The Importance Of Capital Punishment

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In 1492, when the Europeans came to the new world, they brought the practice of capital punishment with them ("Part 1:"). Some may ask, “Well, what is capital punishment?” The official definition of capital punishment is "the legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime"("Definition of"). Throughout the years, the death penalty has evolved and has been present in most legal systems around the world. Though, as capital punishment has evolved, so has humans ' sense of right and wrong. These days, many people question the morality of exercising the death penalty. Over half of the country still supports the death penalty, but this is "a drop of 22 percentage points from peak support in 1996"(Kiener). This statistic shows that Americans are beginning to turn from the barbaric laws that are defined as capital punishment. Personally, I believe that the use of capital punishment should be eradicated completely from this world because it is unethical, expensive, not 100 percent accurate, and does not effectively punish the criminal. There are many different types of ways to be legally executed: electric shock, lethal injection, firing squad, etc. Though, no matter which of the many ways a criminal can be executed, it is always barbaric to allow "state-sanctioned murder before a crowd of people"( Messerli). The United States…show more content…
Yes, the death penalty is humiliating for the criminal and may give some sort of closure to the victims ' families, but it is also unethical, expensive, and not 100% accurate. The use of capital punishment is barbaric and final. To kill somebody is a horrible thing to do, even if it is politically allowed. "Hate, revenge, and anger will never cure the emptiness of a lost loved one. Forgiveness is the only way to start the healing process, and this won 't happen in a revenge-focused" world

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