Last updated on: 3/27/2017 12:53:16 PM PST


Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?


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  • +82 +144 -62 Enter Clever Name Apr. 18, 2017
    "Does no one on the con side understand the difference between a murderer and a killer?! Everyone is saying "Oh if you kill the murderer than you are the murderer.". The executioner is not murdering someone when he/she does their job. The executioner is simply killing not murdering. Killing is taking ones life.
    Murdering is taking ones life without a lawful cause.
    People read what you are typing. If you're telling me that killing is wrong then I want to see what you do when an intruder breaks into your homes and threatens to hurt your family. Are you guys just going to go "Welp, killings bad yeh, so better take our lives so we can go fly to heaven and be all jolly there." Think people."
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    • +5 +10 -5 Mitchell Feb. 22, 2018
      "I know right and its not like they are shooting them they are just giving them a lethal injection"
    • -2 +4 -6 hades Mar. 6, 2018
      "that is a different scenario. if someone comes into your house and threatens you, and family, you can use as much force require until said threat is subdued. you are using self defense in that scenario."
    • -3 +2 -5 anonymous Oct. 13, 2018
      "When an intruder enters your house and they are a threat it is an act of self defense to hurt/ wound/ or even sometimes kill them... Unlike when a person has been caught and can be brought to justice like for example serving time in prison is more effeciant than killing the criminal."
    • -3 +2 -5 A 14 year old girl Jun. 28, 2018
      "tell me if one of your family members that you care deeply for murdered someone and got the death penalty your telling me that you'd be completely fine with it So yes the murderer kills and innocent person and the family is affected but the family of the murderer is also affected.so does one family matter more than the other Everyone says that the death penalty protects lives and it is just but really the death penalty is just plain revenge but very few people will admit that because that's their deep down feeling so we would much rather justify it by saying it is right and were protecting others, but really it's just for ourselves so you kill the murderer, what good does it do you your family member or your friend don't magically come back to life Death is final and more death doesn't justify it Also the death penalty really isn't needed because if the government actually used something called their brain they would realize that you can sentence them to life in jail now I know "they can get someone to do the killing for them outside of jail" but how can they reach anyone if they are on a deserted Island with no one around and the only way you could get there is by plane the death penalty is biased and based completely on revenge."
    • -4 +1 -5 Andrea Nov. 6, 2018
      "okay. but it is wrong. you shouldn't stoop so low and be like them when you can be better then them!"
  • +45 +58 -13 Dikeli Jul. 6, 2018
    "My opinion is that death penalty should be legalized. Specially, nowadays, in the modern contemporary societies, where crime rates are increasing at an unstoppable rate. Now, even though having the complete knowledge that crime is illegal and can be severely punished,people don't hesitate to kill, rape, steal and so on. Till when shall we continue to bear those horrible and monstrous criminals that commit so easily without giving a second thought to either the victims or their families and still, how many of them are able to escape so easily and live a free life. Shall we continue to accept this injustice ? And, what about those psychopaths and serial killers? Should they really be given a second chance? Do they really deserve it?
    People do no longer respect and abide by the society's rules. They do not have the fear of facing consequences. They are being given freedom and forgiveness so easily. They are taking the laws and judiciary for fun. Hence, death penalty will establish that fear and even though if its a fear, at least some fatal crimes will be reduced. Sometimes, as we cannot always extinguish fire with water, we have to make use of fire itself."
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    • +1 +1 0 Sam Jul. 15, 2018
      "That is true but how about in the future? In the future, people will start to commit crimes like cyberhacking and checking out people's information than would the Death Penalty be useful till then?"
    • 0 +1 -1 Dikeli Jul. 17, 2018
      "Sam, that is a reply to you. Well, that is true that cyber hacking will rise in the near future, but, death penalty cannot be used for such misdemeanors . Hacking and stealing information are crimes but are not as serious as murder or rapes. However , if there are similarly such serious cyber crimes that arise, then death penalty should be an equal punishment to those using technology to commit crimes. It will undoubtedly still be useful."
  • +33 +73 -40 Opposer Apr. 24, 2017
    "Without the death penalty, all the murderers would need a life sentence. This means that a huge quantity of American tax payers' money will go to feeding and housing the murderers their whole lifetime. Even if the murderers' can shorten their sentence and eventually get out of jail with hard work, reducing one's penalty requires time. In addition, death penalties could exist while having the criminals work to reduce their penalties. If you need food and a place to live in, kill someone! That'll provide you a whole lifetime of food and housing."
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    • +2 +4 -2 Anonomous Jan. 25, 2018
      "The department of justice says it costs them more to execute then to imprison"
    • 0 0 0 Anonymous Dec. 13, 2018
      "The trial for someone on death row alone costs more money to do than it will ever cost to keep that criminal in prison for life. It costs around 90,000 dollars to keep them in jail for life. The trial alone costs 1.26 million dollars."
  • +29 +64 -35 Silver the killer Apr. 11, 2017
    "If one person that killed thousands is killed than you just saved possible victims of the next killing spree"
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    • 0 0 0 YA BOI Dec. 3, 2018
      "THAT IS VERY TRUE"
    • -6 +2 -8 Jam'n'Jelly Feb. 20, 2018
      "I disagree if you kill them you are now a killer. Plus we can do the same thing by giving them a life sentence, then we don't create any more killers, and we keep the peoples of our country safe."
  • +20 +58 -38 Norm Apr. 29, 2017
    "We can not continue to save and pay for murders, rapist, and distroyers of the modern world"
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  • +19 +27 -8 Gahge Mar. 1, 2018
    "I think that yes, the death penalty should be allowed, BUT, to an extent. The extents being
    -- Rape of child (18 or under)
    -- Genocide ( murder of more than one person)
    -- Murder of a child
    -- Kidnapping for over a year
    -- Torture of any kind
    And i'm not the only to agree with this even our president Donald trump agreed with this statement. "The death penalty. It should be brought back and it should be brought back strong... They say it's not a deterrent. Well, you know what, maybe it's not a deterrent but these two [men convicted of killing two police officers in Hattiesburg, MS] will not do any more killing. That's for sure." - Donald J Trump"
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    • 0 0 0 emily Sep. 26, 2018
      "i agree to an extent to the kidnapping it should be of any kind under a year but i loved your stament"
  • +19 +38 -19 Laura Aug. 4, 2017
    "The death penalty should be used more often to not only protect the lives of future victims, but to free up tax payer dollars that can be put to a better use rather than housing and feeding a remorseless, hardened criminal. Statistics show that offenders in prison will often commit a more heinous crime after they are released due to the abuse and dehumanization they are subjected to while serving their sentences. Also, our justice system does not adequately sentence criminals for the crimes they commit. Our most vulnerable members of society are our children, especially babies. For months and months of abuse, torture, and rape inflicted on these innocent souls by the very people who are meant to love and protect them, offenders will often serve less than 20 years. Some even get away with only probation. Once free, they start the cycle again. Why not nip this problem in the bud before more innocent people have to suffer the actions of selfish and cruel individuals? Perhaps crime rates will even go down once criminals are afraid of losing the only thing they care about; themselves."
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  • +19 +55 -36 John Dobres Apr. 24, 2017
    "They should die because they took a life away for someone."
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    • 0 0 0 none Aug. 20, 2018
      "but what if it is a mistake what if they regret it and then you take their life that will never make it right you cant always be fair."
    • 0 +1 -1 JASONBOIIII Mar. 1, 2018
      "but what if they didnt want to kill someone but something in them did?"
  • +16 +35 -19 John Dobres Mar. 17, 2017
    "They wanted someone to die so they should get it returned."
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  • +15 +40 -25 NAV Nov. 20, 2017
    "I think Death Penalty should be brought back If someone kills someone they should die SIMPLE"
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  • +14 +32 -18 Catherine Person Feb. 22, 2017
    "This is insane. How barbaric are we to let monsters prey on more victims? It is inhuman to keep monsters in cages, feeding them precious food that could be given to 'less lethal' inmates, or even better, children struggling to keep afloat above the shouting and chaos of life's demand. Are we just as guilty letting some monster live, while an innocent child, maybe even a whole family, awaits six feet underground, hoping for someone to redeem what has been done to them. As said a long time ago, "An eye for an eye." It doesn't mean that rape is answered with rape, but the same thought trails behind it. If I were to be completely honest, this practice is a bit barbaric, but it is something that would be a drain on our economy if removed from today's society. Thank you, and have a wonderful day, everyone!"
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    • 0 0 0 A 14 year old girl Jun. 28, 2018
      "Are we just as guilty as having blood on our hands also? don't we become killers ourselves? you can't kill someone because they killed someone. Aren't we just as bad hiding behind the words justice, and closure? when truly what it is is pure revenge. it is inhumane to allow killing to be done, just as it is inhumane to kill because the person killed. killing shouldn't be resolved with more killing. you can't honestly tell me that if your kids or your mom or any loved one got the death penalty you'd be fine. one family should not matter more than the other."
  • +11 +35 -24 Austin Sep. 27, 2017
    "Golden Rule"
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  • +11 +31 -20 Hugh Mann Apr. 18, 2017
    "If we wish to make them suffer than we should just put them in a room give them a gun and make them shoot their own self. This will inflict mental pain on them and surely they will regret what they've done. That's suffering for you even if it's the last minutes of their pathetic life, it'll be more suffering than years of prison in my opinion."
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    • +4 +4 0 Ethan Sep. 7, 2017
      "or save time and money and put 20 cents worth of lead in them yourself"
  • +11 +32 -21 John Dobres Mar. 21, 2017
    "People kills someone because they don't want to live."
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  • +8 +33 -25 Silk Jan. 20, 2017
    "Yes, but only for the most gruesome murders and extreme crimes."
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    • -1 0 -1 Mast Aug. 23, 2018
      "definitely"
    • -3 0 -3 josh Dec. 18, 2017
      "true"
    • -3 +1 -4 zech Dec. 1, 2017
      "truth"
  • +7 +27 -20 Both ways Apr. 12, 2017
    "I go both ways here."
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    • -1 0 -1 Random Aug. 26, 2018
      "Me too. Me too."
  • +6 +8 -2 Hella bored Sep. 20, 2018
    "I am a junior in highschool who has to do a persuasive essay as homework I'm hella bored so I'm writing this, I don't know if it should be allowed I think it depends on how bad the crime is and it shouldn't be allowed till the person is without a doubt guilty"
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  • +5 +14 -9 luke Jan. 17, 2018
    "an eye for an eye"
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  • +5 +22 -17 Eva Nov. 19, 2017
    "If we put them in prison, they can kill cops and even escape and kill more innocent people."
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    • 0 0 0 Sophia Dec. 4, 2018
      "There is a slim chance that the person might escape. Even if they escaped they were caught once they will be caught again."
    • -1 0 -1 Andrea Nov. 6, 2018
      "Well if you have good security and good cops then there is no chance of them escaping! It is not okay no matter what any of you say I will never change my mind."
  • +5 +22 -17 Micheal Oct. 9, 2017
    "As a father I like it more when I see these bad men off the streets and killed. I worry everyday because I live in the inner city of Detroit where men kill men everyday. It brings tears to my eyes when I see these murderers unharmed and not punished."
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    • +1 +1 0 11 year old Aug. 20, 2018
      "what if it was you. you had a life children too how would it feel"
  • +5 +47 -42 Error 404 Apr. 20, 2017
    "People if you want them to suffer why keep them alive in jail? Just kill them off and let them suffer in Hell."
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    • 0 0 0 Someone Dec. 5, 2018
      "Exactly"
    • 0 +2 -2 Someone Feb. 12, 2018
      "Living in Jail is one thousand times worse. Why let them get away with something by killing them."
    • -2 +2 -4 Chile Mar. 23, 2018
      "Death is too quick. They deserve to suffer until their dying days in jail."
  • +4 +24 -20 Emily Apr. 3, 2017
    "I personally think it depends on the reason for the murder. If it's for protection, it's understandable and the death penalty shouldn't be argued or considered. If someone is murdered out of cold blood, it's a different story. The families and friends that have lost someone dear to them because of a murder, I feel your pain and I understand what that's like. My dad was shot when I was just two years old by a gang member. Now, the actual shooter wasn't arrested, but the one who ordered the shooting was. Maybe the murderer is behind bars now for some other crime, I don't know. But I do know that the man was not put on death row. I wish more than anything that he was. He deserved the same punishment that he bestowed on someone else. My dad's death wasn't an accident, those bullets were meant for him. He wasn't shot just once either, he had multiple gunshot wounds. They really wanted him dead obviously. I miss him so much and even though I barely knew him, I do still have some memories of him so vivid it could have been yesterday instead of 14 years ago. Any of the people who haven't had a loved one murdered don't understand, they have no idea what it's like to lose someone like that. I can only hope he finally gets what he deserves."
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    • 0 0 0 Sam Aug. 21, 2018
      "I think that is a very sad story. I am sorry about your dad..."
  • +3 +5 -2 Ramone Oct. 30, 2018
    "In any case, self-defense is the use of force to withstand against another being to protect what you hold dear to yourself. A majority of people believe that killing is bad but what does that mean for the life of the person who was murdered? Does their life mean nothing now? Are they an object that a child has no use for anymore and just tossed out into the trash? We have to ask these questions because we ourselves don't understand the value of human life. So this argument can both ways, however, I agree that no murderer should be allowed to walk away without paying an equal price for the wrongdoing they had committed along with rapists and other people who do a heinous act."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Isabelle Jul. 16, 2018
    "I think the death penalty should be allowed because it is compensation for what has been lost"
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  • +3 +6 -3 ARES May. 26, 2018
    "Better to kill criminals instead of criminals killing more innocent people."
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  • +3 +11 -8 zack Feb. 6, 2018
    "The death penalty should be neccesary because people rape and kill for no reason and still get to leave"
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  • +3 +11 -8 Mack Jan. 16, 2018
    "The strongest argument in favor of the death penalty is that our constitution allows it, and our form of government allows citizens to determine whether or not it will be employed in the states where they live. In 31 of the 50 states, citizens have determinded that the death penalty should be available as punishment for specific crimes. Despite recent occurances where state legislatures have eliminated the death penalty, EVERY time that question has been put directly to the people, the people have indicated that they want the punishment available. Most recently, in November of 2016 the people of California voted for the FOURTH time since 1978 to have the death penalty, and the people of Nebraska voted to restore it. Media reports of a decline of public support for the death penalty do not refect the will of the people.

    The anti-death penalty movement is disingenuous and uses mis information, partial information and on occassion purposely skewed data in an attempt to reduce puplic support for the death penalty.

