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Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?

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  • +443 +765 -322 Kathie Apr. 28, 2011
    "I believe that there are some people who have committed such unconscionable, heinous crimes that only removing them from the face of the earth will suffice. For that reason, I do believe there are times when nothing but the death penalty will do."
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    • +8 +14 -6 Dee Montano Aug. 10, 2012
      "I agree with your comment.....some human beings are just plain evil and no good can be served by keeping them on this earth. We have no problem putting down rabid or vicious animals, why should we have a problem with rabid or vicious humans? People would argue that it makes us less human or just like the criminals. I would argue differently.....we give them a fair and just trial, we look for their innocence....we give them a chance at life, something they did not give their victims and we take their lives in a human manner...again more than they gave their victims."
    • +6 +21 -15 daryn Jan. 4, 2012
      "yeah i will go with your commet"
    • +4 +11 -7 Liza Dec. 6, 2012
      "If they have done such a heinous crime then why not let them sit and rot in jail until they die? If you kill them right away then they are fine and safe where no one will ever bother or torture them for what they did. I say make them suffer and let them know they have to pay and waste their lives for wasting others lives!"
    • +2 +14 -12 connor Dec. 8, 2011
      "Sometimes there are worse things than death and death can actually be a releivement of torture"
    • -2 0 -2 Deon Berry Feb. 24, 2014
      "I like you thought."
    • -3 0 -3 1 Feb. 7, 2014
      "yes"
    • -6 +17 -23 call me bobby Aug. 8, 2012
      "OK, OK, eye for an eye, whatever.
      Just one question, a little detail that bugs me. If you mercilessly kill a merciless killer, how are you better then him?

      Killing is wrong, just, simply wrong."
    • -8 0 -8 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "so then, how are they supposed to suffer consequences? if they are just killed off, they don't get to suffer through prison, and they don't get time to think about what they did."
    • -8 +10 -18 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "I hate to concede, but I want to refute Elliot's comment. Two wrongs don't make a right, but two negatives make a positive, correct? The death penalty is morally wrong, but justice will be served in the life after this... Conflicting thoughts, but both are true. ;)"
    • -9 +8 -17 Joe Budden Mar. 20, 2012
      "why would you want to kill some for killing people when if u put them in prison then they suffer for the rest of there life"
    • -10 +16 -26 Elliott Dec. 2, 2011
      "Do two wrongs make a right? That would mean that you, the politicians and anyone who supports the death penalty is responsible for murder. Nothing can replace a human life and killing a criminal makes you just as criminal."
  • +221 +461 -240 Gabriel May. 30, 2011
    "Sometimes bad things have to be done to prevent more bad things from happening"
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    • +8 +10 -2 JDH Nov. 19, 2011
      ""Letting" a criminal die only allows him a way out. How about reforming the justice system so they really have to pay for their crimes?? Due to their harsh punishments, there are many countries in the world with crime rates much lower than ours. Why offer such nice meals and accommodations? Why does a prisoner deserve to sleep on a bed and play a little bball with his peeps when he strangled the life out of a child????? I say hard manual labor and toss a sheet down on the floor. Shoot, if they want to eat, make them work for it. I work for my meals. Prison shouldn't be such a breeze!"
    • +3 +5 -2 faulty electrition Dec. 14, 2011
      "Daniel
      First we need a good lie detector."
    • +2 +5 -3 JustThinking Sep. 24, 2013
      ""Why kill killers to show killing is wrong!""
    • +1 +3 -2 Mr.Welldone Nov. 19, 2013
      "It breaks my heart and disgusts me that mankind can say something so vastly blood soaked and horrible in such a simple,nonchalant manor.one once said ,"it is not our place to play god",How right they were.How low has the whole of human-kind come to? I leave you,"Gabriel",to wallow in your own inhumane filth."
    • 0 +4 -4 Daniel Dec. 4, 2011
      "JDH I agree that criminals need much worse punishments than what they are currently getting. Though I'm not sure whether we should kill them or lock them up for life. The decision about which one is worse really depends on the person. I wish we could just do the opposite of whichever one they prefer, but they would just lie. Maybe we could do a lie detector test or something to find out whether they'd find it worse to die or be imprisoned for life, and then we do whichever one they don't want."
    • -11 +2 -13 val Dec. 9, 2011
      "AMEN ! >.<"
  • +158 +317 -159 Nicholas Jun. 21, 2011
    "I believe that if someone murders someone else they shouldn't be rewarded by giving the murderer a free place to live, free food, free clothes, and some of the jails have a TV!?!?! That's just not right. I think that the death penalty should be brought back because who is to say that when you put someone in jail for killing someone that they aren't just going to break out of jail and kill someone else. I think that others will agree with me when I say that I would rather kill one person than have that one person kill multiple people."
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    • +6 +7 -1 45 kml Nov. 22, 2011
      "yeah. why should we have to pay tax money for these guy to have a place to stay knowing what they did"
    • +2 +2 0 Anonymous Jan. 18, 2014
      "I totally agree with you! Treat others as if you would like to be treated. Someone should expect to be killed if they kill another. Why should you be given a life when you took someone else! I see where people go when they say that your just killing another person, but if this person got out of jail because they were accused of rape, whats going to stop them from committing that same crime again because they know they can get away with it? I also disagree with the law that states, " No person shall be put twice in jeopardy." This means that once you get out of jail, you may not be tried for the same crime. For real? This is common sense! All the person has to do is do it again more carefully and they aren't accused!"
    • +2 +3 -1 Cboi Apr. 24, 2012
      "how often do people break out of jail? Im assuming not very often, but you say it happens enough and that the killer just runs around killing more after he/she gets out of jail. After a simple search, we find that little more than half of 1 percent of prisoners actually go AWOL or make it out of prison, and I doubt they are all serial killers with a violent motive to kill uncontrollably. it actually does cost more to keep them locked up than to euthanize, not to mention that prison guards get more job opportunities from just locking up more murderers."
    • +1 +6 -5 oscar.! Nov. 29, 2011
      "first of all it actually cost more money to put them on the death penalty and iven if they do all that lets remind our selvesits not a 5 star hotel, its JAIL where you are sorrounded by people that kill just to pass the time, especially people with life sentences"
    • 0 0 0 Loco Taco Mar. 19, 2014
      "I have to tell you that the food sucks the eggs come in powder packets and you add water to eat them the clothes are terrible prison is like H__l on earth besides God will always give everyone a second chance even hitler!!! so I am going to dislike this one but thank you for posting a comet"
  • +143 +336 -193 person May. 5, 2011
    "It's common logic --- Treat others as you would like to be treated. Criminals should expect to be killed if they kill somebody."
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    • +10 +13 -3 Daniel Jan. 9, 2012
      "who says we can't burn down arsonists' homes?"
    • +8 +8 0 lauren Jan. 25, 2013
      "best comment so far. just saying!"
    • +7 +14 -7 people Dec. 20, 2011
      "{The penalty for rape can not be rape. Nor the consequence for arsonists be to burn down their home.Therefore, punishments should not be re-targeted with the same imature actions...}"
    • +3 +8 -5 Catherine May. 11, 2012
      "If we use the same "common logic" to make a case against the death penalty, then treating others as you would like to be treated would also mean that the individuals initiating the death sentence and the supporters would need to be killed. The logic does not help your case involving the death penalty."
    • +1 +1 0 Morgan Feb. 24, 2014
      "Dam right"
    • +1 +2 -1 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "so then, why arent the rapist being raped for a punishment? and why arent the robbers being robbed? and people who deal with arson, why arent we setting their houses on fire?"
    • 0 +3 -3 Weston May. 19, 2013
      "Yeah, "it's common logic". *sarcastically* Let's kill them to show them what we stand for. *unsarcastically* What?"
    • 0 +7 -7 Amber G. Aug. 8, 2012
      "How can you use the golden rule and talk about murdering a person all in the same sentence?"
    • -1 +5 -6 Pernille Dec. 18, 2012
      "Who's then going to kill the officer who performed the execution, and who's then going to kill whom ever killed the officer? it's hypocritical! What makes it okay for the state to kill? The state kills to prove that killing is wrong.. hmmm..."
  • +123 +223 -100 candacebowie Aug. 8, 2011
    "I am so sick of reading about how cruel it is to prisoners. What about the victims? They didnt get a last meal, or a chance to say good bye to their loved ones. They didnt get a chance to make their peace with God. In my mind the criminals already have it better than the victims ever, ever did. So am I concerned if the criminals are being treated poorly? No. In fact, I feel as though the victims families should get to decide exactly how they die. For example Richard Speck (the one who tortured and murdererd 8 nursing students, the one who has made prison tapes about what a great time he is having in our prisons, at the tax payers expense might I add), I feel as thought the victims families should have been given the right to make sure he died as scared, and degraded as his victims. We keep letting monsters back onto the streets to hurt more and more people. THATS the inhumane part. Allowing more innocent people to be hurt. Every six mins in America, a woman is raped. This isnt a third world country, this is America where predators are allowed to prosper and pursue their happiness at the cost of others. Its disgusting. Take the monsters off the streets & away from our children."
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    • +15 +17 -2 Brittany Oct. 9, 2011
      "AMEN. That's the truth."
    • +2 +2 0 guest Oct. 21, 2013
      "EXACTLY! I agree so much! If a criminal thinks they have the right to decide how/when to end someone's life, then the family should get the same right to end theirs."
    • -5 0 -5 David Smith Nov. 27, 2013
      "So you're saying killing people because they kill people is justified for the victims sake. That we can play God because we feel like it? I'm not saying not to sentence them for life without parole, I'm saying we don't have the right to end a life. The victims family wont get them back just because they murderer dies, it may create temporary consolation, but it will never repay them fully."
    • -14 +7 -21 Margarita Oct. 26, 2011
      "Take the monsters off the street, but you don't need to go killing every rapist. Who says that they would be let out on the streets? They could spend their life in solitary confinement, by themselves. Not all prisoners have a great time in prison, and the people that have killed people shouldn't. What you're talking about is 100% revenge, and that would put you in jail."
  • +105 +269 -164 Ian May. 25, 2011
    "I stand on both sides of the issue. I agree that murderers, rapists, and other very violent offenders need to be executed in the interest of public safety, but when we have a judicial system that rewards 'tough' judges and prosecutors, we get malicious conduct in the form of withholding of evidence, and even fabrication of false evidence in order to secure conviction. So, in principle I support the death penalty, but as it stands now, it is vitally necessary to overhaul our legal system to do away with corrupt judiciary and prosecutors. And this is coming from a quite liberal man."
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    • +3 +3 0 Jark Jul. 17, 2012
      "Very true. There is always two sides."
    • +2 +2 0 Kayla Apr. 11, 2012
      "I absolutly agree. The death penalty is a less expencive and more effective way to deal with murderers than rehab witch may or may not work. And this is coming from a quite liberal child."
    • 0 0 0 Loco Taco Mar. 19, 2014
      "I like the way you think but remember a lot of prisoners are truly sorry for their crimes and want another chance even if it means the rest of there life in prison there is a lot of benefits that many people do not think about like the chain gang this is a group of prisoners that do service work and clean the city for little cost to the government"
    • 0 0 0 Brianna Apr. 25, 2013
      "I agree with you completely Ian now all we have to do is make society see that not ALL people have to die to learn their lesson unless they are an interest to public safety."
  • +95 +224 -129 H. Chic, South Korea Apr. 28, 2011
    "Many people says the death penalty is just another murder and should be abolished right now. But they seem to misunderstand the conception of 'murder,' I think. Killing people with reasonable grounds must not be regarded as murder, that's why we don't call them murderers but heroes who saved our nation and community by killing so many enemies. The death penalty is the symbol of our fights against all evil, malice, and cruelty, so it can be recovering justice, not just killing a human.

    Yes, but it has some serious side-effects you know... We are able to handle those problems with this two qualifications. #1: Imposing restrictions on sentencing to death, only except that there are more than two undeniable proofs which indicates the defendant is a real culprit. #2: The death penalty should be only allowed to those crimes like homicide, murder with robbery or rape, and treason. These qualifications would let us face the end of the dark sides of death penalty."
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    • 0 0 0 Sorrow Jan. 3, 2014
      "we call them heroes because they save our country the death penalty is bad why dont we lock them up for life in prison or just give them a bullet to the head its better than electrocuting them."
    • 0 +1 -1 David Smith Nov. 27, 2013
      "Do you realize how many people are innocently killed because of the death penalty? How killing people is a contradiction? That its not our right to deliberately kill people because they kill people? Yea lets kill people to show people its wrong to kill people. Hmmm.. yea makes a lot of sense. God will judge people according to how they act, we don't have the right to take life just because someone else did. Its wrong and needs to stop"
    • 0 +3 -3 Durracell May. 14, 2012
      "However one Man's Murderer is another man's Hero. We regard Bin laden as a murderer and a terrorist. Al queda regards him as a hero. Who are we to say killing one man is right and another is wrong"
    • -2 +2 -4 Alexis Jan. 10, 2013
      "You say that "killing people with reasonable grounds" makes them a hero. Most murderers kill because they think it's "reasonable". The word reasonable is defined by each individual. I wouldn't call a person who killed their child because they didn't have the money to take care of them reasonable, but the person who commited that crime, at the time, would have thought it reasonable."
    • -7 +8 -15 Greg May. 14, 2011
      "Murder is clearly defined as the INTENTIONAL killing of another. The death penalty is not a "symbol of our fights against all evil, malice, and cruelty", it is a form of vengeance that is geared at getting revenge or "pay back". It is essentially someone's means of "getting even" with another."
  • +78 +215 -137 lauren May. 25, 2011
    "People who kill or rape shouldnt be rewarded to live in prsion. They should die."
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    • +7 +7 0 Daniel Dec. 4, 2011
      "yes Josh in the interest of the deceny of society as a whole I would say that if my family member killed someone they would need to die, it's the right thing to do"
    • +4 +4 0 cpib Oct. 26, 2012
      "ditto"
    • +4 +4 0 Jacob Oct. 23, 2012
      "Rewarded to live in prison with the crime that they committed hanging over their heads for the rest of their life instead of taking the easy way out. Why is it that kids that are severely bullied commit suicide? Not to punish themselves, but so they don't have to live with what is bugging their minds."
    • +1 +1 0 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "life in prison isnt exactly a reward... it isnt no jersey shore kinda thing..."
    • -2 +2 -4 josh mont Dec. 1, 2011
      "so if it was a family memeber of yours you would still say yes hell no you wouldn't so what makes it right in any other sense"
    • -6 +4 -10 anna Jun. 20, 2012
      "you sound like a little kid Lauren please, grow up and write a legit reply"
  • +71 +187 -116 john May. 5, 2011
    "i think in certain situtions, the death penalty is nessesary. if you are willing to someones take a life, you are willing to lose your life."
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    • -1 0 -1 Ta'ne Sep. 4, 2013
      "(Sarcasm) Yes because killing killers to show killing is wrong is what we are supposed to do. That is cruel and unusual"
  • +65 +152 -87 Loocas Jul. 4, 2011
    "If you are homeless without crime record you can die of starvation or freeze to death because a state guarantees you neither food nor housing but if you are serial killer taxpayers will support you until natural death."
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    • 0 0 0 loco Taco Mar. 19, 2014
      "this comment is a good food for thought but I also am going to stay with the benefits of prisons they are a humane way to punish people they also offer rehab so that the prisoners feel better about themselves and hopefully will do good in the world"
  • +53 +157 -104 Isaac May. 3, 2011
    "i believe that it is nesisary in certain situations, such as if say... you go in to some ones house and stab the wife, husband to death then rape the daughter. I believe that you should be hanged, or put in the firing squad, and ended imediatly."
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    • +11 +11 0 Ray May. 17, 2012
      "well put... the only thing i disagree with is your spelling young man lol"
    • +10 +14 -4 Dalton May. 8, 2011
      "i agree 100%. peaple who make choices like this need to be dealt with, in a however serious manner required. even death."
  • +35 +155 -120 Bill Apr. 28, 2011
    "It isn't the death penalty that is so costly, it's the endless appeals that are allowed. It seems that there should be an overhaul of the appeal system and that, after one failed appeal, the penalty should be enforced."
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    • -1 +7 -8 Christina Dec. 4, 2011
      "But what if you killed an innocent? Then what?"
  • +33 +95 -62 Spencer Aug. 31, 2011
    "I think us tax payers shouldn't have to pay for criminals clothes, food, shelter, and sometimes TV. The government could spend that money on other things. Why should they get all that stuff because they committed a crime?

