Capital Punishment.

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Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment is whereby a government punishes an offender by putting them to

death for a certain crime. Throughout history many arguments have been raised on

whether or not to abolish capital punishment. Some believe that capital punishment

should be abolished for various reasons such as, cruelty and discrimination. They also

believe that it does not deter crime. However, these arguments either haven't been proven

or aren't sufficient enough to abolish the death penalty. Also, there are many positive

outcomes that result from instituting the death penalty for example it serves as a;

deterrent from crime, for public safety, and a just punishment in many cases.

The many arguments that have been raised against capital punishment aren't adequate and

as a result they don't suffice as worthy reasons to abolish it. People have said that blacks

and the poor suffer excessively from the death penalty and as a result it should be

abolished. However, as William F. Buckley, Jr. says, " It is an argument against the

administration of justice, not against the penalty." Indeed any type of punishment can be

abused or unfairly administered. Another argument that has been brought against the

death penalty is the issue of cruelty. Though it may seem cruel to many, William F.

Buckley, Jr. opposes that idea by portraying the Constitution's definition of cruelty which

is, a particularly painful way of inflicting death, or a particularly undeserved death. The

death penalty doesn't relate to either of these qualifying criteria.

Various people have expressed their opinions that the death penalty doesn't deter crime. William F. Buckley, Jr. clarifies that there is no way that we can tell how many

murderers were deterred from the death penalty. Logically, the death penalty increases public safety through a form of incapacitation and deterrence. If potential...