Persuasive Essay Pro Death Penalty

858 Words Sep 19th, 2011 4 Pages
Professor O
Putting people to death, judged to have committed certain extremely heinous crimes, is a practice that’s been around for along time. In the later half of the twentieth century, it has become a controversial issue. As a supporter of the death penalty, I consider this to be a good thing for my country and its citizens. Capital punishment deters crime. Statistics prove consisted application of the death penalty deter crime. No executed murdered has ever killed again. For many years, Criminologists have thought to believe the death penalty has no affect as deterrence to homicides. From 1972-1976, a suspension was place on capital punishment. The United States had 9,140 murders in 1960 where 56 people were executed. Nine years
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Abolitionists claim life in prison is a justifiable punishment for murder. They say it violates the eighth amendment right which forbids “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”. Let’s examine the issue. Our founding fathers have never clearly defined the eighth amendment. According to the Justice of the Supreme Court, They say the death penalty is not cruel and/or unusual and is an acceptable form of punishment. Capital Punishment is morally justified. A crime is only as severe as the punishment that follows it. As Edward Koch wants said, “It is by exacting the highest penalty for the taking of human life that we affirm the highest value of human life." Abolitionists use the bible as a source of all morality and have taken many quotations from the bible out of context. One example abolitionists use is Matthews 7:1 Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged" to say the death penalty contradicts Christian values. In order for us to sentence someone to death we have to judge them. If you look at the whole picture, Jesus was saying
"Judge not, that you be judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
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