    And for everyone that thinks it is more expensive to pay for someone to be killed on deathrow than it is for the life sentence, then I will personaly donate a rope to the govenrment and then they can just keep reusing the rope and it will be free."
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    • +5 +5 0 Kaley Oct. 29, 2012
      "Miriam - the expensive part is the appeals processes. Because only certain lawyers can appeal a death sentence, and the government has to pay for these lawyers.
      Yes, the convicted get a final meal, but most states put a limit on the price of that final meal (Texas' limit is $40). You can opt to have a priest or minister or whatever your preference is. But this is at no cost."
    • +5 +6 -1 sjaimkwmkide May. 10, 2012
      "The lawsuits are the expensive part, not the killing itself"
    • +4 +5 -1 William Sep. 14, 2011
      "I agree only with the entertainment part. Rest is fine, we should provide absolutely no entertainment for the convicted."
    • 0 0 0 ......... Mar. 29, 2014
      "exactly!!! i hate these people saying they are against the death penalty and bringing in biblical laws, well you know what i am 100% christian and believe in God with everything ive got but i still 100% support the death penalty. if you want to bring the bible into this then how about this.
      when the devil was cast down to earth for his wrong doings that when the world went to shit, wars broke out people started raping, murdering for absolutly no good reason; these people who take innocent lives should die!! i think everyone her should read up on the daniel morcombe case and see what you think then."
    • -1 +2 -3 Miriam May. 18, 2012
      "i don't understand how it costs so much to kill someone. i believe and i am not sure about this but don't they take your family with you and then give you like you're last food (favorite) and like they even take a priest if you want one isn't that the reason why it costs so much???? i simply just don't understand.... i am a student and i am doing a debate in my speech class and i am learning about the subject.."
    • -4 +3 -7 ever Jan. 10, 2012
      "i still think that its hypocritical to kill someone who has killed another"
  • +26 +94 -68 Pfft Jul. 2, 2011
    "Yes. If it costs too much? Shoot the mofos. The price of a few bullets isn't much. Neither the price of a rope to hang them. Sheesh this government is idiotic."
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    • -2 +3 -5 justiceforall5 Jan. 18, 2013
      "IT is ALOT more complicated than that. It costs alot of money for a death penalty case to go through appeals and such. It also cost ALOT to incarcerate them for live. However people are narrow minded and believe that there is only those two options. the death penalty or life. IF prison was just and treated them specifically to the degree of their crime, for example, allowing a drug dealer to work out once a week (since his crime is less severe than a murder) Or denying some amenities, so that he is PAYING for what he did. The system is broken in alot of aspects, that is why it is believed that prisoners lay back and enjoy being fed and clothed by the cost of the tax tayer. What good does it do to kill a criminal? Why can't they be locked away from society (to not cause any more harm to society) but at the same time make contributions to society (charity work, farming, working for their own cost of living, making survival kits for the people in 3rd world countries.ect.) We need to open our eyes to different methods of punishment. Every single person has some good in them as well as some bad. We need to think differently, just and fairness for all."
  • +24 +93 -69 Daniel P Oct. 2, 2011
    "The death penalty is, in some cases, necessary in order to eliminate those who have committed numerous murders, those whose goal is to terrorize innocent people all over the world, and those who have seriously abused their second chance in society."
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  • +23 +68 -45 Tyler Nov. 11, 2011
    "Eye for an eye. Equal and opposite reaction. Kill, and be killed. Simple as that."
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    • +1 +1 0 Tyler Jan. 13, 2014
      "i don't agree some of the people who die by exhaustion have family's and they mite not have had a choice to kill as you said
      kill or be killed"
    • 0 0 0 zach burke Mar. 13, 2014
      "you sir are wrong because an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
    • 0 +4 -4 justiceforall5 Jan. 18, 2013
      "as martin luther king said "an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.""
    • -2 +2 -4 Elin Jan. 17, 2013
      "do you think it's justice for a rapist to get raped? we're better than that"
  • +23 +77 -54 Ely Jun. 26, 2011
    "I do support the death penalty because as a tax payer I believe that jail is too easy for criminals. They had TV's XBox 360, maritial visits where they can have sex with their wives/husbands, they have 3 meals a day and even movie nights. Yet they are in there to pay for their crimes but we (tax payers) are paying for all of these luxuries while we are out here working hard,suffering to pay our bills. I feel that instead of paying millions on someone that is not worth it because the are a rappist or mudered we should execute them within 30 days of being found guilty."
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    • +8 +10 -2 William Sep. 14, 2011
      "They have better quality of lives, than some Americans do. It's quite sad really. They should only be provided essentials to life. No entertainment."
    • +4 +7 -3 Brittany Oct. 9, 2011
      "Bread and water. One blanket. No mattress. A chamberpot. That's it. And, if you kill someone, and you did it with the knowledge of what you were doing, die. Seriously. People who are dragging God into this situation are ruining sacred things. "Thou shalt not kill", yes? Obviously, those who murder feel they are above that little restriction. Screw that."
  • +19 +48 -29 Daniel Nov. 4, 2011
    "Why are Democrats more worried about protecting the lives of serial killers than the lives of unborn babies?"
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    • +2 +2 0 Summer Feb. 6, 2013
      "Because a serial killer is an actual person. An 'unborn baby' is a clump of cells inside a actual person."
    • 0 +2 -2 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "Because you can see serial killers and can see that they are humans, but you can't physically see unborn babies, and therefore, the subject of unborn babies is more controversial. Just to give you an answer to a possibly rhetoric question."
    • -1 0 -1 Indiana Opinion Oct. 28, 2013
      "The fact that serial killers are more dangerous to humans around, and if going around killing, even themselves. To put it simply fetus' cannot kill innocent people."
    • -1 0 -1 jolo Aug. 20, 2013
      "if a serial killer had a beating heart, then he could be considered a person not the scum that they are. unborn babies are victims not killers."
    • -1 +2 -3 David Apr. 29, 2012
      "Because a democrate supporter is more likely to be on death row and have an abortion then a republican.... Thats the truth to."
    • -2 0 -2 Carl Mar. 28, 2013
      "Why does it matter who is against it? I'm against both death penalties."
  • +19 +75 -56 Daniel Morris Sep. 24, 2011
    "As of right now our legal system rewards crime. Those in prison get food, water, and medical, yet they do nothing, in some cases they even get entertainment and the ability to work out. For religions, life is priceless and precious, but outside of that, life does equal money and if you don't add to society you take away from it. When the REFORM system was introduced it was a great idea, now we are back to keeping people in a prison spiral that most can't escape from. If there is no possibility of reform, they should not be in the system, and that means removal."
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    • +5 +5 0 Megan C. Apr. 26, 2012
      "Now they're getting iPods as well because they were "getting bored"."
  • +19 +113 -94 grace May. 11, 2011
    "it costs less money to kill someone than to keep them alive till they die."
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    • +6 +6 0 Daniel Nov. 26, 2011
      "That may be true, Becky, but the only reason why that's true is because of the endless appeals. That's why it took us over twenty years to finish off Troy Davis."
    • +2 +3 -1 josh mont Dec. 1, 2011
      "actually it cost more to keep that inmate on death row and execute them than it does to keep them alive for a life in prison sentence"
    • +2 +4 -2 Becky Nov. 16, 2011
      "Also, it actually has been factually proven that it costs more to keep prisoners on death row (and eventually kill them) than it costs to keep them in prison with no possibility of parole.."
    • 0 0 0 grace Jan. 13, 2014
      "that's just sick"
    • 0 +9 -9 James May. 14, 2011
      "Under that principle, you are saying every life has some monetary value and can be bought. Essentially, you are saying that we can kill anyone if it is cost-efficient."
    • -3 0 -3 John Jun. 1, 2013
      "Human life is priceless."
    • -11 0 -11 max Mar. 6, 2012
      "but it is not your moeny so dont make big deal about it"
  • +18 +60 -42 CherryMuffin Sep. 29, 2011
    "I belive that the death penalty should be allowed because if that person goes around and kills even more people, then intead of only losing one life, 2 lives are lost. this is a real shame."
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    • +7 +7 0 Daniel Dec. 17, 2011
      "Okay the two people who commented have a good point, however they are forgetting that prisoners can kill other prisoners while they are in prison. I just read an article for school that talked about some guy in Oregon who killed someone, was sent to jail for life, and then he killed another inmate. And the Oregon governor won't let him be executed. Now he can keep killing others in prison and his punishment won't get any worse because he's already in there for life."
    • -4 +1 -5 mac mi9ller Dec. 6, 2011
      "there going to be locked away in jail anyway its not like they can just walk out of jail and kill some more ppl if you kill someone more than likely you will get th edeath penalty!"
    • -5 0 -5 MonMon Nov. 21, 2011
      "They're gonna be in jail anyways. You dont need to kill them."
  • +17 +64 -47 William Jun. 20, 2011
    "This entire argument seems to blindly feel around the edges of the fact there is evil abroad in our country and our world. A truly evil individual will not be persuaded by rehabilitation efforts but will only await their return to public life to re assume their truly evil ways. In some cases the death penalty is the only means of protecting our society against the truly evil people amongst us."
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    • +4 +4 0 Janet Cardin Aug. 21, 2012
      "You have said this better than I could! Look at abortion. Abortions are legal and these soon to be perfectly formed people have done nothing to harm anyone. If one does not want the newly born person, then place them for adoption. The main reason for killing, rather than murdering these offenders is to protect those innocent in society and to gain some control over tax dollars being spent on keeping lifers in a prison system. Does our society know the complete cost? Yes there is the food, the water bill, the electic bill, the profesional cleaning bill for what the prisoners do not clean, the cooking bill, the administration bill, new jail clothes if they wear out or they change size, the laundry bill, the medical/dental bill, the barber bill, the personal hygeine bills (underarm stuff, shampoo, soap--do jails have bubble bath for men), etc."
  • +16 +40 -24 person 2 Feb. 15, 2012
    "I've been reading the Con comment section and find it laughable.
    A popular bumper sticker says, "We kill people to show people that killing people is wrong."
    The death penalty does not punish people for killing, but for murder. Killing is justified when it is done in self-defense. Killing means to cause death. Murder, on the other hand, is defined as, "the unlawful and malicious or premeditated killing of one human being by another" (for the less observant, this definition cannot be applied to the death penalty, because the death penalty is lawful, non-malicious, and is not carried out by an individual but by the government). "Kill," "murder," and "execute" are not interchangeable terms. Death penalty opponents would like us to believe otherwise. Just because two actions result in the same end does not make them morally equivalent. If it were so, legal incarceration would be equated with kidnapping, lovemaking with rape, self-defense with battery, etc. Therefore, the slogan is better stated, "We execute people to show people that murder is wrong." Not quite as catchy, is it?"
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    • +6 +6 0 Sophie Feb. 17, 2012
      "I totally agree with you. They are completely different terms and you can easily prove that with a dictionary."
    • +4 +4 0 Victor Greywolf Feb. 16, 2012
      "There was another bumper sticker that I saw that really blew me away, it had a cute slogan:

      Don't steal, the government hates competition. What you posted reminded me of that sticker, and I have to say, awesome quote.

      As far as the death penalty goes, there are people who can't be reformed, and keeping them in jail for life will only make our taxes go up. However, if we allowed prisoners suicide alternative, that might reduce the populatiuon, and in a way, stop repeat offenders from coming out of the jail. Just a thought."
    • -2 0 -2 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "death is still death, no matter how you look at it."
  • +12 +63 -51 Ashley Jun. 3, 2011
    "I support the death penalty because it gets rid of murderers. it also is good because murdering is a horrible crime that should be punished with the max punishment possible."
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    • -4 +3 -7 mac mi9ller Dec. 6, 2011
      "If you think murdering is horrible then why do you wanta murder the murder?? if it is so horrible then why do you wanta do it twice..eye for and eye make the whole world blind..just put him in jail!"
  • +12 +76 -64 george May. 18, 2011
    "the death penalty should be allowed because if you just put a murderer in jail for life, you are making the victems family pay for them to live, get food, have electricity, and sometimes better lives"
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  • +12 +67 -55 Dalton May. 8, 2011
    "the death penalty should be used much more often. if you commit a heinous crime why should the government support you for the rest of your life. Even if prison is a horrible place the taxpayers money is going to feed a murderer. killing killers is showing an example to anyone else who decide to take the life of another human being. after all we are al judged in the end."
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    • -1 +1 -2 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "Studies show that the death penalty costs more per year than high-security prisons. We'll all be judged at the end of time, like you said, but that doesn't mean that we can judge them and kill them. Ending a life is purely God's right and humans should stop playing as God. The criminal could also change and beg forgiveness, giving them a chance to go to Paradise, or wherever you believe."
  • +11 +23 -12 Alex B. Apr. 2, 2013
    "Now if you live in the U.S. death penalty has been removed and probably won't be back in a while. But lets say you live somewhere death penalty is allowed. I think that it really depends what the crime is. For example, people should have death penalty only if they have been a world trouble or have murdered someone. So yes it should be allowed but only in certain circumstances."
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    • -5 +1 -6 Matthew D. Apr. 8, 2013
      "you have two thumbs down, but nice stuff you wrote"
  • +11 +18 -7 Ben Peters Oct. 24, 2012
    "The death penalty is not for punishing the prisoner, it it about keeping the populace safe. It is the only surefire way that the prisoner cannot kill again."
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  • +11 +25 -14 Joshua Mar. 11, 2012
    "We need the Death penalty as a fear device. We must establish in the mind of criminals that if the do something wrong, if they murder, rape or commit hate crimes that there should be a greater punishment than life in prison. If we install the thought "If I do something wrong then I will be killed" inside there heads then we will stop most of these horrid from happening. Its a necessary evil."
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  • +11 +35 -24 David Jan. 19, 2012
    "I'm pro because I put myself in the victim and families shoes. If someone tried to kill me I'd kill them and alot of con people say they would to but then say its wrong to kill them once in jail. They say it is immorale but liitle do they know they are immorale for protecting a killer. We live in a world where rapists and murders can sit in jail, shoot some hoops, run a gang, and watch tv. That is just wrong those people are worse then animals. So I will end on this note if you don't support the death penalty then you must not support troops who kill terrorists including those who killed Bin Ladin who got it even worse death by firing squad well kind of. There is no difference and if you suport one but not the other you are a HYPOCRITE."
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    • -4 +1 -5 ninjadancer Feb. 4, 2012
      "Okay, I see your point (I am against death penalty). It is moral to protect a life. Also, you must think about the murderer's life in HIGH SECURITY PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE! They can't even see their families, and you want our society to become one that promotes death even more. Also, the death penalty cost 2-5 more than high security prison for life without parole. They live in a world of violence instead of their life being ended quickly and almost instantaneously. And revenge is an endless cycle."
  • +11 +40 -29 Jacob Dec. 20, 2011
    "i dont care what prople say if you were a vicyim of a criminal who deserves it you would think the exact same way. say someone does something that could ruin your life forever how would you feel personally i would say "who has killed or ruined peoples lives forever should be dead and you people who say nay(no) are just pittying killers,rapist,identity theives,terrorists, and treasonists". so basically you who support them are just as bad as they are and also if it ever happens to you who say nay think real hard and say to yourself "i could have prevented this"..."
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    • -4 0 -4 george Dec. 21, 2011
      ""The goverment should not have the right to kill another human thats just as bad as the murderer killing someone, and what if someone less fortunat got accused of murder when they were inoccent and could not afford a good lawyer what if you got accused but were innocent?"
  • +11 +35 -24 Demi Dec. 7, 2011
    "OKAY! We get it! If we kill a killer that makes us killers, but if we kill that one killer, we could save hundreds of more people from getting killed as well. Killing a killer does lead as a wrong idea of punishment, but we are just rying to save the innocent world!"
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  • +11 +42 -31 Christina Dec. 4, 2011
    "I'm not really against death penalty, but I think the criminal should feel pain (e.g. torture) before he dies.
    According to this website, 85.5% of the people are executed through lethal injections.

    "...the first drug ensures that the prisoner does not experience any pain associated with the paralysis and cardiac arrest caused by the second and third drugs."

