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The ever so popular argument over whether our nation should abide by capital punishment or not is getting old. The use of capital punishment in the U.S. is a growing concern for most of American citizens. According to statistics seventy-percent of Americans are in support of the death penalty, while only thirty-percent are against it. So the nation should go by the ever so popular phrase “Majority Rules”. These statistics show that few people are against capital punishment ("Fact" 1). With the use of the death penalty growing, the controversy is becoming an even more heated topic. With only twelve states left not enforcing it the resistance is becoming futile ("Fact" 4). Many debates have been made and even clauses have been invoked, such as, the "Cruel and Unusual Clause" that was invoked by the Supreme Court in 1962 (Meltzer 179). The use of death as a punishment has been viewed as "cruel and unusual," but in further research the view of what is considered "cruel and unusual" has been reduced drastically ( Bern’s 31). America's method of punishments has been reduced from several extremely painful execution methods, to four quick and less painful punishments. They consist of line of execution, gas chamber, electric chair, and the most popular lethal injection ("Ways" 1-4). The debate about the death penalty consists in both ethical and religious viewpoints.

Some think that the death penalty should be legalized in all fifty states, to deter from crime, keep repeat offenders off the streets, and alleviate prison costs from the taxpayers. On the other hand, there have been some men and women that have been wrongfully accused and executed for murder. Since the 1900's at least 416 people have been wrongfully executed causing great concern for the accuracy of the death penalty ("Death" 4). According to an examination of the "Death Penalty and Legislature," Henry Schwarzschild calculated that if the courts were to "carry out the death penalty for every murder,...

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