    The single biggest reason for a decine in executions is not a lack of public support but rather bias on the part of judges both at both the state, and federal level, who are opposed to the death penalty."
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  • +3 +21 -18 iiii Nov. 9, 2017
    "yes"
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  • +3 +19 -16 Carson V. May. 1, 2017
    "Death penalty should be allowed! Just search of the Oklahoma bombing scene. He killed hundreds of people so it is fair we kill him. (ONE person)"
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  • +3 +19 -16 Hugh Mungus Apr. 18, 2017
    "Some of you cons are telling us that if you were wrongly accused then you'd be dead. Yes this can happen but remember without the death penalty you can still be wrongly accused and as many other of you cons have stated, in prison the justice is not only life but also isolation, rape, and maybe murder. So basically you'd rather live a long life in prison with all of these punishments that I have stated above than rather die?"
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    • 0 0 0 Kearstin Feb. 26, 2018
      "No, "we" wouldn't rather live a long life in prison. We believe living a long life in prison would make them wish they were dead. Suffering is much worse than death, so that's why they we believe the death penalty should not be allowed."
  • +2 +2 0 anonymous Dec. 10, 2018
    "OKAY. So if someone in your family was just murdered, you wouldn't be mad. Ha. Yeah right. I'm sure that if you actually loved your family member that was BRUTALLY MURDERED you would probably be HATING that murderer for taking their life. Tell me I'm not right. You all who believe the death penalty is not good are all such liberals. You con people are basically saying that it's okay if someone murders your family and then be let off the hook. Sure, they can be sentenced to life in prison but who are we kidding plenty of people are able to get out earlier. How would you know if they were actually a changed person? I'm sure you wouldn't want that person back on the streets. Have some empathy GUYS. Where'd your brain go. So your saying that murdering is okay. Also, if the death penalty were allowed, then could-be murderers may remember that they could be killed for murdering others and they may stop themselves from being a blodd thirsty murderer. BOOM. Problem solved. You just saved two lives. DUH."
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    • +1 +1 0 Diksha Dec. 11, 2018
      "Well, i think that was a great reasoning. Obviously, nowadays, these barbaric criminals have become fearless and are committing atrocious acts, hence, the only way is to instill the fear of a death penalty. Thats the only justice that can be given to victims."
  • +2 +3 -1 Someone Dec. 5, 2018
    "For people on the con side think about how many killers that should get the death penalty only get like 2 years in prison after those 2 years are over then say that they have changed but really have not then they get out and kill more people then what do you have to say like what if they killed one of your family members then would you want them to die to so that they can feel your pain?"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Thorgny carlson Oct. 29, 2018
    "With the. trend mass shooting I have found some sats.
    So much so I have changed my opinion to PRO
    It cost more than the cost of living in many states
    No one in this country should pay more for a person
    Than his own family This needs correcting."
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  • +2 +4 -2 John Cena May. 23, 2018
    "I think death penalties should be put out only for the worst of crimes not because of the one death"
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  • +2 +5 -3 RetainDP May. 13, 2018
    "People are worried about a killer, a MURDERER suffering from 10 minutes of pain. What about the victims? The people they killed? It might be "inhumane," but isn't killing people also considered inhumane? These people must have committed a heinous crime to be on the Death Row. They have raped, beaten, suffocated, strangled, drowned, people, and so much more, and people are saying it's not okay to kill them? What has become of America?"
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  • +2 +8 -6 J Apr. 24, 2018
    "If someone thinks it is right to take another life through cold blood then do not deserve to live in a world where we strive to live well"
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  • +2 +4 -2 Sara K Mar. 19, 2018
    "if one givth then one taketh is a good statement cause it explains the meaning of the penalty which is good"
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  • +2 +6 -4 STEM Mar. 17, 2018
    "If someone killed a person you love and the reason is that that person simply liked it, do they deserve to live? I don't think so."
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  • +2 +11 -9 Alyssa G. May. 11, 2017
    ""An eye for an eye...a tooth for a tooth." Why should we let someone so easily off the hook and pay so much in taxes to pay for someone to be fed and sheltered when he/she took a life away from someone's family. It is just immoral."
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    • 0 0 0 Someone Dec. 5, 2018
      "Thank you at least someone gets it."
  • +2 +14 -12 Fatoumata Feb. 8, 2017
    "It's hypocritical"
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  • +2 +11 -9 max Jan. 5, 2017
    "To a certain extent. Depending on the degree of the crime, and the amount of evidence used in the conviction. If you have absolutely proven the person to the crime, and it is to the extent of murder, or worse, then yes of course i support. As long as the jury has concreate evidence, instead of a case where a "wrong place, wrong time" instance would be a possibility, i think this would reduce the amount of innocent people being murdered via death row."
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  • +1 +1 0 Pot Dec. 17, 2018
    "Once they die they'll never commit that crime again"
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  • +1 +1 0 Anon Dec. 13, 2018
    "you say that people have rights to life, and that people have no right to take a life. That may be true to you but not to everyone. If a person dies and the culprit is caught and released or even put in jail for life does that make the victim's life invalid? does that mean the victims family doesn't have a say? do they no longer matter because the man/ woman was caught? i say the family should be consulted and they should decide the murderers fate. Not to mention that the American judicial system is meant to protect the criminals and make life so much worse for people like me. i had my grandfather murdered in front of me when i was 13 years old and the man was caught and let go because the testament of a 13 year old didn't count for anything."
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  • +1 +1 0 Loza Dec. 12, 2018
    "There should be a death penalty in completely solid, in the bag cases. There has to be very solid evidence and absolutely no doubt of guilt. That's how you prevent the death of an innocent."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Nada Oct. 9, 2018
    "It will decreases the amount of murders because who would risk their own life only to take other? Plus it would give people a chance to think about the crime before they commit it. If they have a family they will reconsider in fear of dying them self. A death penalty would also boost the economy. The sentence for death is life in prison. It takes a lot of money to support the prisoners. If you just kill them it would take some money but not as much. Therefore the extra money would contribute to the government. Another reason we should enforce the death penalty is because the ancient civilizations used it. They had a law that said, "An eye for an eye.""
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  • +1 +1 0 Anonymous Sep. 30, 2018
    ""...Then in my opinion capital punishment is more moral and more humane than life imprisonment. Execution kills instantly, life imprisonment kills by degrees. Who is the more humane executioner, one who kills you in a few seconds or one who draws the life out of you incessantly, for years?" -From "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov"
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  • +1 +2 -1 butthole Sep. 27, 2018
    ""I believe mostly that the death penalty serves as a consequence for an action that, by law, is wrong. The law is clear that murder is wrong and if a person knows the consequence of this crime is death and still commits the act, they are foolish. A fool is one who lacks good sense or judgement. I do see the points that the con side brings up about innocence and being hypocritical. But, I feel that to call the executioners hypocrites makes you a hypocrite as well. We are all hypocrites in our own ways. For instance shaming someone for murdering a murderer is like shaming someone for lying to the devil, one who cannot physically tell the truth. I see both sides but I would have to agree with the side that the death row serves as a punishment for something that is unlawful." besides if they live they will be happy and then they might kill someone else then we will have a murder in our country"
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  • +1 +4 -3 Not me Sep. 26, 2018
    "I say yes to the death penalty."
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  • +1 +2 -1 emily Sep. 26, 2018
    "oh my gosh
    knowing someone who has been murdered over a robbery
    he needs to freaking die because its just sad that he is still living and is happy and living life when he gets out of jail there will be a killer in our country we do not need that HELLO! so the guy who killed my bests friends dad should have a death penalty. because he was a loving dad and did not deserve it ."
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    • 0 0 0 :) Sep. 26, 2018
      "oof"
  • +1 +3 -2 kbuf Sep. 14, 2018
    "Yes it should be legal but also illegal people use it in the wrong way."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Silas Aug. 15, 2018
    "I think it should only be enforced for the dangerous criminals who can't be kept in jail and are a threat to other people's lives. If they are in jail and do not try to escape, then it is essentially murder. My opinion
    (not a fact) is that being in jail for the rest of your life is worse than just dying painlessly. I do not think that the death penalty should be abolished, but maybe the government shouldn't be so quick to kill someone because they committed a crime. They should prioritize the criminals as to who is the most dangerous to the public."
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  • +1 +4 -3 ONly grusome crimes May. 21, 2018
    "People that kill other people are ruining lives and by getting rid of the bad lives will be saved."
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  • +1 +4 -3 dude May. 16, 2018
    "yes yes yes"
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    • 0 0 0 kek May. 29, 2018
      "is that a jojo reference"
  • +1 +5 -4 Just A Person May. 12, 2018
    "I'm on both sides. But I'm starting to lean towards that it should be allowed. Think of it this way:

    You get home from school and see your family on the ground dead. Blood is everywhere.

    Wouldn't you want justice for your family? Wouldn't you want the person who did this to be killed?