    Isn't this too easy a death for the criminal? "...does not experience any pain"? No, I'd rather have him suffer and experience pain."
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    • +6 +6 0 mike Feb. 9, 2012
      "i believe they should go through what the victim went through."
    • +4 +4 0 Go DP! Jan. 27, 2012
      "@ninjapenguin
      they killed people- isnt that cruel to the victim?????"
    • -5 0 -5 ninjapenguin Feb. 4, 2012
      "The victim is probably going to be in whatever life after his/her ended one, so they probably won't care. If you're so thirsty for revenge, then go and get it before they are locked up."
    • -5 +1 -6 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "It goes against eighth amendment rights under "cruel and unusual punishment."
  • +11 +66 -55 chaise May. 13, 2011
    "I feel as if it should be allowed. Not that many people even do the penalty. Also, I would rather kill 6 innocent people than let someone kill hundreds of them."
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    • -2 +3 -5 paul Oct. 3, 2011
      "then chaise you would go to prison as well.be honest would you like to spend your life in a cell?"
  • +11 +82 -71 Erick May. 10, 2011
    "okay... let me throw out a scenario for you. you are a college student. your are doing everything you can to get by and its a hard time in your life right? you get the call that a pervert snuck into your mothers house. raped her. slit her throat and then shot your father. what would you do? you are in a very stressful and challenging time in your life. how would you react? would you want that murderer to live in prison? no you would want him dead. you would want him to feel the fear that your mother and father felt."
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    • +6 +8 -2 Nicholas Jun. 21, 2011
      "If you put that person in jail you are just giving them a free life i mean you are giving them free food free clothes and they dont have to pay for where they are living. They should be put to death for killing someone else."
    • +5 +6 -1 Christina Dec. 4, 2011
      "No, I would not want him to die. At least not soon. I would want him to go through immense pain and fear and get tortured; eventually he'll beg for death, but I wouldn't give him that gift."
    • +4 +6 -2 Becky Nov. 16, 2011
      "What you don't understand is that the killer will NEVER feel the fear that the victims felt. Even if they are killed with the death penalty, most have come to terms with the fact that they're dying (something the victims never got to do). On top of that, it is done as quickly and painlessly as possible. If you REALLY want revenge on someone, life in prison with no parole is the best bet. With absolutely horrid conditions, the murderer is left to trudge through the rest of their life in this terrible place. If you think death is a punishment, you're wrong. It's an escape. If you really want to punish people that bad, force them to keep living."
    • +4 +5 -1 Brittany Oct. 9, 2011
      "Totally agree. One hundred percent. That would be horrid to go through...but that perv isn't seeing the light of day anymore."
    • +3 +11 -8 Kiwi May. 23, 2011
      "Yes, but what does that achieve? Does it bring your parents back? It simply adds one more body to the pile. And the execution is hardly the same as a murder. The perpetrator will definitely not feel the same thing the victims did. Death is his easy way out. Lifelong imprisonment is justice."
  • +10 +23 -13 vitaliy Oct. 16, 2012
    "murderers argue that they should have the right to life... whereas while they were committing their crime they did not give their victims the same right. Capital punishment should be in place, since it will lower murder rates. statistics show, while the death penalty was in effect, murder rates were drop."
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  • +10 +34 -24 pikachu Nov. 18, 2011
    "The data from 1977- 1999 shows that every time a person is executed, 3- 18 lives are saved. If jails released murderers or if the murderers escaped, 5% will murder again 5 years after they escaped or released. The death penalty decreases death by decreasing dangerous people. Also, what is safety if killers are not killed? Why set them free if they might kill again?
    The death penalty is a fair punishment. The saying, "an eye for an eye" is fair. If a murderer takes a like then the murderer will have to give his life. Also when a person is murdered, the victim will feel great pain but when the killer is executed, he will feel no pain. It is also fair to the victims' close ones and family. When a murderer kills someone, the balance of justice is disturbed. By taking the like of the killer the balance of justice will be restored. Why give murderers food and tv in jail if they kill people?"
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    • +1 +1 0 Cam Dec. 3, 2013
      "What about the criminal's family? Also prison isn't exactly heaven"
  • +10 +37 -27 Han Jeuk Soo Nov. 15, 2011
    "We should still have the death penalty . Suppose someone killed your whole family.... wouldnt you want revenge? Someone one went in the court hall and killed the murderer for killing his daughter... Is it worse to kill the murderer yourself or let the government do it for you?"
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  • +10 +31 -21 DJScwrlmaster Nov. 8, 2011
    "As of right now our legal system rewards crime. Those in prison get food, water, and medical, yet they do nothing, in some cases they even get entertainment and the ability to work out. For religions, life is priceless and precious, but outside of that, life does equal money and if you don't add to society you take away from it. When the REFORM system was introduced it was a great idea, now we are back to keeping people in a prison spiral that most can't escape from. If there is no possibility of reform, they should not be in the system, and that means removal"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Daniel Nov. 14, 2011
      "Excuse me sir, but I believe this is plagiarism. You copied and pasted what Daniel Morris (not me, different Daniel) posted higher up on this side. Either that or both of you happened to copy and paste the same argument from some other place on the web."
  • +9 +29 -20 Dylan Apr. 23, 2012
    "It SHOULD be allowed. They took away the life if someone very important from you. Why should they even live if they ended someones life early? Some people never experienced the pain of losing someone precious to them. The feeling of anger and hate. While the murderer still lives, proud at what he accomplished."
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  • +9 +29 -20 yankeesfan Jan. 8, 2012
    "if u got the guts to kill a person then u should have the guts to lose your oen life"
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    • 0 0 0 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "so, the people who have the guts to be raped might as well be raped right back?"
  • +9 +29 -20 leroy jenkins Dec. 3, 2011
    "i think they should get the death penaly because if your going to kill someone then you know what the consequences are so you shouldnt do it in the first place"
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  • +9 +29 -20 Daniel P Oct. 25, 2011
    "The top committed crimes punishable by death are murder of the first degree, rape, and terrorism. Those who are responsible for crimes such as these have given up their place in our society. Murderers, by taking the life of another, have become a menace and a danger to civilization. Rapists, humiliating and bringing down their prey, have without question earned their place on death row. Terrorists, those who have chosen the United States as their victim, have not only become a threat to the United States but to the whole world. On April 19, 1995, in the state of Oklahoma, 168 innocent people, including 19 children, were killed by one man. A man whose only regret before he was executed was that he couldn't have killed more people. He was executed because he was a cold-blooded killer, with the fact that his death will advance the safety and security of the rest of us. The death penalty guaranties that these convicted criminals will never be able to carry out any other dangerous felonies, making the world a better place to live."
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  • +9 +59 -50 KevinLeeILuvPaulineT Jul. 7, 2011
    "Yes because it contributes to the problem of overpopulation in the prison system. Prisons across the country face the problem of too many prisoners and not enough space & resources. Each additional prisoner requires a portion of a cell, food, clothing, extra guard time, and so on. When you eliminate the death penalty as an option, it means that prisoner must be housed for life. Thus, it only adds to the problem of an overcrowded prison system."
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    • +3 +3 0 Alice Apr. 4, 2012
      "@GIN
      Why not kill those offenders and drug addicts then? I'm not using the money I earn to pay for a criminal's luxury"
    • 0 0 0 Mari Apr. 12, 2013
      "There is a thin line between this and genocide..."
    • -4 0 -4 GIN Mar. 18, 2012
      "THE DEATH ROW INMATE POPULATION DOESNT EVEN EQUAL 15 PERCENT OF THE STATES PRISON POPULATION..THE NON VIOLENT OFFENDERS, DRUG ADDICTS ARE THE ONES WHO ARE TAKING UP THE SPACE IN OUR PRISONS...NOT THE KILLERS."
  • +6 +16 -10 Tyler May. 28, 2012
    "Call me old fashioned, but I firmly believe that if your willing to kill, rape or commit treason, among other acts, you have taken the steps to ensure that you are wiped off the face of the planet. I am not hateful person that wishes death upon people, however, if your going to do something unspeakable, be prepared to talk to god about it, because you have given up your right to remain among the living, especially if you've taken someone else's right or are a traitor of your country. (I'm a patriot, big time) I also believe we should stop wasting our time and money on ridiculous amounts of prisons and prisoners when rehabilitation is a tried and true process and many countries have started using rehabilitation to its full potential and the repeat offender rates are so low, we can only imagine what we could do with all the money we would save if we had those rates, not to mention the HUGE drop in crime across the country. I still believe capital punishment should remain and the worst of the worst really just simply don't deserve to be here. Sorry, act like a human and don't kill and rape people and you wont be killed. Simple enough for me to understand."
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  • +5 +15 -10 PRO Death Penaltyz Dec. 5, 2012
    "Everything is done by gods word. He shaped the world the way it is and what will happen next. I say if someone will die, its decided by god. Because god creates the outcomes and the incomes of life. I agree with the execution because It will destroy the devils that haunt this world."
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  • +5 +9 -4 cody Dec. 3, 2012
    "There's no good for people that kill should be locked up for every like whats the point."
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  • +5 +14 -9 Maya Oct. 30, 2012
    "Think about it, they are sentenced for life right? 24 hours a day, for life, right? Is that enough? Let's say they typically get 8 hours of sleep, plus that one hour break (which is more than what most high school students get on their lunch break), plus 3 cheap meals a day, a bed to sleep in..time flies! Are they really paying for what they've done? Sure they get locked into a really small room, and it seems like they are being "punished", but are they really? It sounds like a really cheap hotel and free rent. If your loved one was killed by a murderer, would you want them to be walking around in that cell, resting, reading, eating, stretching their legs? Are they really paying for what they did? What if he killed more than one person? What if he raped dozens of people? It's disgusting knowing killers are still alive. They should be dead, that's their punishment. They kill, they deserve to be killed. I will never understand the Con side, Pro makes a lot more sense."
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  • +5 +18 -13 Jacob Oct. 16, 2012
    "God gave govt. authority for it (Genesis 9:6, Romans 13:1-7)

    Jesus came to fulfill the law, part of which was the death penalty at that time.

    I believe that as a Christian, one can support the death penalty."
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  • +5 +17 -12 Vitaliy Oct. 16, 2012
    "Bible says though shalt not kill... its telling you not to murder. But when a person kills it also has a law on how to punish the person. Eye for an eye! Even the Bible supports Capital punishment."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Summer Feb. 6, 2013
      "The bible is a book. Not something to base our laws off."
    • 0 0 0 Real bible reader Mar. 19, 2014
      "what kind of bible do you read??!!"
    • 0 0 0 Mei Dec. 6, 2013
      "The whole country doesnt have to believe in the bible"
    • 0 0 0 SLH. Oct. 28, 2013
      "Its a bible, does everyone in the world base there life off of it? not at all some may but not everyone does."
  • +5 +12 -7 Kris Sep. 27, 2012
    "If someone commits mass homicide, all people are going to want this "person's" life to end, as payment for all the pain and suffering that he/she caused. Or if someone rapes/murders a child, people will want this person dead.
    If Osama bin Laden were caught alive, would you want him to be alive? Think this through please."
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  • +5 +29 -24 bob Nov. 16, 2011
    "By killing someone, the killer should be killed. Like an eye for and eye. this time it is a life for a life."
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    • -1 +2 -3 joshua Mar. 20, 2012
      "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."
  • +5 +66 -61 Jennifer Jul. 23, 2011
    "yes, no mercy for first-degree murderers!"
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    • +2 +5 -3 dionel Nov. 17, 2011
      "i agree"
    • -3 +4 -7 you know who Nov. 22, 2011
      "Why? Killing is terriable! The goverment is telling people not to kill and then they just fight the fire and kill that person!!! So really the government is the problem i say we boycott them!!!!"
  • +5 +43 -38 Jon Hmurovich Jul. 6, 2011
    "we as "free people" have to pay for criminals to stay in jail we pay for their food, housing, the guards that watch over them, clothing, and transportation. the death penalty should be used, because without it rapists and murders are flooding the prison system over crowding the population of convicts within the prison system. the only people that should be in prison are those who steal, sell drugs, vandalizers, dead beats that do not pay child support, and corrupt blue collar business committies. they are the ones that need to learn what they did was wrong, if you think about it we are showing them we are giving them a second chance to make things right. a serial killer doesnt think like that and the minute they get out they have an urge to kill again. if tose of you that are on the con side look at statistics; the convicts that have spent a good deal of time in prison get out they dont know anything outside of the walls of prison it is home to them and they have their "family" behind those walls, therefore they will commit another murder just to get cycled back into the prison system. THINK ABOUT THAT before you say that the death penalty is not neccesary."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Margarita Oct. 26, 2011
      "Almost any serial killer is mentally unstable, and shouldn't be killed because they can't help it. When you have a chance, look at the statistics on racism and wrongful convictions. Also, not many murderers are allowed back on the streets, and in most states, rapists can't be killed. But if you want to, go ahead. You'll get the death penalty because it was "justice.""
    • -2 0 -2 ninjadancer Jan. 17, 2012
      "I may be young, but I know that people shouldn't be punished in an inhumane way. Mahatma Ghandi said, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." Killing killers is semi-ironic and hypocritical. It's similar to telling a 2 year old "Don't hit!" and hitting them for punishment. If you are so willing to deal out death, can you give it back to those who didn't deserve it?"
  • +5 +43 -38 aaron May. 20, 2011
    "going off of what george said, making a victems family pay for a murderer to live, is completely unreasinable. they have to pay an extra 3 dollars a month for a person to live that they hate, is extremely unfair. if i was poor and i killed someone close too you, would you rather have me dead and pay 5 dollars for it or have me allive and pay 3 dollars a month for me to have a better life, this makes the death penalty essential too me."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Dylan J. Jan. 23, 2012
      "Also, the money you pay doesn't go directly to the person who murdered your family member, it goes to the whole jail to provide better protection, security, etc for the jail. Get your facts straight. Even if it didn't, you would pay the bill no matter what. All i'm getting from your response is that you want them to die."
    • -2 +2 -4 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "I would rather you live and pay less money for your execution."
  • +4 +10 -6 Anonymous Jan. 9, 2013
    "We're over populated anyways"
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  • +4 +20 -16 ~FiReCRaCKeR~ Jan. 18, 2012
    "Sure, an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, Ghandi was a genius, but it doesnt mean the killers, rapists, and theifs out there have the right to kill innocent people for money, pleasure, or any other reason they think gives them the right. People die every day, and everyone will die eventually, whether from natural causes, accidents, (and purpouses), and any other reason. Why does it matter to any of you if a bad person isn't allowed to live and do that crime again. It costs the people a fortune from taxes to be able to support those on death row who are living comfortably. The death pentalty wont bring back those innocent victims that were killed, but it will do, and it will help the families cope knowing the person who killed their loved ones aren't out killing others."
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  • +4 +38 -34 Jenny Dec. 19, 2011
    "THEY DESERVE IT!"
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    • -2 +2 -4 anonymous Apr. 18, 2012
      "wow..how explanatory.. where's the evidence???"
  • +4 +23 -19 Joe Nov. 7, 2011
    "When someone takes a life, the balance of justice is disturbed. Unless that balance is restored, society succumbs to a rule of violence. Only the taking of the murderer's life restores the balance and allows society to show convincingly that murder is an intolerable crime which will be punished in kind.
    Retribution has its basis in religious values, which have historically maintained that it is proper to take an "eye for an eye" and a life for a life.

    Although the victim and the victim's family cannot be restored to the status which preceded the murder, at least an execution brings closure to the murderer's crime (and closure to the ordeal for the victim's family) and ensures that the murderer will create no more victims

