The Debate Over the Morality of the Death Penalty Essay

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Senator for Utah Orrin Hatch once said, “Capital punishment is our society’s recognition of the sanctity of human life,” (Brainy Quote). While the arguments for both sides of the debate over the morality of the death penalty are vast, the bottom line is that the death penalty does not disregard human life, but rather it reveres it, as Hatch said. Morality is defined as, “The quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct,” (The Free Dictionary). One who seeks to protect a person who has committed a heinous crime such as murder is arguably not in accords with what is right and wrong. Therefore, although killing is generally accepted as being wrong, the death penalty is sometimes the only solution to bring justice to a …show more content…

Though electrocution, hanging, and being shot at by a firing squad would seem to have instant results, it is possible for the person to suffer immensely if they are initially done wrong, for example, if the shocks are not strong enough the first time, if the noose is not placed correctly, or if the heart is not struck in the first round of shooting. As a result, the person may have to endure multiple jolts of shock, suffocate gradually, or slowly bleed to death (DPIC). As for the gas chamber, unconsciousness does not occur immediately and, “According to former San Quentin, California, Penitentiary warden, Clifton Duffy, ‘At first there is evidence of extreme horror, pain, and strangling,’” (DPIC). Another argument is that taking another life will not avenge the victim’s family, as it will not bring their loved one back, and Gandhi's famous saying, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind,” applies as well. Finally, anti-death penalty advocates may say that it is wrong to kill a mentally ill person, as it is widely believed that anyone who would commit a crime worthy of the death penalty must have some kind of disorder, because they are not fully in control of what they are doing and they are suffering too. At the end of the day, adversaries of capital punishment believe that all life is sacred, including that of severe criminals, and it should be preserved regardless of the circumstance.
Killing criminals worthy of the death penalty

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