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Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment: a.k.a. the death penalty. To kill or not to kill. This is an extremely controversial question in

today’s society. The number of people who are for it still believe in the saying, “ an eye for an eye, a tooth for a

tooth.” These are the people who feel if you intentionally take the life of someone else, then yours should be taken

as well. But then there are the other number of people who feel the death penalty should be banned because of its

cruel and unjust way of punishment. Should we keep it or not? And if it is kept, how do we determine who should be

sentenced to death? An easy way to answer these questions is to totally nullify capital punishment completely.

One reason why the death
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Their results? Negative. They have failed to discover any connection between the two. Therefore, use of capital

punishment will not affect the crime rate of an area in any such way.

The third and possibly the most important reason why capital punishment should be eliminated is because what is

stated in the Bible. The sixth commandment specifically says “Thou shalt not kill.” If someone is executed, our

court system is deliberately defying our Lord’s laws. John 8:7 says, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

This supports the idea that only a man who is not a sinner has the right to eliminate someone from this Earth. Many

feel the only person or being who is without sin is God. They also believe that He is the only existence who has the

right to take someone’s life, or “cast the first stone.” Which in turn means we as humans are not entitled to that



The use of capital punishment in today’s society is an incredibly controversial issue which will require a great deal

of contemplation to answer the questions: to kill or not to kill? Many feel that the annihilation of this practice will

solve a large number of the problems and questions about the death penalty that haunt our society today.Jennifer


AP US History

6th period

September 6, 1994

Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment: a.k.a. the death penalty. To kill or not to

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