    However, there is a certain extent to it. If it's an accidental murder like a car accident, then no. The death penalty wouldn't be suitable for that incident. But, if it's a genocide, then yes. They came in with the mindset that they wanted to kill. They were fully aware they were doing it. If they were completely aware of what they were doing, then it's acceptable to kill them."
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    • 0 0 0 boots Sep. 2, 2018
      "killing a killer isn justice- its revenge.
      revenge is not an okay thing to feel, and it is just as bad as killing"
  • +1 +3 -2 Anonymous May. 8, 2018
    "I believe mostly that the death penalty serves as a consequence for an action that, by law, is wrong. The law is clear that murder is wrong and if a person knows the consequence of this crime is death and still commits the act, they are foolish. A fool is one who lacks good sense or judgement. I do see the points that the con side brings up about innocence and being hypocritical. But, I feel that to call the executioners hypocrites makes you a hypocrite as well. We are all hypocrites in our own ways. For instance shaming someone for murdering a murderer is like shaming someone for lying to the devil, one who cannot physically tell the truth. I see both sides but I would have to agree with the side that the death row serves as a punishment for something that is unlawful."
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  • +1 +4 -3 nat May. 1, 2018
    "when someone like the Golden State Killer kills someone, they should be penalized death. they're murdering innocent people. he should be hurt for every person he killed and then killed violently."
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  • +1 +6 -5 rayven and maelinh Apr. 23, 2018
    "if people know that they will be killed for certain crimes they will not commit them if they want to live prison does not make a difference because people will just continue to commit the same crimes because they think prison is not that bad"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Shawn L. Apr. 10, 2018
    ""If someone say that, "death penalty can't deter the murderer because they would not think about the consequence they'll face" and I say "If they don't know consequence when they did the killing, they'll know after they go to the court. If someone need to think the consequence for deterring them to do killing, they might be out of humanity"."
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  • +1 +7 -6 PRO (YES) Mar. 6, 2018
    "we should put them through a vr test where they are put into a virtual supermarket and if they don't do anything bad to anyone they there free to go and if they feel like killing someone then they should get the death penalty"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Brian Mar. 5, 2018
    "I think we should make death penalty legal for all states, but when considering using it, you have to find extended information to furthermore prove the person is guilty and it has to be hard evidence, nothing else."
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  • +1 +5 -4 HJ Feb. 22, 2018
    "Yes, I think if you decide that you are going to kill someone and take away someone's mom or dad or sister, then you deserve to die, too."
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  • +1 +8 -7 McDonnel W. Feb. 13, 2018
    "i think the death penalty should not be brought back.
    And sadly that's my real name. :("
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  • +1 +8 -7 Luke Feb. 12, 2018
    "It depends what was done. You can't just say that the death penalty should be allowed and not give the purpose."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Sudipto Feb. 9, 2018
    "YES of course it should be allowed, 1st of all if it is clearly established that the murder is done by the accused there should be no defense mechanism to work for him/her and he/she must pay for his doings. Once a murderer is always a murderer there is no going back. and why people somehow starts sympathizing with the murderer and completely forgets about the victim who has actually met intentional tragedy caused by the murderer."
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  • +1 +11 -10 Jimmy Jan. 23, 2018
    "A major premise of most of the people in these comments is that killing a person makes you a murderer. However, the consequences of a code of ethics that may realistically apply to an individual cannot realistically apply to a society as a whole. In America's Constitutional Republic, we elect leaders who vote for or against the death penalty. If they vote for it, does that make them murderers? Does that make all of the people who voted for them murderers? As "Enter Clever Name" said in their comment, murdering is killing without lawful cause, killing is execution lawfully sanctioned. Some people view crime as a result of a psychological or biological factor that isn't controlled by the perpetrator, but it is more realistically generally a rational decision based off a cause/effect way of thinking. People do have a choice, they control their own actions, and if they choose to kill someone, the consequence of their action (which is determined by the society) is the repression of their autonomy and possibly death."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Hector Jan. 23, 2018
    "When someone is murdered, a family feels mixed feelings, the most being hatred. They want revenge for what has happened to their family, and the death penalty is the perfect way to fulfill their hatred."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Missy Jan. 22, 2018
    "killing them is a good thing they can burn in hell god can punish them because they don't deserve to live."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Kris Dec. 20, 2017
    "Many people say it's so victims/victim families can find peace. If your peace relies upon the death of another human being, then I can not agree with you, but there are cases that need this sentence. People who just want to watch the world burn, those who refuse to see the errors in their ways and would do it again. Give the sentence to those who do not care about the pain they bring about."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Marvin B. Dec. 13, 2017
    "It should, because it makes criminals fear death and plead guilty in hopes of surviving."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Andreas Dec. 7, 2017
    "By replacing the death sentence with life imprisonment, the government will not only spend money on living space, but more prisons may need to be created to house more inmates."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Zap Nov. 7, 2017
    "I agree to death prnalty because if there was death penalty ther would be less murder rape etc. in thr place the death penalty is reasonable after all we cant just let killers live because they might escape prison and kill more people and if thers death penalty we can keep the public safe"
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  • +1 +12 -11 Bob Sep. 26, 2017
    "If a person kills 1 or more people their life should be taken for killing another"
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 29, 2017
      "This was written by me and I also liked it."
  • +1 +16 -15 unknown Sep. 14, 2017
    "Death penalty=good"
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  • +1 +14 -13 Lapis Bro Sep. 8, 2017
    "People who kill other people should be heald accounted for their crime. Its just not right."
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  • +1 +12 -11 john Aug. 24, 2017
    "bring back the hanging at the court house on saturdays and the crime will drop"
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  • +1 +13 -12 Annabeth Aug. 22, 2017
    "If the death penalty is reinstated people will be afraid to commit crimes
    It's logic ....????"
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  • +1 +10 -9 andrea Aug. 9, 2017
    "in my opinion , it should be allowed . in the bible , GOD says LIFE FOR LIFE . I AM NOT SAYING I AM GOD AND i can kill anyone it is just complicated ."
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  • +1 +10 -9 paranoid4goodreason Jul. 26, 2017
    "Yes, because who knows if they do it again, either out of spite or not, not everyone learns their lessons. Forgive but do not forget, because if you make a mistake, the blood of the person's next victims after being set free are on the government's hands."
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  • +1 +12 -11 jesiel Jul. 12, 2017
    "the death penalty should be allowed in all states"
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  • +1 +12 -11 anonymous Jul. 6, 2017
    "it is cheap as they don't need facilities in prison"
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    • 0 0 0 boots Sep. 2, 2018
      "it costs millions of dollars to administer the capital punishment"
  • +1 +12 -11 JEFFERY COYM Jun. 6, 2017
    "When people that are found guilty of killing they need to be killed the same way that they killed !!! When the court spare their life when they go to jail for the rest of there life is a waste of tax payers money that like a slap on the hand they are just taking up good space. They need to kill the people !!! If it was up to me I would kill them."
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  • +1 +11 -10 TheAwesomeTheCool Jun. 2, 2017
    "Yes, we should have death penalties because if 1person kills another person then the killer should be killed."
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  • +1 +12 -11 Bob May. 30, 2017
    "In a hypothetical situation, a mass murderer that had been in prison for a decade was on a transport bus through his town, or section of the city where he's most familiar. A car crashes into the bus, just barely tipping it over so it rests on its side. The driver, thankfully uninjured brings the murderer out of the bus to wait for a squad car and ambulance to pick them both up, because the other cop in the bus had been knocked unconscious. A well-placed kick, and the murderer escapes. He knows the town so he heads to a friend's house. Said friend breaks the handcuffs, and lets the murderer go without a word to the police. Had there been a death penalty at the time of the trial, the murderer wouldn't be on the loose."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Kam May. 17, 2017
    "The people currently on death row have murdered more than 1,000 people, of those 229 were children, 43 were peace officers, and 294 of the victims were sexually assaulted and tortured. How would you feel if these people escaped and were back into society. Their next target may be you or someone you know."
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  • +1 +11 -10 Smart May. 17, 2017
    "Yes, killing is morally wrong, but if that is the only way to save hundreds of people, then I won't complain. If we could find a better, more human way, than I'm against the Death Penalty"
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    • 0 0 0 Eric M. May. 19, 2017
      "Would you be open to life without parole?"
  • +1 +16 -15 Ben V May. 16, 2017
    "For everyone that doesn't think that the death penalty is good because it kills people, well you're wrong. Is arresting someone kidnapping them? Is killing someone in war murder? You can say they are different but they are all cases in which the person would deserve the punishment. That's why the death penalty isn't murder, it is a punishment that works wonders for the U.S.A.
    Even though there isn't proof that the death penalty works as a deterrent, who would confess they wanted to kill someone?"
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  • +1 +14 -13 Trey May. 15, 2017
    "I Trey think that it should be allowed because if you kill someone you should deserve to die!"
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    • -1 0 -1 Frank PHam Apr. 18, 2018
      "But is Killing 2 better than 1? Simple math"
  • +1 +11 -10 Samuel May. 9, 2017
    "I am a strong believer in the "Eye- for- an Eye" type mentality. If a man/ woman kills another man/ woman, then the murderer should be executed."
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  • +1 +13 -12 andrew May. 8, 2017
    "if you kill some one you should be killed too"
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  • +1 +11 -10 Hannah B. May. 4, 2017
    "The death penalty will prevent other criminals from doing bad things, because it is a prime example of what will happen to them if they continue to do their bad things."
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  • +1 +11 -10 Anonymous May. 3, 2017
    "The death penalty serves three functions. First, for some crimes any lesser punishment is inadequate as a matter of basic justice... Second, an executed death sentence absolutely guarantees the killer will never kill again. A life sentence does not. There are many cases of people killed by murderers who were paroled, escaped, killed within prison, or who arranged murders from within the prison... Third, I believe that an effective, enforced death penalty deters some murders"
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  • +1 +9 -8 holden May. 2, 2017
    "i think that the death penalty should be brought back because we can afford to leave killers free so to say even if they have a life sentence they will have plenty of time to feel good about what they did. if we have the death penalty then the killer will have no time to think that what he or she did was good and they won't be able to walk the streets killing more people if we don't catch them"
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  • +1 +12 -11 holden Apr. 27, 2017
    "i thinlk that the death penalty should be legal because we need to tell people that we mean buissness."
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  • +1 +12 -11 Wrong place to be? Apr. 20, 2017
    "Only reason anybody should be a con is if you are a religious freak or you think that innocent lives can be accused. Really only the valid reasons"
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    • +1 +1 0 Religious freak #2 Sep. 21, 2018
      "There are actually lots of other reasons too. The constitution is one. You could also argue that the cost of all those chemicals and hospital bills (many of the accused are sick) are too high. That's as manny as a could think of right now, but if you would look it up, I'm sure you would find much more."
    • +1 +2 -1 Alyssa G. May. 11, 2017
      "Okay well you don't have to be religious to think that the death penalty is wrong. Don't make judgments so quickly."
    • 0 +3 -3 RELIGIOUS FREAK Apr. 27, 2017
      "and this is a hate crime to say this about a religion"
  • +1 +11 -10 Vance Apr. 14, 2017
    "I think yes"
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  • +1 +12 -11 max Apr. 6, 2017
    "it shows justice"
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  • +1 +10 -9 becca Mar. 20, 2017
    "I believe that if someone took away the life of another or has done something very bad like a child predator you should have life taken from you because you don't deserve anything but dealth."
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  • +1 +11 -10 Lisa Mar. 18, 2017
    "Absolutely! We waste too many tax dollars on these idiots. Tax dollars should go towards good, law abiding people with morals."
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  • +1 +14 -13 Kylee wolfe Mar. 11, 2017
    "I think lives matter do you. okay imagine a serial killer killed like 20 people. And the police put them in jail and he/she escaped and killed even more people. Then the police put them back in jail. Would you want them to be punished just think what if they escaped again would you want them to be electrocuted or deathly injected or would you want them to go escape again and go kill one of your family members. YOU DECIDE"
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    • 0 0 0 autumn Apr. 7, 2017
      "well i mean in today's world you have rapist running the streets and the law enforcement is more worried about drugies"
  • +1 +11 -10 Nyz*** Mar. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty depends on who the person is what they did wrong"
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    • +1 +1 0 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "Absolutely right, like thosewho weren't actually responsible. for example those in cases like an armed robbery, and they were not in the area of the death. Some times the, say getaway driver, is held responsible for another stupid robber dying or killing a guard and they are held responsible and killed."
  • +1 +12 -11 Dalton S. Mar. 3, 2017
    "why would anybody want the death penalty should be allowed for the prisoners?"
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  • +1 +13 -12 jj Mar. 2, 2017
    "Many reasons are for serial killers, and treason if they can get other people to work with the then they could become stronger and stronger and kill more people"
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  • +1 +16 -15 Jonathon Feb. 23, 2017
    "Depending on the crime should determine the type of death penalty."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "I agree"
  • +1 +17 -16 Mr. Logic Feb. 16, 2017
    "I believe the death penalty is right, but is only long and expensive because people choose to fight a losing battle, at everyones expense. A person even considered for the death penalty, has no regard for human life, and has nothing to lose in killing again, and again. Their rights ended where their victim's began."
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  • +1 +14 -13 Brayden Feb. 16, 2017
    "I believe the death penalty should be allowed, because lets say someone has killed 15 people in one day. They should definitely be put to death after they took so many lives. Some husbands, wives, and children wont have a mom, dad, wife, or husband. Eye for and eye, tooth for a tooth."
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  • +1 +12 -11 mark Feb. 14, 2017
    "Yes because if somebody kills another person they should experience the same thing they did to that person."
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  • +1 +16 -15 Brennan Feb. 5, 2017
    "Why would we allow a murder to live? There is no point cause if or when escapes there's going to be more targets for him"
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  • +1 +12 -11 Isabella Jan. 30, 2017
    "The death penalty is something we have to convince ourselves that killing someone is just a penalty. A penalty is something you get when you turn an assignment in late, a ticket you get when you're speeding, a penalty is temporary. But death is permanent. At first I was conflicted about which side I was on: For the death penalty or against. One reason why I was for the death penalty was because some people who commit murder might think of death as a reward and killing them instantly might be letting them off easy and it might be less unfair then letting them spend their life in prison. But if we killed someone then they could never learn their lesson that killing someone was wrong if we just killed them in the end. Another argument that people make for that side is that it is more expensive the kill someone for a couple minutes then to keep them in prison for life, but frankly I rather focus on the more humane arguments to this topic which makes me quite a hypocrite, I know, but I'm undecided so I get a pass."
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  • 0 +4 -4 J May. 22, 2018
    "If you are a murderer, the punishment is obvious! You asked for it!"
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    • 0 0 0 J May. 30, 2018
      "Who would want to live with murderers?"
  • 0 +4 -4 Nolan Long May. 7, 2018
    "I believe that the death penalties is good. If you murder somebody you dont deserve to live."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Brandon Mar. 29, 2018
    "The death penalty is the only rational and moral response to some crimes"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
    "The CON arguments seem to miss one important point - we all die. If someone is given a life sentence, it IS a death sentence. Legal discussion gives the example of train and a lever - if you "do nothing" then the train will continue on and may kill 5 people - or no-one, but if you pull the lever, it will definitely kill one person (the prisoner). So, do you pull the lever? I think this argument is flawed - deciding not to give the death penalty is still pulling the lever - if the person is paroled, or escapes, and kills again, then those who advocated not ending the persons life should take responsibility for those deaths. Also ask this question if one of the potential 5 deaths is your child or loved one. When it becomes personal, it changes your perspective in many cases."
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  • 0 +5 -5 jose Mar. 5, 2018
    "yes because you know ;)"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Anjila Mar. 1, 2018
    "if you keep them in jail and not kill them which means they can escape and keep committing that crime."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Andrew Feb. 22, 2018
    "Yes, it is much cheaper than paying for the killer's needs in prison for years. It is a complete waste of money. People should simply be shot and killed, a cheap and effective way to fight crime. Expensive executions or prison sentences greatly hurt the economy."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Me Feb. 26, 2018
      "It's not that easy."
    • -1 +1 -2 Andrew Feb. 28, 2018
      "Yeah it is"
  • 0 +4 -4 Anonymous Feb. 21, 2018
    "It should be used because people will be afraid of the system, like Ashlyn said. If you have a family member who has been killed, you'll want them to be punished. They should be killed for what they have done. If the person dies, then that is good for police officers at the prisons. They don't want an aggressive killer to look after including everyone else."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Jason C. Feb. 14, 2018
    "The death penalty is needed because it is a necessary evil to ensure no one person will be allowed to be murdered or abused without severe punishment, such as death, for they will need to pay with their own lives, because of the damage they caused on other's lives and the destruction in their lives. This is why the death penalty should be allowed to people who have taken a life or several lives, for they must pay with their own life, even though that is not enough, unless the person has killed a mass murderer or just a murderer, for they are doing it with a good reason, a good cause. Therefore, the death penalty should be allowed in all states."
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  • 0 +18 -18 Keenen W. Jan. 9, 2017
    "Hell yes the Death Penalty should be allowed. Those bastards kill innocent people and they're allowed to live. Hell in my opinion, they should be given death by torture."
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  • 0 +14 -14 luke Jan. 5, 2017
    "it should be allowed because if they kill they should be killed"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Joe Bee Feb. 12, 2018
    "There are 323 million people living in the US. A total 3000+ have been put on death row. Which is not even one percent of the US population."
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  • -1 +8 -9 joe Jan. 10, 2018
    "the death penalty should be allowed"
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  • -1 +10 -11 Tanner Oct. 4, 2017
    "Why do we risk having these people in our society? they are criminals and have to atone for their crimes. If your best friend or family member was killed by some crazed madman would you want to see him gone? I understand that killing others is wrong, but with what they have done, it would make our nation a lot safer with these people out of our lives."
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    • 0 0 0 Jonathon Oct. 9, 2017
      "Agreed"
  • -1 +8 -9 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 30, 2017
    "Justice Stewart stated that the death penalty in this circumstance was proportionate punishment. "When a life has been taken deliberately by the offender, we cannot say that the punishment is invariably disproportionate to the crime.""
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  • -1 +12 -13 Victor Sep. 26, 2017
    "I think we should kill them for there crimes in murder, kidnapping, rape and even abuse. These people should die for there crimes. It is like a tooth for a tooth. If you take someones life. Its only fair if you lose your life."
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  • -1 +8 -9 erin Sep. 22, 2017
    "The death penalty should be allowed, millions of innocent lives are lost and the criminalss donot pay a cost."
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  • -1 +13 -14 Dalton S. Mar. 1, 2017
    "The Death Penalty should be allowed for one reason and one reason is that it should the people that killed people, rob someone, broke in factories, broke in houses and gave a undercover cop drugs."
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  • -1 +13 -14 Dalton S. Feb. 28, 2017
    "The death penalty should be allowed because the prisoners who did crimes should get hung and who didn't crimes shouldn't get hung."
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  • -2 +2 -4 jeremy monaco Jun. 27, 2018
    "yea this needs to be legal"
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  • -2 +2 -4 Austin D Apr. 5, 2018
    "Why care for someone that may be unredeemable? Just because "god" forgives us of our sins does not mean we have to forgive others. I think the death penalty would help a lot of families get closure knowing that the person who killed someone "near and dear" to their heart, is paying the price that they made that person pay. We don't have to allow lethal injections but I think hanging is the cheapest option."
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  • -2 +2 -4 FNAFfoxy64990 Apr. 4, 2018
    "Life in prison costs much more than death penalty. From research it was found that death by firing squad is much less than prison because one year in prison is approximately $75,000, and one shotgun shell is about 52 cents. That is nearly 39,000 times the money!"
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  • -2 +3 -5 Riley M. Mar. 22, 2018
    "I believe that death is never the answer but sometimes it has to be the out come. Most people frown upon killing someone, but it is just like playing a first person shooter game or any shooting game. Your mission is to kill someone for others to survive. The death penalty is the same thing, in order to save others we kill some. Many more people die from murders, bombers, etc. So why is taking one persons' life to save many more so wrong? You might be thinking we are no better by using the death penalty but we are. Murders kill to make chaos, death and destruction. The death penalty kills to save, protect and restore justice.

