Is The Death Penalty Morally Wrong?

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Fifty-nine criminals were put to death by means of the death penalty in 2004. Whether it had been by lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging or even the firing squad was it the correct thing to do? This is a commonly asked question concerning this controversial topic. Should these criminals, murders, and rapists have be put to death? Is the death penalty a proper form of punishment? As Sellin stated, "Whenever hurt is done you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth..." (9).

Is the death penalty morally wrong? Anti Death penalty advocates argue life is "so" sacred that we shouldn't even be taking the lives of murderers, but what about the innocent people that died because of that murder. Steven D. …show more content…

Therefore the cost no longer becomes a concern. Our tax dollars are being put to use by keeping the communities a safer and more comfortable place.

The death penalty is constantly disputed, and those who oppose it find many reasons why it is wrong. One being that the people don't always know for sure if we are killing the correct person. How is it known that those people sentenced to the death penalty are the correct ones who murdered that certain person, or the man who raped all those women? Its not always one hundred percent accurate.

Pro death penalty advocates believe that the approximate 23 people who were inaccurately sentenced isn't a considerable amount (11). It is worth that risk to know that many other individuals are safe. It is a a prevention of future offenses of the same kind. Who are the people to say that they will never escape or even harm one of our government officials. The criminal could harm other inmates, or even their prison guards. In a sense it is a self defense system. This was wonderfully stated in Robert E. Crowe's statement in the book The Death Penalty: Opposing Viewpoints. "I urge capital punishment for murder not because I believe that society wishes to take the life of a murderer but because society does not wish to lose it's own." (10).

The most commonly noted point to the argument of the death

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