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


Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?

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  • +119 +243 -124 Student No. 94 Jan. 15, 2016
    "The death penalty is reasonable. After all, we can't just let killers live, because they might escape prison and kill more people. We have to keep the public safe. Safety matters. As ghandi said, "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." But we still have one eye left."
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    • +5 +7 -2 Student No. 94 Mar. 23, 2016
      "No offense, Think about it, but you really don't have that strong of a point. Only SOME criminals would rather die, and besides, like I said, they can still escape and do more harm. And having prisoners under high security doesn't really help jobless citizens get a job. The death penalty really is necessary to keep our country a safe place."
    • +2 +3 -1 girlgirl Apr. 20, 2017
      "that may be true in some way but, killing a murderer won't keep the public safe there is more murderer's out there than you think."
    • +1 +3 -2 Both ways Apr. 14, 2017
      "Alexis S you made that up I know that you did because I've done research on that topic and it is actually 10 out of 100 prisoners escape jail that means that only 100 out of 1000 prisoners escape jail. Also you can't have 0.18 of a person. So I wouldn't say anything unless you know the facts."
    • 0 0 0 Garett Nov. 14, 2017
      "So what your really saying is that our jails are not secure. Look at how many people actually escape from jail. Life without parole is more just."
    • 0 0 0 44 Sep. 25, 2017
      "well i am not against the death penalty i am just unsure of it i mean sometimes the person put to death is completely innocent and the killer is still out there and even with the death penalty we still have murderers out in the world the death penalty isn't scaring anyone."
    • 0 0 0 44 Sep. 25, 2017
      "see the thing is im not against the death penalty i just want the government to be 100% sure they have the right person because alot of the time the person killed is innocent"
    • 0 +1 -1 abcd Sep. 11, 2017
      "why test animals there are plenty of killers a child preditors"
    • 0 +1 -1 Matt Jan. 26, 2017
      "Until we retaliate in kind again? I don't think that Ghandi proposed we can all retaliate once then it stops before it gets out of hand"
    • -1 +4 -5 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
      "Only 0.18 of 1,000 inmates actually successfully escape"
    • -2 +1 -3 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "That is taken out of context t, and it only takes one death that was an innocent person to override the death sentence! And too many have been put to death that were found to be innocent after death and that is not justice!"
    • -2 +3 -5 tacocat May. 10, 2016
      "anyone think about getting alcatraz up and running again?"
    • -12 +2 -14 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "but you cant have rape for rape can you, and the prisonors would have high sercurity also helping jobless citizens get a job all in all helping the world., the death penalty doesnt stop criminals from commiting crimes, they would rather die than suffer, they dont deserve the choice"
  • +52 +111 -59 Ashlyn Sep. 19, 2016
    ""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 in 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.

    Criminals should fear our justice system.
    Lawful citizens should be able to depend on it.""I believe that this should only be allowed to protect people from dangerous murderers and thieves, etc. What bothers me the most is that people want to get rid of the death penalty, which only happens to bad people, and yet the are all for abortion, which happens to babies who are not given a chance to even make one mistake and have a bed to sleep on! Inmates shouldn't have those opportunities, especially when they are there for horrific things!"
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    • -2 0 -2 2-D May. 3, 2017
      "I feel very disappointed that fact that you would accept people's death. That just makes you a monster without even knowing it."
    • -3 0 -3 anonymous May. 17, 2017
      "the bible can't necessarily come into play in a topic as such, this is just driving towards religion, it should be predominately about whether it was manslaughter or a legit murder"
  • +39 +148 -109 Nov. 30, 2015
    "Common sense, people. If you had the chance, would you kill ISIS, or Hitler, or Osama bin Laden? Exactly"
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    • +1 +1 0 Matt Jun. 8, 2017
      "Yes, but those people have killed lots of people. A murderer kills one normally."
    • 0 0 0 mason Oct. 9, 2017
      "ISIS is not a person"
    • 0 +1 -1 COMMON SENSE Apr. 28, 2017
      "ghostfire no there is not a big difference, isis is not 1-5 people its over 2,000! thats killing 2,000 people, if we let them wait it out i bet you their death would be more painful than we could ever imagine, but you taking their lives is not cool, how would you like to live with the guilt of killing 2,000 people for the rest of your life, you would want to die also. dont give them what they want, dont show them that their religion is better than yours, they say that muslims treat people better and stuff like that and that islam is a better religion than any, show them that other religions also have self control!"
    • 0 +1 -1 nathan webster Apr. 27, 2017
      "what and let them get out of a punishment? i would rather see them suffer horribly and have them live a full lifetime of torment"
    • 0 +4 -4 Dak Prescott Feb. 27, 2017
      "but they wold suffer more in a stone cold room with nothing to eat but dirty rice and cold potatoes every 12 hours naked for the rest of there life chained to the wall



      EXACTLY"
    • -2 +4 -6 fish Mar. 15, 2017
      "i agree prescott"
    • -3 +4 -7 lololol Apr. 11, 2017
      "Hitler is dead so is Osama and isis is not a person"
    • -8 0 -8 Ghostfire Apr. 5, 2017
      "they all killed thousands the people we are killing killed 1-5 people their is a big difference"
  • +38 +67 -29 Amelia Oct. 21, 2016
    "The Death Penalty, like abortion, is kind of a rough topic to discuss.
    For Con I say what if the person who was killed is actually innocent, and the actual criminal has long since fled the country (just an example)?
    How does the death penalty affect families? Relatives of the person put to death may feel the need to seek revenge for what the government did to their loved one. I'm just a student and this is just my opinion.
    For Pro, I say these criminals did horrible things and need to be punished for what they've done. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,..." But putting somebody to death for their crimes is still murder. This is a tough topic and my class and I have to debate on this subject.
    The sixth Commandment is "Thou shall not kill".
    My dad is in the Military and wholeheartedly supports the death penalty."
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  • +29 +62 -33 Shawn Wilcox Jun. 2, 2016
    "If someone kills because of anger, grief, religion, racism, or sexism they shouldn't be able to live. They took the life of A CHILD, A HUSBAND, A BROTHER/SISTER, or A PARENT. Seriously!!!!!!! The reason the world is full of murderers, rapist, sex offenders, Etc.Is because we are afraid to punish someone for the wrongs they have done. Even in the Bible it states in Mathew 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.'" This states that he/she who kills shall be killed for their punishment. The Death Penalty is a must in a world that has major criminals running rampant in the streets because a bunch of people thought that they should get a second chance. Think about the victims families. What do you think goes through their heads when they see that the convict who killed or raped their family member is going to be out in 25 years. What if he/she strikes again when he/she gets out??
    Thanks for reading now have a nice day."
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    • +2 +2 0 Student Sep. 14, 2017
      "Im Pro too but I dont think the bible states that there is a death penalty. The Bible says murders will be liable to judgement not the death penalty"
    • -1 0 -1 44 Sep. 25, 2017
      "plus what if they got the wrong person?"
  • +28 +62 -34 Audrey Jan. 15, 2016
    "Death penalty should be allowed because, the consequence of the crime should be equal to the crime the person committed. But, then again all criminals should not receive a death penalty for some crime that doesn't deserve it."
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    • +1 +1 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "Exactly, each punishment deserves a crime equal to the crime they did. Doesn't always mean the same thing. Let's just say, your mom got killed. Wouldn't you want the person who killed her dead as well?"
    • +1 +1 0 Both ways Apr. 14, 2017
      "no but they should have a punishment equally as severe as raping someone"
    • +1 +1 0 raf Mar. 28, 2017
      "so should rapers be raped"
  • +22 +44 -22 Jack Nov. 20, 2015
    "Did victims get their choice of a last meal? Did they get told they were going to die soon? Did they get to die in a less painless way?"
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    • -2 +1 -3 Erza Scarlet Apr. 18, 2017
      "no offense, but i really dont get what you're implying here..."
  • +20 +57 -37 Riley Oct. 16, 2016
    "If one taketh then one givith"
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    • 0 0 0 Zahraa/annebeth Aug. 22, 2017
      "Lol"
    • -1 +1 -2 hussain Feb. 2, 2017
      "amen"
    • -2 +1 -3 Commoon Sense Mar. 23, 2017
      ""Hey, killing is wrong. But if you kill somebody, I'm going to kill you!" ~Hypocrisy, unknown (BC/AD)"
  • +18 +42 -24 Billy Bob Joe Nov. 30, 2016
    "I think that we should do the Death penalty but it would depend on the crime that they did if they die or not."
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  • +13 +32 -19 Anonymous Dec. 1, 2016
    "This was very helpful information when creating a debate points for school. i thought some people had very good points."
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    • +3 +3 0 bob Dec. 9, 2016
      "i am doing that right now in school!!!!!!"
  • +10 +33 -23 Okiku Mar. 11, 2016
    "Criminals should fear our justice system.
    Lawful citizens should be able to depend on it."
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  • +9 +16 -7 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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  • +6 +14 -8 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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  • +6 +13 -7 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 +14 -9 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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  • +5 +12 -7 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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  • +5 +22 -17 kai Ralston Mar. 14, 2016
    "Yes most deffinetly because when a person take away somebody's life. Since he had stolen other's life, he had robbed away the victim everything. He'd should be prepared to receive the Death Penalty when he kill someone. He need to know his own sin.I totally agree with you. Death penalty is a killing, and this person have no rights to take somebody's life. It's a great sin. i don't know how would i live if I would have taken someone's life"
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    • +2 +2 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "yes but the criminal PREPARED for the death peanlty meaning he/she wants to die, the criminal shall not get what he wants he deserves the opposite and if he already thought about being kiiled for a consequence of murder that means the death penalty isnt changeing anything when it comes to crimes, which states that criminals rather die for a consequence. the death penalty dooesn't deterr anything (stop anything)"
  • +4 +11 -7 John Dobres Apr. 24, 2017
    "They should die because they took a life away for someone."
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  • +4 +18 -14 SCP: Guardian Sep. 14, 2016
    "Send them to D-class for the SCP."
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  • +3 +10 -7 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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    • +1 +1 0 Ethan Sep. 7, 2017
      "or save time and money and put 20 cents worth of lead in them yourself"
  • +3 +8 -5 John Dobres Mar. 21, 2017
    "People kills someone because they don't want to live."
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  • +3 +11 -8 John Dobres Mar. 17, 2017
    "They wanted someone to die so they should get it returned."
