When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local newspaper, people are bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides, and other such tragedies. I believe murder, including the death penalty, is the worst thing that anyone could do. Since Hammurabi first introduced the notion of “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”, people have been arguing over whether this is just punishment. Those in favor of the death penalty argue that people should pay for the crimes they do. For them, death is the only fit punishment in some cases. This is not the case. The death penalty is, rather, unethical and wrong. A death for another death does nothing but satisfy one’s need for revenge. How often do these concepts creep into the public’s mind when it hears of our fair, trusty’ government taking away someone’s breathing rights? I am strongly against the death penalty because it violates God’s rules, costs the taxpayers too much money, and the possible “wrongly accused.”
I do not support having the death penalty because it violates religious beliefs. Many religions, such as my own, Catholicism, follow the rules that God sent to us through the Ten Commandments. One of the most important of those ten state, “Thou shall not kill.” If someone is executing an individual, that clearly violates this commandment. Most of the people today are supposed to live Christian lives, but they don’t mind people getting killed. I am pretty sure if it were someone in their family, they would feel the same way I do. Murdering any person, no matter what the individual has been convicted of, is a mortal sin. Therefore, God will punish anyone who aids in executing people. I believe that religious beliefs, such as the Ten Commandments, are the corner stone for our law system. Executing someone should not be made an exception to God’s rule.
Most people feel that men who rape little children deserve to die a painful death. They feel that the child and family would be much happier if he dies and know that he can’t hurt anyone anymore. The death penalty still would be wrong. I am pretty sure that people would feel differently if it were their family. They would just want them to get a harsher punishment.
My next reason against the death penalty is that taxpayers waste too much of their money with the death penalty. The average death penalty case is appealed many times. This means that the taxpayers must pay for the same trial to be heard three times. This is a very expensive practice. Also, the convicted murderer spends a long time on death row. If supporters of the death penalty are positive enough to kill the person for committing the crime, shouldn’t the supporters be confident enough to execute them in a timely manner? Why spend the taxpayer’s money keeping these inmates in jail for so long? Taxpayer’s money should go to better society, not to accommodate the prisoners that are going to end up dead.
People also think that if someone is killed, they should be killed also. That goes back to my introduction of what Hammurabi thought. I really think that his saying is kind of ridiculous. I hate people who are closed minded about certain things. Why should someone be killed for killing? As I was taught when I was younger, two wrongs don’t make anything right. If people would follow that notion, then they would be better off.
There’s always the chance of the innocent being in the wrong place at the wrong time. A handful of evidence from a strong lawyer could sentence someone to life in prison, and even the death penalty. One could be spending and ending his life in captivity for simply walking down the wrong street on the wrong day. That person does not deserve to serve the time that’s not rightfully his and take the needle that shouldn’t prick his skin. It’s a small fault in the justice system that is not easy to overcome.
People really can’t find much more to say about this one. Almost everyone thinks that the death penalty is wrong in this way. There is probably 1/10 of the population who think that people shouldn’t have been at that place when it happened. How are they supposed to do that? They don’t know what is going to happen that night. The 1/10 of the population also thinks that if they have any kind of charges brought against, they are probably guilty. Once again, I do not agree with that saying either. They probably have turned their life around and are on the road to righteousness. They can’t help that they were young and foolish once.
The death penalty is a cruel and barbaric practice that must be eliminated from today’s society. With the many advances that society has made, executing people for crimes the person may have or may not have committed is still practiced. It violates so many religious beliefs. It is a cruel and unusual practice that must be done away with. Society must advance and eliminate the death penalty, hopefully never to come back. Our society is supposed to be one that respects life. We should not be legally killing other human beings. An execution is a public spectacle of homicide and actually endorses killing as a solution to some of our many problems. A murderer generally does not have time to think of the consequences he might have to face, because murder, in most cases, a crime of passion. The death penalty should be abolished because it wastes the taxpayer’s money, the 6th Commandment, and an innocent person could be put to death.