    Robert Macy, District Attorney of Oklahoma City, described his concept of the need for retribution in one case: "In 1991, a young mother was rendered helpless and made to watch as her baby was executed. The mother was then mutilated and killed. The killer should not lie in some prison with three meals a day, clean sheets, cable TV, family visits and endless appeals. For justice to prevail, some killers just need to die."
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  • +4 +27 -23 Daniel P Oct. 16, 2011
    "A murderer deserves death penalty because he has trespassed against the whole society by killing one of its members. The top committed crimes punishable by death are murder of the first degree, rape, and terrorism. Those who are responsible for crimes such as these have given up their place in our society. Murderers, by taking the life of another, have become a menace and a danger to civilization. Rapists, humiliating and bringing down their prey, have without question earned their spot on death row. Terrorists, those who have chosen the United States as their victim, have not only become a threat to the United States but to the whole world. On April 19, 1995, in the state of Oklahoma, 168 innocent people, including 19 children, were killed by one man. A man whose only regret before he was executed was that he couldn't have killed more people. He was executed because he was a cold-blooded killer, with the fact that his death will advance the safety and security of the rest of us. The death penalty guaranties that these convicted criminals will never be able to carry out any other dangerous felonies ever again in the long run, making the world a better place to live."
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  • +3 +4 -1 danny Apr. 2, 2014
    "if the death penalty is inforced the amount of crime will decrease as well as the amount of money will increase due the the decrease in prisoners"
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  • +3 +5 -2 derek Apr. 1, 2014
    "i think you should kill the killers"
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  • +3 +5 -2 derek Apr. 1, 2014
    "death penalty should be allowed to lower crime rates"
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  • +3 +3 0 Anonymous Mar. 27, 2014
    "What if Osama Bin Laden had been able to live? Murder and rape is just terrorism on a smaller scale. It terrorizes the victims and their friends and family. For this reason I am pro."
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  • +3 +3 0 tyler a. Mar. 25, 2014
    "if they want to kill then they need to get thir payback and be killed."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Aymen Bader Mar. 21, 2014
    "I think the death penalty is really stupid! thanks Mr G!"
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  • +3 +4 -1 mystery man Mar. 20, 2014
    "The choice to die should be given but also enforced people die everyday but to forgive someone for killing someone is not the same killing people is bad ut we shouldn't give the death penatly they get a easy way out some fear the death penatly and some don't care if they died or not so what would be the point of kiling them if they don't care about and for the most, people who have killed mutiple people should not be killed just because thats what is seen fit how do we know whats on the other side hevan, hell or darkness forever we will never truly know. how do we not know what is the whole world of it I am neither pro nor con I can't be for that reason I post on pro because I don't feel like posting twice don't have enough time."
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  • +3 +6 -3 Kasem Jan. 30, 2014
    "Some crimes are so heinous, that they warrant the highest punishment possible. I am for it, when the evidence is substantial. Individuals like John Wayne Gacy should have gotten the death penalty, because there is no justice in keeping him behind bars where he will never be redeemed. People act like someone like John Wayne Gacy suffer in jail, and regret what they did, when he stacked bodies after he killed him and never once regretted what he did. This idea that we would be no be better than the killer is so inarticulate. If we give the death penalty to someone who unjustly murdered someone we are on the same line as they are? Even though their victim never committed a crime, never put on trial in front of their peers, and never found guilty unanimously by a jury of their peers, and sentenced to death? While the criminal sentenced to death has gone through that checklist I stated? Its like saying why should we arrest people for kidnapping someone, if we are taking the criminal against his or her will are we any better than them? Its a pointless argument."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Catherine Sep. 18, 2013
    "If we have the death penality, the people out there will know the consequences and will not commit murder, rape and all of that. It might stop most of them but not all."
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  • +3 +10 -7 Rebeklah Woodel Oct. 12, 2012
    "Do you realize that in most of the prison videos that you see, prisoners kill each other. They don't even get punished really for it. If you assault someone on the yard you get like 18 days added to your sentence. The reason the death penalty costs so much is because it isn't enforced and it takes like 50 myears for you to be executed. Fix the system, don't just cancel it."
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    • -3 0 -3 Darrel May. 28, 2013
      "Get your facts straight. Murder in a prison is automatic life"
  • +3 +9 -6 Gabriel Newby Oct. 12, 2012
    "Yes, because the amount of crimes/ or murder a person has done should predict his punishment. Life in prison, which would cost lots of tax payers money. The death penalty should save money and to have a harsh punishment on a murderer or cereal killer."
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  • +3 +12 -9 James Sep. 14, 2012
    "If someone raped and killed my wife, cut her up and burnt my house down, I'd definitely think they deserved to die. I think it's horrible that some piece of crap killer rapist gets to live his life out and now my wife doesn't!? Shame on anyone who thinks a killer/rapist/arsonist needs the freedom to live. You guys who are against the death penalty need to think twice if your entire family gets stabbed to death while the other family members watch their mom, brother, sister and father die slowly and watch the life drain from their eyes. The person that commits that crime needs to die. Think about this, if someone killed 500 people, do they deserve to die too? Ok, what about 1,000 people, do they deserve to die now? What's the number then for that person to die? Think about it."
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    • -4 0 -4 Kris Sep. 27, 2012
      "I read your reply to one of the best Con answers, harsh man, just harsh."
  • +3 +8 -5 Biskit Aug. 2, 2012
    "Capital Punishment has been around since recorded history. Over time it has become more efficient and more humane. Once used as a form of public humiliation and entertainment by the Egyptians, Greeks, and other early civilizations, Capital Punishment is now used to rightfully take from inmates the very thing the prisoner themselves have taken…life. This may seem cruel and unusual but, it lives up to the biblical saying "An eye for an eye." Bill Maher was quoted as saying: "I think Capital Punishment works great. Every killer you kill never kills again." Capital Punishment is an acceptable form of justifiable homicide."
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  • +3 +9 -6 Zach Jul. 26, 2012
    "I'm Pro-Capital Punishment because I believe some crimes are so heinous and down right disgusting that to do anything short of ending the guilty persons life would would be an injustice to society, the victim, and the victims family. In fact I support expanding the crimes eligible to be punished by death to include rape, child molestation, extreme cases of corruption by government officials, robbery, arson, large scale drug dealing, basically I believe the death penalty should be an option in MOST felony cases. Give the defendant one year from date of sentencing to appeal. Exactly one year from date of sentencing (Unless the defendants appeal is granted by the Supreme Court). In the event that the case goes to appeal if the defendant is not exonerated commence execution by one of the following: Electrocution, Shooting, or hanging. It's time to get tough on crime."
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  • +3 +10 -7 Joker Jul. 18, 2012
    "Murder, and Rape with a fatal or incurable disease, deserves death to give peace of mind to the victims family. I'm on the fence though when it comes to tampered or missing evidence, and even if the criminal admits to a crime before rights are spoken to them they should still hold them responsible and kill them."
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    • 0 0 0 Careyn Dec. 6, 2013
      "Killing the killer doesn't necessarily help the victims family. Because then who has to cope with the loss of a family member? The criminal's family."
    • -2 0 -2 Davy Oct. 26, 2012
      "I wouldn't say it gives the family of the victim peace of mind. There have been cases where victims' families have hoped the criminal would not be put to death so the criminal's family would not have to bear the burden of a death in the family but they also have to cope with the fact that their child, sibling, or parent is a criminal."
  • +3 +14 -11 Sharrow May. 15, 2012
    "the death penalty is a good response to murders for a few reasons they take peoples lives they are payed for and care free in jail with OUR money AND THEY DESERVE DEATH FOR WHAT THE DO OR HAVE DONE"
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    • -3 0 -3 call me bobby Jul. 21, 2012
      "I think your forgetting the fact that prison, well, sucks. And I also don't think you see the poetically insulting irony of the death penalty and the fact that there are things so much worse then death."
  • +3 +10 -7 Alice Apr. 4, 2012
    "I do not believe in second chances, not in life. The world has no place for a person who commits a crime, whatever the reason.
    Some might say that by killing a killer, you hurt their family and friends. Did the killer not do the same? They should have considered what family he was ripping apart before he did it.
    Plenty of criminals who commit the dangerous crimes have grown from small petty thefts and robberies and since the No-Death-Sentence policy, they start to get more daring; what can happen to them? The least they can get is a life sentence sitting in a jail cell, eating the food that citizens provide through their tax dollars.
    So yes, I do support the Capital Punishment, but only with certain specific guidelines, like a specific amount of evidence before sentencing or crimes like homicide."
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  • +3 +24 -21 Willy Feb. 8, 2012
    "If we want our nation to be without crime we should kill the people who make it bad >:/"
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    • +3 +3 0 Daniel Mar. 22, 2012
      "JohnnyCentro22, we're not killing people who "may have been mistaken." We're killing people who were proven to be murderers. And no, that doesn't make us just as bad as the killer. There's a difference between murdering someone and legally executing someone."
    • 0 0 0 Blaney Dec. 6, 2013
      "Daniel, what if the person "proven to be a murder" is later "proven to be innocent"?"
    • 0 0 0 Juan Jasso Nov. 5, 2013
      "Im for capital punishment... but a nation without crime will never exist ..criminals and murders will always exist that's the world we live in ..sadly :("
    • -7 0 -7 JohnnyCentro22 Feb. 8, 2012
      "Sir , By killing People who may have been mistaken You Become the killer yourself.. So in this case Death is rather used as REVENGE !."
  • +3 +20 -17 Jessica Dec. 8, 2011
    "I believe that the death penalty should be allowed to those who would be spending the rest of their lives in prison without chances of parole. We the tax payers should not have to pay for murderers to live for free in prison, it makes no sense at all. Why should they get to live when the people that they killed do not? We do not need to kill them all just the ones that have killed others, or will never get out of prison at all. People who are in jail for stupid crimes should not receive the death penalty but if they are in jail more than three times, then why do we need to keep paying for their stupid mistakes? They should be killed too."
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    • -3 0 -3 xizej Jun. 28, 2012
      "Let the inmate choose if he wants to live in prison at tax payers cost, certainly the inmate would spare our tax money"
  • +2 +17 -15 Rosey Jan. 30, 2012
    "" we pay for the people that are in jail for life. If they were executed then we wouldn't have to pay for the people in there for life. that is why i think it is a good thing to do."
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  • +2 +16 -14 Kora Jan. 24, 2012
    "Some people dont feel bad after what they did, so why should they live a life in jail with no guilt after some of them did terrible things too innocent poeple."
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  • +2 +21 -19 Daniel Jan. 17, 2012
    "I totally support capital punishment but I don't like the way it's working right now. Opponents of capital punishment often state that it doesn't deter crime and that it's more expensive than imprisoning the criminal for life. The problem is, though, we're only killing like 50 people a year, so of course it won't deter crime that much, and the appeals process is way too long, which not only makes it less of a deterrant but also makes it cost too much.

    If we can get the death penalty working properly, it is necessary. If it deters crime the least bit, then it's worth it. Also I know some people like Ron Paul are against it just because there've been a FEW times where we killed someone who may have been innocent. But remember, the victims are almost ALWAYS innocent. We should care more about their rights, and that means doing whatever it takes to make sure innocent people don't get killed.

    Also, it couldn't hurt to require prisoners to watch executions so they realize that's what will happen to them if they keep up their lifestyle."
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  • +2 +15 -13 JR criminal justice Dec. 22, 2011
    "i belive in the old ways a eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth if u did it and were foung guilty then u should only be allowed on appeal and then be killed after u were still found guilty"
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    • +3 +3 0 Christina Jan. 30, 2012
      "But the thing is, who's going to believe the killer when he says "It wasn't me!"? That's right - nobody. And so they bring witnesses. But what if they are false witnesses? What if somebody bribed the witnesses in telling the judge that the criminal, who was actually innocent, is guilty? Who are the people going to believe - the suspected killer, or the nice young lady who had happened to be standing near the place where the crime took place? I don't know whom I would trust, but I do know whom I would not."
    • -3 0 -3 GIN Mar. 18, 2012
      "SO THE OLD WAY MEANS YOU DONT BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, AS YOUR SAVIOR AND YOU DENY THE FACT THAT THROUGH HIS BLOOD SHED AT CALVARY FOR YOUR SINS TO BE FORGIVEN IS NOT TRUE...RIGHT...IF IM WRONG YOU GO NEED TO GO THE NEW TESTAMENT. JESUS SAID ONE WITHOUT SIN CAST FIRST STONE..."
  • +2 +12 -10 mdtj Dec. 15, 2011
    "I believe that if you kill a murderer then you are not the same as him because you could be potentially saving lives. Also the murderer killed for no reason, or a reason that could of been solved in a non-violent way, but the murderer was just taking the easy way. But you have a reason. "but if you kill a killer that makes you a killer" - o yeah say that to the victims family!"
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  • +2 +18 -16 OneVoice Dec. 8, 2011
    "As wrong as it may seem, there are those who deserve to die. Had Hitler not killed himself, which would you prefer; for him to LIVE in a jail, or DIE for his crimes?"
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  • +2 +18 -16 Dalton Dec. 7, 2011
    "I believe so because it would keep the prisons less populated and they couldn't do anything bad anymore. It also gives closure to the victims family, knowing that the murderer cannot kill anyone ever again."
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  • +2 +19 -17 Demetri Dec. 6, 2011
    "People should be executed for killing people. It doesn't make sense to just go to jail and not be in pain!"
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  • +2 +15 -13 Valerie H. Dec. 5, 2011
    "Death Penalty should be allowed , becuase if someone kills somebody that person who killed there life should be taken as well POINT BLANK !!!!!!"
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  • +2 +22 -20 Gabriel G Dec. 2, 2011
    "I think that violent criminals should be punished with the death penalty because what they do its not correct and they dont deserve to live."
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  • +2 +29 -27 Victor Greywolf Dec. 1, 2011
    "Yes. Why should our taxes pay for someone who can't be reformed, and will only go out into society, and do the same thing again. This way, they die, and only two words, good riddance. Why should out tax money go to keep them living like kings and queens, while everybody else struggles to make ends meet. I say, more death penalty, and executions. This way, the prisons are free for the rest of the criminal population, and also, the ones who are gone are history. Death penalty rocks. Again, why should my taxes go to pay for someone who will never reform, has no remorse or anything, and on top of that, will probably go out and kill once again. Makes no sense to keep them there. And this way, it may be a deterrent, especially since alot of people know they won't live past a certain age. I say, put the death penalty for ALL ages. This way, murderers and all the other criminals won't re-offend. Which would you rather have? Higher taxes for lifers, or the death penalty, and get rid of the ones who have no remorse, and can't reform. Think about it. End of story"
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  • +2 +27 -25 MICHEAL Nov. 30, 2011
    "it should be legal because people don't have rights to kill their enemies so WE NEED THAT DEATH PENALTY."
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  • +2 +19 -17 will Nov. 29, 2011
    "The point of the death penalty should not be to render "an eye for an eye" it should be to iradicate evil. It should be to eliminate this waste from our society. If someone rapes another, I do not want them raped, and I surely do not think 3 years in prison is worth what they stole from that person. I simply believe the guilty party does not deserve to live in our society or enjoy life. I find it offensive that treason is treated more seriously then rape or pedophilia. Talk about placing government ahead of its people."
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    • -1 0 -1 yes Dec. 14, 2011
      ""If someone rapes another, I do not want them raped"
      Amen to that."
  • +2 +25 -23 Morgan Nov. 22, 2011
    "The only injustice here is that the government, or whatever controls where you are, can decide if you die or not, which is scary."
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  • +2 +15 -13 Zipples Nov. 21, 2011
    ""Bad only prevails when good people do nothing."
    The death penalty is necessary, someone who kills should be penalized. Rotting in prison isn't good enough."
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  • +2 +25 -23 Austin Wagner Nov. 17, 2011
    "Because bad people deserve bad things."
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  • +2 +22 -20 Paula Nov. 1, 2011
    "I believe if a person killed or raped someone or abused someone'/ any terroistr action and kidnappers should have the death penalty. The Death Penalty is something i would be careful on but also should be enforced to the serial killers and rapeist should be put to death."
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  • +2 +36 -34 frankie Oct. 27, 2011
    "I think because it would keep all the bad people out of this world."
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  • +2 +22 -20 James Oct. 16, 2011
    "In my opinion, letting someone rot in prison and putting them under the death penalty both more or less accomplish the same thing. They both remove the convicted person from society. They both end life. The death penalty simply does this quicker, costs less, and is less painful for the convicted"
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  • +2 +35 -33 Gregory Thayer Oct. 13, 2011
    "Death penalties must be carried out swiftly, sixty day! The ONLY reason it cost a lot of money to execute is because they sit in jail for 20 years, get all the perks and appeal their convictions annually. After a person is found guilty and sentenced to death there should be two immediate appealing where the Courts of Appeals, in the respective court system Federal or State, MUST hear the case and if the lower courts conviction is upheld, affirmed and the condemn person wants to appeal to to the State's Supreme Court or if a Federal case to the U.S. Supreme where these respective Court can deny, not hear the Appellants Writ."
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  • +2 +29 -27 H.S. Senior Oct. 12, 2011
    "Few Reasons why I support it.
    A: Promotes Justice, because if you get LWOP, your basically being pampered. Rapists do not deserve Rape, and neither do they deserve being pampered, they deserve Justice.
    B: True, its very costly, but if the Gov't reformed the appeal system, limiting the # of appeals, and how they're processed, then $ Is no big problem.
    Sub-Section 1: If killing someone costs say 2m, with all the procedures involed, then LWOP costs more, because you let them rot in a prison for Life, probably 20-40 years, and if each inmate costs 175k to house yearly, then that exceeds the 2m in Death Penalties.
    C: To those saying it does not deter crime, wrong. By executing a murderer, sentenced to death, they are unable to kill anyone else, If you let them live with LWOP, whose to say they won't escape? And maybe kill your family. They are dangers to society.
    D: They overcrowd jails. My mom works at a jail, and she talks about how the jail is overcrowded, and how they transport people to and from to other jails, and this is a danger to a prison 'community', the more criminals in a prison, the more crime there will be committed IN a prison.
    Links to Crimal case: http://www.lexingtonprosecutor.com/death_row.htm"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Dan Sep. 8, 2012
      "Mostly, I agree with you. However, the number of appeals needed for the death penalty is a much-needed safeguard to ensure that the government isn't taking innocent lives. The last thing we need is to start reverting back to the witch-hunt ages. Since there has only been an average of 40 death penalties given out a year in the past 3 decades, these safeguards are doing their job, and I hope it will stay this way. The power of the government to take life is a serious thing, and while I'm glad they use it, I'm also glad they only use it in extreme cases."
  • +2 +24 -22 Ben Oct. 12, 2011
    "Because it gets rid of the murderers and child molesters in society and doesn't set a bad example for America's youth who hear about the death penalty"
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    • 0 0 0 Johnathan Jan. 7, 2014
      "While yes it gets rid of murderers it essentially makes us murderers killing them"
  • +2 +28 -26 Karsten H. Oct. 9, 2011
    "For some crimes prison is not just. Also, the fear of death can greatly reduce crime rates."
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    • +1 +1 0 Cassandra Nov. 6, 2012
      "You are exactly right!!!!"
  • +2 +37 -35 Steve Aug. 31, 2011
    "Hard core repeat offenders and all premeditated murderers should not only be put to death, the executions should be held on courthouse lawns and available on T.V.
    Criminals no that there is little consiquence for bad behavior and therfore have no reason to stop it."
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    • +6 +6 0 Steve Dec. 6, 2011
      "We should not put them in jail for the rest of their lifes because it is to expensive to maintain the filth! Kill them and be done with it."
    • -3 +1 -4 ... second chance! Jan. 17, 2012
      "what about the children? do we want them to grow up watching executions? we are not revolutionary america or any time before it!"
    • -3 +1 -4 mac mi9ller Dec. 6, 2011
      "if you really want them to suffer why not put them in jail for the rest of there life??"
  • +2 +33 -31 Dave Jul. 26, 2011
    "The state of CA has 714 death row inmates, assuming 500 are 'the worst of the worst' and DNA proves their guilt, we spend $50m per year to incarcerate these 500 killers and spend another $50m responding to their appeals and medical needs. There will never be a shortage of people that the state sends to jail. So when we execute these unfit people the prison industry will continue to flourish in California. My hope is people will grow more aware of the cost to society and each of us individually in slashed education budgets, shelters for the homeless, vocational and retraining programs and early release of child-molesters due to prison over crowding. This is due, in-part, to our interest in keeping these 'worst of the worst' locked-up. Over the long-term, keeping them alive only punishes society."
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  • +2 +25 -23 Simon says Jul. 19, 2011
    "Besides the fact that the murderer should be punished, and death is the only punishment fit for the crime. The death penalty should be implemented to show zero tolerance for murder, and rid society of cold blooded murderers. The only reason it may not work in the USA is because it take 100 years to carry out the death penalty, and they plead insanity, hope for acquittal, and hope for a biased jury, and so on.
    (countries that show zero tolerance for murder by putting murderers to death in a reasonable amount of time, have a very low murder rate, perhaps not many normal or insane people want to risk being put to death)

    Where we have evidence and 100% proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the murderer should be put to death to punish and show ZERO tolerance for murder."
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  • +2 +56 -54 christina vantassell May. 24, 2011
    "as people say "governments should never take human life, no matter what the provocation." that is a article of faith, not of fact. the death penalty honors human dignity by treating the defendant as a free moral actor for good or for ill; it does not treat him as an animal with no moral sense.

    this is my idea of this topic i know i might be wrong but thats what i believe.