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  • +3 +17 -14 Charles S. Oct. 31, 2016
    "Many criminals have committed heinous acts of murder that are gruesome and purely awful. Taxpayers should not pay for murderers, serial killers, rapists/murderers to receive good food and excellent medical attention in a good prison to live out their days. They took away something that one's family can not get back - a son, daughter, father mother, sister, brother, friend, and that is irredeemable. The acts these criminals have committed is sickening, it wrecks my day especially when I hear of a family killed of a child killed of malnutrition by an abusive parent. Those awful and wretched people have every right to be killed!"
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  • +3 +24 -21 Marcos Oct. 29, 2016
    "Death penalty provides closure for victims and their families and it would teach other would-be criminals a lesson better sending them to jail."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "Closure is a myth and never really happens. But forgiveness is divinevitable and if you forgive you must forget, because you CAN NOT get to heaven with hate in your heart!"
    • -2 0 -2 Matt Jan. 26, 2017
      ""Loved ones, wrenched away from our lives by violent crime, deserve more beautiful, noble and honorable memorials than pre-meditated, state-sanctioned killings. The death penalty only creates more victims and more grieving families. By becoming that which we deplore - people who kill people - we insult the sacred memory of all our precious victims."
      Marietta Jaegar-Lane - mother of Susie who was kidnapped and murdered.

      The death penalty does not provide closure, it is instead a disservice to victims."
  • +3 +17 -14 Your real thoughts Jun. 12, 2016
    "Well most people that comment have not experienced the outcome of having someone close to them murdered. Although they think they have the right to talk about it. Why should some animal have any rights, at all? Because they are human? No they are not. They gave that up. So I should pay taxes to keep them alive? HAH! Why in the F should I? They are scum just like the people on the side of the criminal. Which you should be put in the woodchipper along with them. Do you have any idea of how much money this crap costs the country? Lets protect the monsters...yay! Or even lets put them in jail for life, eating the food the victims should eat and staying warm. Great justice you have there. We need to put these scum out in public and just beat them to death. Use them as fertilizer and help things grow, something productive at least. They aren't people, what is wrong with you? You bring up god all the time with this and that is just a crutch, oh they will be punished by god, so we should pay for it here and now? Forever? NO! It does not say that anywhere in bible you liars. Why do monsters have rights? They DO NOT! Period,"
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  • +3 +12 -9 Izabelle Campos May. 23, 2016
    "If people think that is okay to kill peoples loved ones for no legit reason then they should face the same consequence. Even the murderer should be grateful that those who do the death penalty don't kill them the way the murderer killed the other person. I get that violence doesn't solve this situation, because people hold grudges, but if they didn't want this as their "fate" then they shouldn't have done what they did. Murder is against the laws for a reason. They should have thought about that before they took someone else's life. (Take note that i am not talking about every crime because i do not think that someone who robbed a store should face the death penalty, Just those who took someones life.)"
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  • +3 +27 -24 That Main Chick Mar. 29, 2016
    "Yes, because in jail they get the life of the free, they eat for free, and have a bed to sleep on! Inmates shouldn't have those opportunities, especially when they are there for horrific things! Staying in jails for many years does not do anything, whereas when they get the death penalty they should get destroyed mentally, emotionally, physically, and get all that abuse that they caused to others, to the community, society, and world. Killing them off will make more space for their to be houses and shelter to the ones who are unfortunate. It gives us the right to take their life away for many reasons, our society and future generations have to fear to go to jail thus making them go in the right and only one direction. This will create the government to become in a economical good status. Plus the majority of the people think that sending them off to jail does not solve nothing, so we must agree with our brothers and sisters that feel that the situation they are in isn't justice. We need help from the people ( relatives of the victim) to help us elect our president; when they need help from us to sentence the criminal we must accomplish it. It must be the same, give back to the community and help stop violence."
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    • 0 0 0 stojakovic Aug. 2, 2017
      "Let's not forget that prison only exists to keep these criminals away from the rest of society. If someone was truly innocent for a crime and they were killed there is no way to bring them back. Ultimately, giving these criminals benefits like those stated is just going to be needed in order to keep society and innocent people safe."
  • +3 +22 -19 Billy Mar. 16, 2016
    "Yes"
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  • +2 +7 -5 unknown Sep. 14, 2017
    "Death penalty=good"
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  • +2 +9 -7 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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  • +2 +6 -4 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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  • +2 +11 -9 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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  • +2 +11 -9 Silk Jan. 20, 2017
    "Yes, but only for the most gruesome murders and extreme crimes."
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  • +1 +5 -4 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 +5 -4 Both ways Apr. 12, 2017
    "I go both ways here."
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  • +1 +6 -5 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 +7 -6 tacocat May. 10, 2016
    "i think that it should be allowed because the fact that there going around MURDERING people for no good reason then they should go to the gallows or a death chamber or just give them cyanide make the daeth quick though. a quick death is a kind death and they get what they probably deserve it just depends n the degree of the murder."
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  • +1 +12 -11 Walter LeSaulnier Apr. 9, 2016
    "I believe that judges, prosecutors, police detectives and forensic experts that partially or fully withhold evidence that would have resulted in a not guilty or lesser verdict of a person that was executed should be executed. I also believe that waiting 10- 20 years to carry out the death sentence is absurd. The defendant should be in a special booth in the court room and when the death sentence is pronounced, the bailiff should walk over to the convicted and shoot him then and there. I also think that the death penalty should be used for MANY violent crimes and not just special circumstance murder. Just being a member of a violent gang should be a death penalty offense."
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  • 0 +1 -1 iiii Nov. 9, 2017
    "yes"
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  • 0 +1 -1 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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  • 0 +1 -1 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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  • 0 +3 -3 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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  • 0 +2 -2 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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  • 0 +2 -2 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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  • 0 +3 -3 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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  • 0 +1 -1 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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  • 0 +2 -2 Austin Sep. 27, 2017
    "Golden Rule"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Nunya Sep. 13, 2017
    "The bible says whom who sheds the blood of a man shall his blood be shed"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Niklas Aug. 9, 2017
    "Yes, because animal rape, inbred, drugs and so on are killing humanities genes and everything involved, it's damaging, irresponsible, no second chance, so it is in nature.. and natural it is and therefor normal.. we can't be breeding further wrong, more die from deviance than any conflicts/war/etc. plus it's causing retardation in our genes.. even weed is.. we're all gonna become extinct if we allow wrong breeders to rule us.. when it's the good, clean genes who should rule.. simple logic, not rocketscience.."
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  • 0 +2 -2 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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  • 0 +3 -3 Vance Apr. 14, 2017
    "I think yes"
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  • 0 +6 -6 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 +7 -7 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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  • 0 +8 -8 Jonathon Feb. 23, 2017
    "Depending on the crime should determine the type of death penalty."
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    • +1 +1 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "I agree"
  • 0 +6 -6 Anonymous Feb. 16, 2017
    "It works. It deters crime."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Fatoumata Feb. 8, 2017
    "It's hypocritical"
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  • 0 +8 -8 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 +4 -4 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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  • 0 +6 -6 luke Jan. 5, 2017
    "it should be allowed because if they kill they should be killed"
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  • 0 +33 -33 Kasari Dec. 7, 2016
    "They deserve it."
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    • +2 +2 0 jiflyx Feb. 15, 2017
      "thats a deep thought"
    • 0 +1 -1 Dalton S. Mar. 1, 2017
      "You are right they should deserve It for doing crimes."
    • -1 +1 -2 @****** Mar. 21, 2017
      "Kasari "What if they were innocent." What if he or she was not thinking. what if that was your family member!"
  • 0 +10 -10 Joe Nov. 30, 2016
    "I think that we should because what if they did something bad like horrible then they would just get away with it that makes no sense just to let them get away with murder"
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "God will not let that happen! And that person may still end up in heaven, because we can not say they would not, not out choice!"
  • 0 +12 -12 steve Nov. 29, 2016
    "one killer killing off killers will reduce the numbers of killers in general"
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  • 0 +12 -12 Sam Oct. 28, 2016
    "Being merciful toward your enemy is like being merciless toward your family and friends."
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  • 0 +8 -8 jinjog Oct. 28, 2016
    "Yes, especially under the Federal Death Penalty act where there is heavy burden placed on the gov to prove their case, and in the Boston Bombing case, there simply is no question to his guilt. Our prisons are filled to the rim with murders, of all degrees. But to premediate mass murder and maiming, targeting the young, families, LE and women - and anyone else in the path of bomb says to me very simply that he does not value his place in society, his own life, nor interested in living among U.S. citizens who he so brazenly targeted to kill. Those bombs could have killed many more. No empirical data arguments should be necessary or used, the only argument is justice, rule of law in society. And the idea that the DP will make him more of martyr to some fail too - who he influences are no consequence, his record is forever known in history. It's no revenge or vengeance, but consequences of ones actions. Whatever one thinks about deterrence, we should also think that there is no room, even in prison, for those that decided to destroy lives at will because he believes it will sent a political message of his beliefs. That is revenge and vengeance; the DP is consequence of such behavior, it does not have to have moral grounds."
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "They are also filled with many people who are innocent they just could not prove it! It is like being between a rock and a hard place for real!"
  • 0 +11 -11 Zack Oct. 25, 2016
    "If someone committed murder then they should get it because no matter what there is no way to change someone they will be the same no matter what"
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    • 0 0 0 wyatt Jan. 18, 2017
      "if someone commited murder you don't have to kill them"
  • 0 +8 -8 Raul Valle Oct. 10, 2016
    "I think it is correct to kill someone who kills mostly because they will most likely do it again and it is better to prevent a killing from happening again."
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  • 0 +15 -15 Nick Sep. 19, 2016
    "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, not if we have 2 eyes."
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  • 0 +9 -9 wbrdf5 Sep. 7, 2016
    "from my presprective , the man who have killed someone he deserve to die , because the life is not game ."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Josiah Aug. 31, 2016
    "if we didn't have the death penalty we would be spending more of our money to keep criminals alive. AND if someone gets a life sentence it is basically the death penalty anyways."
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  • 0 +20 -20 PumpkinPie59 Aug. 30, 2016
    "I believe that this should only be allowed to protect people from dangerous murderers and thieves, etc. What bothers me the most is that people want to get rid of the death penalty, which only happens to bad people, and yet the are all for abortion, which happens to babies who are not given a chance to even make one mistake."
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    • 0 0 0 BELUGA Feb. 21, 2017
      "I HATE ABORTION TOO!"
