Speech: Against Capital Punishment Essay

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Speech: Against Capital Punishment

MOTION: " We believe that capital punishment is not needed in a civilised community."

Imagine yourself in a small, isolated cabin waiting to be led to your execution. A small, scrawny man comes to collect you. Your whole life rushes past you as you take your few, final footsteps to the execution chamber.

This is the thought 7,000 people have experienced in the last 18 months. These people were executed cruelly by capital punishment in countries all over the globe. 970 of these people were women and children. The countries allowing this barbaric method of punishment to happen have probably never thought about whether this scheme of punishment is
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Many of the accused, which are sentenced to death, are hanged. This method often does not kill the criminal straight away, but lets them dangle on the rope tied around their neck, until they die of strangulation, slowly and painfully. Some criminals are stoned by the public. This is when the criminal is tied to a wooden post, in the centre of the town, and is stoned by people living in the town. In some countries the size of the stones used is regulated so that pain is maximised and the person does not die quickly. This shows just how savage we have become. There are not many other things in this world as inhumane as this punishment- capital punishment. There are alternative punishments, though. These can be from life imprisonment for major crimes such as murder, to community service and education programs for minor crimes such as shoplifting.

There may be a brutalizing effect upon society by the carrying out of executions. The killings are organised as a public event where even children attend and are even sometimes encouraged to take part in the murder of the criminal. It is no surprise that these children grow up to become violent and savage-like. Their minds are fed with evilness from these executions and sooner or later they end up thinking that there is nothing

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