    to learn more of my idea. facebook or twiter me. i would love to hear what you all have to say."
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  • +2 +52 -50 amu usagi May. 18, 2011
    "i believe that the death penalty is something that some should still use. people who kill others should also die. but when we kill them we also become killers. but i still believe that the death penalty should still be used. the ones who did the crimes should be able to pick if they die now or to stay in a cage and wait until they die (in a cage like a animal). they will die in the end"
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  • +2 +82 -80 sam May. 11, 2011
    "i think you should kill the people that killed someone"
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    • +4 +4 0 3 lefts make a right Dec. 14, 2011
      "Some times they do."
    • 0 0 0 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "this is not math class.. this is life.. and no, two wrongs DO NOT make a right.."
    • -4 +4 -8 Kyle Nov. 17, 2011
      "Two Wrongs do not make a right!!!!"
    • -5 +1 -6 one hand claps Jan. 17, 2012
      "to help out sam and 3 lefts make a right, two negatives make a positive. But that is typically in math... ;D"
  • +1 +1 0 wade greeson Apr. 21, 2014
    "yes it will ensure the families of the victim that the criminal will never make that mistake ever again. also it ensure them that the victim has been avenged and can now be at peace"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Lind Apr. 11, 2014
    "People should be put through the guillotine for their bad crimes. An eye for an eye, my friend."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Brandon Apr. 9, 2014
    ""Eye for an eye, Tooth for a tooth". Families get closure from certain things when family members die. The death penalty is one when they see the person that killed their loved one is finally off the street and could never hurt anyone ever again"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Patrick Apr. 3, 2014
    "If your family member was killed, don't tell me you wouldn't want the killer to not kill again"
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  • +1 +3 -2 anonymous Apr. 2, 2014
    "I think that killing a person with intensions besides defending your country or your home and family is a horrid crime and should be treated as such. A person who kills a person maliciously should be put to death because they do not value human life and they are dead weight to society which means it make no sense to waist tax dollars on them . Yes there are people who have been executed that have not committed the crime but for that to happen they have to have some connection to the crime or have a rap sheet. If we take away the death penalty it will increase the murder rate because it its self a deterrent. The system is not perfect but its the only one we've got."
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  • +1 +2 -1 EJR Mar. 28, 2014
    "Some people lost their right to live because they took away somebody else's chance to live."
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  • +1 +4 -3 emaurer Mar. 17, 2014
    "So, so much to say about this. I'm hoping to find more support!"
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  • +1 +3 -2 billy bob Mar. 11, 2014
    ""I believe that there are some people who have committed such unconscionable, heinous crimes that only removing them from the face of the earth will suffice. For that reason, I do believe there are times when nothing but the death penalty will do."-billy bob"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Meagan Mar. 7, 2014
    "one less problem. once dead we dont have to take care of them in prison"
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  • +1 +4 -3 ray Mar. 6, 2014
    "i believe that if u kill someone u have took their civil liberties then they the us govt has the right to take yours and rapists should be raped"
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  • +1 +4 -3 David Feb. 27, 2014
    "I think it is good for them to use the death penalty, but they are using it wrong. They need all the evidence to prove the defendant is guilty or not, or they just leave him rot in jail. The type of death penalty they should use is the fire squad because it is easy, and fast."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Aboob Feb. 24, 2014
    "Kill all those scumbags."
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    • 0 0 0 David Feb. 27, 2014
      "What would happen if it would be you being put on the death penalty?"
  • +1 +6 -5 Riley Wolfe Feb. 21, 2014
    "Did you know that over 10 thousand people are killed a year. Prison over flows with convicted criminals and they are just let out. 65% are back in jail within a year. With the death penalty it keed them off the street for good. If your family is killed wouldn't u want them to suffer knowing they r on death row."
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    • 0 0 0 Bryan Feb. 27, 2014
      "That is a very well thought out thought."
  • +1 +7 -6 Chet Tucholski Feb. 19, 2014
    "Not only the electric chair, but whatever force they used on the victims should be used on them(hanging,stabbing,shooting,etc.....whatever it takes)"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Kayanna Nov. 12, 2013
    "I think that it should be allowed because why would that person do wrong in the first place so Yes IT SHOULD"
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  • +1 +12 -11 mike Feb. 9, 2012
    "those that have commited such a terrible crime deserve to die."
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  • +1 +17 -16 anonymous Feb. 3, 2012
    "i am all for the death penalty. the death penalty is not just simply out of revenge but to rid the earth of a truly horrible person. why should we let them live an easy life in prison with food, water , clothes, and in some cases a t.v. in prison they do nothing they don't have to go to school or work they sit around all day.The people that are being executed have done truly terrible things and i think they deserve to die. if they are still alive they have the potential to kill more people."
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  • +1 +20 -19 Jillian Jan. 31, 2012
    "We only use the death penalty for the WORST of the WORST. We don't kill people for stealing from a store, we kill them for killing mass amounts of people, or doing things we would think of as CRAZY."
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  • +1 +20 -19 kevin Jan. 16, 2012
    "I am Pro Because it is a fact LWOP is a joke. They need to m be punished."
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  • +1 +19 -18 Matthew Jan. 13, 2012
    "I think that crime is getting to high in thei and that the death penalty will help lower it"
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  • +1 +18 -17 Tyler Hull Jan. 11, 2012
    "We are the only country that does not so called TORTURE our people other countries your coght steeling they cut off your hand you killed someone they kill you, you stab someone you get stabbed eye for an eye concept thats what we should do!"
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  • +1 +22 -21 db Jan. 5, 2012
    "i think the death penalty should stay beacause how would you feel if someone killed youre loved one then you would want it so justice can be served."
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  • +1 +21 -20 Alice Jan. 5, 2012
    "I believe the death penalty should be brought back if a killer takes someones life, they have thrown away their own. A life FOR a life! They don't even deserve to breathe the same air as us! I believe the death penalty should be used only if their is 100% proof that they did kill someone. There is no justifying that they took a innocents life,"
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  • +1 +23 -22 daryn Jan. 3, 2012
    "Im a pro and i think thst the death pently is good because they should kill the person that killed a person or friend, a family member that will be bad to kill someone and i help the death penlty"
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  • +1 +17 -16 Jacob S. Dec. 21, 2011
    ""i dont care what people say if you were a victim of a criminal who deserves it you would think the exact same way. say someone does something that could ruin your life forever how would you feel personally i would say "who has killed or ruined peoples lives forever should be dead and you people who say nay(no) are just pittying killers,rapist,identity theives,terrorists, and treasonists". so basically you who support them are just as bad as they are and also if it ever happens to you who say nay think real hard and say to yourself "i could have prevented this"..."

