"YesHe Deserves To Die!”– Personal Essay In Support Of The Death Penalty
While many scholars have widely condemned the death sentence and the practice been banned by many countries around the world, a number of countries still put violent offenders to death. Death Sentence has always been a debatable topic. Those who argue in favor of death sentence often resort to logic. However, the subject of the death sentence cannot be addressed on a logical perspective alone because it carries many emotional, moral, and religious elements. In this essay, I will give my personal views on why I support the death penalty.
Consider This Case:From the sub-cellar of the Hotel Empire in the infamous Tenderloin red-light district, a ghastly stench begins to rise from something burning in the furnace, distressing the guests who call in the police to investigate the source of the foul smell. The police pour a few buckets of water into the furnace to put out the fire only to discover a chilling scene. The horror comes in the form of a round, blackened object resembling a barbecued soccer ball. Upon closer investigation, they discover it is a human head with most of the hair and flesh burned off. They also find the bloody murder weapon—a meat cleaver—and the rest of the body laying nearby. The victim is naked and almost split in half due to a massive, deep gash running across his chest.
Should Such People Be Put to Death?
People who commit such acts of violence deserve to die because they cause unbearable harm to the victims, their families, and the society. When the police do not catch the murders, the thought of the murders walking the streets has a dramatic effect on society in the form of anxiety, stress, and the limitations it imposes on the lifestyles and activities of those who are caused to now live in fear. Even when caught and sentenced to life in prison, these violent criminals do not stop wreaking havoc on society.
Life sentence prisoners have nothing to lose and therefore become lifelong jailhouse criminals posing a constant danger to the guards and other prison employees and to any unsuspecting bystanders they may encounter if they should ever escape. I therefore think that these people should be put to death because a world without them is much better than one with them roaming the streets or in jail causing constant fear and havoc.
The Case Of Immorality Of the Death Sentence
Some would argue that putting to death is morally wrong and inhumane. But, I wonder what they would think if they were miraculously transported to the scene where the murders took place to see the terror and the pain that these violent offenders cause by raping children, torturing innocent people, and slaughtering their victims without mercy. I believe only then would they see what the killers are: animals without empathy and lacking any respect for human life.
I support the death penalty because it is not only the right thing to do but the best way to end the terror and pain that these violent offenders bring to the lives of victims.
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The first is that there is a possibility of error. However, the chance that there might be an error is separate from the issue of whether the death penalty can be justified or not. If an error does occur, and an innocent person is executed, then the problem lies in the court system, not in the death penalty. Furthermore, most activities in our world, in which humans are involved, possess a possibility of injury or death. Construction, sports, driving, and air travel all offer the possibility of accidental death even though the highest levels of precautions are taken. These activities continue to take place, and continue to occasionally take human lives, because we have all decided, as a society, that the advantages outweigh the unintended loss. We have also decided that the advantages of having dangerous murderers removed from our society outweigh the losses of the offender.
The second argument against capital punishment is that it is unfair in its administration. Statistics show that the poor and minorities are more likely to receive the death penalty. Once again, this is a separate issue. It can’t be disputed sadly, the rich are more likely to get off with a lesser sentence, and this bias is wrong. However, this is yet another problem of our current court system. The racial and economic bias is not a valid argument against the death penalty. It is an argument against the courts and their unfair system of sentencing.
The third argument is actually a rebuttal to a claim made by some supporters of the death penalty. The claim is that the threat of capital punishment reduces violent crimes. Opponents of the death penalty do not agree and have a valid argument when they say, “The claims that capital punishment reduces violent crime is inconclusive and certainly not proven.”
The fourth argument is that the length of stay on death row, with its endless appeals, delays, technicalities, and retrials, keep a person waiting for death for years on end. It is both cruel and costly. This is the least credible argument against capital punishment. The main cause of such inefficiencies is the appeals process, which allows capital cases to bounce back and forth between state and federal courts for years on end. If supporting a death row inmate for the rest their life costs less than putting them to death, and ending their financial burden on society, then the problem lies in the court system, not in the death penalty. As for the additional argument, that making a prisoner wait for years to be executed is cruel, then would not waiting for death in prison for the rest of your life be just as cruel, as in the case of life imprisonment without parole.
Many Americans will tell you why they are in favor of the death penalty. It is what they deserve. It prevents them from ever murdering again. It removes the burden from taxpayers. We all live in a society with the same basic rights and guarantees. We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness with equal opportunities. This is the basis for our society. It is the foundation on which everything else is built upon. When someone willfully and flagrantly attacks this foundation by murdering another, robbing them of all they are, and all they will ever be, then that person can no longer be a part of this society. The only method that completely separates cold blooded murderers from our society is the death penalty.
As the 20th century comes to a close, it is evident that our justice system is in need of reform. This reform will shape the future of our country, and we cannot jump to quick solutions such as the elimination of the death penalty. As of now, the majority of American supports the death penalty as an effective solution of punishment.
“An eye for an eye,” is what some Americans would say concerning the death penalty. Supporters of the death penalty ask the question, “Why should I, an honest hardworking taxpayer, have to pay to support a murderer for the rest of their natural life? Why not execute them and save society the cost of their keep?” Many Americans believe that the death penalty is wrong. However, it seems obvious to some Americans that the death penalty is a just and proper way to handle convicted murderers.