Reasons for Edward Koch's Promotion of the Death Sentence

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Since 1976 over 1350 people have been executed in the United States (Facts about the Death Penalty). In 1985 Edward Koch published an article on the New Republic discussing the death penalty. Serving 22 years in public service as a district leader, councilman, congressman, and mayor, Edward Koch has heard all the pros and cons of the death penalty (4). With that knowledge and experience Mr. Koch begins discussing, as well as promoting the death penalty. The arguments used against the death penalty range from religious concerns such as “Thou shalt not kill” (12), to more in-depth government related attacks like the death penalty being used as a state sanctioned murder. Mr. Koch refutes these arguments using the same evidence. For example Mr. Koch refutes the bible argument by stating that the original manuscript of the bible. Although Mr. Koch provides a very well written argument, the essay raises doubts with its analogies as well as the accuracy of his evidence.
Mr. Koch starts off his essay with quotes by two murders about the death penalty. It seems that these two killers have d...

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