Death Penalty

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Mika Crace
English 102
03/08/2013
The Death Penalty

The death penalty has been a part of American life since the early 1600’s. The governments of this nation have been using this form of extreme punishment over the years for many different crimes. The death penalty is sought most often in the event that one person takes the life of another. There are many forms in which people have been put to death; hanging, electric chair, gas chamber, and lethal injection. We should ask ourselves, should the death penalty be mandatory for people that kill other people? Let us first ask ourselves if putting someone to death for creating death is in fact a moral decision. We know that each individual’s moral fiber differs in many ways. The basic definition of morality is the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct. How each of us conducts ourselves will change vastly but overall we all know the difference between right and wrong. Is it right to kill? I believe most of us would answer this question with a very strong no. If it is wrong to kill in general then should we not ask ourselves why we find it just to kill as the punishment for killing? The dictionary defines murder as the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered by the law. If the law is put in place to prevent murder than the higher authority of law should abide by the rules they have put into place. I can understand wanting to see a person punished for the murder of someone I love but killing that person will not bring back your loved one. If you look at this from a moral standpoint it is just wrong to kill period! I do agree that the punishment for murder should be harsh and lengthy. I can not in good morality say that we as human beings have the right to take the life of any man, woman, or child under any circumstance. If we look at the death penalty from a religious point of view it could be seen in many different lights. The...
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