A Call for Change: Abolishing the Death Penalty

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Throughout history, Americans have pursued what was needed or wanted; determination is the American way. If fledgling colonies needed more food to support families, a farmer cultivated more crops; if communities wanted more supplies, companies mass produced until desires were met. Nonetheless, if a new idea turned out to be corrupt, then the thought was discontinued and effaced from memory. In today’s twenty first century society, an idea from the past has become crooked and is no longer needed. A fashion of punishment might have benefited society in past generations, but the human race is always advancing and improving; therefore, a change must occur to keep enhancing humanity. One change must be capital punishment. The United States’ government must stop trying to preclude murder by committing murder and the ultimate punishment should be prison for life with no chance of parole. In 2010, 558 citizens in the state of Georgia were murdered (“Crime in United States.”), and two Georgian civilians were put to death by our government (“Execution List”). Capital punishment results in the death of an American citizen; the only difference is murder is illegal unless the government is holding the gun. Many individuals believe the death penalty is a deterrent to future crimes, but numerous think differently. The public view about capital punishment has been shown in polls and the majority would choose punishment over death (“Facts on the Death Penalty”). Even though the bulk of the population is pro life, thirty-four states allow the death penalty as the highest punishment. Even though the death penalty is said to be humane and does not “violate” government laws, many residents question if the government should have the authority to kil... ... middle of paper ... ...tate, 2010.” U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. N.d. Web. December 4, 2011. “Execution List 2010.” Death Penalty Information Center. N.d. Web. November 25, 2011. “Facts about the Death Penalty.” Death Penalty Information Center. October 28, 2010: Web. November 7, 2011. “Financial Facts about the Death Penalty.” Death Penalty Information Center. N.d. Web. November 7, 2011. Horwitz, Elinor Lander. Capital Punishment USA. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincot, 1973. Print. “Public Opinion: Gallup Poll Reports Lowest Support for Death Penalty in Nearly 40 Years.” Death Penalty Information Center. Gallup, October 13, 2011.Web. December 4, 2011. Thoreau, David Henry. “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For.” The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee H. Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. 276-281. Print.
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