Capitol Punishment

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Capital Punishment deters murder, and is just Retribution

Capital punishment, is the execution of criminals by the state, for committing

crimes, regarded so heinous, that this is the only acceptable punishment. Capital

punishment does not only lower the murder rate, but it's value as retribution alone is

a good reason for handing out death sentences. Support for the death penalty in the

U.S. has risen to an average of 80% according to an article written by Richard Worsnop,

entitled 'Death penalty debate centres on Retribution', this figure is slightly lower in

Canada where support for the death penalty is at 72% of the population over 18 years

of age, as stated in article by Kirk Makir, in the March 26, 1987 edition of the Globe and

Mail, titled 'B.C. MPs split on Death Penalty'.

The death penalty deters murder by putting the fear of death into would be

killers. A person is less likely to do something, if he or she thinks that harm will come

to him. Another way the death penalty deters murder, is the fact that if the killer is

dead, he will not be able to kill again.

Most supporters of the death penalty feel that offenders should be punished for

their crimes, and that it does not matter whether it will deter the crime rate. Supporters

of the death penalty are in favour of making examples out of offenders, and that the

threat of death will be enough to deter the crime rate, but the crime rate is irrelevant.

According to Isaac Ehrlich's study, published on April 16, 1976, eight murders are

deterred for each execution that is carried out in the U.S.A. He goes on to say, 'If one

execution of a guilty capital murderer deters the murder of...