    Leviticus 24:21
    Whoever kills an animal must make restitution, but whoever kills a human being is to be put to death."
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  • -2 +6 -8 Chloe Jan. 26, 2018
    "They get the right of owning up to their consequences"
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  • -2 +5 -7 braden s. Nov. 30, 2017
    "yes because people think they can get away with death row and keep on killing people"
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  • -2 +4 -6 Cooper C Nov. 30, 2017
    "The death penalty is a good thing because if you kill someone you should be killed"
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  • -2 +6 -8 Anonymous Nov. 7, 2017
    "Yes. Some people say that some innocent will be killed on accident. Wrong. If the judge isnt totally sure, he/she wont sentance them guilty, and defintly wont give them a penalty of death."
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  • -2 +6 -8 Jazmine Oct. 17, 2017
    "I believe the death penalty should be brought back because if a murderer is capable of committing a murder over a innocent victim once then they would have no problem doing again."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Ga Oct. 13, 2017
    "The death penalty definitely need to be existed to remind those criminals for what responsibility they have take after crime or even for people who intend to make a crime. This is a greater way to keep our world secure and even safer."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Hailie Oct. 12, 2017
    "The death penalty has its purpose and is not cruel and unusual punishment. There are some bad people out there who deserve the death penalty, because there is not a punishment more fitting for the crime that has been done"
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  • -2 +6 -8 T.L. Oct. 12, 2017
    "I think think that the death penalty should continue because the criminals should face their consequences of their actions. Having the death will protect a lot of innocent people.If a person commites a horrible crime.But he or she doesn't gets a death penalty they will massacre more people and then there will more deaths then killing the criminal.This is why I think death penalty should continue."
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  • -2 +8 -10 Katie Sep. 25, 2017
    "If we kill innocent, unborn children in this country, why should we not be able to kill those guilty of heinous crimes?"
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  • -2 +9 -11 Nunya Sep. 13, 2017
    "The bible says whom who sheds the blood of a man shall his blood be shed"
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  • -2 +10 -12 Jimmy Sep. 12, 2017
    "You're wasting resources on someone who's gonna die anyway. And rot in jail. You're killing slowly rather than quickly."
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  • -2 +8 -10 Kartik C. May. 19, 2017
    ""We Should give Capital Punishment to all gruesome murderers "
    They will not get second chance in their life because once they get trapped in this field. It is impossible to recover them.."
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  • -3 +2 -5 jeff Apr. 24, 2018
    "criminals can test our products.Instead of killing animals people who kill people can test if things are poison."
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  • -3 +3 -6 FNAFfoxy64990 Apr. 24, 2018
    "From research it was found that death penalty of firing squad is much less than prison because one year in prison is approximately $75,000, and one shotgun shell is about 29 cents. That is nearly 250,333 times the money!"
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  • -3 +3 -6 Jenna tools Apr. 24, 2018
    "" A life for a life" -Good trade"
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  • -3 +2 -5 RD Apr. 19, 2018
    "Free up the jails! If they received life w/o and no parole, take them out that day!!!"
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  • -3 +1 -4 Devin Apr. 14, 2018
    "It provides an adequate punishment for those that have committed one of the largest crimes, and it deters more murders from happening as much."
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  • -3 +1 -4 wisdom Apr. 13, 2018
    "If someone commits a crime then they should face the same fate as their victim."
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  • -3 +6 -9 zechattack Dec. 1, 2017
    "It gets rid of murders"
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  • -3 +6 -9 guyyy Nov. 30, 2017
    "some people deserve it"
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  • -3 +13 -16 Dumby Nov. 27, 2017
    "You killed someone, so lets kill you."
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  • -3 +10 -13 Killthemall Oct. 23, 2017
    "People's shall be killed if they kill!"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Dajah W. Nov. 14, 2017
      "If people should be killed ( if they kill someone), wouldn't the person who killed the killer should be killed as well since they have killed someone as well? (" People's shall be killed if they kill.")"
  • -3 +23 -26 ? Feb. 15, 2017
    "Only for really bad people."
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    • 0 +1 -1 sincere Mar. 9, 2017
      "give more evidence"
  • -4 +3 -7 my name jeff Dec. 7, 2017
    "in some cases death penalties should be allowed for big crimes such as Terrorism in other acts of big crimes"
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  • -4 +6 -10 J Garrison Oct. 15, 2017
    "If one commits an offense which cannot be reversed, or reasonably compensated for, with no logical, ethical, or moral alibi; or if one commits an offense that permanently degrades any innocent or otherwise undeserving person's or persons' basic rights as a human being; then it is inarguable that the offender is not in any way beneficial to society, and has forfeit his or her claim to any of the rights bestowed upon birth. Therefore, having infringed the rights of another, the offender forfeits his or her own, and should be eliminated as would any other cancer threatening the life or rights of those deserving of those rights. The death of those who fail to understand the value of life and the rights guaranteed therein should not be an option, but a necessity."
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  • -4 +7 -11 Jonathon Oct. 9, 2017
    "The reason why the death penalty should be allowed is that for people who do bad crimes should die."
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  • -4 +14 -18 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 29, 2017
    "People that kill because they want to shouldn't stay alive, if they take 1 or more lives shouldn't they die. When you kill someone you're forfeiting your rights. If someone killed your Family member/Family wouldn't you want them dead? I know I would. ALSO THE BIBLE IS NOT A GOOD WAY TO SAY YOU'RE RIGHT SO STOP SAYING "The Bible Says....." NOT EVERYONE CARES WHAT IT SAYS."
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    • +2 +3 -1 a seventh grader Dec. 13, 2017
      "I would want them dead but just because they killed your family doesn't make it right to kill theirs. Also don't disrespect the bible okay."
    • 0 +2 -2 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Jan. 10, 2018
      "I won't disrespect the bible if you don't use it for an arguement about life or death."
  • -4 +12 -16 bronson Mar. 8, 2017
    "it is cheaper"
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    • +1 +1 0 Bob Apr. 5, 2018
      "It is in fact 3 times as expensive to kill people then to put them in jail"
  • -5 +1 -6 Anamis Apr. 2, 2018
    "The death penalty is necessary because "citizens should fear our justice system"
    Also, as said in the Bible, an eye for an eye. If one has killed someone, then he shall be killed, too. The death penalty is necessary for the United States, and it should not be banned."It is by exacting the highest toll for the taking of a human life that we affirm the value of that life. With the Death Penalty, we affirm to criminals everywhere, that if you are willing to destroy a life, then you must be willing to forfeit yours in turn."
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  • -6 +9 -15 mohammad i. Jul. 21, 2017
    "According to me death penalty is wrong for an example just imagine you are in jail for whole life time and after 5 years an evidence should take place which proves that you were innocent and you were left from jail and your precious 5 years should be gone which cannot be come on other hand you are sentenced to death penalty then what is the mean of that evidence and your death is became useless and unusual inthis way death penalty should be abolished"
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  • -6 +13 -19 Dalton Feb. 16, 2017
    "I think the death penalty should be allowed for the people in prison should get hung."
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  • -7 +4 -11 June Feb. 9, 2018
    "It should be allowed or if someone can take someone's life and be put in prison for the rest of their life so if someone can take a life they should be able to take theirs."
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  • -7 +7 -14 flavia May. 19, 2017
    "yes i agree bc the criminals should pay what they did to the victims"
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  • -7 +12 -19 Anonymous Feb. 16, 2017
    "It works. It deters crime."
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  • -8 +9 -17 odell Mar. 13, 2017
    "If they kill someone they want the person to die so they should die in return"
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    • 0 0 0 Maftuna Aug. 31, 2018
      "so you killed someone by accident and should you die?"
  • -9 +13 -22 Austin f. Mar. 10, 2017
    "i beliive in this"
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  • -12 +7 -19 shook Dec. 7, 2017
    "eye for an eye"
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  • -18 +8 -26 Lola Dec. 15, 2017
    "I feel that there should be a death penalty because it would be better than a life sentence in prison. I mean who wants to suffer in jail for the rest of their life. You might as well just end it and save yourself from a life of suffering."
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    • 0 +1 -1 The Hangman Apr. 4, 2018
      "That's why people hang themselves in prison."
  • -28 +12 -40 Hi Jan. 10, 2018
    "Kill the bad guys"
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  • -67 +16 -83 hate death Sep. 6, 2017
    "killing people is a good thing. At least you'll go to heavan"
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    • +3 +4 -1 jj Apr. 30, 2018
      "they made crimes they wont go to heven and killing is bad"