    repost:due to spelling errors"
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  • +1 +20 -19 lil los Dec. 1, 2011
    "Tha acused never gave the victim a choice so that means that the acused should not get a choice and almost 30% fo taxes go to supporting prisoners."
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  • +1 +31 -30 Jessica's evil twin Nov. 27, 2011
    "by killing someone who has killed, we will not be the killer. i know someone who lost a brother to a killer. He was devastated but he prayed that they will put the killer to death.. He wanted the killer's family to go through what his family felt. It solves everything. It only makes the family of the killer suffer more."
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  • +1 +28 -27 dakota Nov. 15, 2011
    "i think that some criminals deserve to be punished for the crimes that they have done and the sad family members will want the person who killed there family member to be punished so thats what i think"
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  • +1 +29 -28 L.G. Oct. 18, 2011
    "Im pro because one should pay for what they did to another! That person should not be able to live when they have taken a life."
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    • -3 0 -3 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "If you are thinking that way, can you give life to the innocents who have been executed wrongly or been murder victims?"
  • 0 +13 -13 Jessica Alba Mar. 7, 2012
    "Im actually in school taking a civics class, and I learned that the government beleives in JUSTICE FOR ALL.
    The criminal must be executed, if not were is the justice for the victim? We must remember the victims, because they didnt have the option to live (know THAT is unfair! :("
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    • -4 +2 -6 the messenger Jul. 22, 2012
      "JUSTICE FOR ALL means protection of rights dear friend. Not vengeance on the fallen. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. A line has to be drawn at a point."
  • 0 +12 -12 Bob Feb. 9, 2012
    "There are times when people commit crimes deserving of the death penalty, so it should be kept."
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  • 0 +18 -18 Bob Duncan Feb. 8, 2012
    "Death Penalty should be assure. Not only will it cost less, but like they say, an eye for an eye, an arm for an arm..."
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    • 0 0 0 Dnt use bible 2 talk Jun. 9, 2013
      "@ anonymous
      And what does the bible have to do with our laws? Tell me, I'd LOVE to know."
    • -3 0 -3 anonymous Apr. 18, 2012
      "First of all get your facts straight. It is "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." I am not sure where you got arm from so if you don't know how to quote scripture than please don't because its an insult. It is convenient because you seemed to stop at a convenient part. The bible scripture goes on saying "You have heard that it was said, "Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth."[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." In case you haven't notice, we are to follow the new testament because Jesus Himself established the rules and what He says goes. I hope that this enlightens you."
  • 0 +16 -16 Kelly Feb. 7, 2012
    "If you take someone else's life, I feel you should have your's taken as well. Although two wrongs don't make a right, killing the killer ensures it will never hapen again."
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    • -1 0 -1 max Mar. 6, 2012
      "you think its allrigth but what if its someone in your family you wont like it"
  • 0 +31 -31 dionel Nov. 17, 2011
    "yes because they should pay for what they did"
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    • -2 0 -2 max Mar. 6, 2012
      "but if they killed some one and the officers and govt. kill some one they are as guilty as the murderer was or worseee!!!"
  • -1 0 -1 DANIEL Apr. 22, 2014
    "this is not even you should take into consideration if criminals have the balls to commit the crime they should have the balls to deal with the consequences and depending on the crime and how bad it was they should pay the ultimate price by giving their life"
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  • -1 +1 -2 Derek Apr. 20, 2014
    "There can be no moral justification for executing someone for revenge, but ultimately I will not kid myself and say that the death penalty is an ineffective deterrent. Both common sense and statistics say that it overwhelmingly saves lives, so I would lean towards the pro position."
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  • -1 +2 -3 joshua Apr. 14, 2014
    ""I believe that there are some people who have committed such unconscionable, heinous crimes that only removing them from the face of the earth will suffice. For that reason, I do believe there are times when nothing but the death penalty will do.""
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  • -1 +2 -3 no one Apr. 7, 2014
    "teach people lessons for their actions"
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  • -1 +5 -6 tdog Feb. 24, 2014
    "i think it should because if somebody kills a child he should be killed or if he killed a famous person or also if he kills anyone. they should be hung or electricuted"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Proud American Feb. 18, 2014
    "Think of the Bostan Bombing. So many innocent people were murdered or hurt badly by those two terrorists. The one remaining deserves to be tortured and killed."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Pr0 Death penalty Feb. 13, 2014
    "I am pro for Death penalty because you know why? we spend Alot Tax dollars on these murderers and these are no soul human beings and sha'll suffer the same way what they did to the victims family. they shouldn't have a roof to live under and food and water and every necessity should be taken away from them from our tax dollers. death penalty has been with civilization since the dawn of the human race.
    once they have committed it they can't go back and i will always remember them as a murderer whatsoever punished for there crimes and justice has been served. i find it ironic how these murderer's argue about how dangerous the death penalty procedures are oh and you have the gut's to take another person's life on this planet, a loved one now. no sympathy for these murderers and they should suffer the cruel way of being put to death."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Bill Pickersgill Feb. 8, 2014
    "The death penalty if properly administered will or is to put fear into peopled Dt 19 : 20,21[ niv] bible to not commit the act again Ecc 8 :11[ niv] bible and it shows people life is special and not to take it lightly for unlike animals ,insects etc! we are special and made in Gods image Gen 1 : 26,27[ niv] bible"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Bill Pickersgill Feb. 8, 2014
    "Not having the death penalty actually devalues human life !
    ,it sends a message to people that it's no different than squashing a bug on the sidewalk , we are special unlike animals we are made in Gods image Gen 1 :27 when you don't take the life of someone who took a life you send the message that that person wasn't of value or important , again like killing an animal etc! like a rat , mouse etc! and the death penalty would deter murder if it is swiftly carried out and even publically ,it would surely put fear into people not to replicate the act again Eccl 8 :11."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Connor Duke Feb. 6, 2014
    "The death penalty should be allowed because i killed 29 people and I deserve to die."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Mallory Jan. 30, 2014
    "It may be wrong to kill a person. Would you rather them be tortured to serve out their life sentence? Yes, it is horrible that we have to kill them, but you have to remember what they did. Say the person on death row was a murderer who killed dozens of people."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Kailee T Jan. 29, 2014
    "If no one committed any bad crimes in the first place, then there wouldn't have to be any death penalty. I believe that if someone decides to commit a crime, then they are also deciding to commit to the punishment for their actions. The death penalty isn't about revenge, its just making sure that bad people cant get back into the world and harm more innocent people."
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  • -1 +3 -4 john Jan. 29, 2014
    "depending on the crime for example murder, rape, torture, kidnapping to name a few then there is no reason why the person committing the crime shouldnt face the death penalty. if you take or ruin someones life yours should have to go through the same pain."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Kat Jan. 23, 2014
    "I am for the Death Penalty, but only in EXTREME situations. For example, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, BTK Killer, etc. Those people who are BEYOND REHAB! Also, if a killer is released, then comits a crime again....shame on the judicial system! And no endless appeals!"
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  • -1 +5 -6 jeremy Jan. 21, 2014
    "the death penalty is the greatest idea thank god for who came up with the death penalty I mean for real who wants a killer still living they should of thought about what might happen if they killed someone like the bible says do unto others how you want to be treated"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Gabriel Michaud Jan. 20, 2014
    "Its the quickest way to see that someone is tought a lesson not to mention it is much quicker and they don't have to waste our tax dollars sitting in jail for the rest of their useless lives."
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  • -1 +5 -6 sherri Jan. 18, 2014
    "I think given the living conditions in maxx security prisons, I am pro death penalty. We treat animals who are suffering by euthanizing, but we lock humans for life in barbaric conditions and don't even allow them to escape the pain by ending their own lives. Many would choose death."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Carol Jan. 18, 2014
    "Treat others as if you would like to be treated. Its as simple as that. Someone should expect to be killed if they kill another. Why should you be given a life when you took someone else! I see where people go when they say that your just killing another person, but if this person got out of jail because they were accused of rape, whats going to stop them from committing that same crime again because they know they can get away with it? I also disagree with the law that states, " No person shall be put twice in jeopardy." This means that once you get out of jail, you may not be tried for the same crime. For real? This is common sense! All the person has to do is do it again more carefully and they aren't accused!"
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  • -1 +3 -4 jeremy Jan. 15, 2014
    "yes it should be legal because do unto others how u want to be treated kill to be killed"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Johnathan Jan. 7, 2014
    "The Death penalty is a controversial topic, as one can see by looking at the top of the page. I stand on both sides of this topic. I agree that is a good way to handle first degree murderers and other law breakers, I also disagree due to the fact that if new evidence shows up that says that the person is innocent after they are executed, all we can say is "oh well". With 876 characters left (why do they limit these things?) i end off my statement here."
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    • 0 +1 -1 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "so, how can people teach people killing is wrong when they have to end up executing people themselves? its either right, or wrong.. with death, there is no happy medium. there shouldnt be certain exceptions for killing to be legal."
  • -1 +5 -6 Jenna Dec. 9, 2013
    ""If you kill someone you should be killed too. Even if the murderer gets life in prison, there is still a chance that the murderer can get out of prison. the murdered is getting free food, a place to live, free clothes, free water, and a free bed to sleep on. Which we (tax payers) have to pay for. this is unfair to the innocent people who didn"t do anything wrong."
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    • 0 +1 -1 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "thats why they should just get life in prison with no chance of parole.. and since they killed someone, they should be killed as well? how is that teaching anyone what is the right thing to do? (which happens to be NOT to kill anyone at all) and i guess, going off of your idea, everyone deserves the act that they committed towards the victim? so, rapists should be raped, and robbers robbed?"
  • -1 +3 -4 cheyenne Dec. 6, 2013
    "This topic hits home for me, there is one person that has done terrible things to my family, and others. "Two wrongs, don't make a right", but when it is more personal...it doesn't matter. Sometimes you have to remove the center of the problem, to get rid of the problem completely."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Ty Dec. 4, 2013
    "Blood for Blood. That's how it's always been and that's how it will always be. If you murder then there is only one way for someone to become even. You get your chance to live, if you cut someone else's life short then yours should be too.
    Also for every convict that is executed, 3-15 murders are prevented. It's not like these are innocent people that are getting executed. These are murderers that have skipped to the end credits on other peoples lives. If they aren't aloud to see the whole thing then neither should the murderers. Blood for Blood."
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  • -1 +3 -4 ANONYMOUS CRITIC Nov. 14, 2013
    "It saves space and money. It also stops criminals from re-offending"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Jack Nov. 7, 2013
    "The death penalty is the best and most efficient way to stop a person from causing future harm. Most of the time when you are put in jail, do you think that they will change there ways? Three good meals a day, time to work out, and a place to sleep, yeah I wouldn't want to ever go to jail again. Also if a person brakes a law do you honestly think that 20 or more years in prison will change that? If they broke the law the first time its pretty obvious they will do it again if given that chance.
    The death penalty is perfectly morale, I would never want to know that people who have murdered walk no further than five feet from me on the street, I also would not want that same scenario with mine or someone else's child. The death penalty keeps the streets safer than letting the criminal back out into the world, more likely than not to repeat the same deed that put them in jail the first time. I'm not saying that everyone in jail should be killed, I'm saying that the severe cases should be eliminated, like everything from rapists to murderers to treason, the scum of the earth."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Mauricio Nov. 4, 2013
    "Death penalty is necessary who cares about a killers family, he killed someone he shouldn't get away with it. The murderer knew what they did and they should know there are consequences for your actions."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Chris Oct. 29, 2013
    "I think that bad people deserve bad consequences!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Anonymous Dec. 2, 2013
      "I agree. But if you really think about it we are doing the same bad thing. Someone kills someone else and them we go and kill them. Also innocent people are often wrongly convicted. Death is not right no matter what. We are the killers even if we are killing the killers."
  • -1 +5 -6 Amanda Oct. 27, 2013
    "I believe that the death penalty is right, because really, who wants a murderer walking around their city? An eye for an eye."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Terry Oct. 24, 2013
    "The death penalty is right, say my dad murdered 15 people. he kills 15 we take 1 life to save many more."
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  • -1 +5 -6 guest Oct. 21, 2013
    "While I understand the whole idea behind "two wrongs don't make a right", I feel this completely diminishes the actual weight of the issue and the pain felt by the families. The criminal has taken an innocent person's life, has been found guilty through EXTENSIVE casework, and completely deserves death. Why do they deserve to live if they think they have the right to take the lives of completely innocent people? Murder is unforgivable. You can never undo what you did and you can never bring that person back or erase the pain you caused their family. If you think it's ok to kill people, why should you be exempt from your very own rule?"
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  • -1 +4 -5 angelina Mhopyeni Oct. 19, 2013
    "According to the society it will benefit more than murderer die because it become a daily bread in Namibia. I think if someone saw a person being discipline in that manner they will be afraid of being killed in the same way hence that everyone wants to be on earth."
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  • -1 +6 -7 nick fox Oct. 17, 2013
    "yes the death penalty should be around forever they should use the electric chair for evereyone senteced to death it would be cheaper and its eaiser just shock em and its done."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Dean Oct. 15, 2013
    "Eye for an eye life for a life, justice will be served."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Tanner Rogers Oct. 14, 2013
    "I think the death penalty is a very needed way to clean out the jails because of the cost of keeping people in jail for life sentences....Especialy in the economy today I feel that it is a good Idea. I believe that in a God fearing country like ours that our acts are punishable by what we do for example if someone kills a fellow human being then they should see the pain that they caused people!"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Brook Oct. 14, 2013
    "An eye for an eye. A person who has killed or raped someone does not deserve to be free n roaming around. The victim of that criminal has deal with that pain and suffering the rest of their life.. So why shouldn't the criminal?"
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  • -1 +3 -4 ricardo juarez Oct. 9, 2013
    "i believe that the death penalty should be enforced to the max although we incarcerate these criminals most of these individuals do not come out rehabilitated and therefore they have been given the chance to prove themselves and they failed . we do not need these people roaming free amongst civilization and we must get rid of these criminals for if they were to spawn offspring they would follow in their parents footsteps "sh** rolls down hill" that quote is from my father"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Nobody Sep. 25, 2013
    "If we don't allow the death penalty, all the criminals will be in jail. As Duley Sharp, says, "Many opponents present, as fact, that the cost of the death penalty is so expensive (at least $2 million per case?), that we must choose life without parole ('LWOP') at a cost of $1 million for 50 years. [Justice for All] estimates that LWOP cases will cost $1.2 million-$3.6 million more than equivalent death penalty cases. There is no question that the up front costs of the death penalty are significantly higher than for equivalent LWOP cases." Life Without Parole is also known as life imprisonment. LWOP is worth a lot more than death penalty. With overpopulation, we will have to build more prisons and yet, the government might release criminals sentenced to life in jail after, for example, about 20 years. In the book the wrong number by R.L.Stine, a murderer chases two girls and almost kills them and at the end of the book, he is sentenced to life imprisonment. In the sequel, the girls learn that the murderer gets out of jail and still chases them. He got out because of overpopulation and continues chasing them. This shows that there are still criminals that didn't forget what they did and will seek revenge."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Joshua Sep. 24, 2013
    "I'm PRO because I believe victims get justice by felons being executed"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Jacquelyne Sep. 18, 2013
    "Life in jail is suffer, you are beaten up at every single moment and if you have life in jail, you would rather die. I hate to see or think about people suffering like so. I know we are not God and we are not allowed to take away someone's life but they already did. And if we allow death penality, the future murderers out there might stop and give up seeing what the consequence is. If not, then too bad for them. Death penality is a serious subject and should not be treeated poorly. Think of all the abused people out there, like a girl that got raped and knew that that person is still alive and might get out of jail and come back for them. If you were that person, would you be scared? Do you agree?"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Robert Leary Sep. 13, 2013
    "In the 20 years I spent as an Army Ranger I have killed many people and I can assure you that there are many other people that should be killed. The cost is a breakdown of our justice system. Prisoners have to many rights. I could change my mind if prisoners had conditions like they do in China or India."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Natalie B. Jul. 8, 2013
    "I believe the death penalty should be allowed but kept for the most extreme cases. I believe that once a person has committed a crime, a punishment of equal "value" should be given out. For instance, if a person invades your home and pulls a gun on you, it is considered self-defense to kill that person because you equaled the force that was put upon you. Once a person murders another person, he forfeits his own life. There may be extenuating circumstances that justify the matter, but under the coldest and most extreme cases I believe that the death penalty is the correct approach. For instance - serial killers that rape, torture and murder multiple people without just cause has forfeited his life on several occasions and has proven he cannot be a productive member of society, but rather a cruel, heartless menace. Men (and women) like this have committed crimes worthy of death and so the death penalty must be discussed and handed out accordingly."
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  • -1 +2 -3 WorkinToPlay Jul. 5, 2013
    "So, without the death penalty prison populations continue to grow and money that might otherwise be spent assisting decent people with legitimate needs instead is spent on maintaining more and more who are nothing but a menace to society. Yet, if we fail to carry out the death sentence in a swift manner and continue to allow repeated appeals the death penalty does not serve the purpose of being a deterrent and reducing the prison population. I vote YES for Death Penalty with no appeal and execution carried out in 30 days."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Hugh E Winthrop Jun. 29, 2013
    "The death penalty needs to be carried out within 30 days of conviction by public hanging. That would be a deterrent to the
    future hoods and thugs. No more lounging in prison thinking they are cool and lawyers raking in public funds with "appeals"."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Kanika Mirchandani Jun. 23, 2013
    "I'm pro because there are some people who do not deserve to walk the same streets, and live the normal life after committing a heinous sin. It's an injustice to victims and civilians who desire safety and guarantee."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Calvin Jun. 20, 2013
    "I think that the death penalty is a really good thing to have - Not executing someone who has committed murder is like making the murder victim's life less valuable. Not only is it the fairest thing to do, but it can save jails millions of dollars for each inmate. One inmate can cost a jail $22,000 a year. It also discourages people from committing crime, because they don't want to be executed."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Hamilton May. 23, 2013
    "Sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Wendy May. 17, 2013
    "I am for the death penalty because I think that if someone has committed a terrible crime, like rape or murder, they deserve to die. If they do not feel remorse for what they have done, then putting them in prison will not do any good- they will not be forced to think about their actions and suffer for the rest of their lives. They could also be a danger to other people in prison, and that will only lead to more trouble and bad things. Some people say that by allowing criminals to die, the government is no better than a murder themselves. But when someone is executed in jail, the reason is for justice. With the person dead, they will no longer be able to harm themselves or others, and they will be forced to consider their crime, as it happens to them, and hopefully they will be able to feel remorse."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Alyssa May. 17, 2013
    "I am pro death penalty. While the costs may be higher, the ends justify the means. When a convicted killer is in prison for life, they can still kill someone in prison. I believe that it is morally acceptable to take the life of a convicted murderer. Once you have committed a crime, you are out from under the protection of the bill of rights, so it is not unconstitutional to execute a murderer."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Matt H May. 17, 2013
    "I believe that the death penalty should be allowed. One reason is that I believe that it does the victims family justice to see the responsible party take consequence for their irresponsible actions. Also, the initial costs for execution is higher than life without parole are higher but in the long term, life without parole is much higher and costs a lot just to maintain the facility as well as maintain the inmates. Some might question the morality of the death penalty, but in all reality, we've been going off the system of an eye for an eye for over 2000 years and it is a fair and just way to settle things once and for all for all parties. Also, we firmly believe in our country in the separation of religion and state so those ideals should be kept separate. Finally, I am a proponent of the death penalty because someone that is brutal enough to be considered for the death penalty isn't safe enough to be in society or in a prison."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Taylor Russo May. 17, 2013
    "I am definitely for death penalty. I read some other articles regarding this topic. One person said that the death penalty is dignifying for the victims and their families. I agree. If they brutally killed someone, they shouldn't be able to live. I read another article stating whether or not the victims families should have an opinion on whether or not the murderer should be killed. I think they should. They shouldnt have COMPLETE control over the decision, but they should at least have a say in what goes. On another article i read that they should have physicians present during the execution, i agree because something might go wrong. And it's always good to have someone there just in case."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Alyssa May. 17, 2013
    "I believe in the death penalty. I believe in this because there are certain crimes where life sentencing without parole just isn't an option. I believe that the punishment must fit the crime. When it comes down to death penalty being an option i think we have to be pretty much sure that this is the correct person we are convicting. I'm not supporting the death penalty for little things, but capital murder and other crimes that fall into play, i believe the death penalty should definitely be an option."
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  • -1 +4 -5 broke May. 14, 2013
    "People need a punishment for what they have done!"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Jennifer Sommerfield May. 7, 2013
    "Yes it should be because think about it, if you mother, father, spouse, sibling, or another family was raped or murdered would you want that man walking around or living life for free in prison."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Anonymous May. 7, 2013
    ""I know death is the harshest thing to deal with but come on,it's not the end for you.The best thing you can do is get over it and allow the person who murdered your loved suffer the same fate and then he'll see what an awful thing he did when it's too late.He'll suffer just like the person made him suffer,everyone deserves justice,but everyone deserves punishment."
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    • -1 0 -1 Beth Dec. 19, 2013
      "No. Often, the victims of a prolonged kidnapping/murder/multiple rape suffered FAR more than the criminal will get on execution. It's not about revenge."
  • -1 +2 -3 Kate May. 6, 2013
    "There are just some people so evil that in order for society to recover and truly feel safe again they have to be abolished, so they will never again get to walk among normal people."
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  • -1 +2 -3 H. Leseberg May. 2, 2013
    "Yes it should be used to fit a punishment to the crime. If you take someone's life, why should you get to live in prison forever where you receive free meals everyday and get a free education( if an inmate wants to get their GED or a degree), which costs the taxpayers money. Prisons are overcrowded and more have to be built to accommodate space for more criminals. Why are there serial murders locked up serving over 100 year sentences when they are not going to live 50 years or so depending on age? Criminals like that deserve to have capital punishment upon them and therefore no other crimes can be committed and one less Correctional Officer will be injured or killed for a person who has no remorse and no respect for human life. Exodus 21:12- 14 says, "He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. However, if he did not lie in wait, but God delivered him into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place where he may flee.But if a man acts with premeditation against his neighbor, to kill him by treachery, you shall take him from My altar, that he may die." One of the Ten Commandments states, " thou shall not murder," Exodus 20:13. This is why the death penalty most definitley should be put to use."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Brianna Apr. 25, 2013
    "I think that the death penalty is reasonable in some matters but not all. For example, if someone murders somebody else you may think they deserve to die as well but also you can look at it as if we kill someone else that killed someone we become the killer."
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  • -1 +7 -8 soma Apr. 22, 2013
    "some people dont deserve to live after the crimes they committed"
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  • -1 +7 -8 TKP Apr. 16, 2013
    "Keep electing Democrats and you can kiss the DP goodbye, child rapist/murderers most definitely deserve to die it is our duty to protect our children."
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  • -1 +7 -8 angry_lady Apr. 16, 2013
    "I'm pro because i think if someone kills someone they should be punished but not by an electric chair... too easy, they should die the way they murder people and if it's way of 2 then they should be blind folded and shot... several times."
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  • -1 +8 -9 Zachary Garnes Apr. 12, 2013
    "I am pro because if someone kills someone else then it would be a threat to keep them alive and even in prison they could kill others in prison."
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  • -1 +9 -10 TC Mar. 22, 2013
    "Eye for an eye... that's it."
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  • -1 +6 -7 someone Mar. 3, 2013
    "I agree a death penalty, but they should be 100% sure that the murder actually murder the victim(s)."
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    • -1 0 -1 Beth Dec. 19, 2013
      "We can NEVER be 100% sure! All we can do is the weight of the evidence."
  • -1 +10 -11 sarah Mar. 2, 2013
    "we must sacrifice lives to save lives"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Candace Feb. 23, 2013
    "If life in prison MEANT life if prison. I would say to end the death penalty."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Anonymous Feb. 20, 2013
    "There are few cases in which the death penalty should be permitted: premeditated murder, mass shootings, rape then murder. Only the extreme cases, and even then only if there is more than one undeniable piece of evidence tying them specifically to the crime"
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  • -1 +7 -8 Johnny Jan. 9, 2013
    "I stand on Both Sides. I Thing that someone Who Murders Someone should Be Given The Option Of life In prison Or Death Because Maybe some One Dont whant To feel Lonely In prison all There life or Dont have long to live And if there say 70 and Dont whant to spend There life In prison Guive Them The Option "Death Is life in prison""
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    • 0 0 0 Richard Jan. 12, 2013
      "i agree with you! death is life in prison but just one thing if a person murder charges are so bad the state will not give them the option?"
  • -1 +8 -9 dont wory about it Jan. 9, 2013
    "yes , i do agree with the death penalty... to an extent. if someone does something that is hellacious enough to be prosecuted by the death, they deserve it. a close friend of mine, her father was murdered 17 years ago. was shot in the head and in the neck. then was wrapped in duck tape. now, they will be in prison for the rest of their life. now, she has to pay for them being incaerserated. taxes for scum like that, so they have, food, and water, and medicine. so basically, we are the ones paying for what they did, not them, they still have food and a roof over their head. we are the ones being punished... NOT THEM!"
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  • -1 +9 -10 tom Dec. 17, 2012
    "the crime ratye was down wen the death p"
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  • -1 +9 -10 adam pauley Dec. 12, 2012
    "i think that the death penalty should be that what people do like shooting someone that perosn should get shot themselves.the same thing with other doings.this my Pro"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Artemi Dec. 6, 2012
    "If you have done something inhumane like killing the innocent and committing rape or something even worse than that you deserve to die for it.After all you brought this on yourself now didn't you."
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  • -1 +6 -7 gred Nov. 29, 2012
    "yes. an eye for and eye/"
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  • -1 +9 -10 Matt Nov. 26, 2012
    "There is a reason why the first law code of this world, the Code of Hammurabi, detailed explicitly the doctrine of "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." This is because that ideal is common knowledge; without laws, there is no society, yet without punishments, there are no laws. We as a people have evolved, but just as we have continued to use fire, we must continue to uphold capital punishment."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Austen Nov. 26, 2012
    "There are certin crimes that nothing but removing the criminal from the face of the earth will serve the victim and there family the justice that they deserve."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Alex Nov. 8, 2012
    "I say yes because they want to be all macho man and all that, and they think they're just going to jail, but if you do something bad, you better expect something worse then jail, like killing someone should be on death sentence, stealing a candy bar, or smoking week, not so much"
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  • -1 +6 -7 Melinda Ludholm Nov. 2, 2012
    "people deserve to die for capital punishments"
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  • -1 +8 -9 Isaac Nov. 1, 2012
    "I support the death penalty but there should be laws on how it is used. if it is a first offense and depending on how severe it was the murderer should be given say a 10 year sentence. if they commit another murder they should be executed because if they did it a second time they will do it again. If the murder was a mass murder than the murderer should be executed no matter if it was there first offense or not. Furthermore the death penalty helps clean up the prisons if the murderer is executed."
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  • -1 +8 -9 roach Nov. 1, 2012
    "i think that the death penalty should be aloud for crimes such as murder, certain amount of drugs theft, rape, torture, treason, kidnapping. i think it would stop crime all together"
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  • -1 +7 -8 nick carlson Oct. 30, 2012
    "Amarica must have a moral standered to hold itself up to. That is what this country was built upon; the idea that we could live free from oppression from others, free to choose our personnal destinies without unjust restrictions being set by others. I often worry that this ideal is slipping away. As we move to a more tolerant way of thinking, we lose our intolerance for the evil and the unscrupulous. Based upon a belief in logical boundries, and personal safety from unneccisary pain, the death penalty must be a service provided for by those with the proper authority to judge. We can't base our decisions entirely on emotions. Fact must come into calculation at some the point where there is no longer doulbt, but irrefutable evidence. When a being is broken, to the point where reabilitation is no longer an option, and death and rape is all they know to do, would it not be merciful to release them from their torture? Would it not be just to prevent their future misdeads? Would it not be benificial to prevent future misdeads by others through example? Retribution aside, hatred aside, fear aside, would not the logical response be the correct one when presented with an obvious and heinous evil?
    I believe so."
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  • -1 +8 -9 mikain Oct. 20, 2012
    "the capital punishment surely help with the in our nation.plus if you kill more than one person you should recieve the death penalty."
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  • -1 +9 -10 dustin Oct. 17, 2012
    "i am pro because i beleive that if u take a persons life u should get ur life taken"
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  • -1 +7 -8 Cassandra Oct. 16, 2012
    "A person who murders another human being should be killed because he took a human life. Without the Death Penalty, murderers will only be put into prison, and then after a few years, released. Then, they can go murder a few more people! Just kill the murderer now, and then no more innocent people will have to die! God hates murder, and frequently in the New Testament, murderers are killed for rape and murder. That's the way it should be."
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    • +4 +4 0 Cassandra Oct. 30, 2012
      "If they were sentence to prison for life, they would probably be released after a few years. This happens often, and this cost a lot of money. Prisoners cost about 1,000,000 per year, and this is a great expense for our nation."
    • -4 0 -4 Kat Oct. 26, 2012
      "Is it not possible that they could be imprisoned for life?"
  • -1 +9 -10 steve D Oct. 15, 2012
    "Provided that there is Absolutely No Question that they did take another life, than ABSOLUTLEY the life of this totaly Useless Human must end,, I don't care if it was My 12 (TWELVE YEAR OLD CHILD), intoxicated, that killed someone He should be put to Death on the 18th Birthday, anyone parent that can't say this, should Never be a parent, then Need to Demand consiquence's no matter how Extreem."
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    • 0 +2 -2 steve d Oct. 16, 2012
      "my point is, even if it's your Owne family that did this Horrible thing to another human, there must,, MUST be a end to people like this. we can Not afford to waste good money keeping a life, not worth saving Alive.."
  • -1 +9 -10 grayson Oct. 8, 2012
    "men or women wil get out of jail for life. one man was able to see who will be let out because there were to many people in jail."
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  • -1 +7 -8 C Bernstien Jun. 4, 2012
    "The very acronym for the "SAFE" Act, California's latest effort to abolish the death penalty, is bogus. The costs claimed by SAFE are exaggerated and the costs of the "SAFE" Act's life imprisonment would be much more expensive due to life-time medical costs, the increased security required to coerce former death-row inmates to work, etc. The amount "saved" in order to help fund law enforcement is negligible and only for a short period of time. (It is nothing more than a bribe in a vain effort to obtain conservative votes.) Bottom line, the "SAFE" Act is another attempt by those who are responsible for the high costs and lack of executions to now persuade voters to abandon it. Obviously, the arguments of the proponents of the SAFE Act would disappear if the death penalty was carried forth in accordance with the law. Get the facts at http://cadeathpenalty.webs.com."
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  • -1 +6 -7 jaison Jun. 3, 2012
    "The case for the death penalty also has some persuading points, their argument is based on the premise if they committed horrible crimes in public living areas they would only bring violence and destruction to the prison systems. They say execution statistics are possibly racial because there are more white people than black people, then naturally there will be more cases of execution in people who kill white people simply because there are more of them. If the violent criminal is executed the taxpayers don't have to pay for their food or staff to guard them. The death penalty also brings peace-of-mind to family and friends of the victims."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Rachel Joseph May. 29, 2012
    "I'm pro but only for certain factors. If the crime committed is heinous enough, I believe justice is to be served. However, I do not agree with how well these 'intmates' are treated and how long they are kept around. Conditions should be much worse off than those families who can'teven afford three square meals a day. It's pathetic how we treat them so well for those acts we look down upon as a nation. Survival of the fittest. If you play the game with logic, you'll beat someone who plays the game out of instinct. Pro death penalty, con the conditions of the sentencing. Kill or let them waste our tax money, then possibly kill again."
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  • -1 +8 -9 Ellie May. 28, 2012
    "It would be more costly to keep them imprisoned and they would rot in jail anyway. It would also give grieving families closure. They should be humiliated in death as no human being has the right to brutally murder any other living thing without justifyable cause such as recompence. Anyone who kills another deserves death themselves, particularly those who murder children or older people as they are weak and defenceless who would easily be overpowered so there would be no reason to harm them."
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  • -1 +5 -6 SJCP May. 21, 2012
    "The most logical choice would be to eradicate the threat to society. Capital punishment does just that. The execution is not in rage or bloodthirsty like that of a killer, but out of the aspects of the legal system. So no, the death penalty can not be equalized to murder.

