Pro Capital Punishment; The Death Penalty

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Pro Capital Punishment; The Death Penalty

Anyone you ask in today's society will tell you that we live in a crime stricken age. Crime rates continue to rise to more incredible numbers each year, with more and more victims suffering. Capital punishment should be utilized as much as possible. There are numerous reasons, and I plan to address a few of the more paramount issues.

I believe that the death penalty serves as a deterrent and helps in reducing crime. What is deterrence? It is to punish somebody as an example and to create fear in other people for the punishment. The death penalty creates fear the minds of the sane people. Sane people know right from wrong. Violent crimes and murder are wrong, and the perpetrators should be punished accordingly and fittingly to their crimes. Capital punishment could work very effectively, if our legal system would enforce the punishment in a timely manner and be consistent with the death penalty, just the same as all other forms of punishment must be, in order to be effective.

The number of attacks on young children by rapists has increased because the rapist thinks that the children are less likely to have AIDS than a grown woman. Therefore, the rapist is less likely to die by attacking the child. This most assuredly says that the death penalty is a deterrent. If our society enforced the death penalty properly, that rapist would still die. Some people say that capital punishment doesn't work to deter crime, but I must object. It always deters the offender. Dead people do not commit more crimes.

Statistically speaking, capital punishment is a deterrent. For instance, in Texas, where the death penalty is enforced, and the murder rate for 1991 was 15.3 per 100,000 people and by 1999,