The Death Penalty Debate Essay

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The Death Penalty Debate

To kill or not to kill. That is the question. Some people think it is
wrong; however, a close look into the matter will show it is the right
thing to do. The Bible states "thou shall not kill" but it also states
"an eye for eye". The death penalty is the worst and most deserved
punishment for those who choose to take a life. There is no excuse for
a life to be taken; therefore, the murderer should be punished to the
full extent. Imagine a loved one of yours is brutally murdered; how
would you feel? How much pain would your family have to go through?
How would you be able to sleep at night knowing the murderer has not
been given the death penalty, knowing he could walk out of
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It’s debateable whether or not the death penalty is cheaper
than LWOP, but it’s not important to the victims of repeat offenders,
even if it’s just another prisoner.

In American society, the threat of capital punishment stands as the
ultimate sentence for a criminal. The moral complications of the
taking of another life, whether it is by murder or as legally accepted
punishment, remains an unresolved conflict between Americans. Despite
the fact that capital punishment, otherwise known as the "death
penalty", is legal in only a handful of countries in the world, the
majority of Americans regard it as acceptable retribution. In the 1981
Gallup Poll, two-thirds of Americans voted general approval of capital
punishment. By 1994, the same poll concluded that a tremendous 80% of
Americans approved of capital punishment (Moore, 1994:5). It is no
wonder that many of our countries leaders approve of the death
penalty. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt
Gingrich,
believes that mass executions of "27 or 30 or 35 people at a time"
would be effective in the reduction of the importation of illegal
drugs in to America (Taylor, 1995). In 1972, capital punishment was
eradicated in the United States when the Supreme Court declared that
under then existing laws "imposition…