Capital Punishment

For Capital Punishment

When turning on the television, radio, or simply opening the local newspaper, one is bombarded with news of arrests, murders, homicides, serial killers, and other tragedies. Re-introducing capital punishment into Australia would definitely be a huge deterrent to potential offenders. Capital Punishment deters murder and is the execution of criminals, for committing crimes, regarded so heinous, that it is the only acceptable punishment.

If a person’s actions intentionally hurt another human being, it is fair that the same be done to them. Capital punishment is retribution. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. If you kill someone, you shall be killed. Capital punishment is, in other words, revenge.

For centuries capital punishment was used all over the world. As society evolved so did the methods by which the death penalty could be carried out; hangings, guillotine, firing squad, lethal injection are some forms of executions that have been conducted throughout the years. Capital punishment has evolved into an acceptable form of preventing crime and stop people committing murders.

When the death penalty was reintroduced back into New York State in 1995, 1200 people had been murdered the previous year. Yet in 1998 that murder rate had dropped to just over 500 people. The figures speak for themselves and seem to prove that the death penalty does decrease crimes and murders in our world. The death penalty deters murder by putting the fear of death into would be killers. A person is less likely to do something, if he or she thinks that harm will come to him. The fact is that if the killer is dead, then he will never kill again.

Recent studies also found 80% of society in favour of capital punishment in the U.S. Certainly this shows the publics overwhelming support for this system. It also shows that capital punishment is a valid deterrent to crime and is obviously acceptable in the public point of view as the majority are in favour of it.

There is evidence that capital punishment is a deterrent. And even if we are not absolutely sure of its deterrent effect, the death penalty should be implemented. If it is a deterrent then implementing capital punishment will certainly save lives. Is it is not, then we still will have followed the biblical injunctions, where capital punishment is taught in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and put convicted murderers to death.

In a sense, opponents of capital punishment, who argue that it is not a deterrent, are willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the criminal rather than to the victim. This essay has attempted to show that capital punishment is an acceptable and very effective way to deter future criminals from committing crimes. One persuasive way to support this retribution is to compare it to the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would like done upon yourself”.

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