Death Penalty; Yes or No?

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Zach King
English 1020
Should the death penalty be mandatory for people that killed other people? Capital punishment is a controversial issue, with many countries and individuals. Arguments for and against capital punishment are based on moral, practical, religious, and emotional grounds. The most severe form of corporal punishment as it is requires the law to kill the offender. It has been banned in many countries, in the United States, an earlier move to eliminate capital punishment has now been reinstated and more and more states are using capital punishment for serious offenses such as murder. People that are pro-death penalty argue that it scares criminals not to commit a capital crime; it improves the community by making sure that convicted criminals do not offend again, provides closure to surviving victims or loved ones, and is a just penalty for their crime. I believe that the death penalty is a great form of punishment, and should be used for all people that commit murder. Though, there are many people that do not grasp this punishment as a form of good. Many say that it is unjust, cheapens human life, and puts the government on the same level as the criminals themselves. Capital punishment for any people is very shocking and hard to see that it is just because of certain reasons that many think makes the country seem barbaric and inhumane. If you look at history, the death penalty has been around for centuries. The bible even says that killing someone for killing someone is just. The death penalty is used in many other countries as well as the U.S., like China, Iran, North Korea, and many more. I see the death penalty more like an eye for an eye form of punishment. Like the bible says about the death penalty; you steal your hand is removed, and if you kill someone you lose your life. You take what has been taken from you; in this case it is life. That is not at any point putting the government on the same level as...
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