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  • +77 +176 -99 Anon. Jan. 17, 2018
    ""An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"
    -Gandhi"
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    • +2 +6 -4 Cody Jun. 18, 2018
      "Yeah, because Gandhi is a credible source when it comes to quality of life. He is almost singlehandedly responsible for the massive birth defect problem of India, because he told people to use natural salt that hadn't been ionized."
    • +1 +2 -1 Facts Nov. 1, 2018
      "it not about revenge its a punishment"
    • 0 0 0 Anon 2.0 Dec. 13, 2018
      "Id rather be blind than see murderers out of jail or even alive"
    • -6 +3 -9 bob Feb. 14, 2018
      "its not eye for an eye wrong"
  • +50 +168 -118 A fourteen year-old Jan. 19, 2018
    "The death penalty has been shown with ample evidence to be an ineffective way of punishment. In fact, it has been shown that states that have insinuated the death penalty have more murders than those states who do not have the death penalty. It is the personal belief of many people that there is no such thing as "Killing for good". If it is ok to kill someone who has killed, is it ok to rape someone who has raped or abuse someone who has abused?"
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    • +2 +5 -3 AIDAN Mar. 27, 2018
      "Yes there is killing for good what if about the terrorist of nine eleven what if they never killed themselves and were caught let me guess that you would just sentence him to jail for 120 years while why do we have to waste resources on a human being that was created by the devil why don't we just kill him"
    • +1 +3 -2 Random Guy wh's bob Apr. 26, 2018
      "We're not murdering them like they did to the other guy we're executing them"
    • 0 0 0 Presley Chan Dec. 13, 2018
      "Killing a murderer is not the same as raping a rapist or abusing an abuser. Killing a murderer is preventing them from murdering again, raping a rapist won't prevent him from raping again and abusing an abuser won't prevent him from abusing again."
    • 0 0 0 anonymous Nov. 26, 2018
      "Those murders you refer to aren't death penalty qualified murders. And first off you never clarified if the person killed an animal or another person, and the death penalty is a form of execution, not a pleasure. People abuse people to make themselves feel better and as for someone who has raped a person, they did it out of pleasure. Most rapes happen because the person is a sex addict. And the death penalty isn't there to get "payback" for the victims, it's there for justice."
    • 0 0 0 A 15 year-old Nov. 12, 2018
      "Your logic hurts my brain, Capital punishment is to kill people who have murdered one or more human beings, It is ok to kill someone who has MURDERED not killed. If we killed someone who killed that would mean killing the guy who killed the murder and then killing the guy who killed the guy that killed the murder it would just become a slippery slope. Murder is the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another and killing is an act of killing, especially of one animal by another. But there is lawful killing and that is ending the life of a man (or woman) who has murdered."
    • 0 +3 -3 Joshua Jun. 5, 2018
      "'AIDAN' In all actuality sentencing someone to death actually costs more money than it does to sentence someone for life."
    • 0 +1 -1 chicken sandwich May. 10, 2018
      "and yet in prisons, people are already killing and raping killers and rapists."
    • 0 +4 -4 Deven Feb. 27, 2018
      "It doesn't work that way. I believe that if someone has been raped that the person convicted should be killed, not raped. It 's kind of like if someone has cancer and is going to die anyway, it is beneficial to end their life, just as it would be with a rapist or a murderer. It is beneficial to the public that this person is removed so that we won't have to worry about that criminal getting back and so that the family can have some closure."
    • 0 +4 -4 Opet Feb. 9, 2018
      "i agree we as citizens can't live by a eye for a eye."
    • -2 +1 -3 ymani May. 4, 2018
      "i agree with you the more killers that are killed the more murderers there are."
    • -3 +2 -5 jasmine Feb. 7, 2018
      "i agree and it does not deter crime"
    • -4 +1 -5 Sudipto Feb. 9, 2018
      "So you endorse murder and rape on the first place. Then you run after trials and cases and make 10 more peoples life miserable particularly of the victims family in order to save a murderer. Think of it"
    • -5 +1 -6 Jasmine Feb. 14, 2018
      "its not ok"
  • +46 +134 -88 Anonymous Sep. 28, 2017
    "The death penalty should not be enforced because, what would happen if the person accused was wrongfully accused?"
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    • +2 +3 -1 Jeff Jan. 24, 2018
      "They would spend time in prison until the authorities can confirm they are guilty"
    • +2 +4 -2 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      "Sometime the lie detector is wrong but we go through a longer process and they need 2 or more people to confess that he's guilty or he won't be charged at all."
    • 0 0 0 Wirriam Boo Mar. 26, 2018
      "It won't be!"
    • -2 +1 -3 ko Feb. 9, 2018
      "hey eye for a eye"
    • -3 +3 -6 jhsdflk Nov. 27, 2017
      "but what if they werent???"
    • -5 +1 -6 Jazmine Oct. 17, 2017
      "That is possible but that is why they are all able to request to take a lie detector test. If passed then no execution just time in prison, but if failed death."
  • +32 +126 -94 Jaxon Oct. 13, 2017
    "Why must we stoop down to the level of murder to demonstrate murder is wrong?"
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    • -4 +1 -5 mark May. 11, 2018
      "because if the gov show that they don't give a crap and they will take your life cause you did something that was really bad like murder or rape if they put you to death most likely people wont do it any more or they are going to die"
    • -5 +8 -13 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      "We're not stooping down to their level we're preventing them from doing it again"
    • -7 +4 -11 Andrew Feb. 22, 2018
      "And plus it costs more to keep people in prison."
  • +30 +79 -49 Anon. Feb. 8, 2018
    "If we kill somebody who has killed others, than we are no better than them. The entire point of the justice system is to prove that we are better that those who have committed the crime. Stopping down to their level makes us no better than they are, so if people start to believe that killing other humans in this way is acceptable than our justice system will soon have no meaning and our society will be reduced to chaos"
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    • 0 +3 -3 Andrew Feb. 28, 2018
      "Yeah we are because we are protecting our people."
  • +29 +197 -168 Jeff Mar. 16, 2017
    "#It takes a killer to kill a killer"
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    • +5 +11 -6 noah b. Mar. 28, 2017
      "not true"
    • +4 +10 -6 IanB. May. 18, 2017
      "true!"
    • 0 +2 -2 pablo Feb. 13, 2018
      "That's insane, so you're saying that a person who has killed many innocent people is as important as an innocent person who has done no wrong? Taking the life of a murderer is not the same as someone taking the life of an innocent person. We need justice to the lives unfairly taken away from this world."
    • 0 +3 -3 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      "#Ittakesacooktocook
      #Ittakesaleadertolead
      #Ittakesabuildertobuild
      #Ittakesapedotorape
      Any One can do any of these things and killer can do these things they can cook they can use their hands they're human like us but they kill this # is a bad one because not everyone is a killer. Also i'm Pro death penalty because they shouldn't live if they kill."
    • -1 +1 -2 Emily Jan. 29, 2018
      "Say someone commits a mass homicide, should they be given a life in prison and may end up getting out eventually, or should we just end the risk of more crime?"
    • -2 0 -2 Jeffy Apr. 20, 2018
      "That good."
    • -3 +1 -4 44 Sep. 25, 2017
      "what do you mean"
    • -4 0 -4 Alivia Dec. 4, 2017
      "Ah, but CEJ, the government is killing them. So darling, please tell me, should we demolish the government as well?"
  • +13 +36 -23 Benny Mar. 9, 2018
    "No human has the right to take another human life through vengeance. A human life should be protected at all costs, no matter the mistakes they make or the sin they commit. Those families who seek closure by taking the suspect's life is unjust and must find peace and security through prayer. Don't solve sin with more sin."
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    • +1 +1 0 Chile Mar. 26, 2018
      "I agree strongly."
    • 0 0 0 Anon 2.0 Dec. 13, 2018
      "if a human life should be protected at all costs what should we do to the 'Animal' that killed them"
    • 0 0 0 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
      "There is no solution in your "argument". Are you suggesting we let all criminals go? If not, are you saying that the worst should be put in jail for life? Isn't that a death sentence - we all die, you know."
    • -1 0 -1 a 14 year old girl Jun. 28, 2018
      "about us paying for their food who cares? as a society we pay for everything else already do we not? like taxes and stuff. the government finds ways to take money from us either way so who cares? and also prison food is not even great. and that's and understatement."
  • +11 +49 -38 alexa Mar. 13, 2018
    "We are killing people who kill people to teach others that killing people is bad. Ironic . . ."
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    • +4 +4 0 Scotty P Aug. 29, 2018
      "Good thinking alexa,Now put on some music."
    • +1 +1 0 Someone Jun. 28, 2018
      "@Ayden you can call it whatever you want. punishing, Justice, etc it doesn't clear away the fact that you cannot prove that killing is bad by being a hypocrite and killing it makes no sense."
    • -1 +1 -2 Silas Aug. 15, 2018
      "No, it is what someone described as "citizens should fear our justice system" and I completely agree with them. However, I do not think that we should kill all criminals, just the dangerous ones who are escaping jail and creating a threat to the public."
    • -2 +3 -5 Ayden Apr. 16, 2018
      "It's called punishing. Retribution, one that fits the crime."
  • +7 +41 -34 Sean Mar. 7, 2018
    "The famous quote by Gandhi does speak the truth: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." What does the death penalty accomplish? Killing may seem to deal justice, but it is not justice--it is revenge. What about the murderer? Don't you think even a small percentage of murderers could learn that killing is wrong; a small percentage could realize the fault in their ways? "To err is human; to forgive is divine," someone said. This in no way endorses such travesties against justice as murder or rape, but criminals are people; yes, they committed grave mistakes, and yes, they should be kept off the streets as long as they pose a threat to society, but killing does nothing. The law should attempt to reform, to teach, before attempting to punish. Is your "comfort" worth the heart-brokenness of the criminal's family? Is it worth denying a chance for the criminal to redeem themself or to deny a chance for yourself to exercise great compassion and forgiveness and to realize that the criminal carried great hate in their heart, and must be at least given a chance, an opportunity, to prove that they have changed? Love is a beautiful thing; the more we can integrate its beauty in our lives manifested in forgiveness, the more we live."
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    • +7 +7 0 Sean Mar. 27, 2018
      "Responding to Brian Nielsen part 2: Additionally, the death penalty is meant as a punishment. To say that it is a lesser cruelty than life in prison is debatable, but a lot of criminals prefer life in prison (a lot accept plea deals where they will confess as long as the death penalty is taken off the table for their punishment). If prisoners would rather die than spend their life in prison, then that is a matter of self-assisted suicide, not whether or not the death penalty should be kept, as the government forcefully taking someone's life versus you willingly taking your own are completely different. In addition, if someone is innocent of a crime, they cannot be exonerated if they are dead."
    • +7 +7 0 Sean Mar. 27, 2018
      "Responding to Brian Nielsen: I in no way stated my approval of the prison system or the practice of sentencing criminals to life in prison, and, anyway, that is a different argument. I was arguing for the cease in practice of giving criminals the death penalty. I certainly am not saying this for self-justification. My argument was mainly a moral one, so it maybe came across that way. Logistically and financially, the death penalty costs more than prison and is not a significant deterrent to crime."
    • +1 +1 0 SmokeeQuil556 Dec. 12, 2018
      "Couldn't have said this better myself my guy. Using this for my class presentation because it's so beautiful. Giving you credit obviously"
    • -2 +2 -4 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
      "Again, no answer here - you do realise that everyone dies, right? So a life in prison IS a death sentence. You are just thinking this absolves you in some way, but it is a decision that results in the death of the prisoner anyway, and provides them with years of potential torture and cruelty until death finally releases them."
  • +5 +21 -16 Zhong d. Apr. 23, 2018
    "I think it should be abolished because many innocent people could get blamed for doing something they didn't do and killed for doing that. Thank you."
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  • +4 +19 -15 zech Dec. 1, 2017
    "someone could be framed for murder and die because of it"
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  • +3 +4 -1 The truth Dec. 10, 2018
    "If you had a sibling , child , family member or friend on death row you would be so defensive and you would be even more defensive if they were innocent but still they have a death sentence. imagine what it is like to not be able to do anything and let the corrupt justice system take your loved one.
    My english is not well but my urge to make things right is beyond great."
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    • +1 +1 0 Diksha Dec. 11, 2018
      "The truth, you said if we have a family on the death row, but what if YOU had a family who was murdered and that too so brutally, would you have accepted to just let the criminal live freely as , let me tell you, don't think that prisons REALLY are effective as prisons instead have now become as homes for prisoners,providing much more comfort than homes. The death penalty will only provide a GENUINE justice to those innocent victims, and let me tell you, i am encouraging death penalty only in cases where the judiciary is sure to have catch the real culprit and not an innocent one."
    • 0 0 0 The real truth Dec. 12, 2018
      "That is just the truth. there is no denying harsh feelings if one of my family member died but to say I want another human life taken away is foolish and injustice. In my opinion families who seek justice and peace by taking another human life is just as worse as pulling the trigger on your loved one. Let the system takes its course and let them sit in prison for years that is paying their sentence, killing them is quick and easy."
  • +3 +8 -5 Lou Miso Oct. 11, 2018
    "The Golden Rule-treat others as you want to be treated. Right, now the government wants to be executed?
    The government shouldn't be enforcers of God's Golden Rule."
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    • 0 0 0 a Dec. 10, 2018
      "ok. if that's right than the golden rule: "Treat other as you want to be treated". So if the murderer is treated as how they treated others they should be dead too. DUH. The murderer killed someone. Now they can be treated the same way. They can be killed too."
  • +3 +18 -15 AnonymousGoat Feb. 20, 2018
    "Why do we kill people who kill people in order to teach others that killing people is wrong?"
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    • +1 +1 0 unknown Apr. 16, 2018
      "your name is amazing."
  • +3 +78 -75 Grace Jan. 16, 2018
    "Death is too easy for the criminal, would you not be content with them serving a life sentence in misery? Let them rot in a cell to rethink their mistake. Killing them does not bring back the murderers victim but instead makes us the murders."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Chile Mar. 23, 2018
      "I strongly agree. Death is easy, living is harder."
    • 0 0 0 Jonathan Sep. 20, 2018
      "They don't have to serve a life penalty, if you serve 30-40 years in prison and don't get in a lot of trouble you can request an appeal which normally goes through then they just live on probation and they're back on the streets. Not saying killing them is the best but not much else there is to do."
    • 0 0 0 Anonymous May. 25, 2018
      "I hope you realize that sure that would be the ideal, to let them rot in jail but the citizens, us are paying to keep them alive and feed them, etc. Do you want to pay to keep them alive?"
    • 0 +1 -1 Savanna Mar. 22, 2018
      "Hey Grace i agree with you so much if you don't mind i'm using your comment on my school project i will be giving you credit"
    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Mar. 21, 2018
      "But what if instead we show that if you kill you will die too. You know tell everyone and make them not want to murder."
    • -1 0 -1 12 year old Valerie Mar. 1, 2018
      "Yea i feel like that is reasonable because if you just kill them your no better but if you sentence them to a live sentence then they would just end up hurting themself and its would just be on them"
    • -1 0 -1 the boy Feb. 15, 2018
      "they could probably just hang themselves at jail though"
    • -2 0 -2 john-paul Nov. 18, 2018
      "i agree"
  • +3 +30 -27 Nen Oct. 4, 2017
    ""When a woman or man is committing a crime they are not thinking "Am I going to die after this. Am I going to get caught?". Your thinking about why you are going to kill that person, whether it be he threatened me and my family or he took your lollipop. The only problem I have is that everyone wants the other person to die but what happens if or when you kill someone. Are you going to want to die? Are you going to realize that death shouldn't be the answer? Now you more than likely have an incredulous thought in your head or on your face because you don't know the feeling of absolutely knowing you are going to die. Maybe it's true some people deserve that fate. Maybe it isn't. Killing them is the simpler and easier choice. Maybe it doesn't matter that now you've stooped to their level. Maybe it doesn't matter that they're family and loved ones will never see them again. They are dead and can't kill anyone anymore. It matters that you had to purge your soul because you wanted this person no longer breathing. Isn't it just better to be empathetic because normally when your choice gets harder you start to realize it the right one? Rotting in prison is worse than death. Why not give them the gift of a nice, cozy cell forever."
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  • +2 +3 -1 King_youknowwho Sep. 30, 2018
    "The death punishment is seriously inhumane and should be abolished. We all know that what the killer did was wrong, but we could find a way to heal him/her so that he/she would never do it again. Besides, why do we teacher killers a lesson by just killing them? That's just wrong."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Fuzzy bunny Sep. 18, 2018
    "The death penalty is wrong and that is that. You might say that some people deserve to die for what they have done, and I will agree that they should be punished, but nobody deserves death. And no one has the authority to determine whether someone lives or dies. We should value life, no matter whose, over everything."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Elli Jul. 10, 2018
    "I am against the death penalty , for the fact that someone may be put to death for a crime they did not commit"
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  • +2 +10 -8 joe May. 3, 2018
    "killin is not cheap it costs a life"
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  • +2 +14 -12 Nashay O. Apr. 30, 2018
    "How are we supposed to end killing by killing the killers?"
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    • 0 0 0 Hippopotamus Sep. 22, 2018
      "I don't know."
  • +2 +9 -7 Emily Apr. 24, 2018
    "when we kill for death penalty, what would we show people? that if someone does something wrong you can just kill them?"
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  • +2 +14 -12 Giselle Apr. 24, 2018
    "Many argue that the death penalty will be the easy way out for criminals. After all, of all of the mass shootings in the United States since 1966, over half of the shooters had killed themselves in the end, most likely to avoid a lifetime in prison. If they are killing themselves to prevent a lifetime in prison, would the death penalty be granting them release from prison, and therefore, be the same as them killing themselves? I feel as if this isn't a very popular argument for the cons of the death penalty, which is a shame because it is a very strong argument, I believe. Would it not be a more harsh punishment for them to spend their lives in prison?"
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  • +2 +8 -6 Jakwill S. Apr. 23, 2018
    "It shouldn't because many bad people should pay for their actions."
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  • +2 +19 -17 Just a random person Mar. 15, 2018
    "The death penalty is a quick way out. it allows the person who committed the crime to be able to leave behind their troubles. some people have committed crimes because they knew they would die quickly after. having the death penalty wouldn't scare me, it would make me fear the government because they seem to be making some pretty bad choices. with another point, there are worse things than death, everyone knows that. the fear of those things, knowing you would still live but be tortured, or some other thing, could set people straight. and the people who like to be tortured, or worse? I'll have you know that there's a weak spot in everybody."
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  • +2 +42 -40 Epi Jan. 23, 2018
    "I watched a video of a man who had the death penalty and it went wrong, causing him to suffer a burning hot feeling in his body. They then had to inject all the chemicals inside him so that he wouldn't be in anymore pain.
    So I believe that the death penalty should not be changed because it is cruel and if it goes wrong, the person will be in serious pain."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Sasha Jan. 25, 2018
      "So......."
    • +3 +4 -1 Andrew Feb. 22, 2018
      "Well then we should just use firing squads. China does it and they are way more successful than America. We need to stop wasting money on expensive prison sentences and drug executions."
    • -1 +2 -3 ### May. 3, 2018
      "And you dont think the people he harmed felt pain?"
    • -1 +2 -3 Gerald Apr. 18, 2018
      "the point is for them to be in pain and suffer for committing such a crime"
  • +2 +24 -22 Blake G. Nov. 30, 2017
    "The only problem I see is how there have been a lot of innocent people being let out of prison but if they are dead there is no bringing them back."
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  • +1 +2 -1 eli Oct. 1, 2018
    "the death penalty is dumb if the judge is condemn someone to death ask yourself what would Jesus do and before you say we are not Jesus or we don't believe in Jesus you still want to strive to be good if you take a life it should be self defense Jesus didn't kill even for that he let himself be killed death is the end of life if you want to end someone else and you do your guilty but if you kill them whats the point punishment? they cant do the right thing in death give them a chance or don't and lock them up but don't kill them its inhuman even for self deference your supposed to be holy good if you kill in the army you're forgiven but there is no war inside this country only inside the people themselves"
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  • +1 +7 -6 Sam Jul. 9, 2018
    "As our society uses the Death Penalty to prevent future crime rates, it has mostly no deterrence. The question is that "Is the Death Penalty really useful?" That is the question our society needs to think about. In the future, people will already know cyberhacking so well that no one will know who did it. It may
    be useful to you, but I think that the Death Penalty shouldn't be allowed.

    For example, (just saying this is fake) a person died because of the Death Penalty for some really serious crime that shook the society. However, the officials found out that he wasn't the one who did it but he was innocent! That would mean that the person was wrongfully accused! These mistakes can turn fatal and it can be very detrimental to people. To say the truth, I may be an eleven-year-old kid but I am very interested in our society and I think that the death penalty shouldn't be allowed."
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    • +6 +6 0 Dikeli Aug. 18, 2018
      "Well, first of all, let me tell you, true that for an eleven year old, you are quite enthusiastic about your society. But, the thing is i think death penalty should be used only after being sure that the person is really guilty and when all strong evidences have been found.
      And, let me tell you, its not only about fear, but its about punishing those rascals which have took the decisions to ruin and to take the lives of innocent people. Its about not letting these monstrous people to continue to live freely in the society scaring other people. And, cybercrimes or not, death penalty would be equally useful as there would still be judiciary and advances in technology would help gather more strong evidences to catch these people. So, overall, death penalty should be used"
    • +1 +2 -1 Dikeli Oct. 31, 2018
      "Sam, here is another reply to you. I don't think rehabilitation is a good thing specially for criminals who committed many disastrous crimes. As the saying says,"a dog's tail can Never be straightened', similarly goes for such criminals who don't deserve such grace. Rehabilitation is just an excuse to let them live freely and not punishing them as they should have been."
    • 0 +1 -1 Sam Oct. 20, 2018
      "I agree with your opinion. However,there are other alternatives that can fix these criminals. They can be rehabilitated and I think that rehabilitation does have the effectiveness to help these criminals return to our society."
  • +1 +3 -2 Lola S. May. 31, 2018
    "If you do a little research you will find the death penalty helps less than you think. There is the fact that it doesn't lower crime rate. The penalty actually increases it. When you execute someone you also run the risk of executing the innocent. Additionally, taxpayers pay an extra $5 to keep the prisoners in death row. It cost less for life in prison. In conclusion the death penalty is unnecessary and inhumane."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Twiga May. 25, 2018
    "If an innocent person is wrongly convicted and executed, then the state has not killed a criminal but has in fact murdered somebody. If murderers should be killed, then the state should be executed for this murder.
    Where do we draw the line?"
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  • +1 +5 -4 Claire S. May. 17, 2018
    "people call themselves a justice worker when they work for the gov. doing this. are you really one if you kill someone who has killed or done wrong? whould you really be a savior theem? think about it really!!"
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    • 0 0 0 anon Dec. 11, 2018
      "most serial killers were death panalteters"
  • +1 +6 -5 Loren May. 8, 2018
    "It isn't a deterrant and it doesn't actually save money. On averate it costs more to execute someone (after appeals etc) than it does to imprison them for life."
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  • +1 +5 -4 anon May. 7, 2018
    "I feel that, given evidence or not, the wrongful execution rate is up to 4.1%. Taking the risk of killing an innocent person's life is dangerous, and outrageous. It does not make sense to fight fire with fire because that has never gotten anyone anywhere.

