Reviving The Death Penalty

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'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' is one of the oldest and most famous sayings in the world. It comes from the Mosaic Law in the Bible and it is an edict that has ruled millions for thousands of years. Today the issue of capital punishment has our nation split down the middle. The two sides have drawn lines in the sand and are emphatically holding their ground. The need for capital punishment is greater today then it has been at anytime in the past for several reasons. The crime rate is soaring out of control. Murders are tearing our people, our cities, and country apart. Many people have the same belief as Thomas Draper, an author on the book called Capital Punishment, that no society can abolish crime, so their only hope is to do everything they can to control it. It is time for the United States to mandate the death penalty for the crime of murder in all 50 states and to carry out the executions of those sentenced to death.

Capital Punishment is the lawful infliction of the death penalty. In England, by 1500, only major felonies carried the death penalty: treason, murder, larceny, burglary, rape, and arson. The American colonies adhered with Englands' view on the death penalty, for there was little they could do about it. However in the 1750's reform movements spread through Europe, and in 1847 they reached the United States. In 1847, Michigan became the first state to abolish the death penalty for murder.

Beginning in 1967, executions were suspended to allow the appellate courts to decide whether the death penalty was unconstitutional. In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty for murder or for rape violated the...