Against death penalty.
Listen to the voice of Justice and Reason. It tells us that human judgements are never
so certain as to permit society to kill a human being judged by other human beings. Why
deprive ourselves of any chance to redeem such errors? Why condemn yourself to
helplessness when faced with persecuted innocence.
I know there are those who say that execution is justified because it prevents a
murderer from ever again committing the same crime. It certainly does. But if you rely on
that reasoning you are killing a man not because his death may deter others from following
in his footsteps, but because of what he might possibly do at some future time. To justify such
preventive execution, there would have to be some reasonable grounds for believing that a
convicted murderer, if released into society, would murder again. In fact the probability lies
strongly in the other direction. In order to be absolutely sure that no murderer would murder
again, we would have to take the lives of all people convicted of either first or second degree
murder, even though the probability is that an infinitesimal percentage of them would never
commit murder again if allowed to live. That's an unacceptable high price to pay in human
lives for a sense of security insignificantly greater tan we have now.
I have seen the movie " Dead Man Walking" for the first time just before I first wrote
this down. The film is loaded with death penalty advocates. The film makers present their
feelings and arguments honestly, as far as I can tell. But they all ring hollow to me,
because they all dehumanize the criminal. Well, just like you may say, let's execute the
murderer for the crime he has committed. Let's take a life for a life.
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... for being wrongly convicted. That is more than one innocent person for every 100 convicts on death row. One example of mistaken guilt was of Robert Nelson Drew who was executed even after another man confessed to the murder. A ...
... the murderers and killers who have been properly executed by the government ever kill another innocent human being again ... and justice. Some people say that the death penalty is immoral, that killers have a right to live since they are human beings, too ...
... was: 'execution by electrocution is intensely painful' because death is never instant with electrocution. Still used extensively throughout the world today, the firing squad has a much greater claim to being humane as ...
... human being by another" (for the less observant, this definition cannot be applied to the death penalty, because the death penalty is lawful, non-malicious, and is not carried out by an individual but by the government). "Kill," "murder," and "execute ...
... other human beings ourselves? Does this mean we are the murders too? Yes. Killing is not the reasonably answer ... of innocent people have been put to death? Is the death penalty the only way to stop hideous crimes? Are methods of execution reliable as the government say they are? Does justice prevail ...
... reasonable time of their being judged and sent to prison to await execution against keeping them on death row for years. Life sentencing is also a very costly was of dealing with this group of people. My opinion is that justice ...
... a helpless, innocent victim. In the end, it is better to eliminate the chance of error and let it never be used again. Instead of creating better, more humane methods of execution, why ...