    As of the other 96.99%, I feel that execution is far fetched and less of a punishment towards the murderer, and more to their loved ones, as they don't get to truly face the consequence, They should definitely rot in death row."
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  • +1 +9 -8 hailey Apr. 24, 2018
    "If you are killing a murderer, you're just as bad as they are. They are people too, many are just having problems in their minds. How could you live with yourself if you know you killed someone."
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    • 0 0 0 haylee Nov. 4, 2018
      "In 2002 the US Supreme court declared that people identified with insanity and intellectual disabilities cannot be sentenced to death row or penalty."
  • +1 +20 -19 Frank Pham Apr. 18, 2018
    "If they kill 10 people, is killing them any better. Is killing 11 better than killing 10?"
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  • +1 +12 -11 Jon Apr. 11, 2018
    "If they are in prison for life then they have to physically pay with how they spend the rest of their life, if they are just dead they are just dead, that's it, they are gone debt has been paid. but that is just it, it hasn't, they may be gone they may be off the streets but they also in my eyes got off too easy. I feel that we should lock them up throw away the key and then throw away the cell. they deserve to be gone forever but not by death."
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  • +1 +15 -14 Frank Apr. 4, 2018
    "I believe death penalty shouldn't be allow because death penalty is unjustifed because there are people are that innconent that are sitting in the death row."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Luke May. 2, 2018
      "From 1973 to 2004 there were a recorded 7,482 executions out of all of those only 117 have been found innocent thats only around 1.6 percent, an augment is that those 117 should not have died and thats good enough reason to let them all live. First of all what should we do instead then just sent them all to jail, with my estimations quite a few of them would not be in for life and would probably later be released and do the same thing that got them in jail."
  • +1 +16 -15 Chile Mar. 23, 2018
    "I'm confused on which side to be on, but if people are going to be Christians and quote the Bible, then you should know that people who have common sense would learn to forgive. They must have had some reason. Or it might have been a joke. But that doesn't ever mean that you have to take another life for it. I swear, soon enough, the human species will end itself.

    Good day to you."
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Apr. 26, 2018
      "I kill you and another person. Should I be executed for it? Yes I should be cause you're taking away our right. Also yes the Human Species will end itself we're literally doing in right now on this very day."
  • +1 +24 -23 Jasoncreates9 Mar. 1, 2018
    "what if they didnt want to kill someone but something in them did. you basically killed someone that didnt want to kill anyone but did it anyway"
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    • +2 +2 0 Lane Apr. 4, 2018
      "So it is like having a bad demon on one shoulder and an angel on the other and I like how you said that"
  • +1 +27 -26 Truth Feb. 13, 2018
    "There is no "killing for good." Human lives are human lives no matter who it is or what they've done. All humans are born the same and shaped by their life and what they've gone through. Yeah, people mess up a lot, some worse than others, but they do not deserve to die. Taking their life makes us just as bad as the murderers; it makes us murderers."
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    • 0 0 0 Skylar Jun. 16, 2018
      "Considering mental illness most commonly occurs due to genetic inheritance, I disagree that 'all humans are born the same'. By that logic, all humans have the capability to consciously make their own choices, regardless of the detriments they have endured throughout their life."
  • +1 +25 -24 Kate Feb. 12, 2018
    "The death penalty is not the most severe punishment- life in prison is more severe. ProCon.org states that "States without the death penalty have fared better in reducing their murder rates then states with the death penalty." This means that convicts seem more afraid of life in prison then of dying. Moreover, this shows that the death penalty is not the most severe punishment. All in all this suggests that the death penalty has very little effect to none. This confirms that the death penalty is an easy way out for criminals as opposed to life in prison. Furthermore, Is the death penalty really just sabotaging the chance of reducing the crime rate?"
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  • +1 +17 -16 lavander Feb. 12, 2018
    "death penalty should not be allowed"
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  • +1 +26 -25 Payton T. Feb. 5, 2018
    "I believe that one who has a consequence to face should have to face them alive rather than escaping them through the death penalty."
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    • +2 +2 0 The Agreer Mar. 6, 2018
      "I strongly agree, think of yourself bieng in a life or death situation. if it were me, I would love to live instead of being put to death"
  • +1 +33 -32 billywillytilly Feb. 1, 2018
    "what if they were innocent and you are killing them which is the reason why they are there in the first place"
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    • +1 +1 0 Andrew Feb. 22, 2018
      "Then that's like sentencing someone to prison for life that is innocent; it happens either way."
  • 0 +6 -6 11 year old May. 17, 2018
    "The death penalty is wrong! The government should not have the right to just take a life, and if they take the life of an innocent person and not the person who commited the crime, its just wrong. Have you ever thought about if your husband or wife or sister or brother or child or aunt or uncle or a grandparent got acused of a crime they did not do yet they got put on death row for it, and you the other day had voted yes for death row and your vote won the argument, how would you feel then that you had lead your family member to death?"
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    • +4 +4 0 14 year old girl Jun. 28, 2018
      "An 11 year old has more sense than the government. I rest my case."
    • +1 +1 0 A 15-year old MALE Nov. 12, 2018
      "Well there are lots of ways to stop innocent deaths and the biggest one is DNA testing."
  • -1 +4 -5 Fuzzy Bunny Sep. 22, 2018
    "Once upon a time, there was a young successful man living In a nice house and a friendly neighborhood. He had a wife, two kids, and was as healthy as anyone could possibly be.
    One day, his whole world turned upside down. A murder had been committed the night before and someone thought they saw him enter the victims house around midnight. He had been torn away from his sobbing family and taken to jail. He pleaded again and again that he was innocent, but it was no use.
    Twenty three years later...
    Once upon a time there was a man. He was the same man, and yet he was different. He had lost his health, business, and youth. And he had not heard from his family in twelve years. Could he lose any more? Had he suffered enough already?
    He was ushered into the courtroom. The judge and jury looked as if they wanted to get home as quickly as possible to watch the football game. Then he saw his family sitting in the corner! His children were all grown up, and his wife looked tired and worn. Why had this happened to him? What had he done to deserve this?
    Then came the dreaded sentence,
    Guilty as charged!
    Then the audience and members of the jury filled out...
    to watch the football game."
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    • 0 0 0 Zita Oct. 20, 2018
      "That's true. And also, even of they had declared him innocent what would there be left for him in life. He had lost his job, health, and had missed his children's childhood."
  • -1 +1 -2 Gurleen Sep. 11, 2018
    "even if the killer get killed the person who killed him/her wont come back so it really means your taking someone else live for justice the killer could change just give him/her a chance to improve"
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  • -1 +1 -2 Boots Sep. 2, 2018
    "I think that the death penalty should not be used as a punishment in any situation because it is violating the core democratic value of life. No one deserves to die, even if they've committed a terrible crime. According to Sen. Daylin Leach, over 2,000 people were wrongly sentenced to death from 1989- 2012. This statement shocked me, and I believe that a way to bring that number to zero is to not use the death penalty. I think that the life sentence is enough for justice, but using the death sentence on a murderer is like an eye for an eye, which is closer to revenge than justice.

    Another reason to not use the death penalty is that the United States has spent billions of dollars on the death penalty since its reinstatement in 1972. The death penalty was used in the first place to deter people from commiting crimes, but, according to the ACLU, no state that has the death penalty has a significantly lower crime rate than a state without the death penalty."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Nate Jun. 1, 2018
    "Killing a person who has murdered someone will get you no where."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Dikeli Aug. 27, 2018
      "How will it get you nowhere, when the death penalty will bring justice to all those whose lives have been ruined. Justice will be given to those dead and innocent victims and, moreover the culprits will pay for their sins. Aren't those reasons good enough?"
  • -1 +3 -4 Jaron B. May. 31, 2018
    "The death penalty should not be allowed it is unnecessary."
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    • +5 +5 0 Dikeli Aug. 18, 2018
      ""Unnecessary" Really. Do you think all those monstrous people who raped, tortured and killed so many innocent lives should just get away and live freely as if they have done nothing wrong? For example, do you know Junko Furuta? If not, then please go and read her case. Then , you will know that death penalty should be used."
  • -1 +3 -4 fourteen year-old TX May. 22, 2018
    "let say what if the person they killed was the wrong person. after the death new evidence comes to life and shows that another person did it. how will they explain to the family that they killed the wrong person. and now they have to kill the real person. it happens a lot. and you cant bring back that person from the dead. all the family get is an "I'm sorry" from the government. what good does that do. you might have token someone dad or mother. they took someone's son/daughter. and you cant bring them back."
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  • -1 +10 -11 Zuleimi Apr. 23, 2018
    "I hate the fact that people get killed after they kill someone, that is just super missed up."
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    • 0 0 0 unknown Jun. 9, 2018
      "how is that messed up?"
  • -1 +11 -12 THE CON HIMSELF Mar. 6, 2018
    "someone is salty here in the comments well i dont think they should be killed for something they didnt want to do what if they couldnt control themselves and they needed help with therapist"
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  • -1 +27 -28 Batman Dec. 6, 2017
    ""If you kill a killer, the amount of killers stay the same""
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    • +7 +7 0 Dikeli Aug. 18, 2018
      "Really, well, you are only thinking about the killers, what about those they killed, the poor and innocent victims? If you let the killers go, imagine all the victims will be made. But, when we will kill a killer ,i think the amount of victims will reduce."
  • -1 +20 -21 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 29, 2017
    "I agree with some of the con. I think we should have a lengthier Process so we know they're fully guilty. Lets not remove it fully and just make it hard to get on."
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  • -1 +25 -26 Dominic Sep. 5, 2017
    "why do we have to kill people exactly? We have lost enough lives in this world and wars in the US may be coming in the future, so why kill each other when there are other possibilities that CAN."
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  • -1 +26 -27 ..... Mar. 30, 2017
    "Killing someone for killing is the dumbest thing i ever herd... Answer me this... if i were to be accused of murder but i was innocent and they didnt know that and i was put to death then found out i was innocent i would have died for no reason right?"
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    • 0 0 0 ??????????? Dec. 11, 2018
      "The death penalty usually takes effect when somebody kills several people."
    • 0 0 0 indya Apr. 25, 2018
      "thats why before the death penalty is carried out they wait about 15 years to research your case seconed you mustve did something bc to even put yourself in that situation"
  • -1 +15 -16 Maddie Weber Mar. 12, 2017
    "It goes against my religion. As a Jew, I hate the death sentence."
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    • 0 +1 -1 nathan Apr. 28, 2017
      "its sad that the internet is that screwed over in the head sometimes that there is hate over someone saying their religion goes against the death penalty, you shouldnt say "oh i feel like being a loser like almost every other day and im going to go hate on someone" the person who wrote this comment that im commenting on has a good reason to oppose the death penalty wile the people who are pros have no good reason besides money and greed"
    • -2 0 -2 leila May. 7, 2018
      "Why would you be ticked off that he got put to death!! what if he was alive and they let him out of prison and you got molested again because he didn't change than that will be bad for you again"
  • -1 +20 -21 Sense Bringer Mar. 9, 2017
    "Jesus publicly thwarted an execution when he told the people that if they were sinless they could throw the first stone. If you claim to be a Christian and a follower of the Bible, then you have to be against the death penalty because Jesus himself was!"
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    • 0 0 0 leila May. 7, 2018
      "If the death penalty was never there than how would Jesus die for our sins??"
    • -2 +1 -3 c Mar. 14, 2017
      "hypocrite. Separate church and state. your argument is not valid! too bad neither one of us are Jesus!"
    • -2 +1 -3 p Mar. 14, 2017
      "Separate church and state. Your argument is not valid."
    • -3 0 -3 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 29, 2017
      "The Bible shouldn't ever be used to state something. Look up Kennedy V. Louisiana then maybe you'll see why the Death Penalty is good. Kennedy is a Monster"
    • -3 +1 -4 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "the bible states an eye for an eye, and thou shall not kill, and frankly is confusing so i don't think religion is a solid argument for this"
    • -3 +1 -4 Lets be REAL Mar. 14, 2017
      "Too bad neither one of us are Jesus!
      A man recently brutally raped, beat and murdered an innocent 6 month old baby girl! Your saying that he is innocent in God's eyes and he deserves to live? The bible also says that you shall not kill. If the tables were turned, you "christian" hypocrites would have a lot to say as long as the criminal is put down. Right? Right! People like you always have something to say when it doesn't even involve you and you try to pull the lord and your religious affiliations into the argument. SWEETHEART, everyone knows that when it comes to arguments like these, church and state are always separated!!!! Stop pulling the religion card and present some actual evidence to support your argument!"
  • -1 +30 -31 Melina Mar. 1, 2017
    "To be honest, some crimes would make me so angry to not see justice taken account for. There is however, the option of leaving them in jail. Most people say that they will not spend tax money on criminals, and I understand that, but one thing. doesn't killing the killer make killers out of us all? According to the government's logic, killers should be killed. Then, since we have voted to kill the killer, we should all be killed for our crime. Not only that, but with the death penalty, aren't you giving the government power that they need not hold? They now have power to kill people. I believe the Death Penalty should be banned immediately."
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    • +1 +1 0 Anonymous Jun. 13, 2017
      "But the Government isn't running around, killing innocents left and right. They only put people to death who have done heinous acts such as murder. You are also allowed many appeals, so if you are innocent you have multiple chances to prove it."
  • -2 0 -2 wow Dec. 14, 2018
    "The death penalty has been shown with ample evidence to be an ineffective way of punishment. In fact, it has been shown that states that have insinuated the death penalty have more murders than those states who do not have the death penalty. It is the personal belief of many people that there is no such thing as "Killing for good". If it is ok to kill someone who has killed, is it ok to rape someone who has raped or abuse someone who has abused?"
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  • -2 +1 -3 Purple duck Dec. 8, 2018
    "If we are trying to get people not to kill, then I don't think we are setting a very good example."
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    • 0 0 0 11 year old Dec. 11, 2018
      "right"
  • -2 +1 -3 Alan Barnum Dec. 6, 2018
    "If we execute someone for murder aren't we committing murder itself"
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    • +4 +4 0 Diksha Dec. 7, 2018
      "It is true that its not much difference than a murder, but at least its a murder for a good cause. And, tell me one thing, other than this method, what can use to stop these monstrous creatures from killing innocent people? nowadays, criminals don't even fear going to prison, in fact prisons have much more comfort than homes provide. So, we have to kill these people as they do not deserve such grace to live freely in the society after committing such atrocious acts."
  • -2 +1 -3 Nathan Leggett Nov. 29, 2018
    "Since 1977, one year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutionality of the death penalty, more than 1,480 people have been executed, primarily by means of lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes.

    The death penalty is wrong because bad people should not be killed. Nobody wonts to die and the criminal's families do not have to cry over their dead loved one and besides who wont to pay for the funeral that can put a person in det. It will help the criminals and they families.

    The people that will get hurt the victims and the families because the victims and their families would be angry and sad that the man or woman that killed one of your loved ones. Lot of people won't revenge for their loved ones.

