The Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty

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In the United States the death penalty is legal in 31 states and illegal in 19. The death penalty is the punishment of execution, carried out legally against an individual convicted of a capital crime. Our nation today is largely divided with the thought of keeping the death penalty in all the states. Those who support the death penalty might argue that the punishment should equal the crime, while others against the death penalty may argue that it is inhumane and two wrongs do not make a right, example being Jim killed Mark for killing a man, wouldn’t that make Jim a murder as well? Murdering someone hinders him or her from reaching his or her full mature potential as a human. As MacKinnon states when discussing Natural Law Theory, “the innate…show more content…
These same people would cite that biblical passage that exhorts ‘ an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ (The Holy Bible). However, the bible also states that no man but God has the authority to take away one’s life. So why are you giving the government the pass to take away a persons life as they please and support it but not taking their life as well? Also, if a crime deserves equal punishment, then why do we not rape the rapist or burn the arsonist? You cannot just pick and chose which criminals get which punishment that is not humane. A civilized society must be based on values and principles that are higher than those it condemns.
An argument is given about the death penalty that it actually reduces violent crimes. It is proven that states with the death penalty actually have higher murder rates than those without. It is also proven that our nation does not need this extreme threat of punishment to prevent crime. In 2006, the FBI Uniform Crime Report revealed that the area of the U.S. that was responsible for the most executions (the South with 80 percent) also had the highest murder rate, whereas the Northern areas that had the fewest ­executions (less than one percent), had the lowest murder
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