Capital Punishment

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Philosophy 2203-internet Betty Campbell

February 28, 2004

Issue Analysis

Capital Punishment

Since Biblical days, capital punishment has been practiced. Some of the forms of capital punishment have been an eye for an eye, drowning, stoning, hanging, firing squads, electrocution, gas chambers, and more recently lethal injection. The United States and Japan still use capital punishment. Capital punishment is for capital crimes, chiefly murder. There is much controversy from religious sects as well as a growing population of people who object to capital punishment on religious, moral, and logical grounds. With the advent of DNA testing, which is a precise science that can identify molecules from a person's molecular structure, which is unique to each individual, there have been many publicized cases where innocent people were indeed sentenced to death for murders that DNA testing later proved that they could not have committed. This is an American tragedy or is it? It certainly seems to be the antithesis to the ,"American Dream."

In a metaphysical way the death sentence is surely final. You are either living or dead in a physical sense. Some religions certainly espouse the," eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," theory. The wicked must pay for the wickedness he has done. This is better when it is a public affair. Public executions have been very well attended, popular affairs especially in the Old West.

Ethics come into play in the opinions about capital punishment. Some families of victims certainly seem vindicated to attend the execution of one who they firmly believe to have murdered someone they loved. It provides the closure they need to go on living. It seems to help put away the grieving process. Some of the proponents of abolishing capital punishment also stand on moral values. They have a fear of...