My Position on Capital Punishment
Axia College of University of Phoenix
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I believe that the US should continue the use of capital punishment. When one chooses to murder another person and then hides from the justice he or she knows they are going to get, to me, this is a sign that they know they are wrong and they deserve to be punished. Obviously capital punishment is a deterrent, murderers should be placed into the same fearful environment as their victims, and their lives should not be spared. I believe the death penalty saves lives.
The death penalty is imposed on violent people who commit heinous crimes, that are not mentally ill or mentally handicap. It is not imposed on juveniles that commit murders under the age of 16.
If capital punishment was and is not needed in the U.S, why was it reinstated back in 1976? Why is it still in effect despite the controversy?
The facts that I found to support my position:
“The Supreme Court banned the practice of execution in 1972, only to reinstate it in 1976.” ( Buzzle.com )
“Public approval of the death penalty is currently about 65 %.” Buzzle.com)
“Capital punishment is exclusive to crimes involving murder; however, other crimes, like the rape of a child have also been punishable under capital punishment.” ( Buzzle.com )
“Who speaks for the victims of those we execute?*”*
“All over the country, news stories bemoan and hype the countdown to execution number 1,000. But where are the stories regarding the ripple effects of the heinous crimes that these murderers were executed for committing? Who is counting the victims?
A conservative estimate puts the number of victims of these 1,000 murderers at 1,895. Why do we hear so much about the killers and so little about the victims and their
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loved ones who are left behind to pick up the pieces?
A small sampling of case histories will leave readers shaken.