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Do you believe in Capital Punishment
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69 / M / Columbia, MO
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Posted 9/24/12
you bet.
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I'm against capital punishment because it wastes a usable resource.

I believe in indentured servitude and medical experiments.
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No, I do not believe in capital punishment. I think there are too many reasons against it. The possibility of killing an innocent person first and foremost.

Good quote from Amnesty International, "The death penalty is discriminatory and is often used disproportionately against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic and religious communities. It is imposed and carried out arbitrarily. In some countries, it is used as a tool of repression to silence the political opposition." Now some of that I don't believe applies in the U.S. like using it to silence political opposition.

Also it is not even cost effective as it is more expensive to execute a prisoner than imprison them for life.

And all those reasons are not even taking into account the ethical dilemma sentencing a person to death.

Another quote, "Scientific studies have consistently failed to find convincing evidence that the death
penalty deters crime more effectively than other punishments. The most recent survey
of research findings on the relation between the death penalty and homicide rates,
conducted for the United Nations in 1988 and updated in 1996 and 2002, concluded:
"...research has failed to provide scientific proof that executions have a greater
deterrent effect than life imprisonment. Such proof is unlikely to be forthcoming. The
evidence as a whole still gives no positive support to the deterrent hypothesis". "
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Yes, keeping murders cost to much money! Why should the state pay for someone to sit on their ass? I personally think that if there is absolute, irrefutable evidence of someone committing murder under common law they should be shot. The same goes for pedophiles they too should be killed for their crimes.
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In my 350 Christian Ethics class our group was posed this question. We split 50/50. The two Christian guys were for it, while the Christian girl and I (I'm agnostic by the way.) were against it.

Financially speaking it actually cost more to kill a person than to keep them in prison. Most people don't realize that when someone is put on death row there is a lengthy process of appeals, and more appeals, not to mention during this process your also taking care of the convicted. (Texas being the exception.)

There is no evidence of a positive coloration with states that practice the death penalty and murder rates. Actually if anything states that implement the death penalty tend to have a higher murder rate.

Also the death penalty is inhumane. There are several cases of botched executions. Even the more "humane" methods like the gas chamber there are reports of convicts beating their heads against the chamber in an attempt to avoid suffocating to death. Below is an account of a botched lethal injection, the most popular form of execution. Case in point Romell Broom.

The executions are not only inhumane to the executed but also to the witnesses.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2006/09/26/witness-to-an-execution/

Our justice system is not infallible. Two people can commit the same crime in the same state that warrants the death penalty but only one might get it, while the other might get life in prison all because they were a different race, gender, or just appealed to the jurors that much more. Our justice system is run by human beings and as we all know to error is human and there have been mistakes made and several people have been acquitted for crimes they did not commit after sitting on death row for years. At least the lucky innocent ones, statistics tell us that there is no way that every wrongly accused person has been released and that government has sanctioned the killing of an innocent human being.

It's ironic because many Christians/religiously affiliated people who support the death penalty don't support abortion because it violates the "sanctity of life." It's easy for people to support the death penalty because it is out of site, out of mind, and when a person thinks of a convict they automatically dehumanize them. However at the end of my arguments to my class I told them that every human life has an unimaginable weight and when one person kills another they bear that weight. So I asked all of those who supported the death penalty if they would be able to "pull the trigger" themselves. If they would be able to approached the charred, withering, body of a man in the electric chair to check for a pulse. If they would be able to watch a convict in a gas chamber suffocate for eight minutes. If they could inject the needle into the arm of a woman that would administer poisons to shut down her vital organs one by one. What's funny is that the majority of people couldn't do it because there is something, call it a conscience, an instinct, a voice what have you that tells us it's wrong.

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.

J.R Tolkien



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My thoughts, murderers should die and the rest should have hard labor.

Capital punishment should not take that long, it should be done in a timely manner, and why does it take that long, it's because people are making money by prolonging it.

Feeling pity for criminals is what put us in the state we are now.

EDIT: Criminals in jail are a massive work force that can be used.
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Generally speaking no. While I don't necessarily have any qualms with putting irredeemable violent criminals to death on principle alone, the fact is that this type of punishment is obviously irreversible, which is a problem as the law enforcement system isn't anywhere near perfect and mistakes can and do happen. Not to mention the abuse that can be had due to unjust social policies that could put someone to death who might have later been given clemency when those policies change.
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There are already threads about Capital Punishment, also this kind of serious topic should belong in Extended Discussions.

http://www.crunchyroll.co.uk/forumtopic-86685/is-capital-punishment-wrong

http://www.crunchyroll.co.uk/forumtopic-4289/death-penalty-debate

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