    It will benefit the criminal's family so then they do not have to pay for the funeral, and they will be sad. Death penalty, also known as capital punishment is a legal process where the state sends a death row inmate to execution as a punishment for a grave offense committed. Although not all crimes are punishable by death, there are strong opinions shared by both pro-death penalty"
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  • -2 +1 -3 Mayla Nov. 19, 2018
    "I say No. We can handle it in other ways.
    It's Cruel
    Degrading
    Inhumane
    What about families
    People that are under the age of 18 will not have to have the death penalty.
    People should not be killed for killing. In my opinion they should be locked up for the rest of their life.
    If they don't have to do the death penalty they can be locked up for the rest of their life, and they have to live with the fact they have murdered someone or whatever crime they have committed."
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    • +2 +2 0 Dikeli Nov. 29, 2018
      "Really, if the death penalty is cruel, inhumane and degrading, the, what about those people who committed those barbaric and atrocious murders? Aren't these acts inhumane and cruel towards innocent people who lost their lives? People should not be killed for these acts, but be imprisoned? You really think so? Instead, nowadays, some prisons have become better than homes, providing all sorts of comfort, even include swimming pools. You really think those criminals will really reflect on their actions if they are imprisoned, or will they feel guilty? Never!!! They won't ever remember the faces of those innocent victims."
  • -2 +1 -3 Alice Nov. 8, 2018
    "You shouldn't kill a person just because they did something wrong in the world, you should give more acceptance."
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    • +4 +4 0 Dikeli Nov. 10, 2018
      "Give more acceptance to people who killed, raped and tortured innocent victims? Do you really think that ?"
    • +2 +2 0 Dikeli Dec. 11, 2018
      "You are completely right ,a,. Giving acceptance to criminals just mean that we are accepting and welcoming such criminals in our society and encouraging them to continue their horrible acts."
    • +2 +2 0 a Dec. 10, 2018
      "Okay. So if YOUR FREAKKKING FAMILY MEMBER was just murdered you'd go around skipping and all happy going "Oh we should just accept that. Cause you know murdering is fine and should be accepted? NO. Whoever does that is stupid."
  • -2 0 -2 Andrea Nov. 6, 2018
    "the death penalty is wrong. if you kill someone for murder your just as much of a murderer."
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  • -2 0 -2 Anonymous Oct. 22, 2018
    "No because death is a cruel and you can't have cruel or unusual punishment as said by the 8th amendment so a life sentence would be the just thing to do for murder."
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  • -2 0 -2 Nicholas F. Oct. 22, 2018
    "No because death is a cruel and you can't have cruel or unusual punishment as said by the 8th amendment so a life sentence would be the just thing to do for murder."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Paul Oct. 2, 2018
    "I'm against the death penalty. People who have done terrible crimes should have to work in prison and pay for what they have done. Hopefully they can change and be rehabilitated, if not they just do more work.
    The death penalty doesn't work anyway cause people are still commiting serious crimes.
    Why not study the source of the problem.
    Also look at the damage it does to the remaining family and even the victims family.
    I think it's very inhuman to have the death penalty and another wrong decision just like allowing everyone to carry guns in the US."
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    • +6 +6 0 Diksha Oct. 5, 2018
      "So, you really think that just by working in prison will change the minds of criminals. Studying the source of the problem won't solve anything as in a majority of cases, the source of crimes are usually insignificant and ridiculous reasons. For example, people can kill each other just for a cigarette. But the death penalty will be used as a weapon to scare away those horrible monsters taking innocents lives. And, instead wouldn't it act as a justice for the victim's family? Death penalty is inhuman yes, but what about those criminals who did even more inhuman acts? Should we let them live freely? I don't think they deserve such grace."
  • -2 +2 -4 END Jul. 13, 2018
    "I think it is not fair,we need to forgive and not kill our own kind,I mean think of it,should we kill people for killing others,should we kill our own kind,what if you where in that situation,you would think it won't be fair.
    Putting people in a cell for years and years will make them fell sorry for themselves and maybe even the person that they killed.
    I think it should be that way instead of killing people...right?"
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    • 0 0 0 Anon Nov. 27, 2018
      "But can you give a reason for why people should forgive then? No-one is obligated to forgive someone who has wrong them just because they're human."
  • -2 +3 -5 a 14 year old girl Jun. 28, 2018
    "how does it save lives and how are there less killers? when you kill someone you become a killer yourself. killing isn't justified it can never be justified. saying that there are now less killers in the world is false and don't give me that "murder and killing" isn't the same thing" cuz I call bull**** because the fact of the matter is a person is dead, innocent or not. When the person was born it's not like they just suddenly liked to kill people alright. these killers were once innocent children, but something happened to make them this way, but no one seems to care about that because instead of asking "what made you this way" we choose to just kill them out of pure hate not cause "iT's JusTicE" but because we are hateful people that like having blood shed but refuse to admit it which is why we choose to say that its justice or that its right or that it brings closure.
    good day."
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  • -2 +3 -5 leila May. 7, 2018
    "You guys keep on saying that instead of risking your life for death take them to jail. What makes jail any better. There's still people who spent 10-20 years in jail and still come out the same.Why are you fighting for people who keep on doing wrong when you give them a chance?"
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    • +1 +1 0 11 year old girl Aug. 20, 2018
      "because everyone needs chances not death"
  • -2 +11 -13 Some Kid Apr. 4, 2018
    "I think it shouldn't be allowed, due to the fact that they don't need to get out of it and die/be killed. They just need to rot in jail for a very long time, or even for the rest of their life. The End"
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  • -2 +7 -9 N.D.P Feb. 22, 2018
    "The death penalty goes against our most basic human right - the right to life
    Being killed by lethal injection or being electrocuted is not always smooth and painless, sometimes it causes a painful death
    No-one has ever proven with numbers that killing murderers stops other people committing similar crimes
    Mistakes are sometimes made in the law - what if someone is killed who is actually innocent?"
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    • +1 +1 0 tup Mar. 6, 2018
      "also in order for a successful lethal injection, doctors are needed. if they do anything to help, as much as check if victim is dead, they are going against the hypocrates oath"
    • -2 0 -2 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
      "OK, so we lock someone up for a lifetime (which IS a death sentence) and they get cancer and die in excruciating pain because, according to your argument, we cannot administer a lethal injection to ease their suffering. Nasty..."
  • -2 +25 -27 dank Dec. 5, 2017
    "if a murderer is murdered, are you not the murderer of a murderer?"
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  • -2 +22 -24 Chelsea Mar. 29, 2017
    "my sisters and I was molested a few years back and he got put to death it kinda ticks me off because he didn't really have to pay he just died i wish he had life in jail but its to late now i was to yong to say any thing... P.S. there should not be a death penalty at all."
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    • +4 +5 -1 me Apr. 5, 2017
      "But couldn't you say that you feel security that that man won't harm anyone ever again?"
    • 0 +2 -2 unknown Mar. 30, 2017
      "soooooooooooooooo....................... true"
  • -2 +55 -57 brittiany Mar. 9, 2017
    "You can not be for something & also be against it.
    You can not kill someone for killing someone. We would be no better than they are.
    When murders kill a person they do it because they think what they're doing is right in their mind. Just like when we sentence a person to the death penalty we do it because we think its the right thing to do. The problem is we don't always understand our actions.
    Besides if we really want someone to suffer, we let them rot in prison. Death is an easy way out.
    If your worried about prisoner escapes, the percentage has dropped more than half in the past decade. In Florida there were 10 escapes last year, 9 of which were caught. In the U.S roughly 2% of prisoners escape each year."
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Mar. 21, 2018
      "I think since I think there's no God then we should kill them."
    • 0 +1 -1 Chan May. 16, 2017
      "If someone steals my dollar and I steal it back, am I wrong?"
  • -2 +12 -14 Nyz*** Mar. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty has been and remains one of society's most controversial issues"
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  • -2 +27 -29 A Person Mar. 1, 2017
    "Death is a bad thing."
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    • 0 0 0 Another Person Apr. 26, 2018
      "So is killing"
    • -1 +1 -2 sincere Mar. 9, 2017
      "give more reasons and evidence on why death is a bad thing"
    • -2 0 -2 Anonymous Jan. 22, 2018
      "but what if the offender is released after prison and kills a mass amount of people? Not to mention that everyone dies anyway and modern forms of death penalty are painless like lethal injection. I can argue both ways tbh"
  • -3 0 -3 Anonymous Dec. 3, 2018
    "we should not have the death penalty"
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  • -3 +1 -4 Smart 7th grader Aug. 30, 2018
    "The death penalty shouldn't be allowed because if you kill someone than you die for it."
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  • -3 +2 -5 ymani May. 4, 2018
    "there shouldnt be one cause..its not like it going to bring your family member back whats the piont! Another thing what if your family member were sitting on death row how would you feel?"
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    • 0 0 0 skylar Jun. 16, 2018
      "How would you feel if your family member was murdered and the murderer got to live out their life given food, water and shelter, while your family member gets nothing?"
  • -3 +10 -13 Anonymous Mar. 27, 2018
    "The death penalty is great! Just ignore all the people we've executed on false charges."
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    • 0 0 0 skylar Jun. 16, 2018
      "A life sentence is great! Just ignore the murders left to rot and drown in their mental illness' while someone is murdered in cold-blood. :)"
  • -3 +13 -16 S C Mar. 19, 2018
    "killing someone does not fix your problems."
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    • 0 0 0 luke May. 2, 2018
      "Umm yes it does thats why murder and rape crimes went down significantly once the death penalty was instituted back in 1973...."
  • -3 +10 -13 Eva Nov. 19, 2017
    "I think no, the murders have loved ones and families.
    the death penalty is also expensive, in 1987, the penalty costs 4 billion. sometimes the death plenty can kill innocent people."
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  • -3 +18 -21 Alyx Sep. 15, 2017
    "I believe it shouldn't be allowed... They should suffer life in prison, like the families they ruined have to suffer."
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  • -3 +17 -20 Nick Jul. 7, 2017
    "Death is a cowardly way to punish a murder. Harsher punishments may prove suitable fit the crime better."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 30, 2017
      "He killed a guy. If you take life yours should be taken"
  • -3 +10 -13 S Mar. 7, 2017
    "The death penalty shouldn't be allowed because many people who get on death row, sit their for years living on tax payer money while the victim being tax payers pay for it."
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    • 0 0 0 skylar Jun. 16, 2018
      "Well if you simply allow them to live their life in prison then they will be sitting their with food, water and shelter, living off of taxpayers money as well. You would be protecting the people who murdered those who actually needed protecting."
  • -4 0 -4 precious carter Oct. 26, 2018
    "Why be punished by death if you can just live in prison for the rest of your life."
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    • +2 +2 0 Dikeli Oct. 30, 2018
      "This is because maybe you don't know but nowadays some prisons are even better places than homes, providing all forms of comfort. Prisons even include spas, swimming pools, tv. Now, do you really think that criminals who have killed and tortured innocent people should just pay by living in such prisons? Is that what we call justice?"
  • -4 +11 -15 brady Apr. 13, 2018
    "its mean"
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    • +1 +1 0 ProBoi440 Apr. 26, 2018
      "You right. Man I never thought about it like that"
  • -4 +6 -10 Valerie Mar. 1, 2018
    "No it should be allowed because just finishing the person off will give them what they want if the get sent to prison for live they will just have to suffer and its better for them to suffer than just to kill them and give them what they want."
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  • -4 +6 -10 Ron'Ziana F. Feb. 28, 2018
    "I don't think that the death penalty should be allowed because if someone was to get the death penalty then they will have to died and they will have either have to stand in front of people and have blood coming out of your head/mouth and/or your whole body."
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  • -4 +7 -11 Kearstin Feb. 26, 2018
    "Out of 7,482 death sentences from 1973-2004, 117 inmates were exonerated. It probably doesn't seem like a lot, but if it were you or someone very close to you, it would matter."
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    • 0 0 0 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
      "Can you also tally the number of innocent victims and what if one of them were close to you? Also, this is 2018 - do you not think technology has advanced to reduce errors? Why would those old data be still valid?"
  • -4 +4 -8 hi Feb. 23, 2018
    "if you are killing some you are killing your self but if you get a death penalty for killing some that is bad because people make mistakes and people got to under stand that yes you killed someone but your going to spend a boring time in prison for that that's like getting revenge your getting them back there spinding a boring time in prison eating nasty food maybe presidents want that but killing people for killing a other person is wrong"
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    • 0 0 0 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
      "So if your country is being invaded, do you think it wrong to retaliate against the people in the invader's country? If not, then you contradict "killing people for killing a other person is wrong""
  • -4 +8 -12 something Feb. 21, 2018
    "if you kill someone than you should get a death penalty because you took someones life so you get your life taken"
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    • 0 0 0 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
      "We are all under a death penalty, in case you hadn't noticed. It's just a question of when and how."
  • -4 +6 -10 Khaleesi83 Feb. 17, 2018
    "For the bible thumping crowd, I thought a big teaching in the word of Christianity was that only God can pass final judgement, I think if God was the entity you claimed him to be so fervently, all human life, yours included would not be in his favor in the slightest and every last human soul on this planet deserves the fate a certain group of humans decide for another human who decided the fate of another human. Its a vicious chain of judgement upon judgement. 1 person decided another person should die for any reason, insane or meticulously planned and thought out, and another person in a certain position decides that person should die because of it. My point is there is a huge life/death/morality hypocrisy that exists in our advanced brains that creates debates like this one and causes a huge humanity defining rift in our species that makes us live tormenting and artificial lives when nature should be allowed to lead us the way it was might to from the beginning before humans gained the ability to develop sensations of greed, power and other unnecessary and unnatural complex thought patterns. The only thing that separates us from most animals is our ability to speak and create complex creations with our hands don't forget that"
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    • 0 0 0 Kearstin Feb. 26, 2018
      "You got on here to share your views on Christianity, and say that nature should lead the way. Lead the way for what? If someone is a serial killer, what do you think their consequence should be?"
  • -4 +5 -9 Chloe Jan. 26, 2018
    "It takes a killer to kill someone"
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    • 0 0 0 Trevor's Brother Mar. 27, 2018
      "Unless the person they are killing is a killer then it's justice."
  • -4 +15 -19 Altony Nov. 9, 2017
    "Why must we kill the killers? A life sentence is more severe, and isn't our government built on giving people their God-given rights: LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Mar. 21, 2018
      "If you think about it that person took that Persons LIFE, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness by killing them. So yes we should kill them"
  • -4 +13 -17 Gabriel Sep. 4, 2017
    "No, We dont have the right to judge the importance of other people's lives. So the death penalty should not be allowed"
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  • -4 +14 -18 Japneet Jun. 19, 2017
    "No cause if we do then we are basically killers as well so we shouldn't"
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  • -4 +24 -28 JustARandomDude Jun. 15, 2017
    "I think not!"
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    • +2 +2 0 Homas Oct. 24, 2017
      "awsome"
    • -2 0 -2 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      ""I think yes""
  • -4 +26 -30 roy t. Apr. 18, 2017
    "I think that the death penalty should just be removed in general because you're no better for murdering them"
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  • -4 +11 -15 Aycona M. Mar. 6, 2017
    "You shouldn't be killing criminals because they took they someone's life away if you take that criminals life away you a murder too and only god decides when it's time to go not you. You will rot in hell with that criminal if you don't ask god for forgiveness."
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  • -4 +8 -12 Rms student Feb. 22, 2017
    "The death penalty is killing our population"
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    • 0 +1 -1 RoastedNToasted Jun. 13, 2017
      "How is it killing our population? Our current population is around 7 billion. Let's say every year 10,000 people are put to death. In 10 years that's 100,000 people. That's still not even 1% of the population of the US. The death penalty gives families closure, knowing murderers aren't ever going to see another day, another woman, another sunrise. The death penalty helps lower murder rates and crime."
    • 0 +1 -1 Jeff Mar. 17, 2017
      "true but the planet is overpopulated anyway so that is not the problem"
  • -4 +26 -30 Jordan T. Feb. 10, 2017
    "I am personally against the death penalty. It's stupid and immoral! The government should not be allowed to take away human life, no matter how stupid the crime is."
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    • +1 +1 0 ferewq Jan. 22, 2018
      "well its not for stupid crimes, its for crimes of mass murder of worse and to ensure that it does not happen again"
  • -4 +7 -11 Sherry Feb. 9, 2017
    "I believe the death penalty is against what God's command is to all of us as humans. If someone does you wrong be the better person and don't kill them but rather sentence them to a lifetime in jail"
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    • -2 0 -2 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Mar. 21, 2018
      "God's not real.(My thoughts)