    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "It does not only happen to bad people! Many documented cases of innocent people put to death when it is too late. The worst thing is to arrest someone just because they have no alibi, because if I could predict the future I would make sure I was never home alone resting with the phone off the hook, or heaven forbid I was sleeping that automatically means I could have done. That means I can not live alone, I always have to answer the phone even if I am s ick, etc, etc, etc! Not realistic."
    • 0 0 0 on name Oct. 3, 2016
      "right on"
  • 0 +22 -22 A Politics Follower Jun. 11, 2016
    "The death penalty is necessary because "citizens should fear our justice system". With this fear, potential criminals would think twice about committing a capital crime such as murder, and thus it can control murder rates and keep them low. It is also cheaper to use the death penalty for a capital crime as opposed to life in prison with no chance of parole.
    Also, as said in the Bible, an eye for an eye. If one has killed someone, then he shall be killed, too. Also, it would make up for having terminated the innocent victim's life, and their grieving family would feel as if justice has been brought to them. The death penalty is necessary in the United States, and it should not be banned."
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    • 0 0 0 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "America is a country made for freedom, and free speech. It also was founded for people who don't want to live in fear of their own government [with some fear of course though] and with eye for eye with some things is difficult. who are they going to hire to.....assault sexual predators"
  • 0 +5 -5 madison May. 24, 2016
    "i think it is a good thing. some people say that they have family. yes they do, but if they wanted to stay with them forever, they wouldn't have gone and did the crime they did"
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  • 0 +12 -12 simran May. 23, 2016
    "important for those who think they destroy the innocent life and nobody harm them.
    Death punishment is a good lesson for those who are not criminal right now."
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  • 0 +13 -13 Creepy Pasta May. 16, 2016
    "Well I don't understand why we think killing a human being that still breaths the same air as we do, hold a spark of life in there chest like we do, and feel the same fear as we do be the right thing. In most religions there is an after life, but other people who choose not to believe in a god think that the death penalty is just letting the person off easy without actual conscience. While letting them rot in prison is like a own personal hell. A small room with the only interaction comes from a person handing you your food is more than enough (for me at least) to drive someone crazy with madness."
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "Well I have always believed in God and know that he is the only one who truly has the to decide!"
  • 0 +8 -8 Arnold May. 9, 2016
    "If it kills we should kill it"
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    • +1 +2 -1 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
      "So if a child kills their parent becasue, let's say, the parent was beating them or the other parent, we should kill the child?"
  • 0 +10 -10 Benny williamson May. 9, 2016
    "yes the death penalty should be an option because if some innocent person is killed for no reason that person does not deserve to live. Also when people kill, rape, kidnap, or treat people wrong out the blues it is never okay to cheer on their victory for what they have done. So yes we should keep the death penalty for as long as the world is still standing."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Catherine Person May. 9, 2016
    "The death penalty, when looked at it from a legal standard, is not right or wrong, but just. Nobody is saying that sentencing someone to death is right, but it may be the right thing at the time. For example, a man rapes, murders, and disemboweles his victim. Who is to say that he doesn't deserve to die. Is his victim's life not worth his? What the legal enforcement is trying to get across is that; it's not right or wrong, it's just."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Brendan May. 6, 2016
    "Yes, we show some kind of justice in our society and the rightfully sinful are executed for the betterment of our country."
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  • 0 +8 -8 marissa May. 4, 2016
    "Yes I Definitely think the death penalty should be allowed because innocent people don't deserve to die if they didn't do anything. Like if you were just walking and somebody drove by to and shot you for no reason they should die."
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  • 0 +14 -14 Crystal May. 4, 2016
    "PRO. Why should a person be given the privilege of life when he/she clearly violates the basic moralities?"
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  • 0 +8 -8 KittiesinSpace Apr. 28, 2016
    "Death penalty executes the threat, which may give a feeling of relief to the murder victim's family, so they do not have to think more of this ordeal."
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    • 0 0 0 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "The real world it will always be with them! Because you always keep your love ones in your heart!"
  • 0 +11 -11 Kitties Apr. 28, 2016
    "Death penalty is an example of deterrence. Knowing of death penalty made prevent the crime from being done in the first place."
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  • 0 +12 -12 Jake Apr. 21, 2016
    "The death penalty should be allowed. What will the victim's family think when the murderer is alive and their beloved family member is six feet underground? These murderers should not be allowed to live. Corporal punishment is good for the people and their families. Once the killer is dead, they can't harm anyone else. If they get a life in prison sentence, they can break out and they probably will kill more people. No one wants to die and the death penalty deters people from killing others. Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth."
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  • 0 +10 -10 mike pittman Apr. 20, 2016
    "look at it this way its rape what if your kid got raped wouldn't you want him or her dead or they killed your kid wouldn't you want that person dead am i right or am i wrong"
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  • 0 +13 -13 Buggy lane Apr. 19, 2016
    "if we let them go, murdering might happen more often, and the people who murder might be let out of jail, or ascape, it more safe to just punsh them for what they did"
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  • 0 +10 -10 Suspicious Guy Apr. 17, 2016
    "The Death Penalty is something that sets communities straight. By knowing that we will see death if we cause crime, this sets a great example to others, and that it reduces the amount of crime committed. We don't want to die, so therefore we deter from performing illicit acts.
    If this means reducing the amount of crime committed by accepting the death penalty, then I'm in."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Walter Apr. 11, 2016
    "I think prisons should be 100% separate for violent and non-violent offenders. The "violent" prisons should be design so that no inmate can ever see, hear, or communicate with any other inmate. They should have 24 hr access to a specially design computer system (indestructible and hack proof) with a massive amount of educational material and things like "Ted Talks".
    The death penalty should be applied to hyper-violent crimes even if they don't result in a death. Like a 230 pound, 6 ft 2 inch 16 year old that stomps an 80 year old's face to mush just because they were bored or to get into a gang. For people like that they should dig a 20ft pit, 3ft wide, put lots of lighting and cameras in it along with a fresh air fan so the person doesn't suffocate. Then cut the bottom out of a port-a-potty and place over it. Then invite anyone and everyone to use the potty and put it on a new "Exterminating Vermin" cable channel. The death sentence should be completed in a few days."
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  • 0 +15 -15 kole Apr. 7, 2016
    "death penalty should be allowed"
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  • 0 +12 -12 Zowie Apr. 6, 2016
    "Yes i think it should be allowed but it depends on the crime."
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  • 0 +16 -16 keegan Mar. 21, 2016
    "I'm pro because the death penalty is the ultimate punishment for a deserving crime. It is not cruel or unusual as proven by the fact that it has been there sense the dawn of this country and is still around now."
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    • -1 0 -1 Sherry Jan. 12, 2017
      "That does not make it right!"
    • -1 0 -1 Taylor May. 17, 2016
      "the dawn of this country explicitly says that people have inalienable rights, that of which includes life"
  • 0 +15 -15 Anne Mar. 21, 2016
    ""I think that if I killed someone, I wouldn't want to suffer in jail, therefore, I would like to be killed""
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  • 0 +19 -19 Bobby Bump Mar. 17, 2016
    "They should be allowed, they should have a choice. They shouldn't be forced into it. But instead, have the choice if they will die or not.."
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    • +4 +4 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "criminals dont deserve a choice, they had the choice weather to commit the crime, say you murdered somone you wouldnt want to suffer in jail for life you would want to easy way out with quick death but it wont be fair to anybody if you get what you want when your the criminal"
  • 0 +14 -14 Spencer Kitzel Mar. 16, 2016
    "There sould be death penalty because if we have the law and someone goes into a building fully aware of the law. Then that person shots 41 people than he sould be punished"
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  • 0 +24 -24 shawn Feb. 11, 2016
    "yes they should pay their life for taking someone elses"
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    • 0 0 0 Tyler Feb. 7, 2017
      "But it would be cheaper to just send them to jail and they can live knowing what they have done"
    • -1 0 -1 Student No. 94 Mar. 31, 2016
      "If they take someone's life, then they should lose theirs. It's only fair, and if you leave someone locked up, they could escape to do more harm!"
    • -1 +1 -2 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "exactly but not with they death penalty they need to suffer for crime to think about what theyve done"
  • 0 +15 -15 new gen Feb. 4, 2016
    "a murderer if not stopped and gets out some how will keep killing and yes i may think more morbidly then most people but i have a ritious mind id kill one murderer to save many unnamed victims so that they can go and live a peaceful life"
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  • 0 +11 -11 Kobe Jan. 21, 2016
    "The death penalty should be allowed, but before the fact, the murder should have a chance to rot in prison; to think about what they've done."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Josh Donathan Jan. 20, 2016
    "I think that the death penalty should be aloud because people on death row deserve what they have coming for them, I also think they should make hanging the main way to execute the criminals. If they will not use hanging, they should at least bring back the electric chair or use firing squads to execute the criminals."
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    • +2 +2 0 Think about it Mar. 21, 2016
      "but not all people sent on death row are guilty many innocent citiznes get wrongfully convicted and die for wrong evidence. and the way to kill methods are irrelevant"
  • 0 +22 -22 Anna Jan. 15, 2016
    "We as a society don't have to fear our safety once prisoners are put to death. Another reason why we should use the death penalty is tax payers have to pay for their stay in prison."
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    • +1 +1 0 1004 Mar. 23, 2016
      "Actually, stats say the it costs more to execute someone than to put them in jail for 40 years."
  • 0 +15 -15 Ella C Jan. 15, 2016
    "I believe that if a person has committed an extremely bad crime, death penalty should be taken into consideration. However, death penalty should be taken very seriously and not used often. It would make the most sense to penalize a person by death if they had committed serious crimes multiple times."
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  • 0 +19 -19 Kira J. Jan. 15, 2016
    "Valuable resources are being put to use by criminals. Thousand of people in the US are dying of hunger and other things and US is giving criminals food, water, shelter, ect. The US is also using tax dollars unwisely and spending money on criminals. Death Penalty or be good."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Audrey C. Jan. 26, 2016
      "I agree, but the US is not wasting our tax money on them. They are trying to prove a point to the criminals that there crime has a punishment."
  • 0 +14 -14 Jimmy Jan. 15, 2016
    "Because then the crime rate will drop"
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    • 0 0 0 stats Apr. 7, 2016
      "the crime rate is higher in states with the death penalty"
    • 0 0 0 Audge Mar. 30, 2016
      "But that's the thing it hasn't. So why do we still have the death penalty? Its not helping."
