Should The Death Penalty Be Legal?

985 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Ben Goble
Mr. Newman
English Comp.
November 4, 2015

Should the Death Penalty be Legal?

The death penalty, also called capital punishment, has been a topic of debate among the public for many years, gaining very little ground in changing the legality of it one way or the other. The topic is very controversial because many people feel that it is wrong to take the life of another person. On the other hand a very comparable number of people push for the legality of capital punishment for condemning convicted criminals that have committed a crime of a certain degree. For example murder, rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, and drug trafficking. Another reason behind the skepticism of capital punishment are the morals influencing the sentencing of the accused. As former President George W. Bush said, “I don’t think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don’t think that’s right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people’s lives.” This quote is a good example of the morals needed in order for the death penalty to be an effective method of punishment and deterrent for future crimes.
Capital punishment has been around since the years of the new testament in biblical history. The earliest known and regulated use of capital punishment was by King Hammurabi of Babylon. He used the death penalty as punishment for twenty-five different crimes and held trials to determine if the accused were guilty or not. In the seventh century…

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