Can capital punishment be justified?

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Can Capital Punishment be justified?

In this day and age it is quite common for young men to carry knives and other weapons. In spite of police campaigns to educate people against carrying weapons there has been a significant increase in the deaths of young British males. Often an argument may become heated, weapons are pulled put with tragic consequences.

As well as carrying knives it has become increasingly common, particularly in the English inner cities where the rug culture is prevalent for young, mainly black males to carry guns for reasons of status and protection. When one of their own is killed this is tragic enough but it is even more upsetting to the public at large when innocent bystanders are killed. this was highlighted by the case at new year when two innocent young teenage girls were shot in a gang shooting in England.

As the culture of carrying weapons increases, some sections of the population believe we should follow the American example of having a death penalty for murder.

Although the American example has compelling evidence to support it, it would take a change in parliament's attitude before the death penalty was introduced here. The last time there was a vote on this issue in the Houses of Parliament, a majority of MP's voted against it.

However in my opinion Capital punishment is necessary in order for justice to prevail. Capital punishment is the execution of criminals for committing crimes, regarded so bad that this is the only acceptable punishment. Capital punishment lowers the murder rate, but its value as retribution alone is a good reason for handing out death sentences. It is one of the only fair punishments allowed by the judicial system. Another issue is that it saves money compared to the alternative of...