  • 0 +18 -18 OG Jan. 5, 2016
    "An eye for an eye. The better justice in the world. When you rape, kidnapp, kill or doing terrorism, you destroys lives. And the best equity for it. Being put to death. So once it's done, the asshole who did it can't move his ass to do it again anymore. No problems for the guards, no problems for the society and victims family are satisfied (not chicken families)"
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  • 0 +14 -14 ShaneHollingsworth Dec. 8, 2015
    "I'm a firm believer in "eye for an eye". The victim deserves a just the has the same effect as the cause."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Audrey C. Jan. 26, 2016
      "Yes I believe an eye for an eye."
  • 0 +13 -13 Remy boy Dec. 2, 2015
    "It is good because it scares people to not commit crimes"
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  • 0 +15 -15 Person Nov. 23, 2015
    "I believe that the death penalty should be aloud to be done to a certain degree. I think this because criminals like El Chapo have token so many lives and yet he still managed to escape while this could of been avoided if he had got the death penalty."
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  • -1 +2 -3 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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  • -1 +1 -2 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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  • -1 +1 -2 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 +1 -2 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 +1 -2 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 0 -1 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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  • -1 0 -1 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 +2 -3 john Aug. 24, 2017
    "bring back the hanging at the court house on saturdays and the crime will drop"
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  • -1 +1 -2 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 +1 -2 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 +1 -2 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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  • -1 +2 -3 jesiel Jul. 12, 2017
    "the death penalty should be allowed in all states"
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  • -1 +1 -2 anonymous Jul. 6, 2017
    "it is cheap as they don't need facilities in prison"
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  • -1 +1 -2 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 +1 -2 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 +2 -3 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 +2 -3 flavia May. 19, 2017
    "yes i agree bc the criminals should pay what they did to the victims"
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  • -1 +2 -3 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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  • -1 +1 -2 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 +2 -3 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 +7 -8 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 +3 -4 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 +3 -4 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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  • -1 +4 -5 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 +2 -3 andrew May. 8, 2017
    "if you kill some one you should be killed too"
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  • -1 +2 -3 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 +3 -4 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 +2 -3 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 +3 -4 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 +5 -6 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 0 -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."
    • -3 0 -3 RELIGIOUS FREAK Apr. 27, 2017
      "and this is a hate crime to say this about a religion"
  • -1 +4 -5 max Apr. 6, 2017
    "it shows justice"
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  • -1 +3 -4 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 +3 -4 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 +5 -6 odell Mar. 13, 2017
    "If they kill someone they want the person to die so they should die in return"
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  • -1 +7 -8 Austin f. Mar. 10, 2017
    "i beliive in this"
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  • -1 +4 -5 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 +5 -6 bronson Mar. 8, 2017
    "it is cheaper"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Dalton S. Mar. 3, 2017
    "why would anybody want the death penalty should be allowed for the prisoners?"
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  • -1 +6 -7 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 +6 -7 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 +10 -11 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 +7 -8 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 +8 -9 Dalton Feb. 16, 2017
    "I think the death penalty should be allowed for the people in prison should get hung."
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  • -1 +18 -19 ? Feb. 15, 2017
    "Only for really bad people."
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    • 0 +1 -1 sincere Mar. 9, 2017
      "give more evidence"
  • -1 +5 -6 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 +5 -6 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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  • -1 +9 -10 Ben Bird Sep. 6, 2016
    "I think that the death penalty should be allowed because if a criminal murders a victim on purpose then they deserve to have their life taken. A Life For A Life."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Braxton Santolino Aug. 22, 2016
    "Yes people should be killed for there brutal crimes they commit"
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  • -1 +13 -14 Meg Jul. 25, 2016
    "Yes, however in my opinion, the system for its use needs to be reviewed and revised. So many death row inmates sit in prison for years and years after being sentenced to death, some pretty much serve "Life sentences" anyways. I feel that they waste just as much money as life sentence offenders anyways, therefore the execution date should be set a week after their trial, there should be no doubt this person committed the crime he was tried for, and he/she should be executed within 30-90 days of prosecution. Capital punishments are only applied to various types of murder, espionage, treason, and genocide. But I feel that serious sexual offenses should be added to this list as well. (rape and molestation of a child, serial rapists, etc.)"
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  • -1 +11 -12 s,ckf nk;snv Jul. 4, 2016
    "yes because they are a waste of space and money"
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  • -2 +2 -4 Killthemall Oct. 23, 2017
    "People's shall be killed if they kill!"
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    • 0 0 0 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.")"
  • -2 +2 -4 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 -5 Annabeth Aug. 22, 2017
    "If the death penalty is reinstated people will be afraid to commit crimes
    It's logic ....????"
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  • -2 +7 -9 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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  • -2 +13 -15 Justin Apr. 13, 2016
    "Death penalty should totally be aloud if someone did a crime that deserves death"
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  • -2 +22 -24 Charlie Jan. 28, 2016
    "I think a death penalty should be okay...but only for a GOOD REASON not just doing it cause they/the person robbed a bank or stole a car. What im trying to say is not over petty stuff. But yes in some cases like being a repeated offender i highly tolerate it if they cant do anything to stop it."
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  • -3 +1 -4 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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  • -3 +1 -4 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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  • -3 +1 -4 hate death Sep. 6, 2017
    "killing people is a good thing. At least you'll go to heavan"
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  • -7 +15 -22 yupp Mar. 21, 2016
    "they deserve to die"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Me Mar. 22, 2016
      "why?"
  • -8 +21 -29 Jude Clark Dec. 14, 2015
    "Death Penalty Shouldn't Only Be Allowed, It Should Be Supported Buy Even More People."
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    • -1 0 -1 true Apr. 7, 2016
      "how would you feel if you condemned someone to death, only to discover later on that he was innocent?"

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  • +193 +422 -229 Jeff Dec. 14, 2015
    "Why are we killing people to show people that killing people is wrong?"
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    • +16 +24 -8 Stephen Avory Mar. 21, 2016
      "God told us not to kill, so why do we do it?"
    • +4 +4 0 Samuel Sep. 14, 2017
      "I think killing for punishment and killing for bad intentions is different"
    • +3 +4 -1 Nunya Sep. 13, 2017
      "The bible says whom who sheds the blood of a man shall his blood be shed"
    • +2 +3 -1 roger Sep. 7, 2017
      "imagine police arrest a man responsible for raping and murdering several woman and CHILDREN but can not be put to death for his horrible crimes because it would be banned bt people like you"
    • +2 +3 -1 Bo May. 19, 2017
      "Sadly only few thousands were killed from death penalty but more lives were taken because of killers."
    • +2 +11 -9 Christopher L N. Jan. 11, 2017
      "The govment says killing people is wrong but is more deaths
      in the U.S.A. and yet they are still have the death senctes but that is just wrong and i am 15 and says no to the death penalty"
    • +1 +1 0 Brewer Nov. 15, 2017
      "its like he is talking the words of god"
    • +1 +1 0 brewer Nov. 15, 2017
      "this is a good quote"
    • +1 +1 0 Anonymous Oct. 13, 2017
      "Eye for an Eye? This isn't ancient mesopotamia people! "Eye for an Eye" is Hammurabi's code."
    • +1 +1 0 John Oct. 11, 2017
      "Because killing is not necessarily wrong; murder is wrong."
    • +1 +1 0 Cotton Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 26, 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? You would want them dead."
    • 0 +2 -2 J Mariani Jun. 29, 2017
      "And it promotes violence is the solution to violence. Of course, the police execute people all the time, even non-threatening ones."
    • -1 +1 -2 Dominic Sep. 5, 2017
      "yeah!!!"
    • -1 +1 -2 morgbob May. 9, 2017
      "some body once told me"
    • -1 +4 -5 absent Feb. 8, 2017
      "true. it does not fit into natural check's and balances."
    • -1 +6 -7 coral Feb. 7, 2017
      "yessssssss!!!!!!! thats so true"
    • -1 +8 -9 Tony Oct. 25, 2016
      "But no matter what you can't change people so there's no point that's why we kill but for good"
    • -2 0 -2 Aoba S. Sep. 22, 2017
      "An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind."
    • -3 0 -3 Ali Sep. 20, 2017
      "Because kills are to be kiled"
    • -3 +2 -5 Anonymous Aug. 21, 2017
      "You are woke!"
    • -3 +3 -6 Carson May. 9, 2017
      "Because of the eye for an eye rule"
    • -12 +9 -21 Y May. 17, 2016
      "To scare them"
    • -28 +10 -38 eddie Mar. 3, 2016
      "because we can"
  • +26 +93 -67 Ethan May. 17, 2016
    "If you kill them, then are you any better?"
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    • +5 +6 -1 Replier Nov. 2, 2016
      "There is no such thing as a good sin."
    • +1 +2 -1 santa Apr. 13, 2017
      "yes"
    • 0 0 0 nick Nov. 15, 2017
      "no ethan you are wrong we are better then them if we wipe thoes off the earth who take the lives of innocents should be taken from this earth"
    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      "Yes because you're taking the life of a madmen"
    • 0 +1 -1 Chandler May. 16, 2017
      "When someone infringes on another person's right to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness", their rights no longer apply."
    • -2 +3 -5 Your Mom Jan. 13, 2017
      "You are protecting the public, your family and friends."
    • -3 +1 -4 Dre Apr. 19, 2017
      "If someone kidnaps someone, should the government not be allowed to imprison the kidnapper because that would make them no better?"
    • -5 +2 -7 Skylar Oct. 25, 2016
      "Yes because u are killing for good"
  • +26 +93 -67 Julio Juliopolis Feb. 29, 2016
    "The question shouldn't say "Should the death penalty be allowed?" but rather "Should the government be given the power to kill people as punishment for crime?".

    The usual phrasing treats the penalty almost as if it applies itself, completely ignoring that someone has to be given the power to decide to apply it. It is my opinion that the government has shown neither the moral integrity nor the competence to determine guilt or innocence and thus such an extreme power as that of lawful executions should not be given to it."
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    • +2 +2 0 Debater2022 Oct. 25, 2017
      "And yet "Should the government be given the power to kill people as punishment for crime?" is not the same thing as the proposed argument. Obviously, the government must use a fair jury and the main consensus of the people, as well as the severity of the crime, to make the decision to end one's life. The quote that you assumed almost implies that the government has free will to kill those who have committed a crime, which is certainly not true.

      This is of course just a suggestion btw."
    • 0 0 0 chloe Oct. 24, 2017
      "you have some great key points"
  • +23 +124 -101 Elijah Feb. 2, 2016
    "I'm con because what if you really did not commite the murder. and someone just framed you but you don't know who it was and you don't have enough time to find out who did it."