    The killer himself did not have any mercy for the victims, so why should the state be lenient? Showing that we do not tolerate any sort of disabling of human rights will lay down the law for any future cases. It'll be their choice whether or not to reap the consequences.

    Furthermore, the argument that "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" is completely irrelevant. Gandhi was a great activist, but his situation was much different from that of the death penalty. If someone were to take out your eye, you would have one left. So if you were to take out the offender's eye, he would have only one as well. Seeing as though you and the offender have only one eye, neither of you would be blind. Both of you will still have sight, but the visual power would be divided. A little play on words. :)

    In the next life, in spirit, the killer can get the 'mercy' he wants. But in this life, all the killer can get is the law- and justice."
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    • +1 +1 0 Angel Jan. 8, 2014
      "If you look on the death certificate of a person who has been executed, under cause of death it lists homicide by state. so even though we are taking a bad person out of society, we are still murderers."
  • -1 +11 -12 Danai Simpson May. 20, 2012
    "NO ONE should be allowed to live one more day if they kill somebody unless it was in undeniable self defense. We have way too many bleeding hearts out there who want to "save' the killers. I say if you want to save them let them come live with you. Then let's hear what you have to say when your throat is being slit. These killers shouldn't even be allowed to make more than 1 appeal but here we are - letting some of these butchers sit on death row wasting our governments time trying to convince us that they were justified in killing that "little old lady" for her $400 Social Security check."
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  • -1 +13 -14 BOSS May. 16, 2012
    "Provides closure to victims family

    Dont pay fort more prisoners

    More room in Jails

    Eye for an eye

    They wont be able to commit more crimes"
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    • -3 0 -3 call me bobby Jul. 24, 2012
      "that's not at all what the justice system is about

      I don't understand the second one, I think you misspelled something.

      You can make more room by getting drug abusers and robbers on the right track once they get out and keep them there.

      An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

      If they're looked in a cell all day they can't commit crimes anyway."
  • -1 +8 -9 jim May. 16, 2012
    "I believe it takes more than chromosomes to make someone a human being - it takes heart and conscience. Individuals who are capable of killing (especially those convicted of horrendous crimes) are no more than vicious animals and as one should be "put down" for the safety of all."
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    • -1 +1 -2 call me bobby Jul. 24, 2012
      "By your logic, killers have some mental problem that makes them able to kill. That would, by your logic, make them sick. and sick people should be cured, and I don't think killing them does much good."
  • -1 +10 -11 Stephanie Guerra May. 14, 2012
    "I think the death penalty should be allowed because if someone is willing for take a life then why cant the United States take theirs. How is the suspects any less then the life they took. The only way i don't think death penalty should occur is when that person in mentally challenged and has no idea of what they have done. Other than that acceptance then i do think the death penalty is a thought. i know taking someones life is wrong but if someone who is not mentally challenged is willing to take someone else life away then why wouldn't the United States take it into consideration. I am pro death penalty because if your being realistic you would see that taking a life is going way overboard and taking the life of the murderer shows there life wasn't any better to be alive."
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    • 0 +1 -1 xizej Jun. 28, 2012
      "i think the death penalty should be enforced on persons
      mentally challenged because these persons are dangerous
      more prone to violence, so more dangerous to society.
      Death penalty should exist NOT TO PUNISH mistakes but to PROTECT SOCIETY from those that like to kill."
  • -1 +6 -7 Breanna May. 13, 2012
    "society should not let an inmate live just so they can shank, sell drugs, and threaten corrections officers. the death penalty is the best choice. when people say its killing they are wrong... its an execution of a person who has done wrong to many. why should we pay to have some slump sit in a cage and rot for the rest of his life? if people opose by saying its murder, why do you care if a criminal is being sentenced to death? clearly they are dying for a reason for a crime they have comitted."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Mia May. 11, 2012
    "the death penalty is very controversial, i mean who are we to decide if some one dies or lives, however i do think that someone who commits such a crime that it would permit the death penalty then they deserve to die, but that is just my personal opinion. Thankfully America is a country that people get a fair trial and i know that innocent people have died, but at least we give them a fair trial, unlike some countries that just kill people with out a trial and jury."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Alyssa May. 10, 2012
    "The people that are gonna be killed are killers them self's. I believe that they should get it right back."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Massiel G May. 10, 2012
    "im pro because the people need to think about the things before to did it. and the criminal need to have the responsibility for everything when they do a crimes they to kill at then in the instant because is no fair that they do that."
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  • -1 +14 -15 Jack M May. 9, 2012
    "I'm pro because I feel that if someone has the will power to kill another man or commit a crime big enough for the death penalty and they end up getting caught then they most are subject to there punishment"
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  • -1 +7 -8 Virginia Apr. 24, 2012
    "There is no reason that the people one death row should be allowed to live. Once convicted they should get one month to put their affairs in order and then their out of here. It is fact that just being given a prison sentence does not deter criminals. Being faced with imminent death is a deterrant. Just putting the death row inmates to death within one month of conviction would save all states billions of dollars!"
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  • -1 +8 -9 jake hollen Apr. 24, 2012
    "the people who are getting the death penalty had it coming"
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  • -1 +15 -16 ibro Apr. 21, 2012
    "yes it should because it Provides justice"
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    • -3 +1 -4 call me bobby Jul. 24, 2012
      "My dear, dear friend how clueless you are. Justice is protecting people's rights. Robbers infringe on people's right to property, rapists on people's rights to do what they want with their body and murders on right to life. you're think of justice as revenge, which it is not. Now as for the death penalty, that's revenge. Punishment for murder, as I see it, should be being torn away from everyone and everything you've ever cared about and being stuffed in a jail cell for the rest of your life."
  • -1 +14 -15 Ton Apr. 17, 2012
    "Completely for the death penalty. No one should get to live after they take a life of another adult or child."
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  • -1 +15 -16 Zach Apr. 17, 2012
    "Death penalty should take the place of life in prison"
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    • -1 0 -1 Yes. Nov. 18, 2013
      "I agree."
  • -1 +8 -9 Kyle Apr. 12, 2012
    "It should be allowed, because if the person that is pentalized is a murderer, killing him may save multiple lives."
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  • -1 +14 -15 Hunter Apr. 11, 2012
    "I say that this is the less costly to our nation then just sending them to prison for life. We pay millions of dollars just so that they live for what another few years until they piss off the wrong guy and get killed anyway. Though I do say we should make it public again because the reason why it has no effect on crime rate is because they think they can avoid it."
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  • -1 +15 -16 Payton Apr. 9, 2012
    "People talk about how expensive it is to put a person on death row and then kill them. I think that once the verdict of the person is delivered then you don't have to leave them in jail for so long. If they are gonna be killed go ahead and do it. The death penalty is for those the state deems beyond rehabilitation or reintegration into society. I also believe that it is cruel and unusual to leave a person sitting in a cell on death row for so long after they know they are gonna be killed and then it will not be so expensive."
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  • -1 +13 -14 Micheala Apr. 4, 2012
    "I think murders and child molesters and so on shouldnt be on the earth if they are going to do that. say they have kids what is someone came alone and raped there child or killed it. do to one as you do to other."
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  • -1 +5 -6 kelsey Apr. 3, 2012
    "'' pepole say that by makingin the death penalty legal that we begocme tha killers or that it is to expencive but they do not look at the bigger picture in this.'' there are some pepole out ther who are killing little kid's and mant innocint pepole needless to say money should not be the problem we spend millions of dollers a day for things that are uneeded also pepole who take other's lifv's should be takein to as.'' as they use to say an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth''. many pepole suffer everyday and are killed why because of greed and hate and maybe this is just the fix the sick pepeole in the world need."
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  • -1 +14 -15 Marie Apr. 2, 2012
    "Say your daughter or son were walking home. And some man came up behind them and killed them both and just left them there. They catch the guy and let him go after he does jail time. That man could go and kill plenty of other children, people. Would we really want to be walking around thinking that , that one man could come and kil us? No. More jail? Wont do anything. If he is going to die in jail anyways why not just end his life now."
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  • -1 +11 -12 Schaelynn Mar. 28, 2012
    "I am a pro because if someone is sick enough in the head to kill or rape any human being than they are asking to be punished. Everyone dies at some point and time just some people need to go sooner than others, to make this world a better place to live."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Jonathan Mar. 26, 2012
    "If you kill someone in cold blood, you shouldn't have the rights to live; even if it is in a jail cell for the rest of your life. If a murder is convicted to death row they shouldn't get to choose the way they die. Their victims didn't get to choose the way they got to die, why should the killers?"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Calece Mar. 8, 2012
    "Killers kill innocent people. The goverment kills killers. I
    wish they would put more murderers to death. People
    against the " Death Penalty " are one of the reasons we
    have a population problem, inside prison and in the free
    world. If, " Mother Nature " does'nt take us out, the running
    out of food, water, oil etc. will. I don't think that's a bed
    anyone wants to lay in."
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  • -1 +13 -14 Jack Mar. 7, 2012
    "I am totally for the death penalty. However, that does not mean that I'm a proponent of the so called Death Row fiasco where prisoners can petition to have appeals to see if the system will bend and give them back their freedom.
    If the "evidence" is blatantly clear that the individual is guilty, then they should be beheaded at dawn! The bleeding hearts can say all they want, but the fact remains....if someone attacks, rapes and beats our daughters head in with a hammer for the shear fun of it, they deserve to pay and pay swiftly for the crime. Better yet, allow the victims family to have the last say in the matter....thumbs up or thumbs down.
    It's okay for an 18 year old to put on a uniform and be sent into war zones to kill other human beings who have never done a damn thing wrong or to one another, simply because their country's leaders are hell bent on their own stupid philosophies. Isn't this a 'double standard'?
    If the evidence to a crime case is tenuous or questionable, how did the appointed jury award the individual a Death Row sentence in the first place? If there is reason to sit around and second guess or debate a person's innocence, then the Death Penalty is not the answer."
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  • -1 +14 -15 Dustin Mar. 5, 2012
    "It is right. and eye for and eye yo"
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    • +1 +3 -2 Not Phillip Mar. 15, 2012
      "the best comment on this website"
  • -1 +15 -16 Joel Mar. 4, 2012
    "I strongly believe that the issue regarding whether the death penalty should be abolished or not, it isn't something you can simply say "Yay" or "Nay" to. Opponents argue that the death penalty is just a means of "legal revenge" cloaked by the word Retribution. However it's a way for victim's to gain "Justice" and to stop them from taking matter to their own hands. While there are people who pray for their loved one's killers, there are also people who would seek revenge on EVERYONE responsible. The Death penalty stops the cycle of violence in a fair and legal way."
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  • -1 +13 -14 The Third Feb. 29, 2012
    "Punishment matches the crime."
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    • +3 +3 0 call me bobby Jul. 22, 2012
      "if that were true then grand larcenists would be grandly larcend. Domestic abusers would be domestically abused, and, well, you really don't want to know what happens to the child molesters"
    • 0 0 0 The Third Jan. 13, 2014
      "then you would prob have sumething bad happen to you you could be blamed for merder just if you blamed someone of something els."
  • -1 +13 -14 mr.mageman jr. Feb. 28, 2012
    "I dont think that life wothout porale is a very good idea. Breakouts can happen at any time of day. Even in jail a murderer can kill people. So the death peanlty can stop all of those death of the innocent."
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  • -1 +11 -12 dude Feb. 28, 2012
    "I think that only people that do somthing bad such as murder should be put to death even though there family is upset"
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  • -1 +10 -11 Diehl Feb. 28, 2012
    "The punishment must match the crime to a certain extent. For one murder, no death sentence, BUT, if they broke into someones home, or committed any other crimes of any sort, along with murder, then capitol punishment is a reasonable choice for punishment."
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  • -1 +16 -17 Mr.magewomen Feb. 27, 2012
    "i think that anyone that has to have a Captial punishment should get the pain in a quick as possible fashion"
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    • +1 +2 -1 mr.magewomen Feb. 28, 2012
      "Well Thats why they should have death as quick as possible ;)"
    • -2 +1 -3 Mr.mageman Feb. 28, 2012
      "i disagree cus that is a cruel and unusaul punishment"
  • -1 +15 -16 mr.mageman Feb. 27, 2012
    "i think anyone that rapes or kills others should not to be sent to prison but killed as their punishment

