Capital Punishment: For”execution prevents eighteen murders per year.”(Hirsch, 122)Opponents argue that capital punishment is immoral. But if you followthe Old Testament, it is moral. In one passage from Genesis, “Whoever sheds theblood of man, by man shall his blood be shed.” Another from Exodus, “Eye for aneye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound forwound, stripe for stripe” (Samaha, 440).
It was not very moral of the prisonerto commit a murder in the first place. Why should it be immoral to execute aprisoner, but moral to kill an innocent person. “It is as morally right topunish criminals for their wicked deeds as it is to praise heroes for theirheroic deeds.
If it is noble for soldiers to give their lives for their countryin wartime, then it is morally right to claim the lives of murderers for killinginnocent people in peaceable society(Samaha, 441).” According to ProfessorErnest van den Haag: “The life of each man should be sacred to each other man..
.it is not enough to proclaim the sacredness and inviolability of human life. Itmust be secured as well, by threatening with the loss of their own life thosewho violate what has been proclaimed as inviolable-the right of innocents tolive” (Haag, 67).Other opponents argue that there is the chance of executing an innocentprisoner. Hugo Adam Bedu and Michael L. Radelet collected evidence of everycapital punishment case after the 1930’s.
They concluded that 23 innocentpeople, out of several thousand cases in the twentieth century, were convictedand executed, but all of these mistakes were made because there was a “forcedconfession, suppression of evidence, and perjury” (Samaha 442). That means notone of these persons was actually innocent they just had bad lawyers, or nolawyers when they had their trial. The last time a truly innocent person wasexecuted was before the 1930’s.The biggest argument for capital punishment is retribution. The victimsfamily often feels relieved when the prisoner has been executed. “Retributionsatisfies the demand for justice. It channels public outrage into the acceptableform of the criminal sentence.
If criminal sentences do not satisfy this demandfor justice, angry citizens may lose respect for law and even, on occasion, takeit into their own hands (Samaha, 414).” The punishment handed out should fitthe crime committed, if a murder is committed then he or she deserves to beexecuted. The best solution to the problem is to execute the prisoner rightaway, eliminate the nine appeals that the prisoner has a right to. This way itcuts down on the crowded prisons and saves the government a lot of money.
Itwill open up more room for the criminals who are not in prison and allowed tostay on the streets. These convicted murderers should have no right to beallowed to live any longer than after they are convicted. Do it quickly andease the pain.Those who oppose capital punishment are in the minority today in theUnited States. “By 1989 more than 80 percent of Americans favored the deathpenalty (Samaha, 437).” So with support for capital punishment on the rise, whydoesn’t the government do what we the people want and endorse capital punishmentin every state.
So what is the rest of the country waiting for? I have given many goodreasons for the death penalty to be enforced. It seems that people arehesitating for no good reason the Supreme Court has ruled it is constitutional,and support for it has risen, and will continue to rise. Studies have proventhat capital punishment does deter crime. It will make the United States asafer and better place to live.
Capital punishment is the ultimate way to ridAmerica of its waste.