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    • +6 +6 0 Breanna Apr. 17, 2017
      "but before they give them the death penalty, they need proof"
    • +2 +6 -4 Dalton S. Mar. 1, 2017
      "I'm a pro because it should come back to kill all the people who did so much crimes it should not let the people live in prison."
    • -3 +4 -7 lincoln burrows Feb. 8, 2017
      "yes prison break"
    • -3 +4 -7 lesly Mar. 3, 2016
      "prison break"
    • -4 +1 -5 gg760sd Apr. 27, 2017
      "i had never thought of it like that i was with the d.p being used but your right thanks"
  • +16 +64 -48 Jeff Mar. 16, 2017
    "#It takes a killer to kill a killer"
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    • +6 +7 -1 noah b. Mar. 28, 2017
      "not true"
    • 0 0 0 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."
    • 0 0 0 44 Sep. 25, 2017
      "what do you mean"
    • 0 +3 -3 IanB. May. 18, 2017
      "true!"
  • +7 +13 -6 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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    • 0 0 0 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 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."
  • +6 +69 -63 Collin Apr. 25, 2016
    "When a women or man is committing a crime they are not thinking "Am I going to die after this. Am I going to get caught?". Your thinking about why your going to kill that person, whether it be he threatened me and my family or he took your lollipop. The only problem i have is that everyone wants the other person to die but what happens if or when you kill someone. Are you going to want to die? Are you going to realize that death shouldn't be the answer? Now you more than likely have an incredulous thought in your head or on your face because you don't know the feeling of absolutely knowing you are going to die. Maybe its true some people deserve that fate. Maybe it isn't. Killing them is the simpler and easier choice. Maybe it doesn't matter that now you've stooped to their level. Maybe it doesn't matter that they're family and loved ones will never see them again. They are dead and can't kill anyone anymore. It matters that you had to purge your soul because you wanted this person no longer breathing. Isn't it just better to be empathetic because normally when your choice gets harder you start to realize it the right one. Rotting in prison is worse than death. Why not give them the gift of a nice, cozy cell forever. Thank you."
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    • +1 +1 0 Emily Apr. 3, 2017
      "What if the murderer just shot someone for the hell of it or out of cold blood? People who kill out of defense aren't put on death row anyway, they were just trying to protect themselves or someone else from getting killed first. And people should consider that they might get caught when committing a crime and what the consequences might be for that crime. I'm sure none of your family or friends have ever been murdered right? Take it from someone who knows what it's like to never be able to see or be with someone you love just because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time."
    • +1 +1 0 Jeff Mar. 16, 2017
      "if they are in prison then they get to feel remorse and prisons arent very cosy collin"
    • 0 0 0 Duggan [do-gan] Apr. 4, 2017
      "not only that but in prison people also can get raped or killed easier"
  • +5 +10 -5 Jaxon Oct. 13, 2017
    "Why must we stoop down to the level of murder to demonstrate murder is wrong?"
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      "We're not stooping down to their level we're preventing them from doing it again"
  • +4 +8 -4 Charlie Oct. 27, 2017
    "If you murder someone for MURDERING someone then WHAT does that make YOU???"
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      "The Executioner"
  • +4 +39 -35 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 +1 -1 Chan May. 16, 2017
      "If someone steals my dollar and I steal it back, am I wrong?"
  • +2 +3 -1 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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  • +2 +2 0 Jase Nov. 7, 2017
    "No. We see other people killing people and think it is the worst thing ever! When we ourselves are guilty of the same crime with the death penalty."
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  • +2 +12 -10 Niklas Aug. 9, 2017
    "There's no on because humanity is a disease.."
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  • +2 +15 -13 JustARandomDude Jun. 15, 2017
    "I think not!"
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      ""I think yes""
    • 0 0 0 Homas Oct. 24, 2017
      "awsome"
  • +2 +18 -16 Alex May. 11, 2017
    "The death penalty has been around for many years. the first country to abolish the death penalty was Portugal in 1976. Over 100 other countries have abolished capital punishment since then, the United states not being one of them. I believe its time for a change.
    In school, we`ve been working on a research project. I chose to do the death penalty. I have come to the conclusion that the death penalty should not be in existence.
    Innocent people have been executed. Now tell me, is that fair? The government made a mistake and instead of trying to correct their mistake, they continue sentencing people to death.
    Does anyone know what the eighth amendment is? 'Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.' the death penalty violates this amendment.
    Lastly, people are still people. Supporters go off the saying "An eye for an eye," but should we really follow that? If someone was to go out and commit a crime, such as rape, should they be raped as well? Or if someone steals, should the victim of the robbery go and take the thefts possessions? No, they shouldn`t.
    As Holly Near once said, 'why do we kill people who kill people to prove that killing is wrong?'"
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  • +1 +1 0 Brewer Nov. 15, 2017
    "death penalty is dumb you are no better then them"
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  • +1 +11 -10 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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  • +1 +10 -9 MahNaemBeJeff May. 30, 2017
    "If you kill a killer, how are you not already a killer of killers?"
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  • +1 +14 -13 ..... 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 nalani g. Nov. 8, 2017
    "the death penalty is unconstitutional and not ok no mater what you did people should not kill or tourture you it is inhumane and cruel"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Beast12boy Nov. 7, 2017
    "I agree with this side 1,000,000,000,000,000%!!!!"
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  • 0 0 0 eli moca Nov. 2, 2017
    "it's not in our power to kill someone just because they killed someone if they kill someone they have no fear of dying themselves so all the better to let them rot in jail till they die"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Homas Oct. 24, 2017
    "The death penalty gives the government the right to kill people"
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Nov. 9, 2017
      "Actually give the Executioner the right to kill people the Government(Judge and Accusers) just sentences them"
  • 0 +3 -3 chloe Oct. 24, 2017
    "Freedom the will to do what you wish if you decide to do something that bad then they deserve to be punished but us as americans don't have the right to take someone's life especially for the price of another's."
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  • 0 +3 -3 D'Angelise Oct. 20, 2017
    "Why give a criminal the luxury of death when they should be punished. They aren't suffering the consequences when the Government decides to kill them off."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Juan Pablo C. Oct. 11, 2017
    "Sometimes these men could be falsely just look at the movie Shashank Redemption. The US is run by corrupted businesses who control everything. We need to stop giving what these men want and FIGHT back. Fight back because we all have the power to stop this and the power to say no."
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  • 0 +5 -5 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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  • 0 +7 -7 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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  • 0 +9 -9 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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  • 0 +10 -10 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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  • 0 +10 -10 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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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 30, 2017
      "He killed a guy. If you take life yours should be taken"
  • 0 +11 -11 J Mariani Jun. 29, 2017
    "Empathy and compassion require us to treat offenders humanely. Justice can still be served without the death penalty, as can closure."
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  • 0 +13 -13 Steve Jun. 6, 2017
    "The death penalty bothers me because it puts a personal desire for vengeance over taking the best actions towards making sure that less people become victims of the very same crime. Not to mention the fact that either way they are punished, death or LWOP, they are being effectively deprived of living life with no chance of hurting someone. The difference is that in the death penalty you are taking that extra, yet unnecessary, step that wastes money, resources, and is actually preferred by death row inmates. Isn't locking them away forever with not chance of getting out, arguably the worse punishment of the two anyway, a better solution? It avoids the cost, is more effective in both deterring future crimes and making sure that the criminal is dealt with in a way that he/she cannot hurt anyone again, and has less moral issues as it is more correctable if an innocent person is given the sentence."
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  • 0 +16 -16 billy May. 15, 2017
    "I think no because it is wrong to give someone the power to kill someone else because you are doing the same thing they did and you are not the one to decide someone's fate."
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  • 0 +19 -19 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"
  • 0 +12 -12 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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    • +1 +1 0 c Mar. 14, 2017
      "hypocrite. Separate church and state. your argument is not valid! too bad neither one of us are Jesus!"
    • +1 +1 0 p Mar. 14, 2017
      "Separate church and state. Your argument is not valid."
    • 0 0 0 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"
    • 0 +1 -1 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 0 -1 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"
  • 0 +53 -53 TR Mar. 21, 2016
    "why let a criminal have the easiest way out of their consequence when he shold have to suffer for his/her crime"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Tessa. Jun. 3, 2017
      "There is no easy way for the killer, they are going to have to spend their rest of their life in a prison cell doing the same routine over and over again, But killing someone isn't the answer, it just shows that the U.S doesn't follow our rights."
    • -1 0 -1 Ethan Sep. 7, 2017
      "why spend a large amount of tax payer dollars on giving them a roof over their head and food to eat?"
  • -1 +6 -7 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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  • -1 +13 -14 valeria May. 27, 2017
    "Death penalty is contradictory. We are punishing people from comitting a crime by comitting a crime. We do not have the right to take away a life and play the role of God."
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  • -1 +8 -9 ????????????? 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."
  • -1 +19 -20 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 +14 -16 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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    • 0 0 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."
    • -1 +1 -2 jeff Mar. 16, 2017
      "death penatly costs more than a lifetime scentence"
  • -2 +14 -16 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."
  • -2 +29 -31 BELUGA Feb. 1, 2017
    "If we kill we are as bad as they are."
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  • -2 +20 -22 Alexis S May. 11, 2016
    "The death penalty should not be allowed at all. We condemn people like Kim John II for killing their own people, yet, we're doing the same here."
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  • -2 +17 -19 ELA Group Apr. 29, 2016
    "Why do we KILL who KILL people to show that KILLing people is wrong?"
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    • 0 0 0 Alex May. 11, 2017
      "Holly Near`s quote. Nice!"
  • -3 +4 -7 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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  • -3 +7 -10 Japneet Jun. 19, 2017
    "No cause if we do then we are basically killers as well so we shouldn't"
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  • -3 +7 -10 J'Quita May. 8, 2017
    "Death Penalty shouldn't be allowed because it's wrong and half of the time when they do Death Penalty the innocent people die and get blamed for rape or murder when they actually didn't do anything."
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    • 0 0 0 Hey There May. 12, 2017
      "Um, that is not correct. Where did you get the number of 50%? The amount is much, much less."
  • -3 +13 -16 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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  • -3 +13 -16 eren j. Apr. 18, 2017
    "we should not kill anyone for treason trust me i was here"
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  • -3 +17 -20 Andrea Apr. 12, 2017
    "If you kill a killer you will be the killer"
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    • +2 +2 0 Alisa Apr. 25, 2017
      "You're right"
    • +1 +3 -2 Anny Apr. 14, 2017
      "That is right"
    • 0 +1 -1 dafuq Jul. 18, 2017
      "are you sure about that"
  • -3 +10 -13 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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    • +1 +2 -1 unknown Mar. 30, 2017
      "soooooooooooooooo....................... true"
    • 0 +1 -1 me Apr. 5, 2017
      "But couldn't you say that you feel security that that man won't harm anyone ever again?"
