How Do We Justify Killing?

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Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is defined as the pre-meditated or planned taking of a human life by a government in response to a crime committed by that legally convicted person. It has been discussed extensively over the years by many people. There are many reasons to agree or disagree with capital punishment, but the reasons against it completely outweigh the ones that support it. Many of the justifications for affirming the death penalty either do not apply wholly to our justice system, are misunderstood, or just do not make sense. There is no justification for killing other human beings and all of the arguments cannot change this. Since 1976, over one thousand people have been executed by the government.…show more content…
There is data, though, that shows that a life sentence to prison is just as effective of a deterrent as the death penalty. Surveys have shown that a person is just as likely to not carry a deadly weapon to a robbery because they are afraid of life in prison as they would if the sentence was death. Research shows that the number of executions in a year has no effect on the national murder rate. In 1977 there was a single execution and the national murder rate was at 8.8, and then in 1988 there were 11 executions and the rate was down to 8.3, but in 1993 there were a total of 38 executions and the rate was way up to 9.5. There is no correlation here and no way to show that capital punishment affects deterrent rates. There are just too many factors that are associated in deterring criminals.
Coretta King also makes the important point that many of the homicides in our country are committed in acts of rage or passion of some sort. When this happens, the offender is not thinking of the consequences of their actions. They do not stop and wonder if they will get the death penalty or only life in prison. This means that, for most homicides, neither sentence will act as more of a deterrent than the other and the argument they present becomes debatable.
Through the years, capital punishment has been biased within the race of the defendant and also the race of the victim. Minorities tend to be executed more
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