn't be allowed because people shouldn't die for there crime that means more graves to dig and a lot more body would be dug and the people who do this would have a lot of work to do!!!!!!!!!"
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    • -1 0 -1 person Apr. 7, 2016
      "they can get cremated"
  • 0 +15 -15 Charlie Jan. 28, 2016
    "I dont think it is okay for the government to just kill somebody over something petty. They always complain on how our society is going down because we kill eachother and how we are guilty of it. Well, i would say that nobody is perfect. And by the death penaltyhow they are just doing it doesn't make any sense. We all have stuff to work on and so does the government. If they dont want this to be a crappy world they could change it by taking away the death penalty for a start."
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  • -1 +14 -15 AustinBrown Jan. 26, 2016
    "Criminals kill, rape, do things that are not right. But really what is not right is that we kill them for killing. Life is about paying your debts. The criminals make bad decisions and we make worse. Life may be scarce, but if we all just try our best to make the world a better place killing is where it would start. It is not fair that we use our financial recourses on putting these criminals to an end. We are already in debt, spend 10k more to just kill someone, get your point across."
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    • 0 0 0 Jacob Mar. 3, 2016
      "But they deserve to die, because of what they have done"
  • -1 +14 -15 Hannah Rowlett Jan. 18, 2016
    "Because I feel like its an easy way out of being forced to suffer for your crimes. It's another way out of being isolated for a very long time and being forced to think about what you've done for the rest of your life, which is already a great punishment."
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    • +4 +4 0 Hannah Rowlett Feb. 21, 2016
      "@person thanks for replying, now that you mention it, I do have evidence! In our family library we have 3 or 4 autobiographies from murderers with Life imprisonment that feel great remorse for what they did. Most murders are committed by people with mental issues so I don't think they would feel anything about their actions anyways. But it would be worth a try because they have nowhere to go anytime soon you know? I just went to go find one of the autobiographies and it is titled "In For Life" by Jason Richards, great book. Jason received life in prison because during a robbery he and a friend were committing, the resident came home and Jason panicked and shot the resident. In his book he discusses the immense guilt and shame he felt shortly after being given Life in prison and how he has to deal with the guilt until the day of his death. I believe that physical pain is far less hurtful than emotional, mental pain can be. Now that my evidence is out of the way, do you know why you never hear of many murderers feeling remorse for their crimes? because they were put on death row and killed before they had a chance to feel anything. I hope that helps make it seem more valid :)"
    • -1 +1 -2 person Feb. 12, 2016
      "I don't really know any criminal that killed and though to himself ya know maybe that was wrong maybe if you accually got evidence your argument would be valid"
  • -1 +11 -12 *Anonymous* Jan. 18, 2016
    "What about the eighth amendment? No cruel and unusual punishment? Also, so many mentally ill people are killed by the death penalty, despite the fact that the eighth amendment also rules that mentally ill people are not eligible for the death penalty. Why is this so? The term "mentally ill" is just so vague. Does anxiety qualify as a mental illness? What about alcoholism? This is why mentally ill people are still killed. The death penalty must be abolished.

    DEATH IS UNDOABLE."
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  • -1 +14 -15 Anna Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think that people who have committed crimes that are punishable by the death penalty should not be allowed to get out of trouble so easily. It doesn't really punish the person who has committed the crime it punishes the persons family. I believe that they should be sentence to life in prison."
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  • -1 +24 -25 John Doe Dec. 1, 2015
    "How do criminals learn that what they did is wrong if we don't give them the chance to rehabilitate? How is it fair that we punish murderers by committing the same act?"
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  • -1 +16 -17 ruby Nov. 4, 2015
    "i think people can change there ways they should give people 1 year to change there ways if they don't then they can have the death penalty untell then they should be able to change. that is my opinon on the death penalty"
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  • -1 +22 -23 MAGICMONNA Apr. 13, 2015
    "Why would you take a life of a human who has done a bad thing? everyone on earth is an equal, no one is above, the government should ban death penalty because we are equal. we all got created by the one person... god...
    if someone has done a bad thing we shouldn't kill him/her. he/she should just have a critical punishment forever because it is not fair, would u enjoy if u were sentence to death if u killed someone??? we should all be equals."
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  • -1 +22 -23 Katelynn.M Mar. 5, 2015
    "Animals shouldn't have the death punishment. Some animals weren't trained and even if they were then somebody must have done some thing to them that got them mad."
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  • -1 +14 -15 sarah Mar. 1, 2015
    "Receiving execution is incredibly random, if one is convicted of murder it is not a definite death. This is all up to the jury, if one member disagrees than the murderer receives life without parole. This is not a reliable system, its completely random at the end of the day. One could commit a horrible crime and not receive the death penalty vs one who commits a mediocre crime and faces execution. Lets get rid of the penalty and not leave ones lives at random"
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  • -1 +18 -19 James C. Feb. 23, 2015
    "Put them in jail. Then, let them reoffend. No on cares.We just don't have the right to take another persons life.