  • -3 +10 -13 Dave Mar. 21, 2017
    "When people know that there is a death penalty, they will go "Well, since I'm already going to get the dp, i might as well kill more people."
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  • -3 +11 -14 A Person Mar. 1, 2017
    "Death is a bad thing."
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    • 0 0 0 sincere Mar. 9, 2017
      "give more reasons and evidence on why death is a bad thing"
  • -3 +34 -37 john h. Jan. 11, 2017
    "this is a nice resource"
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  • -3 +13 -16 Anna Nov. 2, 2016
    "Who am I to judge who lives and dies? The main people who are put on Death Row are murderers and by me putting the person on Death Row I am no better than the person being tried."
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    • 0 0 0 Anonymous Jun. 13, 2017
      "How? You aren't the one killing someone, you are just saying if they committed the crime or not, and only if you get chosen to be on the jury. You are not responsible for their death if you sentence them to life in prison and they get shanked, so why is this different?"
  • -3 +10 -13 NAMELESS Nov. 2, 2016
    "Only kill them if you know they committed the crime, or else you could be killing an innocent"
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  • -3 +8 -11 Phil Skermer Aug. 21, 2016
    "Why should we be the deciders of someones life? Why take them out of the world when there is still so much to improve? Force them to earn their way back into society and make the world a better place. Its hard to justify killers being killed rapists being raped and thieves being stolen from."
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  • -3 +16 -19 Erin.Lee Jul. 10, 2016
    "When you kill a murderer, then you're giving them a privilege. You should let them stay in prison and repent on what they have done. Actaeon saw Artemis bathing, and remember what she did? She was going to shoot him, but, since her arrows are as painless as moonbeams, she turned him into a stag and let his own hounds rip him to shreds."
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    • 0 0 0 Cotten Eye Joe(CEJ) Sep. 30, 2017
      "What privilege we're taking their life. That's the best privilege any ones has. Also I don't know if that is a bible thing but don't use that"
  • -3 +14 -17 Ian Jun. 3, 2016
    "If people use the death penalty, it won't help make other people rethink about what they should do."
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  • -3 +17 -20 alex romer Apr. 20, 2016
    "maybe it could happen"
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  • -3 +14 -17 hi Apr. 8, 2016
    "I think that we shouldn't have the death penalty because all you are doing is bringing them to Heaven and Heaven is a place for peace and you don't want them in peace. And if they go to jail they get to suffer there instead."
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    • +1 +1 0 Pick Up A Bible Nov. 2, 2016
      "Heaven and Hell are places that are as real as your existence. Anyways, they wouldn't go to Heaven. They would go to Hell, and suffer for eternity."
    • -1 +1 -2 lol May. 2, 2016
      "Heaven isn't real...and even if it was a killer would go to hell."
  • -3 +26 -29 Meghan C Mar. 24, 2016
    "The death penalty should be abolished completely. The 8th amendment states that there should be no cruel and unusual punishment. In my opinion murder is extremely cruel and thus the death penalty should be found unconstitutional. But, I know some believe that it is the only way to have justice for the people that these criminals hurt. Life in prison is a punishment much worse than death. These criminals should spend the rest of their lives in confinement thinking about their actions rather than being killed and having no chance to even feel guilty for what they did. Not only is life in prison a better punishment, it is also much less expensive. The death penalty costs $1.26 million for one criminal, while keeping these criminals imprisoned for their entire lives costs $740,000. This money is coming out of the people’s taxes, and on average cost people $90,000 more per year than keeping these criminals in prison. Life in prison is a much better solution than the death penalty for so many reasons."
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  • -3 +61 -64 Macy Jan. 11, 2016
    "If you take someones life for taking someone else's life your just doing what they did, killing someone!"
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    • +4 +4 0 Zachary Jan. 9, 2017
      "Yeah, but when they take a life they are taking an innocent person's life. If their life gets taken by death penalty they are not innocent and don't deserve a life if they take an innocent one."
  • -4 +5 -9 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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    • +1 +1 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"."
    • -1 0 -1 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"
  • -4 +4 -8 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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  • -4 +4 -8 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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  • -4 +9 -13 Both ways Apr. 13, 2017
    "I go both ways"
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  • -4 +8 -12 jimbob Apr. 6, 2017
    "Hitler killed himself so that he would not be captured and humiliated. By killing people we are allowing them to escape the humiliation of being in jail."
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    • 0 0 0 Ethan Sep. 7, 2017
      "what about the humiliation of a public death and sentencing procedure?"
  • -4 +19 -23 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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  • -4 +6 -10 FrinkleBob Oct. 5, 2016
    "If I killed someone then I would be killed

    Does that mean that they are bringing back an eye for an eye?

    Because I am pretty sure that made the whole world blind

    Surely the executor (who killed the person who killed) should be killed but then the person who killed the person who killed the person who killed should be killed"
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    • +1 +1 0 Charles Oct. 31, 2016
      "That is not true at all. I don't know about you but I don't want my hard earned money going towards some murderer's lunch money. Everyone in this country is given a clean slate at birth and it is up to them what they do with their life."
  • -4 +32 -36 emma Mar. 23, 2016
    "killing is wrong no matter what! in some cases the wrong person has been killed for a crime they didn't do. why should the government pick who lives and who dies?"
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    • +2 +3 -1 Your Mom Jan. 13, 2017
      "That's going too far. If this person drowned your parents, or raped and/or killed little kid would you want them to serve time or want them to die? We should trust our justice system so they don't pick an innocent person. The government picks who lives and dies? Seriously IT'S JUSTICE!!!
      -Your Mom"
  • -4 +26 -30 Anna Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think that people who have committed crimes that are punishable by the death penalty should not be allowed to get out of trouble so easily. It doesn't really punish the person who has committed the crime it punishes the persons family. I believe that they should be sentence to life in prison."
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  • -5 +5 -10 Alyssa G. May. 11, 2017
    "I'm not trying to come across as offensive to anyone, but my opinion is that God presented us with the 10 Commandments and in those commandments He said, "Thou shall not murder." Why? Because as humans that is not our job. They will have their punishment in hell, unless they repent and turn to Christ as their Savior. The death penalty isn't the only choice we have, locking them up in prison IS another choice, but like some of you said prison is freeing that criminal from having to deal with life."
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    • +2 +2 0 Alex May. 12, 2017
      "Me and my dad were discussing this as well. He keep saying "an eye for an eye" is what the Bible says, but the bible also states what you said above. We were told not to kill, but here we are, killing people who are accused of wrong doing."
  • -5 +5 -10 Bryce C. Mar. 23, 2017
    "I believe that the death penalty should not be allowed Because,You shouldn't do to a criminal what they did, someone could be wrongly convicted, and The government would look desperate if they found someone guilty and induced the death penalty without finding more evidence."
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  • -5 +6 -11 Maddie Weber Mar. 12, 2017
    "It goes against my religion. As a Jew, I hate the death sentence."
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    • 0 0 0 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"
  • -5 +4 -9 Nyz*** Mar. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty has been and remains one of society's most controversial issues"
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  • -5 +4 -9 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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  • -5 +3 -8 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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  • -5 +5 -10 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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  • -5 +2 -7 Rms student Feb. 22, 2017
    "The death penalty is killing our population"
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    • +1 +1 0 Jeff Mar. 17, 2017
      "true but the planet is overpopulated anyway so that is not the problem"
    • 0 0 0 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."
  • -5 +9 -14 Alice Oct. 17, 2016
    "no it should not be allowed because why are they killing them maybe they did one thing wrong but what if they did nothing and they still get killed its not right"
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    • +1 +1 0 Amelia Oct. 25, 2016
      "I'm pro death penalty, but I definitely see both sides of the argument.
      What if the wrong man/woman was put to death?
      This is tough, because it isn't like you can just bring 'em back to life, like how you could get someone out of jail when you find the correct criminal. Once they're dead, they're dead, and there is nothing you can do about it."
  • -5 +1 -6 Abolish Deathpenalty Oct. 5, 2016
    "I picked con because a lot of innocent people have been killed from it"
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  • -5 +13 -18 student no.9876 May. 27, 2016
    "why would we kill someone who killed someone just to prove that murder is wrong?"
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  • -5 +14 -19 casey Apr. 19, 2016
    "I agree with jeff its a vary controversial thing theres no right of killing someone to prove violence is wrong im casey and im 12 this is wrong"
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  • -5 +25 -30 anonymous Mar. 29, 2016
    "No death penalty shouldn't be allowed because some people are accused for something they didn't do and i don't think it is fair kill someone who didn't do anything. also how are people going to learn or regret it if they are died. i know that some people don't learn so i think the people sentenced death penalty should instead get lifetime in prison. what will you get by killing people, by doing what they did. so if they killed than you kill them than aren't you the same. you will not feel better by killing and knowing you just ended a persons life. therefore the death penalty should not be allowed"
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  • -5 +35 -40 Amiah Lenards Mar. 21, 2016
    "" Why would you kill someone, when you know killing is wrong? Why not let them suffer in jail?""
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    • 0 +1 -1 ... Nov. 2, 2016
      "Killing is not right in any way."
    • -2 +1 -3 Anonymous Oct. 17, 2016
      "Killing isn't exactly wrong if someone else has done it. Therefore they deserve it. And like the article says, though i do semi-agree with you, it cost more to keep them alive."
  • -5 +15 -20 Jonathan Schenk Mar. 8, 2016
    "I say No on Death penalty just as long as they get some amount of punishment but not death thats like saying that if some one was killed it means other person imeadete death no it means that person has his or her money all or most of it taken away and put in a rehab or some kind of center so they can be helped if there sick or if they have problems or howthey killed that person"
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  • -5 +21 -26 harry styles Mar. 3, 2016
    "What if you are wrongly accused and the gouvernment. And then they kill you, later on they find out that it wasn't you. You're already dead."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Ashley Sep. 21, 2016
      "You don't just kill everyone you'd need 100% certainty you can't be careless."
