Capital Punishment Essays – For the Common Good Ar

gumentative Persuasive EssaysCapital Punishment Essays – For the Common Good
Putting to death people judged to have committed certain extremely
terrible crimes is a practice of ancient standing, but in the United States
in the second half of the twentieth century, it has become a very
controversial issue. Changing views on this difficult issue led the
Supreme Court to abolish capital punishment in 1972 but later upheld it in
1977. Although capital punishment is what the people want, there are many
voices raised against it. People all over the country debate this issue
quite frequently. They question the deterrent effect, morality, executions
of innocents, and many more. I have heard a lot about the death penalty
and feel that the arguments against it are not at all convincing.

Some people argue that capital punishment is morally wrong. They
feel that killing some one for their crime is murder. In any dictionary it
states that murder is the unlawful act of killing. Since capitol
punishment is within the law it is not murder. Also if executions is
murder then prison is kidnapping and charging taxes is extortion. There is
a difference between crime and punishment. Are police officers wrong for
speeding to enforce the speeding laws? No. They also say that we should
value all human life. Even the most despicable. It is because we value
human life so much that we put such a terrible consequence for taking it.

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One argument states that the death penalty does not deter people
from murdering. To abolish capital punishment on this basis would be way
off base. You would also have to get rid of prisons because they do not
keep people from committing crimes also. Texas A&M University collected
data and the results are horrifying. In 1960 there were 56 executions and
9,140 murders. In 1964 there were 15 executions and 9, 250 murders. In
1969 there were no executions and 14,590 murders. Seven more years without
executions and there was 20,510 murders. As you can see the deterrent
effect is there and works very well.

As you can see the death penalty is for the common good and it
saves lives. People out there say that the death penalty is wrong, but
usually they do not have all of the facts. They have only looked at the
“good” parts instead of the whole picture. To do this is wrong. In order
to form an opinion one must look into the facts themselves and form their
own opinion instead of someone else’s. A crime is only as severe as the
punishment that follows it. As Edward Koch once said, “It is by exacting
the highest penalty for the taking of human life that we affirm the highest
value of human life.”