    Who are you protecting by killing someone when you can lock them up forever."
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  • -1 +26 -27 Madeleine Feb. 22, 2015
    "America, where we kill people who kill people, 'cause killing people is wrong!"
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  • -1 +84 -85 the truth Nov. 4, 2014
    ""i believe in God and only he can take it""
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    • +6 +7 -1 sara Mar. 1, 2015
      "I agree to demolish the death penalty but we cant leave ones lives on purely spiritual beliefs"
    • +1 +3 -2 F.R.O.G. Oct. 25, 2015
      "Yes God is the maker and the taker."
    • 0 0 0 John Apr. 2, 2016
      "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."
    • -1 0 -1 antichrist Feb. 10, 2016
      "and god matters in this decision whhtz2y?"
    • -1 +2 -3 davonte Apr. 29, 2015
      "preach it young one. only got can kill and god only"
    • -2 +1 -3 Atheisms don't care May. 14, 2015
      "I don't believe in any religion. (Atheism)"
  • -2 +2 -4 AllenBaseball101 Mar. 22, 2016
    "When you kill you don't deserved to die, that's why on your grave they put R.I.P, otherwise known as REST IN PEACE, not suffer in jail and feel your punishment. Those who support don't thing about that. What if someone broke into a school, you or your child's, and started shooting and killed you or youre child/children, you would want the killer dead because its your family and you love them and don't think you deserve to be dead, well, what about the killers family, don't you think they still love them? Think about that the next time you say you like the death penalty and you support the death penalty."
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    • 0 0 0 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "they deserve to suffer in jail if they cared what there family thought of them they wouldnt of commited that crime"
  • -2 +4 -6 Devon Feb. 24, 2016
    "Honestly, I believe that Death Penalty should not be allowed because the person is in jail for rape, murder, etc. and you really think that a rapist/murderer deserves to be let off easily? Well, I do not believe this. But, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, remember that when and if you decide to hate upon this comment."
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  • -2 +6 -8 idk Feb. 11, 2016
    "killing is wrong period but doesnt mean you kill them its the same thing they did"
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  • -2 +13 -15 Tahlia Feb. 3, 2016
    "I think the death penalty should NOT be allowed because it is just giving the government a wrong reason to take human life from their families. Even if the person does something wrong they shouldn't have to die for it."
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  • -2 +11 -13 Zeke Perrone Jan. 7, 2016
    "I am con because The death penalty has killed innocent people and then it just becomes murder"
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  • -2 +12 -14 F.R.O.G. Oct. 25, 2015
    "The Bible says that Thou shalt not kill or murder. The Death Penalty is killing and murder."
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    • -1 +1 -2 You're Wrong Jan. 26, 2016
      "The Bible also says that God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. So yeah, "thou shalt not kill"."
  • -2 +10 -12 Mikah May. 15, 2015
    "The death penalty should be allowed because it is whats fair. If you can take the life of someone even if you believed that they deserved it you should have to give up yours.People that have absolutely have no soul and can kill for whatever reason does not deserve to live. crazy or not crazy we don't need people like that in our society"
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  • -2 +10 -12 Abby May. 13, 2015
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because innocent people can be easily instead they can use life in prison."
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  • -2 +8 -10 Keep it...anonymous May. 13, 2015
    "No.It should not be allowed because death is what makes the population go down.And that means that taxes and all those governmental things go haywire!"
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  • -2 +26 -28 Alex Apr. 27, 2015
    "I believe the death penalty is murder. That is all I can really say for it... Murder is murder no matter who commits it. I really believe that the death penalty is only another form of revenge. You can hide the blood by saying it's justice but it is only annihilation and will only be another death to our nation's population. They say that the penalty deters crime but I see no pause or change in my city. I will not support the death penalty. No man or woman should hold the power to take another's life, no matter how horrible."
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  • -2 +26 -28 EvidenceBasedThinker Apr. 20, 2015