    "kill one to save others""
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    • +4 +4 0 mrmagewomen Feb. 28, 2012
      "I think that the person who did the crime should be punished on the degree of he/she's crime."
  • -1 +7 -8 Kenny Feb. 27, 2012
    "I believe that because certain people commit heinous crimes, they should be punished, and the only punishment their is to match their crime is the death penalty."
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  • -1 +12 -13 Ali Sudkamp Feb. 23, 2012
    "If you can take a life , then you no longer deserve yours . You made the decisions to kill a person . Why should you be rewarded with the right to live when you wrongly took that right away from an innocent person ?"
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  • -1 +15 -16 Sophie Feb. 17, 2012
    "I think that although the death penalty takes one life away, it saves many more people than it loses."
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  • -1 +15 -16 filthycons Feb. 15, 2012
    "Why keep criminals in prison for life when they could escape or kill other inmates and gaurds? Obviously they dont care enough about there life. So why give someone the chance to live (although in jail) when they would go right back and do the same thing that they're in there for? We are wasting our time and money trying to keep these criminals in line when they could careless."
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  • -1 +13 -14 Veronica Feb. 13, 2012
    "I am a pro because it brings justice to the families that have lost a loved one."
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  • -1 +15 -16 Lil' C Feb. 10, 2012
    "i think that the death penalty is good because it is just sad to watch familys go through from their loss and then realize that the killer was either just sentenced to 20 years in jail and they then hope and pray that the killer wont escape and come after them, or the killer was set free and they flip out and flee the country or even kill each other!! who knows what they would to to just get away from him/her!! its just sad! read about Cary Ann's Death or Polly Klaas's death and what made her dad changes his mind about his feelings to the death penalty! they both almost made me cry!"
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  • -1 +14 -15 baptist Feb. 9, 2012
    "i think they should be sentenced to an death penalty for what they have done and with them just staying in jail for a few months or days and get out lik they are all fint what im saying they dont have a problem but they do so they need to get put in the death peanalty seat and i hope u can under stand this about what im trying to say cause u dont want to get hurt if u have family out there and u jst get hurt beacuse of that one person tht u didnt put into the death penalty and thx for having to listen to my commet"
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  • -1 +15 -16 Robert Jan. 9, 2012
    "How many innocent lives should be risked to save one criminal?"
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  • -1 +28 -29 Abigail Jan. 2, 2012
    "The death penalty should be used in every state. All you people that say "when we kill them, we become the killers ourselves and aren't any better than them," well I have news for you. You can go on living your little cozy lives with nothing to worry about, but I strongly believe that if you kill or rape or assault someone, that you don't deserve life. Life is a priveledge and if you feel like you have the power to screw up someone else's well then you deserve to hang from a rope. You people that defend these scums are just as bad, especially you Jessica, you want to pay to have a murderer live in comfort, with the possiblity that he could break out of jail?! You people are such softies, reality is cruel people, get used to it."
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    • +1 +1 0 Abigail Jan. 19, 2012
      "I'm not a Christian, and I do practice what I preach. Do you think that the people in Ancient Egypt had electricity to electrocute someone to death. And by the way, some states still use hanging as an execution option."
    • -1 0 -1 ninjapenguin Feb. 4, 2012
      "Sorry to rain on your parade. And also, I do know that some states use hanging as an execution option, but it is by no means instantaneous."
    • -4 0 -4 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "Not to be rude, but practice what you preach. Christian kids learn from a very young age that life is a gift, not a privilege. Also, I hate people talking about how people hang as the death penalty. That is considered a "cruel and unusual punishment" and the death penalty should be considered one, too."
  • -1 +16 -17 Arthur Androyna Dec. 29, 2011
    "I have glanced at some of the comments people make against the death penalty; eye for an eye makes the world blind? No it doesnt,it makes the predator look out of one eye as the victim has to. The other one about killing a killer makes us a killer also is ludicrous. Killing a killer is eliminating the possibility of numerous innocents being killed either physically or emotionally. Wake up people; laws are in place to protect the whole of society. Appreciate your freedom and protection rather than crying about a dirt bag who only cares about themselves."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Christina Jan. 30, 2012
      "Since you're so concerned about 'eliminating the possibility of numerous innocents being killed,' let me tell you this. Numerous innocent lives were ended in the past due to false accusation, false witnessing, errors in investigation, errors in forensic research, errors in paperwork, and many other mistakes human beings may make. What about them? They are innocent too. If you kill them, they aren't getting 'freedom and protection.'"
  • -1 +30 -31 rab Nov. 21, 2011
    "Abolitionists may say the death penalty is immoral because governments should never take a human life. But that is an article of faith, not of fact. The death penalty does not treat a human as an animal; it honors human dignity by treating the defendant as a free moral person able to control his own destiny. The death penalty celebrates the pride of the humans whose lives were ended by the defendant's predation."
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  • -1 +35 -36 Dylan Mathews Nov. 17, 2011
    "THE DEATH PENALTY IS VERY GOOD BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO KILL SHOULD DEFINETLY DIE A HORIBLE SLOW DEATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    • +8 +8 0 juanito Feb. 7, 2012
      "HAHA NICE ONE :D"
    • 0 +3 -3 E Jan. 28, 2012
      "If you had done your reaserch you would know that the death penelty is a realitivly quick/painless process most of the time."
    • -2 +2 -4 Dylan J. Jan. 23, 2012
      "Haha, hypocritical much? so then we're doing the same thing they did. What does that make us? Good murderers?"
    • -3 +1 -4 Drew Jan. 29, 2012
      "I'm pro Death Penalty to, but for them to die horribly and slowly would be just a little cruel and unusual don't you think??"
  • -1 +28 -29 Hayden Oct. 26, 2011
    "Treat others how you'd want to be treated."
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  • -1 +29 -30 Brittany Oct. 9, 2011
    "I think that people who are insane enough to go out and kill innocents, who are SO messed up in the head that they feel NO remorse, should NOT be given a BOX to live in, let alone a jail cell. We have every right to end the lives of those who are under the impression that they can do the same to others. Was anyone complaining when they killed Gacy? Or Bundy? No. They weren't. So why is it a big deal if a murderer is removed from the system? There is a high chance of repeat offfenders for rapists or killers. Why should we even give them the option? At least WE'RE humane about it- we numb them first. They sure don't do that for their victims. They should die the same way their victims did. But they get a series of painless shots, and their life is over. Ten short minutes. That's it. It isn't drawn out, and they feel nothing. I'm sure the families of the victim wish it was more painful. I sure do."
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  • -1 +21 -22 tserroF snikneJ Oct. 4, 2011
    "people need to die in order for a society with less entropy and human error to flourish."
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  • -1 +25 -26 nevaeh Sep. 28, 2011
    "My bother killed two people in his life, people that shouldn't have died over any stupid fact but they did, he's in there for life but i wished he would get the death penalty, the girl was 16 years old, as old as i am, she had a life and her took it, the boy was 18 and was going to college and he was going to make something of him but my bother took there lives for something so dumb and now all i think about is the night i saw them die, no body should ever go threw that. Thats why i choose death penalty."
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    • +3 +3 0 Daniel Nov. 28, 2011
      "If this story is true (hey, you never know if people online are who they say they are), then I am really sorry for what you had to go through. It would be so difficult to watch someone in your own family do something so awful. I'm glad you understand that people like your brother need to be justly dealt with, no matter what kind of attachment to him you may feel."
    • +2 +2 0 Brittany Oct. 9, 2011
      "I support your decision. I am truly sorry for the pain you have suffered, and I hope you will find a way to be even better than what you have seen. Good luck to you."
    • 0 0 0 Just an opinion Jun. 9, 2013
      "@ ninjapenguin
      It isn't cold-blooded. It is wise and reasonable. This person is willing to let their blood-brother die for his cruel crime. They aren't blinded by their love for their brother. This person has reached a point of thought that you'll never reach. Oh and just in case you think I'm talking off of some religion, I'm not."
    • -5 0 -5 ninjapenguin Jan. 17, 2012
      "Who else thinks this is cold-blooded? I know that you must have loved your brother, and I'm sorry for the loss, but I can't get over the fact that you are/were willing to let your brother die because of his choices."
  • -1 +34 -35 zelina Sep. 21, 2011
    "i am pro. there are some murderers who are granted parole and they kill again, there are some murderers doing life, and they kill other inmates & guards. killers need to be killed to make our society safer."
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  • -1 +31 -32 joe Sep. 19, 2011
    "serial killers cannot be reformed. life is not all rainbows and butterflies. taxpayers shouldn't pay for their care either."
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    • +1 +1 0 Just an opinion Jun. 9, 2013
      "To the first commenter, most of them won't change. And if they do, they won't be able to live a normal life, anyway. No one would trust them, and they would live knowing their hands are permanently stained with human blood. They would be punished even worse than what they inflicted..."
    • -2 0 -2 ... second chances! Jan. 17, 2012
      "who says that they can't change? perhaps they were mentally unstable or mentally retarded"
  • -1 +27 -28 Random Someone Sep. 15, 2011
    "there's a line crossed where life or not you're a DANGER to inmates or visitors or cops or anyone else"
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  • -2 +2 -4 tyler adkins Mar. 26, 2014
    "if your murican enough to kill somebody then you should be murican enough to get killed by somebody."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Beth Dec. 19, 2013
    "I object to the death penalty as it exists because the practice of lethal injection - the ONLY method now legal - uses drugs made in other countries which threaten to embargo them. Is it worth it to doom about 10% of the 2% of the population who have epilepsy which is ONLY treatable by phenobarbital? Hanging, firing squad, gas, or other means are possible - they should be used. AND, those who convicted and sentenced the person should watch, as should others. What sort of deterrent is done in private? Lethal injection is NOT always more humane!"
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  • -2 +2 -4 anon Dec. 4, 2013
    "i am a pro because the death penalty doesnt punish people for killing it punishes people for murder. an eye for an eye and life for a life. people who kill shouldnt get a chance to kill again"
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    • -1 0 -1 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "no, but they should get the chance to think about what they did and suffer the consequences... and killers kill with the known fact that they will be caught, sooner or later, and will most likely receive death penalty.. so they get used to the idea.. why should they get what they want? oh wait, they shouldnt"
  • -2 +3 -5 david Nov. 30, 2013
    "I think CHILD MOLESTERS should get the DEATH PENALTY, And also killers. I think the movie Law Abiding Citizen had the right idea."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Becca Nov. 18, 2013
    "Sometimes one person needs to give up their life, in order to save millions of others'."
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    • +1 +2 -1 John smith Nov. 20, 2013
      "That is the most disturbing,inconsiderate thing I have ever heard.Not one life should be saved if one life has to be lost!"
    • 0 +1 -1 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "even if they're innocent?"
  • -2 +4 -6 sidney skaggs Nov. 7, 2013
    "I am pro because God ordained the death penalty to protect the innocent by punishing the Guilty. In Romans 6:23 it is stated "For the wages of sin is death, But the gift of God is Eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." To me this leaves only two options. One: turn your life over to Christ, and be forgiven for your sins, or Two: die the death that awaits you. I do not believe that my life is more valuable than some other persons, because i believe that God created us all. I am a sinner, But i have turned my life over to God. Thus i am forgiven. The only thing that God didn't create was sin. Man did that one, with satans help of course. we are all fallen, we are all sinners, but the only way to avoid the death penalty is to turn your life over to God. You wanna know why? Because if you turn your life over to God your not going to go around murdering, raping, stealing, you are gonna try your hardest to live a life pleasing to God that way you can go to Heaven."
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  • -2 +3 -5 Jace the Anonomous Oct. 28, 2013
    "No matter which side you choose it doesn't matter. they commited the crime and the government will still sentence them the Death Penalty. They shoud rot in prison for what they did but theyre never gonna regret it. They commited that crime for their own pleasure. I shoud know. One of my distant relatives was a coldblooded killer by the name of Carlo Gambino. I hate him for what he did but did he regret what he did? of course not. No matter if they get the death penalty or rot in prison or a psychward theyre always gonna be happy with their discision."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Daniel Sep. 18, 2013
    "Giving someone a life sentence is actually worse to do then ending their life."
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  • -2 +2 -4 Star Jul. 26, 2013
    "I believe all the bleeding hearts who want the serial killers and child molesters to live then they can pay for them to live in prison for life. And when I mean child molesters I don't mean some drunk guy peeing outside or an 18 year old sleeping with a 16 year old."
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  • -2 +5 -7 noneurdamnbusiness Apr. 23, 2013
    "im for the death penalty because if the person that committed such a horrible crime, deserves to feel the same way the person or animal, that he did it to."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Government Student Apr. 22, 2013
    "Simple : If they feel they can take a life in sane mind. Then they should not be able to live in our society."
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  • -2 +7 -9 Tom Mar. 31, 2013
    "They say killing someone who killed is wrong or immoral. But if they can do it to someone else why cant it be done to them? Im a strict Libertarian but support the death penalty. It is cheaper than taxpayers having to pay for their meals while they sit in prison for their life. And keeps them off the streets to do it again."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Garantula4 Feb. 14, 2013
    "Some people don't deserve to keep livivng"
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  • -2 +9 -11 Dylan Jan. 23, 2013
    ""I think it should be aloud because that person killed someone.
    and the person they killed wont see another day so why should they. we have tried to rehabilitate them but we failed. all they are going to do is kill kill and kill again. so at the end of the day we have saved more lives than we took.""
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  • -2 +9 -11 Brandon May. 8, 2012
    "I believe that there should be a death penalty, but only for murderers. If there is no doubt that the defendant committed the crime, they should be put to death."
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  • -2 +13 -15 tova May. 3, 2012
    "if that person chose to take some ones life why should the tax payer pay for that person to live in jail its ubserd. They already pay for my education, and my school goes with out a lot of supplies . They are paying for a killer who dosnt value somones life then why should we value theres.but also they do have their rights but on that same note the person they killed or harmed had theres so take that into consideration on how you make the decision on wether the death penalty should be alowed"
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  • -2 +12 -14 Anon. Bible REader May. 2, 2012
    "Just for all of those quoting the Bible against the death penalty. Genesis 9:6 " Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.""
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    • 0 +1 -1 Dan Sep. 12, 2012
      "Check the context before you post these! Genesis 9:6 is part of God's covenant with Noah and his sons; it cannot be universally applied. Further, it was a declaration that murderers would receive their due, not an endorsement of or a commandment regarding capital punishment."
  • -2 +15 -17 Demere Apr. 25, 2012
    "Yes because shouldnt be able to take another human being life and get to live yours.."
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  • -2 +18 -20 Neil Wayne Oct. 6, 2011
    ""What do you do when there is an evil that you cannot destroy by just means? Do you stain your hand with evil to destroy evil? Or do you remain steadfast and just even though it means surrendering to evil.""
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  • -2 +34 -36 blair Jun. 3, 2011
    "i think yes because if people murder a couple people they shouldnt deserve to be living and if the punishment is bad they should get the death penalty"
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  • -3 +4 -7 kristi Mar. 3, 2014
    "I do not believe the death penalty is ethical. Every person has the right to live no matter what their crime, even if they don't want to retain that right"
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  • -3 +5 -8 lepasserbyarmy Nov. 22, 2013
    "yes we should have death penalty cause a body for a body am i right?"
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    • -1 0 -1 krystal Jan. 9, 2014
      "no"
  • -3 +3 -6 Syd Nov. 2, 2013
    "Some people who comment in the "con" sections really don't understand that not everyone is going to believe in god or the bible. America was supposed to be a place where religion is something you choose to believe in for YOURSELF this does not mean everyone will agree with you. So therefore, in my eyes any argument to do with religion might as well be invalid."
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    • -1 0 -1 Beth Dec. 19, 2013
      "There are plenty of both pro and con arguments on the death penalty which are purely secular. If religion runs the government, you get something like Afghanistan. The Bible or Koran prescribe the death penalty for everything from being an unruly child to murder. Let's use a 21st century civilized legal code."
  • -3 +3 -6 Brit Sep. 15, 2013
    "Whatever someone does to me i would want to do it righg back to make them feel the same pain!"
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  • -3 +4 -7 Like it up! Anony Sep. 9, 2013
    "I get that killing a person that killed the person has the same affect. But someone that has killed someone (more than some), abducted someone, etc., has no right to live in our world. Life in prison? You are just wasting your tax money for some psychopath. I say legalize it, but only for EXTREME measures. Like Abductions, and Murders, Serial killers. The messed up psychos in this world deserve to die."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Brandon stoker Jun. 18, 2013
    "i think it should be legal and verys on the punishent like if you kill a small child i think they should beaten to death by a toy of the childs. but that just me."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Danl Apr. 25, 2013
    "The fact that people are bringing Christianity into this is disgusting. Just because people consider us to be a "Christian Nation", which we are not by the way, doesn't mean that we should base our laws after Christian beliefs. Some crimes are just so heinous that there must be a consequence of death. Any crime where a child is a victim (rape, murder, torture, etc.) should be a crime punishable by death. Mass murders (Sandy Hook, Columbine, Boston Bombings, etc.) should be a nice quick ride to the front of the line. People say "You are trying to play GOD and that is not right." By killing someone, the person decided that they wanted to play GOD. They deserve to die. This person who planted the Boston bombs needs to be put down like a dog."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Allen Apr. 24, 2013
    "Yes it should be allowed because what if that person gets out of jail and does it again."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Thomas-Technologies Feb. 7, 2013
    "I think it should be allowed because if someone kills anyone, they should be killed. They cant put someone back to life. There isnt enough room for prisoners in other prisons."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Chloe Jan. 29, 2013
    "I believe that the death penalty should only be offered to those who have serious crimes against them. In instances such as the death of the students and teachers of Newtown Elementary, low lifes such as that should be put to death as soon as possible. But if you are sentensed to death for abusing drugs I would be a little concerned."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Samantha. Jan. 29, 2013
    "The death penalty should be allowed for many reasons. One main reason is that if you commit a crime that is worthy of the death penalty, then you deserve it. It's like an eye for an eye. If you kill someone out of hatred, or even due to a mental disabilitie, then you still deserve the death penalty."
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  • -3 +8 -11 Samuel Dec. 7, 2012
    "If justice was utilized according to its purpose and our country's application of it wasn't so corrupt through greed, racism, and bribery, the death penalty would serve as God's instrument to preserve a moral society, maintaining the safest environment for us to dwell as humans. What's the purpose of having laws when there's no proper administration of punishment? It is only in ignorance that Christians use the "thou shalt not kill" commandment out of it's intended context. The proper translation is not to commit "murder", when there is no justifiable cause/provocation, which has nothing to do with the government's responsibility to serve as "ministers" of justice when humans behave in a manner worse than animals in killing each other needlessly and without a validated purpose according to our laws. When a dog or any animal turns on it's owner or family and that attack ends in the death of a human, don't we administer the proper response by killing them? However, we have a society where men (and women) have degraded themselves to an even lower standard in their behavior through the brutal and merciless killing of innocent women and children, and all we resolve to do is put them in a cage?"
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  • -3 +12 -15 lasteveian May. 8, 2012
    "i am a pro because i feel that the people who kidnapp, murder, rape, molest should die. i was a victim and nothing even happened to the person that raped me. but i think he deserves to die because he rapes young girls and gets away with it, and thats not fair to me. he deserves to be punished not free with other litlle girls that he can prey on IT'S SIMPLY NOT RIGHT"
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  • -3 +8 -11 Tim D May. 8, 2012
    "I think the death penalty should only be used when someone murders a lot of people or if they show no signs of rehabilitation after their prison sentence."
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  • -3 +32 -35 Sydney Nov. 30, 2011
    "I believe that the death penalty shouldn't be enforced. I believe that although they may have killed or raped someone, they themselves shouldn't be killed. Our constitiution states that everyone has the right to live. so it shouldn't matter what they've done. we just need to find other ways to punish them, that don't include killing them off or putting them in jail for the rest of their lives, only because that is a waste of tax money."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Person Jan. 6, 2012
      "You are on the wrong side lady. The word pro means for and you are against the death penalty. But you know, I bet if someone raped you you wouldn't feel the same way about this issue."
  • -4 +1 -5 Tom C. Jul. 23, 2013
    "When someone gradually goes through the process, of making an individual realize that his/her life is going to be taken away, because of a violent act, then we can only imagine what the victim went through mentally. When the culprit of the killing is sentenced to death, it's not the finalization of death, that balances out the ordeal. It's the time element in leading up to it. In all probability, the mental anguish involved of knowing your final breath is about to be taken, is when vindication and justice takes place. This is why I am totally for capital punishment. However, I do believe that the evidence has to be overwhelming to a certain extent. Have the murderer experience total chaos and worry in his/her head prior to execution. After all, that is what he/she rendered to the victim - a horrific end to one's life."
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  • -4 +4 -8 MeowCat Apr. 10, 2013
    "Spend rest of life in jail < Die"
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  • -5 +4 -9 Christopher N. Apr. 11, 2013
    "I am Neutral I think they should have a choose"
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