  • -5 +20 -25 Amirmir Feb. 26, 2016
    "The death penalty will not deter crime. A person doesn't murder thinking of the consequences. A person who will go to such lengths to get whatever they seek was not thinking clearly of the consequences or wasn't thinking at all. Doesn't someone murder out of a spurt of anger? Anger has never been a rational emotion. When somebody is angry enough to murder they won't be thinking that they will get killed as well through the death. Basically, someone won't be thinking of the consequence if they are killed immediately. But they will live in eternal pain and regret when they rot away in prison. Prison will justify the person's crime perfectly fine."
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  • -5 +82 -87 Justin Time Feb. 10, 2016
    "Not only is the death penalty wrong, it is ineffective. Prisoners can just murder someone with the intention of dying afterwards, and then it would be no punishment at all, maybe even an award in their mind."
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    • +1 +2 -1 tacocat May. 10, 2016
      "good point but still if we do anything else we would be being too cruel or kind and a slow painful death is cruel."
    • 0 0 0 bo#3 May. 19, 2017
      "So...a prisoner killing himself in prison after killing someone...What"
    • -1 0 -1 Zachary Jan. 9, 2017
      "They can also kill someone and then kill themself."
  • -5 +17 -22 HTML Man Feb. 2, 2016
    "I believe that it should be abolished, because among the 200 students I surveyed at my school, they said they would rather have the criminal spend a crappy life in jail, then die quick and not serve punishment for their actions."
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    • -1 0 -1 Sorry Nov. 2, 2016
      "Their opinion doesn't matter, it's not like the government will lister to them. Just because you want to be rich, doesn't mean you will be."
  • -5 +15 -20 AustinBrown Jan. 26, 2016
    "Criminals kill, rape, do things that are not right. But really what is not right is that we kill them for killing. Life is about paying your debts. The criminals make bad decisions and we make worse. Life may be scarce, but if we all just try our best to make the world a better place killing is where it would start. It is not fair that we use our financial recourses on putting these criminals to an end. We are already in debt, spend 10k more to just kill someone, get your point across."
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    • +2 +2 0 Jacob Mar. 3, 2016
      "But they deserve to die, because of what they have done"
  • -5 +24 -29 Alexander Tyrantor Jan. 22, 2016
    "I am against the death penalty because it is specifically addressed in the eighth amendment. There is only one thing more cruel and unusual than death, and that is torture."
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  • -5 +18 -23 Hannah Rowlett Jan. 18, 2016
    "Because I feel like its an easy way out of being forced to suffer for your crimes. It's another way out of being isolated for a very long time and being forced to think about what you've done for the rest of your life, which is already a great punishment."
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    • +5 +5 0 Hannah Rowlett Feb. 21, 2016
      "@person thanks for replying, now that you mention it, I do have evidence! In our family library we have 3 or 4 autobiographies from murderers with Life imprisonment that feel great remorse for what they did. Most murders are committed by people with mental issues so I don't think they would feel anything about their actions anyways. But it would be worth a try because they have nowhere to go anytime soon you know? I just went to go find one of the autobiographies and it is titled "In For Life" by Jason Richards, great book. Jason received life in prison because during a robbery he and a friend were committing, the resident came home and Jason panicked and shot the resident. In his book he discusses the immense guilt and shame he felt shortly after being given Life in prison and how he has to deal with the guilt until the day of his death. I believe that physical pain is far less hurtful than emotional, mental pain can be. Now that my evidence is out of the way, do you know why you never hear of many murderers feeling remorse for their crimes? because they were put on death row and killed before they had a chance to feel anything. I hope that helps make it seem more valid :)"
    • -2 +1 -3 person Feb. 12, 2016
      "I don't really know any criminal that killed and though to himself ya know maybe that was wrong maybe if you accually got evidence your argument would be valid"
  • -5 +27 -32 John Doe Dec. 1, 2015
    "How do criminals learn that what they did is wrong if we don't give them the chance to rehabilitate? How is it fair that we punish murderers by committing the same act?"
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  • -6 +3 -9 ryan May. 3, 2017
    "I think that it is not fair that people are being executed for their crimes."
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  • -6 +5 -11 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 +7 -13 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 +11 -17 rot in jail Mar. 15, 2017
    "it takes a killer to kill a killer then you have to kill the exequitioner because he killed someone"
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    • 0 0 0 Ethan Sep. 7, 2017
      "there is a difference between a killer and the public justice system"
    • -2 0 -2 Jeff Mar. 25, 2017
      "I agree so much"
  • -6 +5 -11 Kayla Feb. 9, 2017
    "The death penalty should not be allowed because it causes death sometimes towards innocent people."
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  • -6 +4 -10 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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  • -6 +4 -10 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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  • -6 +8 -14 Skyler Feb. 7, 2017
    "If a person has committed a crime they would be getting a free ride out of prison instead of sitting and thinking for years on what they have done and how many people they hurt. Death is an escape and if they chose to kill someone they should not be able to escape. They should rot in a cell for years and years."
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    • +1 +1 0 Trey Morgan Mar. 21, 2017
      "why should we let them live we as tax payers pay for that scumbag to live and eat when he took a life of someones father, mother, brother, daughter etc.."
  • -6 +4 -10 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 +2 -8 moist_360_noscoped Feb. 1, 2017
    "this is extremely racist does anybody agree"
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  • -6 +8 -14 anonymous Jan. 31, 2017
    "you do not have the right to take a life from someone who is like you!!"
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    • +1 +1 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!"
    • +1 +1 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "The killer is NOT like me. They are sick minded and murder and rape people."
  • -6 +7 -13 Larson Dec. 6, 2016
    "If you kill a killer there are the same number of killers in the world"
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  • -6 +3 -9 Rodiac Nov. 17, 2016
    "Instead of ending the life of a person. Is it possible to change someone's life for the better. If you don't treat them like a bad person and they might end up doing good."
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  • -6 +12 -18 Ryan Schroeder Nov. 11, 2016
    "I did the math it cost 308 million per death pentalty and it only cost $700k so keep someone is jail for their whole life."
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    • +3 +3 0 Jeff Mar. 16, 2017
      "what about lawsuites genuis"
    • +3 +5 -2 Xav Feb. 15, 2017
      "Actually the lethal injection used to euthanize someone is $86.08 per shot. Should've done the research not the math."
    • +2 +2 0 jeff Mar. 17, 2017
      "it is 1.28 mill and 700k not 308 mill"
    • -3 0 -3 caden Nov. 29, 2016
      "I agree."
  • -6 +15 -21 doe Sep. 30, 2016
    "killers and rapists are killed like if they are nothing when victims survive and have to remember everything."
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    • +3 +3 0 noah b. Mar. 28, 2017
      "so what? if i got raped i or somebody i knew and loved was raped or killed, i would personally kill the person that did it. But i wont, because thats illegal. But the death penalty can help those who suffer feel better knowing there is no way in hell that the person who did whatever they did to them could ever escape."
  • -6 +7 -13 Rohan Sep. 28, 2016
    "The death penalty is too quick and people then don't have time to think what they did wrong. Also, jail is a lot worse than the death penalty because the death penalty just ends your life there. I think killing people for your job is very bad."
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    • 0 0 0 Amelia Oct. 25, 2016
      "Many people are put to death every day.

      The people who put these criminals to death are still killing, so technically they should be put to death too, and then the person who put the other person to death is killing someone on purpose and, therefore, should also be put to death. Its a chain reaction, and not a good one.

      See what I'm saying?"
  • -6 +2 -8 Kiera M. Sep. 27, 2016
    "I don't think the death penalty is a bad way to punish people for their wrongs. Yes, the death penalty is a way to kill bad people. My opinion on the death penalty is only okay to use it if they bombed or killed over 5 people. I know it's most likely weird to read. I know that it's bad that is someone kills less than 5 people then they should not be killed. I know it's bad to say that their lives don't matter but they do. I just feel that if it's more than one family in pain then, they need to have peace. I want to thank you for teaching me more about the death penalty.Thanks and I can't wait to learn more."
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  • -6 +3 -9 Gabrielle H Sep. 12, 2016
    "4% of those executed are innocent. It may seem insignificant as a percentage, but these are REAL people. Even they're not innocent, they still shouldn't be executed because they're still humans with the ability to feel. "Killing is wrong, so we're now gonna kill you for killing another person!" It doesn't make sense. People can also change and truly regret their actions too, ppl."
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  • -6 +6 -12 Al Aug. 28, 2016
    "Killing people is a bad idea. Even though they do so,etching bad, helping them out will be a way better alternative."
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  • -6 +13 -19 Dude May. 23, 2016
    "The death penalty should not be legal. The death penalty shows others that it is okay to kills someone when they do something wrong. But it is not. The death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment"
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  • -6 +14 -20 Anonymous Mar. 20, 2016
    "no one deserves to die, with the death penatly there are many miscalculations/mistakes sending innocent humans to death what if one of your family members was one of them you wouldnt want the death penalty to exist would you, there may be a saying eye for an eye but you cant have rape for rape or kidnap for kidnap can you (not with the death penalty) how are you going to kill someone who killed someone else youde be just like them "thou shall not kill""
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  • -6 +19 -25 Daniel Mar. 10, 2016
    "I am against the death penalty because if your killing someone for killing someone, then you're committing the same exact crime they did. Its hypocritical. I think if someone commits murder, then they should spend their life in prison. Killing people is going too far."
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    • 0 0 0 Unipanda Nov. 2, 2016
      "Two wrongs don't make a right."
    • -2 +1 -3 Gregory Addams Mar. 22, 2016
      "technically its not the same exact crime. Just saying. plz no hate!"
  • -6 +8 -14 Alayna Mar. 1, 2016
    "People say an eye for an eye. But you don't know what could've caused it. Don't kill people if your trying to teach the lesson of not killing. You're actually just showing that it is alright. Stupid!!!"
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  • -6 +12 -18 alyssa Feb. 23, 2016
    "no i do not believe that we should have the death penalty"
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  • -6 +7 -13 idk Feb. 11, 2016
    "killing is wrong period but doesnt mean you kill them its the same thing they did"
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  • -6 +16 -22 Tahlia Feb. 3, 2016
    "I think the death penalty should NOT be allowed because it is just giving the government a wrong reason to take human life from their families. Even if the person does something wrong they shouldn't have to die for it."
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  • -6 +9 -15 AustinBrown Shaw Jan. 26, 2016
    "I hate when people say death penalty lwop cost so much blahh blahh blahh. We do death penalty just because it costs less money. Your using money as an ideal to kill someone, complete insanity. Money has brought shame upon us, we think oh I have so called this and next day I spend so called that. The world would be a better place if we all just remember why we kill because the person we are murdering murdered. DeathPenalty=murder. Murder=Prison."