    "The debate over capital punishment is not a debate. It is a mindset humans have. In self defense, living things, in any shape or form, fight back. Humans (i.e. us) have countless explanations on how they (i.e. we) are superior to other living things for our vast knowledge, yet we are just as blinded by vengeance and instinct to blow a hit back. Seeing as humans (i.e. us again) Have such a wide amount of knowledge, we may analyze and process information on what is right and wrong. Murder: Wrong. Murder or Killing (i.e. death penalty) In Response to Murder: Wrong. Detaining Criminals for life, and giving the a life span's time to learn right from wrong, rather than doing the wrong back at them: Right. - A TRUE Evidence Based Thinker"
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    • 0 +2 -2 Misterrrr Kennedy!! Apr. 21, 2015
      "THANK YOU!!!"
  • -2 +19 -21 Weston Apr. 16, 2015
    "This is what it sounds like someone else already died so lets make someone else feel the same terrible feeling when a loved one dies. No one should go through that"
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  • -2 +13 -15 MagicWarriorFTW Apr. 7, 2015
    "I think it shouldn't be allowed because I'm christian and I think that only Jesus should take that."
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    • +8 +10 -2 Carter Apr. 9, 2015
      "Read the Bible then. Genesis 9:6 "Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man." Matthew 26:52 "Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.'"
  • -2 +25 -27 Savonna Mar. 26, 2015
    "I don't agree with the death penalty because I would rather a cruel criminal be locked up for the rest of their lives, suffering, than see them put to death. I believe its an easy way out, also it's complete irony that anyone would be willing to put someone to death over a crime, considering murder is a crime."
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  • -2 +46 -48 Jmal Mar. 26, 2015
    "The death penalty does not solve any issues that arise from criminal activity. An eye for eye way of thinking will just make the world fall apart. Only God is to choose who has the right to live not the government. The death penalty is unconstitutional and does not promote peace in the way the world should view peace and justice. Sure some people should be taken out back and have done what they have to done to someone else but as Gandhi said, An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Toysoldier Sep. 13, 2015
      "I agree it does not prohibit future crimes, however if someone kills 20 to 30 people on a rampage, I feel that person should be put down like the rabid dog that they are. Of course we need to ensure that several things are fixed, racism in the death row population, DNA results are tested a minimum of three times (to be sure we have the right person), and that we do not use this for those single murder cases. If it were like that (which it currently is not, most people would agree that the death penalty would be beneficial, but not be used to prohibit criminal activity, we have other types of punishment for that which there again, racism has take its toll on those as well."
  • -2 +13 -15 Kay Mar. 26, 2015
    "I do not believe in the death penalty because you are letting them get out of what they had done. By killing them yes your taking there life and that is taking what they took away from another person. By keeping them in prison they have to live there everyday there is no getting out and they are begin punished with what they did for the rest of their lifes. Death Penalty is just a way out"
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  • -2 +22 -24 john Mar. 18, 2015
    "i think that the death penalty should be brought into the equation after you are sure that you have all the evidence"
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  • -2 +37 -39 manny Mar. 2, 2015
    "2 wrongs dont make a right"
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  • -2 +38 -40 colby Jan. 26, 2015
    "the death penalty should be abolished. Scientific studies have consistently showed that the death penalty does not deter crime. The death penalty is hypocritical because you're saying murder is wrong by committing it. Also, studies in states like California and Kansas have shown that the cost of the death penalty is much greater than the cost of life imprisonment."
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  • -2 +43 -45 Fiona Dec. 3, 2014
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because it teaches young people that the law can decide to kill and that is alright, but a normal person cannot. Is this what we want our children to think? That lawmakers have the right to decide when a human being should die? This is a right that nobody on this planet has, and while I agree that murder is wrong, two wrongs do not make a right. Killing someone because they killed is a vicious cycle and sends a bad message. It should be stopped."
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  • -2 +38 -40 Nathan Hogan Nov. 10, 2014
    "Because what if the so called murderer is not really the murderer at all it can just be possible for the homicide detectives to possibly be wrong in any type of case."
