The Death of Capital Punishment

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The Death of Capital Punishment

Humans, by nature, strive to preserve life, not end it; it’s this sense of moral that makes us human, and yet, some believe we have the right to take another humans life. Since childhood, we have been taught the indisputable truth that murder is wrong so why is it okay If it’s done so by our government. Capital Punishment, more commonly known as the death penalty is simply an illusion of humane professional murder (Zivot). While capital punishment may or may not deter the world of crime, one person at a time, it does so in a manner that not only abolishes a life but also the humanity of those whose believe in it through its violations, financial costs, and faults; therefore capital punishment should be put to death.

Supporters of this form of this sanction believe that capital punishment does more to protect and benefit society than to harm it, in that it could provide closure to a community or deter that community from future crimes (Kay). Some people would associate the death penalty with the saying “an eye for and eye” in that it provides closure to the affected families (Dobbs). Late Professor of Jurisprudence at Fordham University, Ernest Van Den Haag claims, “Common sense, lately bolstered by statistics, tells us that the death penalty will deter murder... People fear nothing more than death. Therefore, nothing will deter a criminal more than the fear of death” ( Naturally, people fear death, therefore people use this logic to claim that the threat of the death penalty daunts criminals who otherwise might not have been. To summarize, supporters of the death penalty argue that the death of criminals does nothing but bring forth beneficial attributes to society. This can be suppor...

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