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    • 0 +1 -1 person Feb. 12, 2016
      "we kill them for the potential of them escaping and commiting more crimes not to mention the fact that most people kill multiple people and don't even get the death penalty"
  • -6 +12 -18 Zeke Perrone Jan. 7, 2016
    "I am con because The death penalty has killed innocent people and then it just becomes murder"
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  • -7 +1 -8 alexia May. 4, 2017
    "If there is a law against murder, and we murder, then we get put on death row, and then they kill you, isn't that murder"
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  • -7 0 -7 jackie couch May. 2, 2017
    "the death peanalty shouldn't be allowed because think of the children of the killer and his/her family its going to effect them big time!"
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  • -7 0 -7 joe May. 2, 2017
    "i don't think that we shouldn't have the death penalty but killing people is still wrong"
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  • -7 +4 -11 Nathan W. Apr. 27, 2017
    "Killing is wrong, yet our government is doing it capitally, if you think about it it isnt a punishment its a pardon, they dont have to deal with anything, until judgement day, if you're christian that is, but they get pardoned and they dont learn anything, neither does the public, it makes the family feel like they are next to go, and the chance of getting wrongfully accused is higher than the chance of getting charged justly. This is not justice, This is treason, This is not us being united, this is not us being strong, this is us being afraid, being hopeless and weak, we need to do something about this!"
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  • -7 +3 -10 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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  • -7 +3 -10 lememe Feb. 1, 2017
    "i think that the death penalty is racist at some times"
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  • -7 +6 -13 Aaron Jan. 30, 2017
    "It's should illegal because it's wasting live.I don't think it shouldn't be the police or judges decision it should be the parents or the prisoners should choose"
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    • +2 +2 0 Hugh Mungus Apr. 13, 2017
      "Wasting a life?! They chose to waste their life when they pulled that trigger at an innocent life. Also prisoners should get to choose if they want to die or not? No. It's a punishment and punishments are not their choices. And the murderers parents should decide? They don't get to decide if their dumb child gets to live for the actions they have done. They shouldn't even want him to live either. They should just mourn for what he has done and deal with the consequences."
  • -7 +15 -22 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 +1 -8 Giovanni Pronesti Dec. 5, 2016
    "I think the death penalty should not be allowed because it seems inhumane and unfair to all those people who could get a second chance."
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  • -7 +2 -9 Caden Weisgarber Nov. 29, 2016
    "Why would you kill them, instead put people in prison because they wont get anything from killing them. They would learn from their mistake by dealing with the consequences."
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  • -7 +9 -16 Shut up dog Nov. 10, 2016
    "killing is wrong thats it!!!!!!"
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  • -7 +6 -13 mr. doe Sep. 30, 2016
    "that is wrong to leave rapists to die really fast while there victims suffer."
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    • 0 0 0 Kartik May. 19, 2017
      "it is not a good right to get rapists roam freely !!!!!!!"
  • -7 +10 -17 EMMIE LOU Apr. 29, 2016
    "God told us not to kill.Why do we then. Also why does a killer need to be in peace up in heaven when he/her could be in prisen suffering, desurving the horribleness for what he/she did."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Creeoy Pasta May. 16, 2016
      "Yes I do agree with you that the death penalty is wrong and we should let them sit and rot in there own hell, we shouldn't forget that god only forgives people up to a certain point. For example a person who murdered someone for something stupid is possibly not going to pass the gate and got 'chill' in heaven. Most likely the case is that they are going to spend the rest of there after lives suffering in hell."
    • 0 0 0 jeff Mar. 17, 2017
      "i agree but he would be in hell not heaven"
  • -7 +4 -11 Elias Apr. 4, 2016
    "If the accused person is given the death penalty and killed, and then later found innocent that means the federal system caused the death of an innocent person"
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    • 0 0 0 MahNaemJeff May. 31, 2017
      "Wouldn't be the first time someone is innocent but were found guilty. The judicial system is not a perfect machine, its run by humans, therefore makes mistakes."
  • -7 +4 -11 Devon Feb. 24, 2016
    "Honestly, I believe that Death Penalty should not be allowed because the person is in jail for rape, murder, etc. and you really think that a rapist/murderer deserves to be let off easily? Well, I do not believe this. But, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, remember that when and if you decide to hate upon this comment."
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    • 0 0 0 MahNaemJeff May. 31, 2017
      "To my knowledge, before the recession of the death penalty, first degree murder would get the death penalty. Rape would only get time in jail. And if you don't think murderers shouldn't get let off easily, why did you word is as a Con?"
  • -7 +11 -18 *Anonymous* Jan. 18, 2016
    "What about the eighth amendment? No cruel and unusual punishment? Also, so many mentally ill people are killed by the death penalty, despite the fact that the eighth amendment also rules that mentally ill people are not eligible for the death penalty. Why is this so? The term "mentally ill" is just so vague. Does anxiety qualify as a mental illness? What about alcoholism? This is why mentally ill people are still killed. The death penalty must be abolished.

    DEATH IS UNDOABLE."
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    • +1 +1 0 MahNaemJeff May. 31, 2017
      "If the lawyer knew their client is mentally ill, the lawyer should plead insanity. It's the lawyer's fault for letting their client get the death penalty, despite medical records proving mental illness."
  • -8 0 -8 2-D May. 3, 2017
    "I find the death penalty to be so obnoxious. it just makes you a monster, a killer. I am the type of person who usually does not like being social and i'm rather morbid but i just find it so cruel that people would kill the killer."
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    • 0 0 0 Anonymous Jun. 13, 2017
      "How is it cruel to kill a murderer? If I just went and raped and murdered your kid, you are telling me you wouldn't be out for blood? In India a man raped an 11 month old baby for two hours. You don't think criminals such as he should be sentenced accordingly????"
  • -8 +10 -18 shubhi Dec. 4, 2016
    "Death penalty will be like giving killers an easy way out for their crime. they deserve to be tortured in cell."
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    • +2 +2 0 Audrey Apr. 14, 2017
      "While the killers are being tortured in a cell, our taxes are going towards their free food and time for being in there."
  • -8 0 -8 derryn Sep. 8, 2016
    "the death penalty should not be allowed as we have more than enough killing in the world as it is, and also don't we need to watch our money? our tax's will start going towards people's deaths will it not? i would rather not pay for another dead person in the world."
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  • -8 +5 -13 Ethan May. 19, 2016
    "If you kill a murderer, then you are no better than them, are you?"
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  • -8 +3 -11 AllenBaseball101 Mar. 22, 2016
    "When you kill you don't deserved to die, that's why on your grave they put R.I.P, otherwise known as REST IN PEACE, not suffer in jail and feel your punishment. Those who support don't thing about that. What if someone broke into a school, you or your child's, and started shooting and killed you or youre child/children, you would want the killer dead because its your family and you love them and don't think you deserve to be dead, well, what about the killers family, don't you think they still love them? Think about that the next time you say you like the death penalty and you support the death penalty."
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    • +4 +4 0 Danny man Apr. 18, 2017
      "I'm pretty sure if my son shot up a school I wouldn't love him anymore. All I'd feel is where I went wrong and I'd cry for what he has done. Then I'd hope he dies by the death penalty or if it were legal beat him to death myself. Seriously what is wrong with you people saying "Oh the murderer may have murdered your son but if you want him dead just think about how much his family loves him, and that's why he shouldn't die because he's still loved." Screw that. If someone kills someone you love I hope that's not what you think when that happens. Would love to see your reaction though if you truly would think that "Oh no Billy boy is dead *cries* but his murderers family probably still loves Tommy lad even though he murdered muh boy Billy. Oh well maybe he shouldn't be punished for the death of another so I guess Tommy lad isn't that bad. I didn't even really like Billy boy because he had my genes in him so he had it coming.""
    • 0 +1 -1 Think about it Mar. 22, 2016
      "they deserve to suffer in jail if they cared what there family thought of them they wouldnt of commited that crime"
  • -8 +15 -23 Charlie Jan. 28, 2016
    "I dont think it is okay for the government to just kill somebody over something petty. They always complain on how our society is going down because we kill eachother and how we are guilty of it. Well, i would say that nobody is perfect. And by the death penaltyhow they are just doing it doesn't make any sense. We all have stuff to work on and so does the government. If they dont want this to be a crappy world they could change it by taking away the death penalty for a start."
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    • 0 0 0 Anonymous Jun. 13, 2017
      "So you call murder petty? Nobody is sentenced to death for theft or break ins, which are considered petty. The only people put to death are murderers, rapists, and other crimes of that nature."
  • -9 +16 -25 Audge Mar. 21, 2016
    "why do we KILL people
    who KILL people
    to show KILLing people is wrong?"
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    • 0 +2 -2 101Bestie Mar. 22, 2016
      "I KILL for this quote!"
  • -10 +8 -18 Ne'mare Feb. 25, 2016
    "I think death penalties shouldn't be allowed because people shouldn't die for there crime that means more graves to dig and a lot more body would be dug and the people who do this would have a lot of work to do!!!!!!!!!"
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    • +1 +2 -1 person Apr. 7, 2016
      "they can get cremated"
  • -11 +14 -25 Jennifer Jan. 29, 2016
    "for people that support the death penalty think about this, what if you were the criminal waiting on the death row. How would you feel about this punishment."
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    • +2 +4 -2 alvin Feb. 9, 2016
      "id know i got what i deserved"
  • -12 +5 -17 san-jae May. 13, 2016
    "i said no because no one needs to die from the hand of another man"
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  • -13 +5 -18 Bruh May. 11, 2016
    "why Would you kill someone to teach people to not kill!!"
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  • -18 +7 -25 unknown Sep. 16, 2016
    "it is bad"
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    • 0 0 0 unknown Sep. 30, 2016
      "how is it bad"
  • -22 +8 -30 me Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think the death penalty is what people use when they over react.Why just give him life in prison or wear a electric collar."
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  • -24 +8 -32 Russell Dec. 8, 2015
    "The death penalty should not be allowed"
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    • 0 0 0 Anonymous Jun. 13, 2017
      "I really like your logic here. "Should not be allowed." Why? You don't think that if I go around, killing people left and right, and end up killing 20 people, I should be put to death for that? Being in prison is not worse because in prison you get a bed, clothes, food, everything you need. They even have AC. If I am put to death, I can't see my family anymore, grow old, have the chance to get out. I have to now really deal with the guilt. Many people in prison who are released end up being back in within a year."
  • -34 +6 -40 Kajshia Dec. 14, 2015
    "I think no because that's just ending their life very early"
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