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  • -3 +2 -5 Elias Apr. 4, 2016
    "If the accused person is given the death penalty and killed, and then later found innocent that means the federal system caused the death of an innocent person"
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  • -3 +7 -10 alyssa Feb. 23, 2016
    "no i do not believe that we should have the death penalty"
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  • -3 +14 -17 Jennifer Jan. 29, 2016
    "for people that support the death penalty think about this, what if you were the criminal waiting on the death row. How would you feel about this punishment."
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    • 0 +2 -2 alvin Feb. 9, 2016
      "id know i got what i deserved"
  • -3 +12 -15 Muk Nov. 8, 2015
    "I don't believe in the Death Penalty as it ends the life of someone because they committed a crime. Now, I am not saying that people who have done horrible things shouldn't die, but we shouldn't kill someone for other things, like drug smuggling. There are other ways to punish people for doing bad things, but I strongly believe the death penalty shouldn't be one of these punishemnts."
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  • -3 +11 -14 person Nov. 5, 2015
    "I agree with the arguments which say that death penalty is like an eye for an eye, and show examples of situations where applying eye for an eye would sound silly, illogical, or rash.
    "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind""
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  • -3 +16 -19 Noobthinker103 Oct. 9, 2015
    "No, because you don't decide if people get to live, not just because The Bible says so, but because it's inhuman."
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  • -3 +7 -10 Olgi Sep. 7, 2015
    "There is one thing that everyone should keep in mind:
    miscarrige of justice is something that happened before and is still happening. Capital punishment is irreversible."
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  • -3 +24 -27 bob Jun. 3, 2015
    "it should not be allowed because the government is killing someone:putting themselves in the same position of the murderer, except for that they are not the ones getting killed"
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  • -3 +19 -22 Logical Thinker May. 19, 2015
    "society puts criminals low in acceptance scale. Thinking that only a very evil person would murder, then what does justice do? They murder him back. What do you think? Is that a good roe model for today's children? What does that teach them to do when they are wronged? Murder, that's what, which forces justice to murder again, which repeats the cycle. Stop the death penalty today!"
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  • -3 +12 -15 DJ May. 13, 2015
    "If you want to use the death you would most likely killed about 40% of the worlds population including almost all government officials including POTUS because of everyone they are the mass murders stood by and watched our people die in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan. such as the Isis terrorist group killing Americans and not one government official not as long as the belly and pocketbook is full. so therefore the government should all be put on death row . how long do you bet if that happened the POTUS would make an Executive order to put the death penalty then pardon them all"
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  • -3 +9 -12 DJ May. 13, 2015
    "What is the point of killing another person if you think about it they would rather die than stay in prison of their lives. And think about this I seen friends killed on the streets its a way of life its all we know so you want the death penalty that me and everyone in Kalamazoo because I can guarantee everyone their has killed, raped , or seriously assaulted someone else so that me put me in that g*****n chair and elcecute me but you better look me in my eyes as you kill me"
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  • -3 +28 -31 camron May. 7, 2015
    "Why do we kill people who kill people to show killing people is wrong."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Stan Nov. 8, 2015
      "We kill criminals to serve as a lesson from someone taking an innocent life away that there is actually a great consequence from committing such crime what kind of lesson would it be to others if all you got out of it was life in prison."
  • -3 +11 -14 tellitlikeitis Feb. 2, 2015
    "the death penalty is saved for first degree murder of which i disagree completely it should be abolished"
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  • -3 +10 -13 Sara Jan. 30, 2015
    "I think the death penalty is wrong. People have family that deeply care about them. What people dont seem to realize is that when people get sentenced to death penalty, it affects that persons family, it doesn't just benefit the people who can be victims of there crimes but it drastically can affect that persons family to loose someone they care about. With this being said, DEATH PENALTY IS WRONG!!! When the government kills someone for committing a crime, there passing off the impression that it's ok to kill someone. Is that the world you want to live in? I certainly don't."