      use something else other than just saying God(God knows all). He doesn't know all."
  • -4 +41 -45 BELUGA Feb. 1, 2017
    "If we kill we are as bad as they are."
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    • 0 0 0 Panda Jan. 18, 2018
      "Doki Doki be my friend :)"
    • 0 0 0 DATBOIDOM Nov. 24, 2017
      "you tell them BELUGA"
  • -5 +1 -6 Wisdome teeh May. 3, 2018
    "the people that kill the murders.... Does that make them murders to? Because they are the ones doing the real killing."
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  • -5 +3 -8 a student Feb. 13, 2018
    "more people would want to die rather than go so that is worse than death."
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  • -5 +5 -10 me Feb. 9, 2018
    "its as bad as them"
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  • -5 +13 -18 Yoshi Feb. 1, 2018
    "The death penalty is a disadvantage for America and should be banned or many innocent, helpless people will die in brutal, painful, and inhumane forms of death and punishment."
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  • -5 +7 -12 just that chick Jan. 26, 2018
    "humans have rights. of of those is the right to live. if we bring back the death penalty, aren't we denying a human being their right to live?
    of course they have done bad things. they took someones life and decided for them to live or die, but personally, i don't think our government should do the same thing.
    the death of someone should never be in someone else's hand!
    people think that prison is not cruel enough, but the whole part of prison is to make prisoners think about what they have done, and sometimes, our thoughts can be a lot scarier than any other penalty.
    the death penalty doesn't only affect the murdere's, it affects their loved ones, family, close friends,..., and the death penalty has killed so many innocent people.
    my opinion is probably never going to change because i simply think that is is wrong."
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    • +1 +1 0 Hello. Feb. 7, 2018
      "Yes, but the fact is that most of the people the death penalty will affect, they have already unfairly taken the lives of one or many people. This is just justice, " an eye for an eye". Would you opinion change if someone you know is murdered, and that man isn't killed for his actions? Yes, it would. There is evidence that most people whose loved one(s) was killed, accidentally or on purpose, wants justice."
  • -5 +6 -11 No Deaths Jan. 19, 2018
    "A person is a person no matter what crimes they commit. We all have a life so we shouldn't takes theirs. Also who ever flips the switch to kill them is really also a murderer. We should think if God would be happy with this choice."
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  • -5 +13 -18 Anonymous Dec. 6, 2017
    "Killing people is wrong no matter how you put it. Two wrongs never make a right. If you kill a killer, aren't you now a murderer yourself?"
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  • -5 +4 -9 Garrett Nov. 29, 2017
    "Citizens convicted with murder should not face the death penalty. The people convicted want us to kill them because it is taking the easy way out. Instead we should let them suffer for their actions by letting them sit in jail for the rest of their lives."
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  • -5 +13 -18 Beast12boy Nov. 7, 2017
    "I agree with this side 1,000,000,000,000,000%!!!!"
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  • -5 +21 -26 Dominic Sep. 6, 2017
    "People have lives. The pros may have more votes but they can't stop us from commenting."
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  • -5 +8 -13 Samuel May. 9, 2017
    "If its manslaughter (Accidental murder) then, a man/ woman is being executed for killing someone on accident. That is a hole in the death sentence"
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    • +2 +2 0 Anonymous Jun. 13, 2017
      "@bo3 he is talking about like running someone over with a car but you aren't sentenced to death for manslaughter. Only first-degree murder and rape, for most cases. Honestly I swear nobody on the con side has any idea what they are talking about. All the posts are "Killing is bad" and "It's not fair"."
    • -2 0 -2 bo3 May. 19, 2017
      "Ummm... I'm very confused. How do you kill someone on accident? Your not just gonna walk into a street and have a weapon with you then you suddenly fall and then they get stabbed or shot. ummm"
  • -5 +8 -13 Zackree B. May. 9, 2017
    "No they shouldn't be bring back becaus what if someone killed someone just let them Live a life sentence in prison that's why I would say no because just let them live a worse life in prison then killing them by a death penalty but that means that the prison is responsible for the death but no don't bring back the death penalty in the United States of America ???????? that is why I am saying no and what if you had a family member that had to die for something or would you rather have them just live n prison till they die but still that's no good."
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  • -5 +8 -13 Jake Apr. 24, 2017
    "Just a little proof that the death penalty does not deter crime, Vermont has the lowest rate of violent crime in the U.S and they have abolished the death penalty. Texas has the fifteenth highest violent crimes rate, and they are the largest users of the death penalty"
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    • 0 0 0 Anonymous Jun. 13, 2017
      "Vermont also has literally 2.37% the population of Texas(as of 2013, according to the US Census Bureau). More people = more crime. The death penalty isn't going to stop every single criminal. The majority of people imprisoned are not put to death. More people are killed in prison by prisoners than by the death sentence. So there is a good chance they will die either way."
  • -6 +6 -12 Khaleesi83 Feb. 17, 2018
    "I don't think serial killers like Ted Bundy took the death penalty to heart when committing his heinous acts. I don't think any true psychopathic person would stop and think twice about murdering a child because they could face a death sentence if caught, if that were the case, every state that still did it probably wouldn't have to anymore. It doesn't work, it is final, even after some accused and convicted death roll inmates have been proven to be in fact innocent after their final sentence has been carried out. For the religious what does that mean for the people who had a hand in a innocent person's death? It's final and absolute, i don't get how people can believe in end all be all, nothing after death or reincarnation can approve it when to me it seems like a escape from punishment. Death frees a person in many ways. Whether or not you believe in a after life doesn't change the crime and absolute final end in the punishment. I dead man can't repent for his terrible act against a child, he is free from the guilt he may have to live with and hatred directed at him and his existence. Death is peace and I don't think monsters that murder children deserves the gift of leaving this terrible world and escaping real punishment."
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    • 0 0 0 Brian Nielsen Mar. 27, 2018
      "You seem to think that "death is too good" for the worst criminals - but psychopaths, by their very nature, are not going to be repentant - they might actually like prison! One option would be to remove their sight and send them out after a long prison sentence, to see how they rate being the victim."
    • 0 +1 -1 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Mar. 20, 2018
      "I see what you're say but I would rather have a dead serial killer then one that could escape."
  • -6 +3 -9 Jasmine Feb. 14, 2018
    "The question is "is it alright to kill a humen being?" the answer is "NO" that would make us bad as they are we might as well use death penalty on ourselfs...if we use it it on them"
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  • -6 +3 -9 Michael Feb. 13, 2018
    "death penalty should not be allowed because the thing is you got look at yourself and make the world a better place"
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    • 0 0 0 jeffy b. Feb. 14, 2018
      "that is subjective, and doesn't make sense, you make the world a better place"
  • -6 +9 -15 Aubrey T. Feb. 7, 2018
    "the death penalty shouldn't be allowed because killing someone is still killing someone so you sexually assault someone then you get sexually assaulted??!! NO!"
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  • -6 +4 -10 a seventh grader Dec. 13, 2017
    "The death penalty should be ceased because any religious person should know that you can go to hell by killing someone."
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    • +2 +2 0 Brad Jan. 5, 2018
      "You make a good point but not all religions are the same."
    • -2 0 -2 Andrew Feb. 22, 2018
      "Yeah who said god was even real at all."
  • -6 +13 -19 Andrew Dec. 13, 2017
    "Just because they killed doesn't give us the right to do the same"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Sudipto Feb. 9, 2018
      "So who gave them the right to kill on the 1st place. Please do explain!!"
  • -6 +12 -18 Anonymous Sep. 26, 2017
    "If we are trying to stop people from killing, then we have no saying in this, if we do the death penalty. The death penalty is also killing people."
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  • -6 +7 -13 Ken Apr. 26, 2017
    "So if America can justify it for a crime it deems worthy, who are they to condemn it in other countries that deem it worthy for other crimes/offenses.
    I have also long believed that until we know why the Timothy McVeigh's do what they do, we will never be able to prevent it, if at all possible.. QC. Canada"
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  • -6 +22 -28 erza scarlet Apr. 18, 2017
    "the death penalty is pretty much like saying " you killed someone so we will kill you" it makes no sense because you're killing someone who murdered someone else, so basically saying you murdered someone so we will murder you..."
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    • +1 +1 0 Ken K. Apr. 24, 2017
      "fairytale"
  • -6 +16 -22 eren j. Apr. 18, 2017
    "we should not kill anyone for treason trust me i was here"
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  • -6 +13 -19 ????????????? Mar. 28, 2017
    "If just go and kill the jail bird for killing a person they should not be put to death because they wont have to suffer the pain of jail."
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    • 0 0 0 FAAAAACTS Jun. 13, 2017
      "How is jail painful??? They sit there in a nice bed with good food and have recreational time. There is nothing they can suffer from except for other inmates killing them, but then they could have just used the death penalty instead."
  • -6 +9 -15 Jeff Mar. 17, 2017
    "if someone you loved was killed then you would know the pain and would not want there brothers and/or sisters to go through the same thing you are"
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  • -6 +19 -25 NO DEATH PENALTY Mar. 15, 2017
    "You can not have the death penalty. Sure, it costs less than life sentence, but it is very inhumane. Back in the 1800's, we used to hang people, and I think that might be even more humane than injecting them with a death liquid."
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    • +1 +1 0 NextTime,Try Jun. 13, 2017
      "How is hanging more humane? With hanging you have to stay there, slowly suffocating. With lethal injection, you are given anesthetics, and a muscle paralysis. The only reason death sentence costs more is because they have to pay for the appeal cases."
    • -3 +1 -4 jeff Mar. 16, 2017
      "death penatly costs more than a lifetime scentence"
  • -6 +10 -16 Mytao Feb. 27, 2017
    "I just want Killers and Rapists to live a long life in prison where they can't tell a fart from a yawn."
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  • -6 +18 -24 Merp Feb. 15, 2017
    "It will be a chain of killers. Because the person that killed the killer is going to be a killer and then another person has to kill the killer that killed the killer and then another person has to kill the killer that killed the killer that killed the killer that killed the killer and so on. So ya"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Mr. Logic Feb. 16, 2017
      "Usually the executor will not be killed as the execution was legal."
    • -1 +1 -2 Melina Mar. 1, 2017
      "That is the best explanation I have ever heard. No joke."
  • -6 +7 -13 Kayla Feb. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because it causes death sometimes towards innocent people."
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  • -6 +11 -17 Logan V. Feb. 8, 2017
    "I think the death penalty should not be allowed because every human evil or not has a right to live on and see what they can accomplish in the rest of their life time, And if someone is so evil that they need to be put down, and the prison system can not help them, then i think America should get a better prison system"
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    • 0 0 0 ANONYMOUS Apr. 24, 2018
      "If America were to upgrade their system, this would need money, meaning increase of tax. All of this mean one thing, and that is you have to pay for monsters that don't deserve any of it."
  • -6 +7 -13 coffe Feb. 8, 2017
    "having a death penalty is taking away peoples al the right. It is too strict to just take their life. we should give the second chance than. so the can be a active member of the society again. also there is other ways like rehabilitation.."
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  • -6 +5 -11 samantha Feb. 7, 2017
    "In my opinion the death penalty should not be allowed because imagine all the love ones people lose because of the death penalty. Also i know they did bad stuff to get the death penalty but it is better to keep them locked up in jail instead of killing them because they don't deserve it. Also imagine your son or yourself having to be in death penalty what would you do??"
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  • -6 +10 -16 anonymous Jan. 31, 2017
    "you do not have the right to take a life from someone who is like you!!"
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    • +2 +2 0 a person Apr. 25, 2017
      "They are not anything like innocent people. Innocents didn't kill someone like they did, did they? If they were like us they wouldn't do something so cruel and to undeserving people!"
    • +2 +2 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "The killer is NOT like me. They are sick minded and murder and rape people."
  • -6 +17 -23 Cena Jan. 5, 2017
    "Death is not good, yet we still kill. We do not care about other lives, let them all suffer, give them all the your biggest punishments, the death penalty is one of the punishments that is not even that big, as it is common. Murderers get punished, as it is what they deserve"
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  • -7 +5 -12 Brad Jan. 5, 2018
    "There would have to be an exicushener and would he be deemed unholy for what they do."
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    • 0 0 0 Andrew Feb. 22, 2018
      "That's called a firing squad. You give 1 the bullet and no one knows who killed the person."
  • -7 +2 -9 asusena Dec. 20, 2017
    "this should not be allowed like i understand going to jail for a while but killing someone are you serious ?"
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  • -7 +2 -9 A Person Dec. 15, 2017
    "Would you be any better if you killed someone? Oh and also what if they been framed? What if someone always gets away with some the INNOCENT person who was killed MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE WILL DIE. Also the people who do the death penaltys will have death wishes on them and the death penalty penalty people will be killed and and more people will die and then some people will be accidentally killed then again MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE WILL DIE.
    So next time you think about saying you agree with death penaltys just think about this"
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  • -7 +8 -15 Dorathy Dec. 7, 2017
    "No, It depends on the seriousness of the crime
    It doesn't matter what they do, you don't kill a person for any reason.
    if you kill a murderer, the number of murderers in the world remains unchanged.
    Sure an "eye for an eye" might seem pleasurable, but what does that say about our society
    That we are no better than the criminals themselves

    It's unreasonable to take the life of a human being in such a manner
    You shouldn't kill someone because of their crime it's just wrongs it's like you're the killer
    it wouldn't be acceptable even if they blew up entire planets but seriously who does that anyway
    don't kill them all, bad guys could change but some good guys can't change
    If you were to kill a criminal because they murdered someone else, the you are no better than them."
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  • -7 +7 -14 Brewer Nov. 15, 2017
    "death penalty is dumb you are no better then them"
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