Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment is the death penalty. On one side of this issue there are people that say let there be a death penalty. While on the other side people say it should be abolished because it is a cruel and unusual punishment. There are many reasons pro and con as to why they say this.

On the one side are the reasons pro. One reason people say there should be a death penalty is that it will deter future criminals for fear of death. "Most people have a natural fear of death- it's a trait man have to think about what will happen before we act." (Deterrent or Revenge) "Think-if every murderer who killed someone died instantly, the homicide rate would be very low because no one likes to die." (Deterrent or Revenge) Another reason people say the death penalty shouldn't be abolished is because it saves lives. The death penalty saves lives because, "repeat murderers are eliminated and foreseeable murders are deterred."

(Deterrent or Revenge) Wesley Lowe states, "As for the penal system, accidentally executing an innocent person, I must point out that in this imperfect world, citizens are required to take certain risks in exchange for safety." What he means is "risking that someone might be wrongfully executed is worth saving thousand's of innocent people who may be the next victim of a murder." (Deterrent or Revenge) The people for the death penalty say it saves taxpayers money. It does this by, "society not having to pay for the upkeep of a criminal that is deemed too risky to return to society." (Death Penalty) The final reason certain people say the death penalty shouldn't be abolished is because the crime was committed of free will. "No one is compelled to commit armed robbery, murder or...