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  • -3 +61 -64 ZT Jan. 14, 2015
    "'Two wrongs don't make a right ' The murderer and his executioner both do wrong and nothing good comes out of what they have done. No justice for the families of the victims"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Syed May. 11, 2015
      "So we should give them a chance to run off and try to do more damage. Good logic."
  • -3 +15 -18 ajksdfcqljhdv Dec. 15, 2014
    "im not on a major side i think it depends on how bad thee crime was or their criminal background but in my opinion if they kill someone and we kill them were just as bad as they are"
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  • -3 +28 -31 Ders Nov. 30, 2014
    "The thing about them death penalty is that to execute someone is that it becomes someone's job to kill them, making them a killer themself no matter how indirect it was."
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  • -3 +37 -40 Angel Oct. 18, 2014
    "Due to the simple fact that our justice system is imperfect, a permanent result such as this should never be rendered. While a life in sentence prison where innocence is discovered after 30 years still has irreparable consequences, at the very least, the individual still has some life remaining."
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  • -3 +29 -32 Tom Oct. 10, 2014
    "The fact that you are trying to say "Murder is wrong, so wrong we are going to kill you" is first off a great example of irony but also there are too many innocent convictions, and as an American I cannot imagine death is anything but "cruel & unusual" especially since like 12 countries actually still execute people."
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    • +9 +9 0 Alex Apr. 29, 2015
      "that is super super duper true! its so hypocritical its almost funny... but it's not. i mean, killing innocent people because you think they are guilty and you want revenge? WTF? it is already bad enough that you are willing to murder someone who has murdered but now you're not even doing the job properly enough so that the actual guilty convict is the one who gets punished not an innocent bystander you jerks..."
    • +2 +2 0 pt Jan. 30, 2015
      "but they both result in death"
    • -1 +1 -2 connor Feb. 10, 2015
      "if a murder kills he still has it in him to kill again. if they're capable once they are capable of doing it again"
    • -5 +1 -6 SuperJordan Jan. 27, 2015
      "Murdering and killing are 2 different things."
  • -4 +7 -11 AustinBrown Shaw Jan. 26, 2016
    "I hate when people say death penalty lwop cost so much blahh blahh blahh. We do death penalty just because it costs less money. Your using money as an ideal to kill someone, complete insanity. Money has brought shame upon us, we think oh I have so called this and next day I spend so called that. The world would be a better place if we all just remember why we kill because the person we are murdering murdered. DeathPenalty=murder. Murder=Prison."
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    • -1 0 -1 person Feb. 12, 2016
      "we kill them for the potential of them escaping and commiting more crimes not to mention the fact that most people kill multiple people and don't even get the death penalty"
  • -4 +6 -10 Reign Sep. 14, 2015
    "All religion aside, a murderer is a murderer and he has taken someones life that was not his to take. But killing the murderer will not bring that person back, nor will it truly be called justice. Making that person live with the guilt and pain they have created, behind bars, is justice. Imagine not being able to touch your child or parent again, and only see them through a thick sheet of glass. They get to live with what they've done."
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  • -4 +19 -23 Gandhi's apprentice Jun. 2, 2015
    "if it is an eye for an eye, the guy who strikes first is the last to die."
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  • -4 +16 -20 Think about it... May. 15, 2015
    "Killing is a bad thing.So why would the government have the right to kill someone.Put yourself in the shoes of the one who is going to get killed.Would you like being LEGALLY killed by your OWN GOVERNMENT!?Please think about it."
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    • -1 0 -1 U stupid Mar. 16, 2016
      "Of course if you killed people you should have your life taken. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"
  • -4 +8 -12 Me May. 15, 2015
    "More than 138 innocent people have been freed since 1973 and no-one has been able to put a number on how many innocent people have been killed. This needs to stop."
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  • -4 +5 -9 Phillip Thompson May. 13, 2015
    "You left out some important considerations in your arguments regarding capital punishment.

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

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

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

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

    My conclusion is that it is not acceptable to execute a single innocent person, in order to be able to do so to the truly guilty. It is impossible for us to avoid that inevitability."
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  • -4 +7 -11 bunu May. 3, 2015
    "i dont see any reason for their living what is the point in letting them live if they dont care about others life"
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  • -4 +12 -16 cat in the hat Mar. 26, 2015
    "I'm against it because it is immoral, it lets the killer get off easy and he won't have to suffer in jail or deal with the other inmates. it also shows everyone else that killing is okay especially since our own government does it"
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  • -4 +8 -12 Solonote Mar. 26, 2015
    "I am against the death penalty because it seems very eye-for-an-eye, and it is an outdated practice to punish criminals with physical harm or death."
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  • -4 +11 -15 Lauren! Mar. 17, 2015
    "They kill people, so then we can? Not fair in my eyes."
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  • -4 +18 -22 Anonymous Feb. 18, 2015
    "By killing them, we just get down to their level"
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  • -4 +22 -26 Just like the post:) Feb. 13, 2015
    "I don't think they should be able to get out easily . when people know that they have a life in prison they want the easy way out and in this case that is a death penalty"
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  • -5 +4 -9 Russell Dec. 8, 2015
    "The death penalty should not be allowed"
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  • -5 +11 -16 Heinrich Nov. 12, 2015
    ""Tell me. The murderer had no right to take away another's life. But what gives YOU the right to take away a another's life?""
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  • -5 +18 -23 Dee Sep. 13, 2015
    "I'm not for taking a life, but I am for changes in the penal system. Murderers should only be housed with other murderers. Many other felonies, like forgery or drug possession, are not violent. Reform should be paramount for these rather than excessive punishment and exposure to violent criminals. I also think "human rights" should be defined specifically for the penal system. I don't think an xbox or a tv is a human right. It should all be about education, reform, and a good work ethic. Find a way to create some form of self-sustaining work within the system to relieve some of the reliance on tax dollars."
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  • -5 +9 -14 Anonymous Apr. 24, 2015
    "I think the people shouldn't be killed unless they do something really bad and then they can be killed otherwise no Im a CON"
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  • -5 +35 -40 Lydia Feb. 27, 2015
    "I am a con because the death penalty is unconstitutional, wrongly gives government the power to take someone's life, and is expensive."
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    • +1 +1 0 Lydia Nov. 23, 2015
      "@Hannah but killing a murderer is still murder and "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.""
    • +1 +1 0 Noobthinker103 Oct. 12, 2015
      "@Hanna But what about the fugitives, family, do you think that he/she should be killed because he made a mistake??"
    • +1 +2 -1 Hannah Apr. 10, 2015
      "What about their victims? Did they have the right to kill/rape, or whatever it may be?"
  • -5 +30 -35 Levi Ackerman Dec. 4, 2014
    "Death is not the best way to go about things. Everyone should get a second chance. Even if someone is slower to change than others. Life is delicate and fragile."
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  • -5 +35 -40 Katelynn Dec. 3, 2014
    ""Those who break the rules, shall be subjected to a fate worse than death" so why should we be the ones to decide whether someone lives or dies. We are humans just like them and if we kill them, doesn't that make us more like them, we too turn into murderers just like the one we are trying to kill, even if we do not know if the person convicted did it. Everyone exists for a reason, you have no right to take that chance away from them whether they grabbed it or not"
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  • -5 +33 -38 Jenna Oct. 7, 2014
    "It is our job to show the next generation what is right and wrong. How can we show them that murdering is wrong when we go around murdering as well?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Madeleine Mar. 4, 2015
      "Justice cannot involve the killing of another human being, and by your standards of "Justice" should we then kill the executioner who served this Justice? Didn't he kill someone too? And the Army? Should they be on death row?"
    • -3 0 -3 CONNOR Feb. 10, 2015
      "It's not murder its justice"
  • -5 +20 -25 Jim Carter Sep. 3, 2014
    "When we have successfully eliminated: Police forced confessions, prosecutorial mis-conduct, judges that are looking to be reelected, and court-appointed lawyers who under represent clients, and the percentage of overturned convictions goes down to less than 1%, then the death sentence can be carried out."
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  • -6 +5 -11 me Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think the death penalty is what people use when they over react.Why just give him life in prison or wear a electric collar."
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  • -6 +8 -14 hunter Mar. 13, 2015
    "they should rot in jail if they kill some one"
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  • -6 +13 -19 snack time Mar. 10, 2015
    "I think that the death penalty is wrong no matter what."
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  • -6 +8 -14 Traghanolondo Mar. 10, 2015
    "I'm con because people who kill people shouldn't just be able to die and forget about who they did. They should sit in prison and rhink about what they did."
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  • -6 +17 -23 GOD LOVES YOU Oct. 23, 2014
    "it is the same thing as killing an unborn baby.... IT IS WRONG!!"
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  • -6 +24 -30 Andrew Oct. 20, 2014
    "The two main motives for murder are personal gain and revenge. If it's gain, then the best threat would be to make them live with nothing. If it's anger, then threats won't work since they're emotionally compromised."
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  • -7 +1 -8 Kajshia Dec. 14, 2015
    "I think no because that's just ending their life very early"
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  • -7 +6 -13 Katie Mar. 2, 2015
    "Only god can take our life's. This is basically another form of murder. Aren't we all bad then?"
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  • -7 +11 -18 Carter FB Jan. 21, 2015
    "There are numerous reasons the Death Penalty should be outlawed but here are some top points;

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

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

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

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

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

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

      In response to # 3:

      This is a weak argument. The crime rate correlation in states with and without death penalty my be for another reason, not because of DP."
  • -7 +11 -18 Angel Pot-pot Jan. 11, 2015
    "What if one of your relatives or someone close to you was the one who did a major crime? It's ok if the criminal was sentenced for lifetime imprisonment but DEATH PENALTY???!!!!? Are yo still human"
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  • -7 +11 -18 Josh G. Nov. 17, 2014
    "I believe that if you take someones life just because they killed
    someone, it makes you just as bad."
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    • 0 0 0 Donald J. Trump May. 24, 2016
      "Yes, but the criminal took an innocent persons life, and now they have to deal with the consequences of the death penalty, and you may think it's harsh, but they are no longer and innocent person, Life in jail you may say, just because they'll have to think about what they did, but the fright the criminal will get when sitting in that chair with the needle in their arm, the fear will be unbearable."
  • -7 +18 -25 Jillian Oct. 16, 2014
    "that wouldn't be fair if you did something wrong and had to die for it. If that was legal all over the world half of the human species would be dead. If people were killed because a crime they committed that person still has a family, how do you imagine their family would feel?"
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    • -2 0 -2 Annonymous Oct. 27, 2014
      "thank you for pointing this out I had to write an essay on this for shool and I said almost everything you said"
  • -8 +7 -15 jarod Mar. 26, 2015
    "i think it is wrong to ether kill a person or an animal it is wrong"
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  • -8 +10 -18 Shania Jan. 30, 2015
    "The Death Penalty isn't good. "No problem can be solved with the same level of thinking that created it". - Albert Einstein"
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  • -8 +8 -16 Avery Felts Jan. 24, 2015
    "The Death penalty kills thousands of innocents every 100 years and we are still dealing with this?"
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  • -8 +8 -16 Zy Jan. 12, 2015
    "I believe no one should be killed for their wrong doing but they should be taunted for all the wrong they did. All of those serial killers and the serial rapist should be tortured, they shouldn't have to be killed because what justice does the victims family get?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Drew P. Wiener Apr. 16, 2015
      "Personally, I am against the DP as well, but what you suggest should be done simply can't. If we were to torture the serial killers and rapists, that would be violating the 8th amendment."
  • -8 +16 -24 Ange Nov. 7, 2014
    "This is "justified" murder that is happening right in front of us! We have to remember that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Abolish the death penalty. it actually costs LESS to keep a person in prison than to give them the death penalty. Life in prison with NO chance of parole is my alternative. Saving even just ONE innocent life is worth it since hundreds of people on death row have been mistakenly convicted and killed. The death penalty targets those of color and those with lower socioeconomic status, it's hypocritical, it's cruel and unusual punishment- it needs to go, hands down."
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  • -8 +15 -23 Jasia Oct. 27, 2014
    "I believe there shouldn't be a death penalty no matter how bad the crime is, at least give people about thirty to forty years. You always have to remember people who commit crimes also have families who care about them. Yes the death penalties will limit the number of murders, rapes, torture, kidnapping, etc. The death penalty will prevent the murder weight. I also agree it will get rid of all the crime commiters, but that's exactly why we have secured jails just in case people try to escape. Some cons of the death penalty are if we have death penalty we lose more people, and more than anything families lose their loved ones, that's why we should have long jail time. In this controversial issue I believe that the death penalty should not be allowed anywhere."
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  • -8 +16 -24 Lex Oct. 6, 2014
    "I feel like they should have to suffer for the harm that they caused others and not be let off easy."
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    • +1 +3 -2 Big Mike Oct. 28, 2014
      "Yeah obviously they don't think that living is worse than death. They killed someone. Obviously they have a distorted view of what life is for."
    • -1 +1 -2 brendan Nov. 11, 2014
      "i agree that life in prison in more severe. because then he or she will have tom live with the shame rather than getting off easy"
  • -9 +19 -28 Hope Nov. 9, 2014
    "Why allow them to live? Because no matter what they are still humans. We as humans shouldn't decide to end the lives of others just because they've done it. It is not for us to decide who lives and who dies. Of course they should be punished for what they've done to someone else's lives, and even in the afterlife they would be punished. Honestly, I was up for PRO, but thiking how it will end innocent lives who hasn't murdered anyone made me thought about the justice a lot of people has been talking about. Whenever I read or watch how humans just abandon other human just because of how they are labeled, it still feels terrible whether they did something bad or not. Jealousy, hate, bitterness, loneliness, desires, and many other negative feelings are emotions we commonly experience, but let's not lose ourselves because of it. There is still hope in this world we can look forward to, and other positive feelings that can bring light to this world."
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  • -9 +7 -16 Meli Nov. 3, 2014
    "What if you had a family member that was falsy accused? I agree that if you know someone is guilt they should be put to death, but what if he or she was falsy accused? Also, murdering a murderer makes you just as bad as them. I would not want someone else's blood on my hands. One more thing I must add, bringing in the prisoner's enemies is not the best idea. I would not want to see someone get murdered in front of me. I use to be pro. After alot of research I have learned it's not right!"
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  • -9 +8 -17 Cameron Bryant Oct. 21, 2014
    "the death penalty should not be allowed. It is the sickest reason to kill someone. people are the same we all make bad choices. God set obstacles for us to change before he comes back .This coming from a 12 year old.if you give someone the death penalty you bascially killing them and the bible saids thall shall not kill."
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    • 0 0 0 anonymous May. 24, 2016
      "You're correct, the bible does say that, but the bible also says, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image." Genesis 9:6 This means that even God is a fan of the death penalty my friend. :) He thinks that murders deserve to die, and that is what the death penalty is doing."
  • -9 +7 -16 Michael G. Sep. 26, 2014
    "No, I don't think that the death penalty, no matter how severe the crime, is a morally correct punishment. If we treat our prisoners the way we treat their victims how are we any better than them? Incarcerating them a correct amount of time for their crime, even if it ends up being the rest of their life, is a much more morally correct thing to do."
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  • -9 +9 -18 ahoyxcapn Sep. 10, 2014
    "every being deserves a chance to make a change to their behaviour into more positive habits. jail time is bad enough, let alone death."
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  • -9 +26 -35 Megan Aug. 2, 2014
    "Even if someone has committed a murder, I feel that it is important not to use the death penalty because that would be stooping to their level"
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  • -10 +23 -33 Death Penalty = Bad May. 15, 2015
    "Death penalty = MURDER"
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  • -10 +7 -17 Lindsy Feb. 16, 2015
    "The death penalty diminishes all of us, increases disrespect for human life and offers the tragic illusion that we can teach that killing is wrong by killing. People often say, "well it's only fair, they took a life so we take theirs." But what about our lives? Why is it that our lives don't get taken? Are we not just as bad? Do we not have the intent to end another human being's life? We've become the murders."
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  • -10 +7 -17 ... Dec. 15, 2014
    "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."
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  • -10 +1 -11 Tom Chesbrough Dec. 1, 2014
    "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."
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  • -10 +15 -25 daija miller Nov. 13, 2014
    "no i feel that u shouldn't kill someone just because they did something bad like robbing or like holding someone captive. their probally doing it for a reason. either because they need the money for family or they just want people to know who they are,even though their probally not going to hurt or harm them anyways. so whats the point of killing them if u dont get the facts. most of the time. it may just be an accident that their at that time at that exact moment someones dead. someone else might've killed that persons family member and their just sad and hurt that their gone. so they run to them and touch them. even though its not their fault they died. that's not a reason to kill someone"
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  • -10 +14 -24 Donald Nov. 6, 2014
    "There have been and always will be cases of executions of innocent people. No matter how developed a justice system is, it will always remain susceptible to human failure. Unlike prison sentences, the death penalty is irreversible and irreparable."
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  • -11 +6 -17 PHILLY Jan. 9, 2015
    "i do not think there should be a death penalty"
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  • -13 +6 -19 chris Mar. 27, 2015
    "when someone takes a life it doesn't mean that you should can take their life."
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  • -13 +15 -28 god love you Oct. 22, 2014
    "I am not for it because if you let them live you can bring them to CHRIST and they can help people that were just like them :) :)"
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    • 0 +2 -2 Jpops G Oct. 28, 2014
      "It's not like we kill them off right away. It's YEARS before they get killed. We got time to convert them."
  • -16 +5 -21 davonte Apr. 29, 2015
    "heck no. if you were the murderer would you want your life taken from you"
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